List of Just Shoot Me! episodes

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The following is an episode list for the NBC television series Just Shoot Me!. The series premiered on March 4, 1997, and ended its run on August 16, 2003. In total, 148 episodes were produced during 7 seasons.

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
16March 4, 1997 (1997-03-04)March 26, 1997 (1997-03-26)
225September 23, 1997 (1997-09-23)May 12, 1998 (1998-05-12)
325September 22, 1998 (1998-09-22)May 25, 1999 (1999-05-25)
424September 21, 1999 (1999-09-21)May 16, 2000 (2000-05-16)
522October 12, 2000 (2000-10-12)May 10, 2001 (2001-05-10)
622September 27, 2001 (2001-09-27)May 2, 2002 (2002-05-02)
724October 8, 2002 (2002-10-08)August 16, 2003 (2003-08-16)

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (1997)[edit]

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Back Issues"Philip Charles MacKenzieSteven LevitanMarch 4, 1997 (1997-03-04)
Maya Gallo (Laura San Giacomo) reluctantly goes to work for Jack Gallo (her father) (George Segal) at his magazine. When she arrives for work, her new co-workers are resistant to her arrival. Her officemates include Nina Vorn Horn (fashion editor and former supermodel) (Wendie Malick), Dennis Finch (Jack's secretary and right-hand man) (David Spade), and Elliott DiMauro (head photographer) (Enrico Colantoni).
22"The Devil and Maya Gallo"Philip Charles MacKenzieMarsh McCallMarch 5, 1997 (1997-03-05)
Maya begins working at her father's magazine. Her father buys her a ton of gifts and gives her a great new office in which to work. Maya is thrilled, until she analyzes her father's motivation.
33"Secretary's Day"Leonard R. Garner Jr.Tom MartinMarch 12, 1997 (1997-03-12)
When everybody starts wishing Finch happy secretary's day, he gets very annoyed. He hates being known as just a secretary. He leaves the office and has a brush with fame when he falls into the gorilla cage at the zoo. Jay Leno appears as himself in The Tonight Show.
44"Nina's Birthday"Leonard R. Garner Jr.Stephen EngelMarch 19, 1997 (1997-03-19)
When Jack becomes fed up of Maya's and Nina's constant fighting, Jack suggests Maya throw Nina a birthday party; Maya tries her hardest to be nice to Nina, but she is pushed to her limits. Finch claims that Elliot's success with women only comes from his being a powerful photographer, so they make a bet to decide the issue.
55"In Your Dreams"Jeff MelmanSteven LevitanMarch 25, 1997 (1997-03-25)
Elliot took photos of Maya for her employee badge and Maya later had sex dreams about Elliot. The next day, Maya tried hard to hide about the sex dream at the office.
66"Lemon Wacky Hello"Philip Charles MacKenzieAndrew Gordon & Eileen ConnMarch 26, 1997 (1997-03-26)
On a trip to Hong Kong Jack brings back some tasty treats for his employees. Although unknown to him, they contain a hallucinogenic drug. While under the influence Maya must try and put the magazine back together.

Season 2 (1997–98)[edit]

