Just Shoot Me!

Season 4 Episode 23

A&E Biography: Nina Van Horn

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM May 09, 2000 on NBC
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Episode Summary

A&E Biography: Nina Van Horn
"Nina Van Horn: Trouble Be Thy Name" features clips from her blaxploitation movie Foxy Trouble with Bernie Casey, her discovery as Claire Noodleman, interviews with her co-workers, her disastrous month-long marriage to Robert Evans, her fiery time with a cult, her involvement in the closing of Studio 54 and her mark on pop music.moreless

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  • Definitely a Nina Van Horn classic.

    This episode's title says it all. It explains a brief 20 minutes a lot more of the character whom we all know by the name of Nina Van Horn.

    This episode dove into the past of Nina and gave her character a real more detailed background of her past story life. Ranging from where she came from, to the true origins of how she got her name.

    Parts of the episode are narrated, and some aren't. I believe this to be one of the few (if not the only) episode's of Just Shoot Me to be narrated.

    All in all, this one made laugh a lot.

    It also gives the viewer a much more refined idea of Nina and informs them a lot more about her past.

    Definitely one worth watching.moreless
  • EXCELLENT in all respects, and kudos to Marshall\\\'s for picking Wendie Malik as spokesperson for that department store.

    I love this episode so much, I have been trying to find times for the reruns so I can tape it.

    Without actually saying anything specific, it paints a kind of zen snapshot of a vapid, self-absorbed person to whom appearance is everything, and no aspect of her life is without without complications as the result of lack of instrospection.

    It was obvious from the beginning that great care was taken in preparation for this episode. I do not believe I ever laughed so hard at a TV sitcom.

    Can anyone point me toward a place where I can purchase a copy of this episode, preferably on DVD?

    Please contact Petsinger@aol.com (John)moreless
Laura San Giacomo

Laura San Giacomo

Maya Gallo

George Segal

George Segal

Jackson 'Jack' H. Gallo

Wendie Malick

Wendie Malick

Nina Van Horn/Claire Noodleman

Enrico Colantoni

Enrico Colantoni

Elliott DiMauro

David Spade

David Spade

Dennis Quimby Finch

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Jerry Hall: I have a little stance when it comes to Mexico; restaurant table "si", operating table "no".
      Cheryl Tiegs: Well I didn't remember what happened outside my house that first time, but under hypnosis I remembered another incident when Nina tried to run me over with a moped.
      Nina: For those first few months Bob and I were like, newlyweds... but as time went by we came to realize that we were two very different people.
      Robert Evans: She was living in some little crap shack in La Jolla and she was hopped up on everything from cocaine to butane, did I marry her...you bet your ass I did.

  • NOTES (4)

    • The German episode title is "Die Biographie der Nina van Horn".

    • This is the only episode to date that tells the names of Nina's adoptive parents, Abe and Dorothy.

    • According to Marsh McCall, the guest celebrities stayed very close to the script and rarely improvised. The one notable exception was Bernie Casey's line "...and I believe that's the last time I saw the bitch," which caught everyone completely off guard.

    • This episode was widely referred to as the most elaborate sitcom production ever, having been filmed and edited over the past seven months. The episode, although credited to Pam Brady, featured contributions from all the writers. Some of the episode was even based on Wendie Malick's actual life.


    • In an interview with Elliot, he talks about Nina's claim to fame as a model, the famous swimsuit photo. When he talks about the quality of the photo as well as its cultural impact, he finishes his artistic analysis with, "...plus you could see a nipple." This line, omitted in reruns, refers to the famous Farrah Fawcett red swimsuit poster that took the country by storm in the late 70s.