The Best Episodes of Just Shoot Me

Last Updated: Feb 7, 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).

The First Thanksgiving

#1 - 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 8.30
23 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Howard Gewirtz
The Mask

#2 - 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 8.22
23 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Don Woodard, Tom Maxwell
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Choosing to Be Super

#3 - 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 8.18
22 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Moses Port, David Guarascio
Slow Donnie

#4 - 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 8.13
30 votes
Directors: Steven Levitan
Writers: Steven Levitan
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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 8.13
23 votes
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A Night at the Plaza

#6 - 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 8.12
24 votes
Writers: Gabe Sachs, Jeff Judah
Slamming Jack

#7 - 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 8.09
23 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Susan Dickes
Donnie Returns

#8 - 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 8.04
24 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Marsh McCall, Tom Maxwell, Don Woodard
La Cage

#9 - 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 8.00
30 votes
Writers: Jack Burditt
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The Pirate of Love

#10 - The Pirate of Love

Season 4 - Episode 16

While attending one of Nina's sex addict therapy sessions, Finch overhears ex-wife Adrienne telling the story of a recurring fantasy: Finch in a pirate suit. He soon sneaks into her apartment to try it out, only to discover her new boyfriend: a cop. Meanwhile, Elliott and Maya struggle against Jack's intimidation to buy cookies for his daughter's private school.

star 8.00
19 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: David Nichols
Mum's the Word

#11 - Mum's the Word

Season 5 - Episode 3

Nina begins dating an actor who lives with his overprotective mom. Elliott reveals a secret to Maya, who promptly tells the entire office.

star 8.00
19 votes
Directors: Peter Bonerz
Writers: Maria A. Brown
Blush Gets Some Therapy

#12 - 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 8.00
19 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Brian Reich
Halloween? Halloween!

#13 - Halloween? Halloween!

Season 7 - Episode 4

Nina is throwing a Halloween party! At the party, Finch and Elliot compete for Blush's newest cover model, Kelly. In the end Finch gets her, only to find she is a lesbian who thinks he is a woman. Meanwhile, the jealous Elliot tries to keep Vicki from going home with a guy she met at the party.

star 8.00
16 votes
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For the Last Time, I Do

#14 - For the Last Time, I Do

Season 7 - Episode 20

Prenuptial tensions beset Nina upon learning that the minister (Amy Yasbeck) is her intended's former girlfriend, who's still very fond of him.

star 8.00
17 votes
Two Girls for Every Boy

#15 - 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 8.00
23 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Moses Port, David Guarascio
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Prescription for Love

#16 - 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 8.00
20 votes
Writers: Jeff Lowell
The Two Faces of Finch (1)

#17 - 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 8.00
20 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: David Hemingson
In the Company of Maya

#18 - 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 7.97
33 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Pam Brady
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Sweet Charity

#19 - 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 7.96
27 votes
Writers: Marsh McCall
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Pass the Salt

#20 - 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 7.96
25 votes
Writers: Jack Burditt
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First Date

#21 - 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 7.96
23 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Susan Dickes
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Tea & Secrecy (2)

#22 - 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 7.95
21 votes
Friends and Neighbors

#23 - Friends and Neighbors

Season 6 - Episode 14

Maya's noisy neighbor moving out clears the way for Finch and Kevin to move in. But when Finch is given a space in the dorms on campus, he may leave Kevin out in the cold. Meanwhile, Elliott has trouble parting with his vintage car when he sells it to Jack.

star 7.95
20 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: David Hemingson, Maria A. Brown
The Proposal (1)

#24 - The Proposal (1)

Season 5 - Episode 12

Elliott plans to propose to Maya on her birthday. Nina is being honored in her hometown in Kansas. However, after Nina's plans are cancelled, she interferes with Elliott's plan by tagging along to dinner with him and Maya. Elliott manages to propose, but immediately has second thoughts.

star 7.95
20 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Maria A. Brown
The Assistant

#25 - 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 7.94
36 votes
Writers: Andrew Gordon, Eileen Conn
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