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
71"The Experiment"Leonard R. Garner Jr.Sivert Glarum & Michael JaminSeptember 23, 1997 (1997-09-23)
Maya concocts an experiment to prove that good looking people have an unfair advantage in the job market, but she then proves the prejudice when she starts dating the good looking guy. Nina thought she and Elliot were going to play a practical joke on Finch, but in the end Finch and Elliot play one on her. Jack desperately struggles to assemble a baby bungalow for his daughter Hannah.
82"The Assistant"Leonard R. Garner Jr.Andrew Gordon & Eileen ConnSeptember 30, 1997 (1997-09-30)
Maya's new assistant, Cindy (Cheri Oteri), is annoying and incompetent; however, Maya refuses to admit to Jack that she hired the wrong person. As Nina is preparing for a radio debate with a feminist intellectual, Elliot and Finch devise a plan to humiliate her and make a word-a-day calendar with made-up words.
93"Old Boyfriends"Lee Shallat ChemelSteven LevitanOctober 28, 1997 (1997-10-28)
Maya is dating a much older man; when Jack finds out, he struggles to accept it. Nina flashes a window cleaner, who as a result falls off the scaffolding and ends up hospitalized with serious injuries.
104"La Cage"Lee Shallat ChemelJack BurdittNovember 4, 1997 (1997-11-04)
Finch is happily surprised by the advances of a supermodel (guest star Stephanie Romanov). They have a fling, despite Elliot (who had a fling with her) warning him that she's crazy. Finch finishes with her, and she takes Elliot back to her place.
115"King Lear Jet"Lee Shallat ChemelDanny ZukerNovember 11, 1997 (1997-11-11)
Jack has obtained two tickets to the Royal Shakespeare Company production in London. With a lot of flattery, Nina and Elliot are given the tickets much to Maya's annoyance.
126"My Dinner with Woody"John FortenberrySteven LevitanNovember 18, 1997 (1997-11-18)
Maya writes an article on her hero Woody Allen. She then receives a phone call from Woody. When she meets him, she realizes that he is a Woody Allen impersonator. She spends time with him and they live as though they are in a Woody Allen movie. She cuts contact with him because she finds him weird and scary.
137"Twice Burned"John FortenberryPam BradyNovember 25, 1997 (1997-11-25)
Jack is desperate to get his daughter Hannah into Woodbridge, the best school in the city, but his application is turned down: he forgot that Maya, as a student of the school, burned down one of its wings. Elliot and Nina discover they share a fascination with blues singer/songwriter Cholera Joe Hopper, but cannot agree as to the lyrics of one of the songs. The two try to track down any of the living relatives of Cholera to find out what the correct lyrics are.
148"Sweet Charity"Leonard R. Garner Jr.Marsh McCallDecember 9, 1997 (1997-12-09)
Maya convinces Jack to get Blush Magazine involved in some charity work. Elliot has a problem when the delivery guy invents a nickname for everyone in the office but him.
159"Jesus, It's Christmas"John FortenberrySivert Glarum & Michael JaminDecember 16, 1997 (1997-12-16)
Maya suggests that Blush management pool their resources to give a gift to someone less fortunate in place of exchanging gifts. Meanwhile Finch tries to finagle his way onto a photo shoot in the Caribbean.
1610"Elliott the Geek"Pamela FrymanMarsh McCallJanuary 6, 1998 (1998-01-06)
On finding out about the death of his high school teacher, Elliot intends to take vengeance for being picked on in school and impress his former persecutors with his success and glamor. At the funeral, he realizes however what the real lesson of the late teacher was and abandons the intention. Meanwhile, Jack is giving Finch some tips as to how to exert power over others using psychological techniques. When Finch is drunk with his newly gained power and thinks the pupil has outgrown the master, Jack puts him back in his place.
1711"Sewer!"Ken LevineAndrew Gordon & Eileen ConnJanuary 13, 1998 (1998-01-13)
Maya tries to compete with her old college roommate's (guest star Lisa Edelstein) globetrotting journalistic ventures by spending a night in a sewer in hope of getting her first hard-hitting news story in a year.
1812"In the Company of Maya"Gail MancusoPam BradyJanuary 20, 1998 (1998-01-20)
