The BEST Episodes of Just Shoot Me

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Aug 11, 2019

The show follows the staff at the fictional fashion magazine Blush. The show originally centered on Maya Gallo, played by Laura San Giacomo, a feminist writer, who reluctantly takes a job at the glamour magazine, owned by her father, the Donald Trump-like Jack Gallo played by George Segal (who in the story has a rivalry with Donald Trump). The cast includes womanizing (and usually over-sensitive) photographer Elliot DiMauro (Enrico Colantoni), and the heavy drinking and sexually promiscuous ex-model Nina Van Horn (Wendie Malick).

Slow Donnie

#1 - Slow Donnie

Season 3 - Episode 11

Jack and Finch discover a pneumonic-message system in the wall. Meanwhile, Elliott invites Maya to his house for his "slow" brother's birthday party. At the party, Donnie reveals to Maya that he's not really "slow." Maya tries to tell Elliott that Donnie's not stupid, but just ends up looking silly herself. Jack's inanity causes Donnie to reveal his act. And a gift of a parakeet explodes into a living nightmare for Nina.

star 7.97
33 votes
Directors: Steven Levitan
Writers: Steven Levitan
The First Thanksgiving

#2 - The First Thanksgiving

Season 5 - Episode 7

The gang gathers for Thanksgiving at Jack's mansion in the Hamptons. Nina is convinced that Jack will fire her for being unhip. Jack sleeps with Elliott's mom, but Finch is convinced that Jack did the dirty deed with his date instead. And Maya just wants to put the perfect dinner together.

star 7.96
26 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Howard Gewirtz
The Mask

#3 - The Mask

Season 3 - Episode 3

Halloween is no treat for Maya when Finch gets her to wear an embarrassing costume to the office. Luckily, she meets her Prince Charming in an elevator. Meanwhile, Jack confesses to a dirty trick he played on a young impressionable Maya; and Elliott and Finch hatch a plan to find out if Nina's friend Binnie really exists. Finally, Finch claims he wasn't the least bit scared by Alfred Hitchcock's horror masterpiece Psycho, so Elliott sets out to prove he's lying.

star 7.96
25 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Don Woodard, Tom Maxwell
A Night at the Plaza

#4 - A Night at the Plaza

Season 5 - Episode 2

Nina and Finch don't know about Jack's divorce yet. Jack moves into the Plaza Hotel for privacy. Maya wants Elliott to read an article about relationships but he doesn't, which causes problems. Everybody gathers in Jack's room. Finch and his singing group, 2 Fine, perform.

star 7.88
26 votes
Writers: Gabe Sachs, Jeff Judah
Toy Story

#5 - Toy Story

Season 3 - Episode 17

As a prank, Finch switches the cards on two of Elliott's birthday gifts: those from Maya and Persky. As a result, Elliott believes that Persky has given him a really cool video game system, and Maya has given him a box of kinky sex toys. When Maya invites him over that night to have some fun, he naturally gets the wrong impression, and is forced to give his relationship with her some deep thought. Meanwhile, when the racehorse Jack bought with Robert Goulet acts up before the big race, he enlists Nina's aid to calm it down.

star 7.88
25 votes
The Assistant

#6 - The Assistant

Season 2 - Episode 2

Maya's new assistant Cindy is certainly eager, but also incompetent, and Maya's work suffers because of it. Jack wants to fire her, but Maya is determined to give her a chance. However, the more time that passes, the more Cindy screws up, and the more Maya's resolve is tested. Meanwhile, Finch and Elliott sabotage Nina's radio appearance by giving her a phony Word-a-Day calendar.

star 7.87
39 votes
Writers: Andrew Gordon, Eileen Conn
La Cage

#7 - La Cage

Season 2 - Episode 4

At first, Elliott's attempts to warn Finch about dating his ex-girlfriend, supermodel Nikki Elston, seem like just jealousy. However, there's more than a grain of truth in his warnings- Nikki is a true nutcase who delights in putting men through hell. One of her favorite stunts is locking them on a perch in a giant birdcage. Meanwhile, Nina's attempts to get a raise from Jack are subverted by the discovery of the truth about her use of the company's expense accounts.

