When Lucy got the electric chair, I became fully convinced that there was no way that the show that had kick-started its premise with a one-night stand with a serial killer that led to a baby could ever top itself, and I was right.  The mix of high stakes, bewilderment, and resourcefulness in the opening scenes of the pilot episode were so transcendent that the remaining episodes of the resoundingly low-key Raising Hope never had a chance to measure up.

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