Maya develops a crush on a writer she works with and believing that he likes her to she uses some of Nina's tips to lead him on. Elliot dates an fledgling actress and is embarrassed that her initial break comes in the form of doing an ad for hemorrhoid medication.
1913"Pass the Salt"Leonard R. Garner Jr.Jack BurdittJanuary 29, 1998 (1998-01-29)
Finch's father comes to town for a firefighters' convention, and to bond with his son, whom he is now sure is gay.
2014"The Walk"Darryl BatesAndrew Gordon & Eileen ConnFebruary 3, 1998 (1998-02-03)
When Jack loses his temper for no apparent reason Maya, Elliot, Finch and Nina try to find out why. Finch tries to seduce coworker Courtney by following Elliot's advice to think of romance as a tango.
2115"Nina in the Cantina"Pamela FrymanSivert Glarum & Michael JaminFebruary 24, 1998 (1998-02-24)
Nina thinks she is the Nina in the song title and regales Maya with the story of her most romantic evening. Maya lets slip at an interview with the singer she knows Nina and arranges a meeting between the two only to find out that Nina's love is not the singer.
2216"College or Collagen"Pamela FrymanMarsh McCallFebruary 26, 1998 (1998-02-26)
Mentoring seems to be going really well for Maya- her protégé; Karey is doing well in her first year of college. However, Karey comes to a crossroads wondering what to do with her life. Meanwhile, Finch replaces Allie as Jack's bridge partner and then becomes jealous when Jack wants to play again with her.
2317"Nina's Bikini"Pamela FrymanSivert Glarum & Michael JaminMarch 3, 1998 (1998-03-03)
Nina's famous bikini is going to be put in the Model cafe and Jack has Elliott take boudoir photos of him as an anniversary present for his wife.
2418"The Kiss"Darryl BatesTom Maxwell & Don WoodardMarch 19, 1998 (1998-03-19)
Maya agrees to pose as Elliott's wife in order to get him a great deal on an apartment. Meanwhile, Jack discovers that Finch has been renting out his parking space.
2519"Bravefinch"Leonard R. Garner Jr.Andrew Gordon & Eileen ConnMarch 26, 1998 (1998-03-26)
Jack hires a personal assistant when Finch complains about doing petty errands. Meanwhile, Maya's interview is ruined when she thinks a nicotine patch is a band-aid.
2620"Jack's Old Partner"Leonard R. Garner Jr.Marsh McCallApril 9, 1998 (1998-04-09)
While writing his memoirs, Jack is unable to write the chapter where he fires his old business partner, Herb. Believing guilt to be the cause of his writer's block, Jack re-employs Herb, only to remember why he fired him all those years ago. Nina tries to evade an IRS audit, first by hiring Finch, then by using Elliot to romantically distract the auditor.
2721"Amblushed"Pamela FrymanPam BradyApril 16, 1998 (1998-04-16)
Jack persuades Maya to go and make a speech to a group neglecting to add that the group want to know why the magazine denigrates women; Maya then defends herself but insults her co-workers. Nina decides she wants to stage a comeback as a model, and Elliot decides to cover her in gold paint for the photo shoot.
2822"The Emperor"Jean SagalDon Woodard & Tom Maxwell and Sivert Glarum & Michael JaminApril 23, 1998 (1998-04-23)
Nina decides not to go to a designers party and Maya goes in her place making some very choice comments regarding the designer and losing the magazine advertising revenue. She then tries to redeem the situation. At Jack's suggerstion, Eliot starts dating a certain Meredith Baker; yet, Jack's meddling in their relationship make Eliott look creepy.
2923"Rescue Me"Steven LevitanSteven LevitanApril 30, 1998 (1998-04-30)
An office blood drive turns into a storytelling session, as Finch, Elliott, and Nina tell Maya how her father rescued them from desperate situations.
3024"Eve of Destruction"Pamela FrymanJack Burditt and Pam BradyMay 5, 1998 (1998-05-05)
Maya's mother visits the magazine and she and Jack get into a fight about a painting. Elliot, Finch, and Nina get nervous when it appears Jack has brought in an efficiency consultant who seems intent on shaking things up.
3125"War and Sleaze"Leonard R. Garner Jr.Marsh McCallMay 12, 1998 (1998-05-12)
Nina proposes a double date for her and Maya, and Maya senses trouble. She is then proven right when her date, after throwing his back out in her apartment, is revealed to be a United States Congressman - and a married one. Meanwhile, the magazine staff participates in a paintball match where Finch unwittingly eliminates Jack three minutes into the war.

