In this pilot episode, Marni tries to get a date to sing "Mahna Mahna" with her. In later episodes, it turns out to be her cellphone's ringtone.
Marni: (sees the milk sitting on the counter) You didn't put your milk away, Clown! (walks to the closet door) Clown! (bangs on closet door) I know you're in there! How many times to I have to say it? Put the damn milk away! (pause) And I know you've been juggling my fruit!
Nate: It just sucks! You know? I finally meet this girl who's the perfect mix of sincerity, wit, and nice lips and there is no way I'm ever going to see her again. (Marni walks in the door) Oh no! That's her! (Nate runs into the back room, followed by Bowie)
Bowie: What the hell are you doing? You finally meet a woman you like who may actually like you and run? You do this crap, it makes me want to stab you!
Marni: My online therapist says you can't live your life in fear.
Nate: Your therapist is online?
Marni: (nods) Budda88. He also sells shampoo.
Nate: So you ready to go?
Marni: Yeah. Could you just hold my purse? (walks to the door without him)
Nate: Uh, wait! I thought you needed to do something.
Marni: No, I just don't like holding my purse.
(The clown walks out of the closet and plugs in an extension cord)
Nate: Who was that?
Marnie: Nobody... just you know a dying clown. You were saying?
Nate: I'm sorry... a dying clown?
Marnie: Yeah, he's a clown, he's dying, it's not that interesting of story.
Marnie: I'm sub-letting the apartment. The clown was already living here in the closet when I moved in. It's one of the conditions of the lease that he gets to live here until.. you know... he's dead.
Nate: And he lives in the closet?
Marnie: It's a walk-in with a bed and TV. He's use to small spaces... you know the cars?
Marni: So then I said, "Hey, you can't touch me there! You're my uncle!" (laughs)... Aaah, family.
Evan and Jaron's song "Crazy for this Girl" plays twice throughout this episode.
The premiere had 10.11 million viewers. It was third in its timeslot behind the Orange Bowl on ABC and the second half of CBS's Amazing Race.