star 7.85
32 votes
Writers: Jack Burditt
Choosing to Be Super

#8 - Choosing to Be Super

Season 5 - Episode 5

Maya is reunited with her best friend in high school, Alan, who is now a successful motivational speaker. However, Alan confesses to Maya that he is a recovering alcoholic, but another revelation causes the trouble: he was responsible for her school shunning her. When Maya is unable to forgive him for this, he begins drinking again, disrupting the motivational talk he is to give at the Blush office. Meanwhile, Jack is frightened because of a recurring dream he has about Kevin.

star 7.84
25 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Moses Port, David Guarascio
Slamming Jack

#9 - Slamming Jack

Season 5 - Episode 8

Finch is banished to the mailroom after insulting Jack. Elliott tries to prove that Maya's hunky gynecologist is a frequent visitor to strip clubs.

star 7.81
26 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Susan Dickes
In the Company of Maya

#10 - In the Company of Maya

Season 2 - Episode 12

When Maya develops a crush on a writer she works with, she isn't quite sure how to handle the situation. Believing he likes her, but is too shy to ask her out, Maya takes some tips from Nina on how to lead him on. The strategy backfires when Maya finds herself slapped with a sexual harassment suit the next day. Meanwhile, Elliott tries to live down his humiliation when he discovers his girlfriend is a spokesperson for a brand of hemorrhoid cream.

star 7.80
35 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Pam Brady
Sweet Charity

#11 - Sweet Charity

Season 2 - Episode 8

Maya's attempts to get her coworkers involved in her favorite charity are met with overwhelming indifference. Only after the PR-minded Jack goads them to help to Finch, Elliott, and Nina contribute. And only after Maya pleads with him does Jack finally contribute. Rather than giving his time or effort to the charity, he helps in the usual Jack Gallo fashion- by giving a giant check for $50,000. When he consequently wins an award for Humanitarian of the Year, Maya's jealousy gets the better of her. Meanwhile, Elliott tries to figure out why the office's nickname-happy gopher keeps snubbing him.

star 7.79
29 votes
Writers: Marsh McCall
Donnie Returns

#12 - Donnie Returns

Season 5 - Episode 4

Elliott's brother Donnie returns as a successful insurance salesman in need of a loan. Maya, however, remains convinced that Donnie is up to his old tricks, even when he is beaten up. Jack and the rest of the staff discover that silence is not always a good thing.

star 7.78
27 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Marsh McCall, Tom Maxwell, Don Woodard
Two Girls for Every Boy

#13 - Two Girls for Every Boy

Season 3 - Episode 5

Finch is convinced that a model likes him, only it turns out that she likes Maya instead. He sets out to create the ultimate male fantasy: watching two females go at it. All is going well for Finch, until Maya finds out and the two females decide to turn the tables on him. Meanwhile, Elliott and Nina go overboard in their insults after Jack tells them that he just wants to be one of the guys.

star 7.76
25 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Moses Port, David Guarascio
Pass the Salt

#14 - Pass the Salt

Season 2 - Episode 13

A surprise visit from his fireman father leaves Finch puzzled, since the two had always been emotionally distant from one another. When Red Finch suggests that he and his son spend some quality time together, Finch can only surmise that his father is either dying or having an affair. The truth turns out to be even more shocking- Red has finally come to accept the fact that his son is gay. He isn't, of course, but Finch has a hard time convincing him of that. Meanwhile, Maya invites Jack to her apartment to dinner in order to convince him that the neighborhood she lives in is not as bad as he thinks, but a robbery there that afternoon complicates the task.

star 7.74
27 votes
Writers: Jack Burditt
The Devil and Maya Gallo

#15 - The Devil and Maya Gallo

Season 1 - Episode 2

Maya begins work at Blush. Jack welcomes her to the office by showering her with a ton of gifts and presenting her with a great new office, complete with the best in office accessories. Maya is completely caught up in the thrill of it all until she discovers the reason her father is doing it- to distract her from her plans to change the magazine.

star 7.72
74 votes
Writers: Marsh McCall
First Date

#16 - First Date

Season 4 - Episode 8

Finch tries to find a new model girlfriend. Maya and Elliott try to decide what to do about their kiss. Maya proposes a dinner "meeting" since neither of them can bear to call it a date. Meanwhile, Maya's former assistant Cindy visits; she's now a media buyer. Jack makes Maya take Cindy out to dinner and Elliott goes along so that it really is a meeting. Elliott and Maya drink too much and Elliott wakes up with Cindy and must find a way to tell Maya. Part two of two.

star 7.69
26 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Susan Dickes
King Lear Jet