Season 3 (1998–99)[edit]

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
321"What the Teddy Bear Saw"Leonard R. Garner Jr.Andrew Gordon & Eileen ConnSeptember 22, 1998 (1998-09-22)
Jack enlists Finch to stop off at his house and check up on his new nanny.
332"Steamed"Leonard R. Garner Jr.Marsh McCallSeptember 29, 1998 (1998-09-29)
Jack wants the tenants on the floor above Blush to move. Maya is taken in by Finch's lie that he wants them to move so he can build a free daycare center. Nina meets with Greta, a former model whom she has not seen for years, and is shocked at Greta's putting on weight.
343"The Mask"Pamela FrymanDon Woodard & Tom MaxwellOctober 27, 1998 (1998-10-27)
Finch claims he wasn't scared by Psycho, so Elliott sets out to prove he's lying. Meanwhile, Maya finds a family photo of Jack taking her out trick-or-treating, and discovers a disturbing secret behind it. Finch and Elliot wonder whether Binnie is real or not.
354"Funny Girl"Leonard R. Garner Jr.Danny ZukerNovember 3, 1998 (1998-11-03)
Elliot feels harassed when a photography fan starts mailing photos to Elliot, requesting approval and asking for meetings. After Finch claims women are no good at practical jokes, Maya's attempts to prove him wrong go awry. Jack explores the possibility of getting plastic surgery.
365"Two Girls for Every Boy"Pamela FrymanMoses Port & David GuarascioNovember 10, 1998 (1998-11-10)
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: two women. Jack tries to get Nina and Elliot to treat him as just another staff member.
376"The Withholder"Leonard R. Garner Jr.Sivert Glarum & Michael JaminNovember 17, 1998 (1998-11-17)
Elliot helps Finch get back at Courtney; Jack makes another bet with Donald Trump—whoever loses less weight has to wear a dress during their golf game.
387"Puppetmaster"Pamela FrymanPam BradyNovember 17, 1998 (1998-11-17)
Maya dates the host of a children's puppet show, Steven (played by French Stewart). Maya soon begins to suspect that he is using their dates as subject matter for his TV show. Meanwhile, Nina invests in a nightclub.
398"The List"Leonard R. Garner Jr.Marsh McCallNovember 24, 1998 (1998-11-24)
Jack drops on the a list of 100 most powerful men, whilst Finch meets Mark Hamill— guest-starring as himself.
409"How Nina Got Her Groove Back"Leonard R. Garner Jr.Sivert Glarum & Michael JaminDecember 8, 1998 (1998-12-08)
Nina gets into a catfight with her rival, Vogue's fashion editor, Margo Langhorne, then becomes upset when Margo decides to retire. Having found out that Donald Trump has a sandwich named after him, Jack wants to have something named after him too. Elliot has obtained a pair of designer shoes and even though he is unable to walk in them, he refuses to put them off. Maya meets a good looking guy with chiseled torso, yet she becomes irritated when she realizes that he takes off his shirt at any opportunity.
4110"How the Finch Stole Christmas"Jean SagalStephen EngelDecember 15, 1998 (1998-12-15)
Finch sneaks a look at the office Christmas presents; angered by the trivial gift he'll be receiving, he decides to ruin Christmas for the others. Kelsey Grammer narrates.
4211"Slow Donnie"Steven LevitanSteven LevitanJanuary 5, 1999 (1999-01-05)
Elliot invites Maya to his house to celebrate his 'slow' brother Donny's birthday. But when left alone with Maya, Donny (played by David Cross) reveals a shocking secret. Donnie also debates Jack on mechanics of the vacuum tube.
4312"A Spy in the House of Me"Craig ZiskAndrew Gordon & Eileen ConnJanuary 12, 1999 (1999-01-12)
Maya's first love, John Kenny, returns to town; while Maya is as happy as ever to be reunited with her old love, Jack and Elliot are not so thrilled. Finch oversees a new group of interns, running things in a manner similar to the bootcamp in "An Officer and a Gentleman".
4413"Lies & Dolls"Craig ZiskSivert Glarum & Michael JaminFebruary 2, 1999 (1999-02-02)
A visiting United States Senator becomes smitten with Nina, who he falsely believes to be a Christian homemaker. Nina's true personality is revealed after she is asked to prepare a home cooked meal for the Senator. Elliot is ridden by guilt when he recalls that he stole an action figure when a little boy, so he decides to give it back, much to Finch's chagrin.
4514"Nina Sees Red: Part 1"Pamela FrymanJack BurdittFebruary 9, 1999 (1999-02-09)
When Finch's father visits, his romantic overtures toward Nina make Finch uncomfortable.
4615"Nina Sees Red: Part 2"Pamela FrymanJack BurdittFebruary 16, 1999 (1999-02-16)
Finch's father and Nina become engaged. Finch takes the news badly.
4716"Hostess to Murder"Pamela FrymanPam BradyFebruary 23, 1999 (1999-02-23)
Maya's attempt to host a murder mystery party is plagued with problems.
4817"Toy Story"Pamela FrymanDanny ZukerMarch 2, 1999 (1999-03-02)
As a prank, Finch switches the cards on two of Elliott's birthday gifts: those from Maya and Persky.
4918"Miss Pretty"Pamela FrymanMichael GaraMarch 23, 1999 (1999-03-23)
Finch has been secretly writing Blush's advice column under the name Miss Pretty. When Maya, impressed by Finch's writing, asks to meet Miss Pretty, Finch pays a sleazy friend to pose as the columnist.
5019"Maya's Nude Photos"Pamela FrymanMoses Port & David GuarascioApril 6, 1999 (1999-04-06)
Maya's enrollment in a photography class causes problems on multiple levels between her and Elliott when her teacher assigns Maya to do nude self-portraits. Meanwhile, Finch and Nina both feel cast aside when Jack takes a liking to Nina's new assistant on the basis of his ability to do magic tricks.
5120"And the Femmy Goes To..."Pamela FrymanMarc Abrams & Michael BensonMay 4, 1999 (1999-05-04)
The nominations for the annual Femmy awards are in and Maya, Nina and Elliott are nominated, while Finch isn't even invited to the ceremony. However, the evening doesn't go exactly as planned for all.
5221"Softball"Pamela FrymanJack BurdittMay 4, 1999 (1999-05-04)
The staff prepares for the annual softball game against the magazine Cosmo.
5322"Shaking Private Trainer"Pamela FrymanPam BradyMay 11, 1999 (1999-05-11)
After throwing his back out playing with his daughter, Jack vows to get in shape and hires a personal trainer who used to be a Navy SEAL. Nina can't figure out why she's not attracted to the trainer, despite his good looks and his obvious interest in her. Maya enlists Finch's help to co-write a screenplay about a vampire cop.
5423"Nina's Choice"Pamela FrymanMoses Port & David GuarascioMay 18, 1999 (1999-05-18)
Nina has to choose between two men: a convict and a cop chasing him. Jack, Finch and Elliot bet on each other.
55–5624–25"The Odd Couple"Steven LevitanPart 1: Don Woodard & Tom Maxwell
Part 2: Marsh McCall
May 25, 1999 (1999-05-25)
A visit from a successful former acquaintance, Barry (played by Bob Odenkirk), causes Finch to try his luck with a depressed model. Finch announces his engagement to Adrienne. Unfortunately for Finch, Adrienne's hockey playing ex-boyfriend arrives to win her back.

Season 4 (1999–2000)[edit]

