The multiple Emmy winner gets to play opposite herself in the hour-long finale, which airs Thursday (March 28), following “American Idol.” When Burt (Garret Dillahunt) and Barney (Gregg Binkley) travel to Maw Maw’s (Leachman) childhood home, they discover her mother might still be alive.
The reunion between mother and daughter, as FOX has teased in promos and you can see in the below video — exclusive to Zap2it — is not the happiest one you’ll ever witness.
Leachman says it was her idea that Maw Maw should have a living mother, and then creator Greg Garcia‘s brainstorm to have her play both roles. Dillahunt calls it a “Milchian bit of casting,” referring to the fact that he played two
different parts (at different times in the show’s run) on David Milch’s
HBO series “Deadwood.”
Oh, and in case you’re wondering about Lucas Neff‘s wardrobe in the video, there’s a musical number in the finale — one that apparently pays tribute to ’80s hair bands.
The “Raising Hope” season finale airs at 9 p.m. ET Thursday on FOX. Take a peek: