This ensemble comedy is about the inner workings of a high-style magazine owned by Jack Gallo, who has hired his quick-tempered but talented daughter, Maya, to write for the publication. Challenging her at every turn is Nina, a vain and superficial former model. Then there's photographer Elliot, a man who is very popular with his portrait subjects as well as other women. completing the core staff is her father's assistant, Dennis, a glorified secretary who is generally disrespectful to one and all.
Jack fears that Maya's new boyfriend may be his illegitimate son from a one-night stand many years before. Meanwhile, Finch has been living with Elliott since Maya kicked him out of her old apartment. When Elliott decides that it's time for him to go, Finch goes to long lengths to be able to stay.
Jack and Elliott think Nina's new boyfriend, magician "The Amazing Zigmund," is gay. Zigmund hits on Elliott--or does he? Meanwhile, Maya decides to enact revenge on her new high school intern after discovering that he plans to dump his girlfriend in the same manner she was dumped many years ago.
Trying to find a photo for a show, Elliott chooses a nude photo of Maya he took when they were dating and she passed out drunk. Jack hires a tutor for Finch, although she turns out to be a massage therapist as well. When Finch confesses he got a massage instead of being tutored, Jack is happy because Finch is maturing.
Jack and Finch prepare for a meeting with Tate Gittling (guest star Alan Rachins, "L.A. Law"), the publisher of Blush's biggest rival magazine, in an attempt to join together for a charity function. But when Finch becomes romantically involved with Gittling's assistant, Bridget (guest star Judy Greer), he drops his guard and she sets him up to make Jack look bad. Meanwhile, Nina becomes jealous of her rock star boyfriend's (guest star Simon Templeman) celebrity status.
Maya has a one night stand with a guy who says he's a doctor and moving to Spain. However, they're both surprised when he turns up as Blush's new creative consultant the next day. Meanwhile, Elliott becomes obsessed with getting Finch to do a good deed.
"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, among other things.
Richard Kind ("Spin City") plays a boorish intern at Blush with a crush on Maya. Also: Elliott is drawn to the women at his Bible-study class that's crashed by lascivious Finch, passing himself off as a sinner anxious to be saved.
Ray Liotta appears on "The Tonight Show," pledging his love to Maya. She rejects him until he agrees to give up being in the public eye for her, although he finds it difficult to adjust to being a regular guy. Elliott and Finch play a joke on cocky Jack, who has bought a desk once owned by George Washington. And Nina creates a one-woman show based on her life.
The outrageous behavior between Finch and his sexy partner (Gina Gershon) galls Maya, who sets out to rein in the stallion. Also: Jack and Maya compete for an office-cleaner's favor in a feud that gets way out of hand.
Simon (Simon Templeman) is about to pop the question to Nina (Wendie Malick), but she panics when she has to tell him she's still married to her last husband - the enchanting Roland Devereaux (guest star Jon Lovitz, NBC's "Saturday Night Live"). Jack (George Segal) finds the perfect man for Maya (Laura San Giacomo) - his lawyer - but Maya sticks to her instincts and falls for a radical naturist. David Spade and Enrico Colantoni also star.
The series won't be returning in the fall, but tonight NBC unreels two first-run episodes that showcase the sly repartee and gleeful double entendre that became the show's hallmark. First up, hairstyling once again occupies Vicki (Rena Sofer), who's "dyeing" to give Blush the brush; Nina takes under her wing the female impersonator who's portraying her in a cabaret show; and Dennis rides roughshod over his new assistant---Elliott.
In a satire of "Project Greenlight," Finch makes a ten-minute semi-autobiographical movie for his film class, and convinces actor David Hasselhoff to play the father in the film. But when filming starts, trouble ensues when Nina, playing the mother, falls in love with the actor playing her son. Meanwhile, Jack demands an onscreen apology from Hasselhoff after the actor scratches Jack's car in the parking lot.
At Vicki's suggestion, Jack asks all the Blush staff regulars to anonymously evaluate his work. Finch, Nina, Maya, and Elliott submit signed appraisals that only include words of praise, while Vicki anonymously tells Jack the truth. By process of elimination, Jack knows who the criticism came from, and he is spurned. Vicki consoles him and finally convinces him that the truth is healthy. Jack then insists that everyone tell him something honest, which sends Finch into a tailspin of vitriolic criticism. Meanwhile, Nina sprains her ankle after Maya suggests she walk somewhere, and Maya has to take Nina's place at a fashion event. When Maya has a great time, Nina becomes jealous.
Finch forgets to tell Jack about an important meeting with foreign clients, so he assumes Jack's identity and attempts to close a deal without Jack's knowledge. Meanwhile, Nina and her rock star boyfriend Simon (guest star Simon Templeman) force themselves to go clean in an attempt to get Nina's hard-partying granddaughter (guest star Sasha Barrese) to change her ways, and Elliott seizes an opportunity to confront his high school bully (guest star Jason Marsden).
Elliott goes to traffic school where Finch is his teacher. Nina and Maya debate why they were invited to a coworker's bridal shower. Jack accidentally sets Kevin's pet tarantula loose in the office.
Finch finds himself a kept man after romance novelist Allison Spencer begins to offer him gifts for sex. Meanwhile, while serving as fashion consultant for the American Film Awards pre-show on E!, Nina criticizes a handicapped actor's shoes, causing a national uproar.
Nina is dating the lead guitar player of Finch and Kevin's new "air band" and convinces him to quit the group. Meanwhile, Jack's rivalry with Alan Thicke drives both of them to therapy with their daughters.
Jack challenges Elliott to a game of darts and hits him in the back when Elliott accuses him of being too competitive. Meanwhile, Nina reveals that she had a daughter 34 years ago that she gave up for adoption, and her daughter is trying to find her. Nina enlists Finch to pose as her "son" but when she tells her daughter the truth, she wants nothing to do with her. Trying to make amends, Nina discovers that she is a grandmother also.
Nina starts dating a British rocker named Simon Leeds. Meanwhile, Maya convinces Vicki to give her the details of her divorce. And Jack is prancing around showing off his new pocket watch until Elliot gets one too.
Maya's tryst feeds office gossip, thanks to blabby Nina; Finch's scheme for a reserved parking space runs afoul of prying Elliott.
Maya is looking for a new assistant and thinks she's found the perfect one when Amy Watson, a good looking, young and intelligent woman shows up at the office. The entire male staff of Blush is drooling over her, and Nina warns Maya about Amy, but she thinks Amy is not just another dumb blond bimbo. Amy tries to show Maya some articles she has written, hoping that they would end up published in the magazine, but Maya thinks their content doesn't go with the Blush's theme. Nevertheless, Amy goes over Maya's head and shows the articles to Jack, who makes her Blush's newest sex columnist. Maya, who was just convinced to fire her because Amy was not at all what she thought, is shocked. Meanwhile, Elliot finds himself in an awkward position after setting Kevin up with a woman.
The magazine-based sitcom opens a new edition with Morgan Fairchild guest starring as an ex-centerfold model bemused by Finch. Also: Nina's rocker beau bonds with Jack. Cheryl Ladd has a cameo.
Nina talks Maya into dating a handsome but dumb exterminator. Maya is tested when she meets a smart man at an art gallery and sleeps with him. Meanwhile, Jack tries to teach Elliott and Finch a lesson when they begin paying Kevin to eat weird things.
Jack hires a woman off the street to run the desk. The staff thinks its because Jack wants to seduce her. This causes her to quit. When the staff finds out that Jack didn't hire her for that reason, they convince her to come back to work. Meanwhile, Finch tries to get a distraught female co-worker to take comfort in his arms.