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
571"A Divorce to Remember"Pamela FrymanMarsh McCallSeptember 21, 1999 (1999-09-21)
The cracks begin to show in Finch and Adrienne's relationship as he repeatedly lies to her so he can attend a cat show. Maya and Elliot attend Nina's cult in order to obtain a divorce.
582"When Nina Met Elliott"Pamela FrymanMoses Port & David GuarascioSeptember 28, 1999 (1999-09-28)
Elliot is upset to discover that Nina was responsible for a car accident which destroyed his chance of marriage many years before. Finch and his new wife come under scrutiny from immigration officials when her work permit expires.
593"Blackmail Photographer"Peter BonerzKell Cahoon & Tom SaundersNovember 2, 1999 (1999-11-02)
Elliot is forced to employ an aspiring photographer who is blackmailing him. Maya tries to convince Nina that the moon landing was not a hoax.
604"Finch Gets Dick"Pamela FrymanSivert Glarum & Michael JaminNovember 9, 1999 (1999-11-09)
Kyle, one of Adrienne's model friends (played by Andy Dick) visits intent on stealing Adrienne away from Finch. In order to defend himself from Kyle's accusations, Finch admits that he's been constantly lying. Adrienne decides to try and salvage their marriage by getting to know the real Dennis "Quimby" Finch. Meanwhile, Nina finds joy singing at a home for the elderly.
615"Jack Vents"Matthew DiamondPam BradyNovember 9, 1999 (1999-11-09)
Nina overhears Jack talking to his therapist through an air conditioning vent. She uses this information to control him. Maya dabbles in gambling and accidentally bets $5,000 on a dog race.
626"Hello Goodbye"Matthew DiamondTeleplay by: Jack Burditt and Mike Reynolds
Story by: Steven Levitan
November 16, 1999 (1999-11-16)
After meeting each other's friends, Finch and Adrienne admit they have nothing in common. At Jack's command, Maya is doing staff evaluations. Elliot overreacts to a minor criticism.
637"An Axe to Grind"Pamela FrymanBrian ReichNovember 23, 1999 (1999-11-23)
Finch is in denial about the breakup of his marriage. Maya dates a friend of Elliot's.
648"First Date"Pamela FrymanSusan DickesNovember 25, 1999 (1999-11-25)
Maya's annoying assistant Cindy returns, now a major advertising buyer.
659"Love is in the Air"Pamela FrymanKell Cahoon & Tom SaundersNovember 30, 1999 (1999-11-30)
Jack runs into an ex-wife and her lover on a flight to Paris, and tries to convince the pair to marry. Back at the office, Nina enlists Kevin to play a practical joke on Dennis and Elliot.
6610"Jack Gets Tough"Leonard R. Garner Jr.Howard GewirtzDecember 14, 1999 (1999-12-14)
Jack publishes a fabrication in his memoirs claiming that he once beat up Robert Conrad. An attractive saleswoman tricks Finch into buying expensive clothing he cannot afford. Guest starring Conrad as himself.
6711"Prescription for Love"Leonard R. Garner Jr.Jeff LowellJanuary 11, 2000 (2000-01-11)
Elliot's new girlfriend, a beautiful, intelligent doctor, brings out insecurity in Elliot and jealousy in Maya. Finch and Nina bond after finding themselves temporarily homeless and living in the office.
6812"When Nina Met Elliott's Mother"Jean SagalMoses Port & David GuarascioJanuary 25, 2000 (2000-01-25)
While visiting Elliot's parents to lecture a group of girl scouts, Nina inspires Elliot's mother to leave her husband in search of adventure. Jack and Maya accidentally kill Finch's cat, Spartacus, and have trouble dealing with the guilt.
6913"Dial 'N' for Murder"Pamela FrymanSivert Glarum & Michael JaminFebruary 8, 2000 (2000-02-08)
Nina's first modelling coach asks Nina to euthanise her, but changes her mind after meeting Finch. Maya discovers her new boyfriend is a fat fetishist intent on making her gain weight.
7014"Paradise by the Dashboard Light"Pamela FrymanSusan DickesFebruary 15, 2000 (2000-02-15)
Maya and Elliot struggle with their feelings for each other, while Nina and Jack use a dating service to audition a potential boyfriend for Maya.
7115"Tea & Secrecy"Pamela FrymanBrian ReichFebruary 15, 2000 (2000-02-15)
Maya and Elliot try to keep their relationship a secret from the rest of the office, but with little success.
7216"The Pirate of Love"Pamela FrymanDavid NicholsFebruary 22, 2000 (2000-02-22)
Finch attends a sex addicts anonymous meeting and is shocked to see his ex wife there confessing to fantasising about him. Jack bullies his staff into buying cookies to raise money for his daughter's school. Maya's objections to this creates a rift between her and Elliot.
7317"With Thee I Swing"Jean SagalMichael GaraFebruary 29, 2000 (2000-02-29)
Elliot and Maya try to make new friends as a couple. Due to a misunderstanding, they befriend a couple who believe them to be swingers. Jack is so desperate to buy Donald Trump a better gift than Trump buys for him, he forces Finch to betray a friend.
7418"Blackjack"Pamela FrymanSivert Glarum & Michael JaminMarch 28, 2000 (2000-03-28)
Jack confronts a man who has been posing as his son (Kadeem Hardison). He takes his fake son on as a protégé, excluding Finch and Maya. Nina and Elliot are judges at the fashion awards, but Elliot is disturbed to find the awards are corrupt and the judges are bribed.
7519"Blinded by the Right"Pamela FrymanKell Cahoon & Tom SaundersApril 4, 2000 (2000-04-04)
A morality group is pressuring a supermarket to remove Blush from its shelves because of the smutty cover lines. Finch attends bodyguard school.
7620"Hot Nights in Paris"Pamela FrymanMoses Port & David GuarascioApril 18, 2000 (2000-04-18)
Maya moves in with Elliot, but their domestic bliss is short lived. Jack and Nina both try to avoid their annual anniversary night out. Guest appearance by Elliott Gould as himself.
7721"When Nina Met Her Parents"Pamela FrymanHoward GewirtzApril 27, 2000 (2000-04-27)
Nina is contacted by her birth parents. But when a blood test proves that she is not their real daughter, Nina ignores the result. After seeing Finch nude in a sauna, Elliot and Jack are struck by feelings of inadequacy.
7822"Finch on Ice"Dana De Vally PiazzaSusan Dickes and Brian ReichMay 2, 2000 (2000-05-02)
Finch's old skating partner returns, and asks him to coach her and her new partner. Just before the skating competition, she twists her ankle, forcing Finch to take her place. Maya has dyed her hair blonde. Nina is thrilled that her A&E biography is airing, but when Ed McMahon is struck by a bus, she fears that his death will lead to the cancellation of her program. Ed McMahon appears as himself.
7923"A&E Biography: Nina Van Horn"Pamela FrymanPam BradyMay 9, 2000 (2000-05-09)
Nina's exploits are presented on A&E's Biography.
8024"Fast Times at Finchmont High"Steven LevitanTeleplay by: Moses Port & David Guarascio and Robert Cohen
Story by: Kell Cahoon & Tom Saunders
May 16, 2000 (2000-05-16)
Finch returns to high school to research an article for Maya, but is reluctant to leave after becoming popular. Jack discovers Kevin's hidden talent. Nina decides to become celibate. She is then put through a test when a latino pilot appears. Special Guest: Melissa Joan Hart as Krissy.

