Valentine’s Day is a day to declare your love. Or perhaps hire a fake girlfriend to make the girl you really like jealous.
Jimmy Chance (Lucas Neff) actually does both on “Raising Hope” Tuesday (Feb. 14). Ashley Tisdale (“Hellcats”) guest-stars as Mary-Louise, a member of a local improv group whom Jimmy hires to act as his new girlfriend in an efort to make Sabrina (Shannon Woodward) jealous.
“It’s just as sad as it sounds,” Neff joked when Zap2it visited the “Raising Hope” set during filming of the episode. “… It’s a little sad for Jimmy, but thing is, it’s sad but functional. Because she definitely gets a little bit jealous.”
If you’re rooting for Jimmy and Sabrina, don’t worry too much about Mary-Louise: Tisdale doesn’t foresee a love triangle developing.
“I think Jimmy’s kind of intimidated by her, because the second time he meets her she’s taking her shirt off, and it’s making him really uncomfortable,” she says in the video below. “But for Mary-Louise, it’s strictly about her craft and being able to exercise it. She’s just in for the acting skills.”
Jimmy also ends up writing a short play about his relationship with Sabrina that Mary-Louise and other members of her troupe — including Burt (Garret Dillahunt) and Virginia (Martha Plimpton) — perform. You can hit play on the video to hear more about it, and tune in to see if Jimmy’s gambit works when “Raising Hope” airs at 9:30 p.m. ET Tuesday on FOX.