Just Shoot Me!

Season 1 Episode 1

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Mar 04, 1997 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Out of work and out of money, Maya is forced to ask for a job from the one person in the world she least wants to work for- her father Jack. When she gets there, she has to face some unexpected competition from Jack's current employees: fashion editor Nina, who fears Maya will squeeze her out of her job, secretary Finch, who fears Maya's presence will diminish his influence with Jack, and head photographer Elliott, who hates having to put up with Maya's resentment of his attitude toward women. The biggest obstacle of all proves to be Maya's own pride and her hatred of all Jack and Blush stand for.moreless

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  • Great start to the series

    This episode introduces all of the characters quite well, especially Maya, the beginning scene at her previous job being a hilarious start and probably the funniest part of the episode.

    Nina and Finch haven't changed much at all since this pilot episode and have some great lines throughout. Elliot and Jack have been tweaked a little since the beginning but have some fantastic scenes such as Elliot pretending Jack talks about Maya all the time and the relevation that Jack married the prom queen at Maya's high school, a joke that would continue for many seasons.

    Maya's roommate seemed to disappear after the first few episodes but he wasn't that funny to begin with.

    Overall, the episode has its faults but is a very memorable start to the series.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

Chris Hogan

Chris Hogan


Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Maya says that her birthday (January 1), is 11 months away, meaning that this episode takes place in February. But no one is wearing winter attire. The clothes that everyone is wearing suggests that the episode takes place in spring or summer.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Nina: (on Maya) She'll be gone by the end of the day.
      Dennis: Great. Just make it look like an accident.
      Nina: No, no, No. She's leaving on her own.
      Dennis: Got it. We never spoke.

    • Nina: Maya, dear, I understand you're writing this month's relationship column. Can I peek?
      Elliot: You peaked years ago, honey.

    • Elliot: Nina, you really have to stop hiring these waify models.
      Nina: Why?
      Elliot: Because I turned on the fan and she blew into the wall.

    • Dennis: Listen up, I just got the cyberskinny on our little friend, Maya: Stanford grad, dean's list, no current boyfriend, but she is on the pill.
      Nina: You got all that on the Internet?
      Dennis: Yeah, and rifling through her purse.

  • NOTES (3)

    • The German episode title is "Bitte recht freundlich", meaning "Asking with Friendliness".

    • JSM's official Season One time slot was on Wednesday, but this show was originally aired the night before to give us a "sneak preview". More than likely, NBC wanted to ensure people saw the pilot by airing right after the high-rated Frasier to attract people's attention to the show so they would follow it into its regular Wednesday slot.

    • The pilot episode was reshot just before JSM premiered, but the original first scene was kept, which explains Laura San Giacomo's drastically different appearance in the rest of the episode (she had just given birth at the time the original pilot was filmed.) This works, since the first scene is set three months before, giving us some glimpse of Maya's "ugly duckling" past. The major change between the pilots was the addition of David Spade. Many who have seen the original pilot gave it abysmal reviews.