Dirty politics entangle Mavis with an old crony, an assemblyman who's smearing an opponent---Courtney---who hasn't a clue about how to retaliate. Mavis, however, does know how to play hardball. Joe Morton.
A dating service lures Nasim, whose matchup bears a startling similarity to his tormenting nemesis: the smart-alecky Jadwiga. Also, Rita's insouciance bewitches a GOP functionary, who has ulterior motives in hiring her.
After becoming a victim of idenitity theft, Mavis starts to secretly suspect Rita (Elizabeth Regen), who has a secret of her own about a poker game she has set up to help Mavis make some fast cash. Courtney: Wren T. Brown.
Celeste Holm (an Oscar winner for “Gentlemen's Agreement”) plays an addled, testy hotel resident who provokes Mavis and is relocated to an assisted-living facility that is far from cozy. Brynn: Krysten Ritter. Nasim: Omid Djalili.
A gay marriage troubles Mavis because one of the parties is her cousin (Portia), who wants to hold the event at the hotel on a booked night. Seems that Courtney is hosting a GOP soiree: the Republican Inclusion Coalition.
A bratty boy pesters Mavis, who's further piqued by the lad's pesky dad, a GOP functionary (Scott Bryce) who offers Courtney a job with President Bush's reelection campaign. Danny: Thomas Sharkey. Jadwiga: Gordana Rashovich.
It's party time for the girls, all dolled up, boozing it up and whooping it up at a trendy nitery to celebrate Soo Lin's upcoming wedding, which she's beginning to dread. It's not long, of course, before the party gets way out of hand.
Patrick Swayze, Whoopi's costar in “Ghost,” plays Mavis's former choreographer, a onetime party animal who has “found Jesus” and drastically changed his ways. The guy even seeks to convert hard-living Mavis.
Fear of flying besets Mavis, who's forced to confront her phobia at a flight-simulating school. She tangles with the psychologist in charge and has a telling wrangle with Rita. Anderson: Christopher Evan Welch. Sheila: Arnie Farrell.
Eli Wallach plays a pot-smoking hotel guest, using marijuana medicinally with his free-spirited caretaker, Marian (Rue McClanahan). Their stay outrages Courtney until he gets high over Marian's specially flavored lemon squares.
A lawsuit ensnarls Mavis with the emotional-distress claims of a hotel guest, represented by a hotshot lawyer (Michael Emerson) who intimidates Courtney, but not Mavis. Sammy: Ralphie May. Judge Simpson: Thea Vidale.
Diahann Carroll plays Mavis's mom Viveca, whose mood swings from sweet to sour when she's off her antidepressant medication. Carl Gordon (“Roc”) portrays Viveca's husband, a sympathetic, subdued spouse.
Mavis a shoplifter? No way. Still, she's riled by the bogus charge and seizes the chance to clear her name on TV. Big mistake. Keith Richards and Phil Collins appear in cameos. Kit: Elizabeth Hanly Rice. Sophia: Mary Testa.
Luck is a lady for Rita at a poker game with Mavis and her cronies, while Courtney makes a big deal of her “misbehavior.” When he acts like what his sister calls “a baby,” he imperils a meeting with lawyers who might hire him.
Sheryl Lee Ralph (“Moesha”) plays a flashy member of Mavis's former pop trio, whose arrival reawakens catty jealousies and proves especially discomforting to Courtney, who has a very private reason for chagrin.
A surprise visit to the hotel by President George W. Bush (Steve Bridges) rattles liberal Mavis, who's misquoted as being his “No. 1 fan.” Later, Mavis reluctantly attends a presidential soiree, with awestruck Courtney in tow.
Ice-hockey buff Mavis scores a prime seat---right beside a vision-impaired, romantically inclined fan (Ruben Santiago-Hudson). The NHL's Anson Carter and Scott Stevens play themselves in cameos. Sophia: Mary Testa.
City-code violations rile Mavis and Nasim, who's cited for spitting after eating a hot pepper. It's a case Mavis decides to take to court, despite Nasim's insistence that he'll plead guilty to avoid a judicial confrontation. Judge: Ned Eisenberg.
A ferret bite sends Mavis to an emergency room, where she gets rabid with a nurse while waiting---and waiting---to be treated for her wound. Back at the hotel, Nasim attempts to take charge and winds up tangling with housekeeper Jadwiga.
In the tumultuous aftermath of a bomb scare at the hotel that sends guests scurrying, Mavis confronts her worst fear: claustrophobia. Sophia: Mary Testa. Jadwiga: Gordana Rashovich. Saleswoman: Mary Ann Hu.