Just Shoot Me!

Season 3 Episode 11

Slow Donnie

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Jan 05, 1999 on NBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Jack and Finch discover a pneumonic-message system in the wall. Meanwhile, Elliott invites Maya to his house for his 'slow' brother Donnie's birthday party, at which Donnie reveals a secret to Maya. A gift of a parakeet explodes into a living nightmare for Nina.

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  • This was the episode with "chicken pot pie" coming from special Donnie, genius writing.

    This was one of the best episodes, I agree with the other review that the line "chicken pot, chicken pot, chicken pot pie" in the voice that Donnie did was hilarious, I still remember it to this day and have had much fun with co-workers drawing it out during meetings and trying to watch them hold back their laughter. I wish I could share this episode with younger folks so they could see how a simple saying can be so lasting if in the right context and show. It was amazing how the writers and the actor knew exactly how to deliver the material.moreless
  • One of the best episodes of all time

    I was never a huge fan of "Just Shoot Me" , But this particular episode was absolutely hilarious. Finch and Jack can't figure out how the old style message delivery system works that they discover buried in the walls. Nina, with all the birds in her office. And of course David Cross playing Elliot's "SLOW" brother Donnie was just a scream. As part of Donnie's "SLOW" act he would repeat the phrase "Chicken Pot Chicken pot Chicken pot pie" and every time it brings me to tears.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

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    • When "Slow Donnie" first aired, there was an additional moment at his birthday party where he said, "Donnie likes Maya, she got big ones!" This brief moment does not appear in the reruns.

    • This episode's parody of The Birds is JSM's second Hitchcock parody of the season, following the Psycho parody in "The Mask". According to writer Andy Gordon, Nina's parakeet subplot was inspired by a real-life incident. A prominent actress on a popular television show had given birds to everyone in the cast and crew of her show. However, all the birds soon died. Gordon would not reveal the identity of the actress or the show.

    • Like "Rescue Me", this episode was written and directed by creator Steve Levitan. Levitan had been pitching this idea to his staff for quite some time. They rejected the idea as being too potentially offensive. Only when someone came up with the idea of having David Cross play the character was it approved. They were familiar with Cross, and realized he was possibly the only person who could portray this character in both a humorous and non-offensive way. In fact, it was agreed that the episode would be done if and only if they could get Cross for the role. They had to wait several months for Cross to come free of some commitments, but when he finally did and agreed to play the part, the show was promptly filmed.