Season 5 (2000–01)[edit]

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
811"Hit the Road, Jack"Pamela FrymanBrian ReichOctober 12, 2000 (2000-10-12)
Allie leaves Jack for another man. Nina is frustrated after Finch spurns her advances, only to discover that he has been holding a grudge for the past nine years.
822"A Night at the Plaza"Dana De Vally PiazzaGabe Sachs & Jeff JudahOctober 19, 2000 (2000-10-19)
Jack checks into a hotel suite, and wants to be left alone. However, he is repeatedly interrupted.
833"Mum's the Word"Peter BonerzMaria A. BrownOctober 26, 2000 (2000-10-26)
Nina begins dating the star of a TV show who has been filming outside Blush's office. She soon discovers that he lives with his mother, who is determined to destroy their relationship. Elliot confesses to Maya that he once spent a month in jail.
844"Donnie Returns"Pamela FrymanMarsh McCall and Tom Maxwell & Don WoodardNovember 2, 2000 (2000-11-02)
Elliot's brother Donny returns. Since his last appearance, he has made a success of himself selling insurance. However, he is unable to regain Maya's trust until an unfortunate event in the hospital.
855"Choosing to be Super"Pamela FrymanMoses Port & David GuarascioNovember 9, 2000 (2000-11-09)
Maya's best friend from high school arrives. He confesses to Maya that he is a recovering alcoholic, and got in touch to apologise for spreading rumours about her in high school. Maya's refusal to accept his apology causes him to start drinking again. Jack is having a recurring dream in which Kevin attempts to kill him.
866"Brandi, You're a Fine Girl"Pamela FrymanTeleplay by: Susan Dickes and David Hemingson
Story by: Brian Reich and Maria A. Brown
November 16, 2000 (2000-11-16)
Finch discovers that childhood friend, Bert, has had a sex change and is now Brandi (Jenny McCarthy). After seeing Nina abusing her new assistant, Elliot tells her that she is Tommy Hilfiger's daughter.
877"The First Thanksgiving"Pamela FrymanHoward GewirtzNovember 23, 2000 (2000-11-23)
Maya's perfect thanksgiving turns into a farce due a number of misunderstandings.
888"Slamming Jack"Pamela FrymanSusan DickesDecember 7, 2000 (2000-12-07)
After yelling at Jack, Finch is transferred to a dingy downtown office where he meets Jack's previous assistant. Elliot spots Maya's gynaecologist in a strip club.
899"Dog Day Afternoon"Dana De Vally PiazzaDavid HemingsonDecember 14, 2000 (2000-12-14)
When Maya asks to keep a lost dog, Elliot believes she is testing his suitability as a parent. He pretends to neglect the dog, but when Maya returns him to his rightful owners, Elliot is upset and later kidnaps the dog. Jack wins $50,000 on the lottery, but Finch lied about buying the ticket and must find some way to stop Jack claiming the money.
9010"Finch and the Fighter"Peter BonerzBrian ReichJanuary 4, 2001 (2001-01-04)
Dennis dates a woman boxer, but is threatened by her ex, another woman boxer. Nina, Elliot and Jack cheat at a board game so they can beat Maya.
9111"The Gift Piggy"Peter BonerzGabe Sachs & Jeff JudahJanuary 11, 2001 (2001-01-11)
Nina and Maya are invited to a party, but suspect they were only asked for the presents. Kevin brings his pet spider to work, but after Jack leaves its cage open, it escapes. Elliot must attend a traffic school being taught by Finch, who refuses to renew Elliot's licence after he misbehaves.
9212"The Proposal: Part 1"Pamela FrymanMaria A. BrownJanuary 25, 2001 (2001-01-25)
Jack's engagement ring is returned as part of his divorce settlement. This inspires Elliot to propose to Maya. He agonises over the perfect proposal, but it is almost ruined when a depressed Nina tags along. Elliot convinces her to leave, only to sabotage the event himself by having a panic attack when she accepts his proposal.