#17 - King Lear Jet

Season 2 - Episode 5

Jack has two tickets to a London performance of King Lear, but when he is forced to cancel his plans, he is forced to decide who to give the tickets to- the suck-ups Nina and Elliott, who just want the vacation on his private jet, or true Shakespeare die-hard Maya. The adventure that follows parallels the play. Nina and Elliott get the tickets, but their endless conniving against each other proves to be their undoing, while only Maya stays true to her father.

star 7.69
42 votes
Writers: Danny Zuker
Prescription for Love

#18 - Prescription for Love

Season 4 - Episode 11

Finch has been sleeping at the office. Elliott's new girlfriend is a cover girl AND student at Yale medical school. Nina starts sleeping at the office too after Binnie kicks her out. Maya is jealous of Kaylene but after she accidentally causes Kaylene to break up with Elliott, she must find a way to get them back together. Finch and Nina have fun together but he feels betrayed when Binnie invites her back.

star 7.68
22 votes
Writers: Jeff Lowell
The Two Faces of Finch (1)

#19 - The Two Faces of Finch (1)

Season 6 - Episode 2

Jack hires Betsy Frayne as the new security officer for the office, and Finch freaks out. Betsy went to college with him, and Dennis says she stole his personality. The Blush staff has Betsy thrown out of the building and fired, and are about to call the police when Dennis admits that he was the one who stole her personality back in college. Betsy is rehired, and now Dennis has to find another personality or settle with his dull (but true) personality, Denny, while Betsy confesses her true intentions of seducing Dennis. Meanwhile, Elliot forbids Jack from eating his cannolis after Maya and Nina accuse him of being Jack's bitch and Jack decides to get back at Elliot using his social influences, until Elliot can't take it anymore and gives Jack his last cannoli.

star 7.68
22 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: David Hemingson
In Your Dreams

#20 - In Your Dreams

Season 1 - Episode 5

Appalled at how bad she looks in her current ID photo, Maya agrees to let Elliott take a new photo of her which will make her look more attractive. Unfortunately, Elliott makes her look a little too attractive. A racy dream that ensues only adds to the trouble. Meanwhile, Finch power trips big time by writing a lengthy new office policy which seems to serve his own interests more than those of the office.

star 7.67
48 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Steven Levitan
Blush Gets Some Therapy

#21 - Blush Gets Some Therapy

Season 6 - Episode 19

After the staff embarasses themselves in front of designer Kate Spade, Jack hires a corporate therapist.

star 7.67
21 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Brian Reich
Jesus, It's Christmas

#22 - Jesus, It's Christmas

Season 2 - Episode 9

At Maya's urging, the gang agrees to forego the usual gift-giving tradition and pool their money into a donation for someone less fortunate than they are. The recipient turns out to be night custodian Jesus Santos, whom Maya meets while working late one night. Things become extremely awkward when Jesus decides what to spend the money on- nothing but presents for Maya. Meanwhile, Finch conspires to get Elliott to let him tag along on his trip to the Caribbean for a Christmas photo shoot with five gorgeous models.

star 7.67
33 votes
Writers: Sivert Glarum, Michael Jamin
Tea & Secrecy (2)

#23 - Tea & Secrecy (2)

Season 4 - Episode 15

Elliott doesn't want to tell the office about his new relationship with Maya, while she is quite anxious to. They try to keep it quiet, but everybody quickly finds out.

star 7.65
23 votes
The Experiment

#24 - The Experiment

Season 2 - Episode 1

Determined to prove that good-looking people have an unfair advantage in the job market, Maya concocts an experiment. She'll send two people to interview for the same job- one is unattractive but perfect for the job; the second has the brains of a Stegosaurus but is gorgeous. She soon falls victim to the very prejudice she is trying to fight when she and the good-looking guy start dating. Also, Nina begs for the chance to participate in an office prank on Finch while Jack struggles with the complicated assembly instructions to his baby daughter's dollhouse.

star 7.65
46 votes
Writers: Sivert Glarum, Michael Jamin
An Axe to Grind

#25 - An Axe to Grind

Season 4 - Episode 7

Finch is in denial about his divorce and Nina's reporter friend wants to turn it into a major news story. Elliott introduces his visiting lumberjack friend to Maya and becomes jealous when they hit it off. Maya and Elliott kiss. Part one of two.

star 7.64
28 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Brian Reich