A crackdown on illegal domestic workers working for city council members begins and Mel pleads with Joe to get his birth certificate so he can continue working for her.
As she tries to juggle being a councillor and a guardian, she gets a little overwhelmed. Mel is hesitant to do so until she finds out Lennox wrote a poem about her principal, Miss Lunt (Vernee Watson), that wasn't so nice. Before leaving for a meeting, Joseph "Joe" Longo knocks on her door.He apologizes for an outburst (seen earlier in the episode) and asks if she can get him a job.But the presence of television in the living room ruins Mel's date with a fellow politician (Philipp Karner).Meanwhile, Mel encourages Lennox to make friends at her new school. Soon, though things start heating up with Liz, a sorority sister (Maïté Schwartz) of Mel's. The truth becomes outrageously stretched, until it blows up in the dysfunctional family's face.Meanwhile, Lennox and her best friend Phoebe agree to go to the school dance together as friends but rumors soon escalate that they are going as a lesbian couple.
Mel is pleased when she learns Lennox is dating the mayor's son.The series premiered on August 17, 2010 on ABC Family.Melissa & Joey stood as Wednesday's No.1 cable TV telecast at 8 o'clock in Adults 18–34, Women 18–34, Women 18–49 and Females 12–34 Demographics.Meanwhile, Mel and Lennox team up to conquer what they think is Ryder's bully, after they discover him missing his new shoes and backpack.It turns out that Ryder himself gave his possessions to a friend, in hopes of repaying him since his family was impacted by Ryder's own parents' dishonest investment.However, she learns that the boy's good nature is just a façade.