9313"The Proposal: Part 2"Pamela FrymanMoses Port & David GuarascioFebruary 1, 2001 (2001-02-01)
Elliot proposes to Maya a second time, and she accepts again. However, Elliot has another panic attack. Maya later decides that she cannot stay with him, and kicks him out of their apartment. Finch discovers that Nina rented out Jack's office for a porn shoot, and demands she show the director (Penn Jillette) a script he has written. The director loves his work, and wants to shoot the film in Jack's office.
9414"The Auction"Pamela FrymanRoss McCall & Aaron PetersFebruary 8, 2001 (2001-02-08)
Blush is holding a charity auction, with Finch as auctioneer. Jack throws away a present given to him by Finch, upsetting Finch and causing him to misbehave at the auction. Maya and Elliot attend the auction with new partners - Elliot with an illiterate prostitute (Lucy Lawless) posing as a surgeon, and Maya with one of her clients.
9515"Maya's and Tigers and Dean, Oh My"Pamela FrymanTeleplay by: Maria A. Brown and Gabe Sachs & Jeff Judah
Story by: Ross McCall & Aaron Peters
February 15, 2001 (2001-02-15)
Nina is dating a magician who everyone, including her, believes to be gay. Maya mistreats a new intern (Ashton Kutcher) after comparing him to her high school boyfriend.
9616"Sid & Nina"Pamela FrymanBrian ReichFebruary 22, 2001 (2001-02-22)
Finch is working as a DJ at a Bar Mitzvah for Sid. Sid persuades Nina to attend by telling her it will be a glitzy showbiz event. When she arrives and promptly goes to leave, Finch convinces her to stay by telling her Sid is dying.
9717"Where's Poppa?"Pamela FrymanSusan Dickes and David HemingsonMarch 15, 2001 (2001-03-15)
Finch stages a fake burglary to avoid being kicked out of Elliot's apartment. Maya dates a man who Jack worries may be her brother.
9818"Erlene and Boo"Kevin C. SlatteryDavid Hemingson and Brian ReichMarch 29, 2001 (2001-03-29)
Nina's "baby" sister, Erlene (Brooke Shields), arrives at Blush and is an instant hit with the staff. Feeling excluded, Nina destroys her chances of a permanent position at the magazine by telling her that she is disliked. When Nina hears that Erlene has started working at a sleazy bar, she and Finch set off to rescue her. The end of this episode breaks the Fourth Wall when Brooke Shields objects to her character sleeping with Finch.
9919"Fanny Finch"Pamela FrymanTeleplay by: Susan Dickes and David Hemingson
Story by: Moses Port & David Guarascio
April 19, 2001 (2001-04-19)
When Finch is visited by his mother, he spots an opportunity to pair her up with Jack. To do this, he must first break up Jack's current relationship. Elliot tries to convince an iconic photographer who has not worked in years to pick up a camera.
10020"Sugar Momma"Richard BodenMoses Port & David GuarascioApril 26, 2001 (2001-04-26)
Finch is dating an older woman (Kathie Lee Gifford). Nina embarrasses Jack by insulting a wheelchair-bound actor at an awards ceremony.
10121"Maya Stops Thinking"Gerren KeithSusan Dickes and Moses Port & David GuarascioMay 3, 2001 (2001-05-03)
Maya has a one night stand with a man she meets in a bar (Dean Cain), and is surprised to find out the next morning that he is a new employee at Blush. Elliot tries to make the world a better place by doing a good deed to Finch, who however refuses to follow Elliot's example and is intent on proving that evil will always triumph.
10222"At Long Last Allie"Pamela FrymanMarsh McCall and Tom Maxwell & Don WoodardMay 10, 2001 (2001-05-10)
Jack's ex-wife Allie returns, asking for a job at the magazine. She confides in Finch that she wants to reunite with Jack. Elliot's new girlfriend, a psychiatrist, dumps him after Nina calls him a commitment phobic womaniser during a session.

