‘Growing Up Fisher’ Episode Guide (April 29): Katie’s Boyfriend Plans Puts Joyce in Difficult Position

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‘Growing Up Fisher’ Episode Guide (April 29): Katie’s Boyfriend Plans Puts Joyce in Difficult Position

“First Time’s the Charm” (04/29/14) – Joyce (Jenna Elfman) finds out Katie (Ava Deluca-Verley) has big plans for after the Spring Formal with her boyfriend, Anthony (guest star Logan Miller). In order to confirm what she thinks, however, Joyce has to promise Katie she’ll keep her secret from Mel (J.K. Simmons).

Meanwhile, Mel has one final chance to have a successful first date with Allison (guest star Contance Zimmer) and has promised to make her dinner. The only problem is that he has no clue how to cook. With both parents distracted, Runyen (Lance Lim) points out that Henry (Eli Baker) can get away with anything and should milk it for all it’s worth. Voice-over by Jason Bateman. Matt Glave, Erik King and Tom Fonss also guest star.

It’s not every family that’s brought closer together by divorce, but then again, the Fishers are anything but typical. Take Mel Fisher (J.K. Simmons, “The Closer,” “Law & Order”), for example. He’s chopping down trees, showing his daughter how to drive, and playing football with his son … except that Mel’s blind. Then there’s Joyce (Jenna Elfman, “Dharma & Greg,” “1600 Penn”), who is your typical teenager — really into fashion, busy with school — but the problem is she’s Mom.

That makes it difficult for her actual teenage daughter, Katie (Ava Deluca-Verley, “Southland”), whose advice (and clothes) Joyce is always seeking. At the center of all this is Henry (Eli Baker), the Fisher’s 11-year-old son. Having always been his dad’s eyes and wingman, Henry is less than thrilled when his job is outsourced to Mel’s new guide dog, Elvis. While he is at first reluctant to accept the changes that Elvis brings, adult Henry realizes upon reflection (voiceover by Jason Bateman, “Arrested Development,” “Identity Thief”) that his parent’s split finally allows the Fishers to become one happy (divorced) family.

Based on his life, DJ Nash (“Up All Night,” “Bent”) serves as executive producer, along with Bateman, Jim Garavente (“Identity Thief”) and Tucker Cawley (“Up All Night,” “Everybody Loves Raymond”). “Growing Up Fisher” is a production of Universal Television and Aggregate Films.

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