Season 6 (2001–02)[edit]

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season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1031"Finch in the Dogg House"Pamela FrymanBrian ReichSeptember 27, 2001 (2001-09-27)
Finch lands a new job as an assistant to rap star Snoop Dogg after Jack fires him.
1042"The Two Faces of Finch: Part 1"Pamela FrymanDavid HemingsonOctober 11, 2001 (2001-10-11)
Finch begins dating Betsy (Amy Sedaris), whose personality matches his too closely for comfort.
1053"The Two Faces of Finch: Part 2"Pamela FrymanDavid WalpertOctober 18, 2001 (2001-10-18)
Betsy uses Elliot to make Finch jealous, while Maya's fight for a raise leads to a showdown with Jack.
1064"Bye Bye Binnie"Pamela FrymanMaria A. BrownOctober 25, 2001 (2001-10-25)
The office is concerned when Nina carries the urn containing a friend's ashes everywhere she goes.
1075"Maya Judging Amy"Pamela FrymanDonick CaryNovember 1, 2001 (2001-11-01)
Maya's new assistant (Tiffani Thiessen) stirs jealousy in the office with her credentials and her good looks. Meanwhile, Elliott helps Kevin make a good impression on his date.
1086"Finch Chasing Amy"Pamela FrymanAllison AdlerNovember 8, 2001 (2001-11-08)
Finch and Elliot compete for the affections of the magazine's new sex columnist, Amy (Tiffani Thiessen).
1097"The Impossible Dream"Pamela FrymanJoe Port & Joe WisemanNovember 15, 2001 (2001-11-15)
Amy decides to separately date both Finch and Elliot. Jack and Nina try to tempt Kevin into taking a promotion by getting him to crave risotto and then revealing that risotto is expensive and requires the money a promotion would bring.
1108"The Haves and the Have-Mores"Pamela FrymanDavid Finkel & Brett BaerDecember 6, 2001 (2001-12-06)
Jack is determined to impress his billionaire peer; Maya helps a mail clerk get over his obsession with Nina.
1119"Christmas? Christmas!"Pamela FrymanDavid Finkel & Brett BaerDecember 13, 2001 (2001-12-13)
Ray Liotta visits the Blush Christmas party, and he and Maya bond over their love of the holiday season. They begin dating, and Maya finds out just how crazy Ray is about Christmas.
11210"Nina Van Mom"Pamela FrymanTeleplay by: Brian Reich
Story by: Joe Port & Joe Wiseman
January 10, 2002 (2002-01-10)
Nina is tracked down by the child she gave up for adoption. The two have nothing in common, but Nina eventually decides to get to know her daughter, only to be told that she is also a grandmother. Jack takes up darts and challenges Elliot to a game, but reacts badly when he loses.
11311"Nina Van Grandma"Pamela FrymanDavid WalpertJanuary 17, 2002 (2002-01-17)
Nina finds she has much more in common with her granddaughter than her daughter. Jack can't understand why Maya rejects his birthday gift.
11412"Liotta? Liotta!"Pamela FrymanAllison AdlerJanuary 31, 2002 (2002-01-31)
Maya dates Ray Liotta, but struggles to cope with his celebrity. As a result, Ray quits show business. Jack becomes obsessed with George Washington after buying Washington's desk. Jay Leno makes his second guest appearance.
11513"About a Boy"Pamela FrymanDavid HemingsonFebruary 7, 2002 (2002-02-07)
Finch pretends to be the father of a small child to trick an au pair (Shannon Elizabeth) into sleeping with him. Elliot feels betrayed by Jack after falling victim to a loyalty test.
11614"Friends and Neighbors"Pamela FrymanDavid Hemingson and Maria A. BrownFebruary 28, 2002 (2002-02-28)
Finch and Kevin move into the apartment above Maya, much to her annoyance. However, when a space opens up in student accommodation, Finch moves out. Elliot sells Jack his beloved classic Ford Mustang, only to be dismayed when Jack fails to take care of it.
11715"Blind Ambition"Pamela FrymanDonick CaryMarch 7, 2002 (2002-03-07)
Maya dates Nina's blind ex-boyfriend. Finch takes a television course at college, and begins making a television show in which he humiliates Elliot.
11816"A Beautiful Mind"Pamela FrymanAllison AdlerMarch 25, 2002 (2002-03-25)
Maya dates a sweet, but unintelligent exterminator. Finch and Elliot pay Kevin to eat disgusting foods.
11917"Educating Finch"Pamela FrymanJessica KaminskyMarch 28, 2002 (2002-03-28)
Elliot displays a nude photo of Maya at an art gallery without her consent. Dismayed at Finch's failing grades, Jack hires him a tutor.
12018"The Book of Jack"Pamela FrymanTeleplay by: Taylor Hamra
Story by: Hillel Abrams
April 4, 2002 (2002-04-04)
Jack takes some time off to write the "Great American Novel", but after suffering from writer's block, pays someone else to write it for him. Left in charge of Blush, Maya, Elliot and Nina bicker over every decision.
12119"Blush Gets Some Therapy"Pamela FrymanBrian ReichApril 11, 2002 (2002-04-11)
After an argument scares off an important client, Jack hires a corporate therapist (guest star Stephen Root). While Nina, Finch and Maya excel, Elliot feels victimised by the therapist.
12220"The Burning House"Pamela FrymanDonick Cary and David WalpertApril 18, 2002 (2002-04-18)
A behind the scenes documentary following Finch as he films his class project "The Burning House", the story of a family torn apart by divorce. This episode is unusual in that it is filmed with handheld cameras interspersed with talking head interviews, and there is no studio audience. Guest starring David Hasselhoff.
12321"The Bad Grandma"Pamela FrymanJoe Port & Joe WisemanApril 25, 2002 (2002-04-25)
Elliot feels rejected after his grandmother chooses to spend all her time with Finch. Meanwhile, in order to display his patriotism, Jack has an enormous flag hung from the side of the building, only to regret his decision when it blocks his office window.
12422"The Boys in the Band"Pamela FrymanTeleplay by: David Finkel & Brett Baer
Story by: Erica Rothschild
May 2, 2002 (2002-05-02)
Nina is embarrassed by her new boyfriend's air guitar band. Jack draws Maya into his personal competition with Alan Thicke. Guest stars Huey Lewis, Alan Thicke, and C.C. Deville.

Season 7 (2002–03)[edit]

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1251"Guess Who's Coming To Blush"Pamela FrymanJon Pollack & Judd Pillot & John PeasleeOctober 8, 2002 (2002-10-08)6.6[1]
Jack employs a woman off the street to work at Blush, but the staff think it's just because Jack wants to seduce her. Meanwhile, Finch tries to get an upset female co-worker to take comfort in his arms.
1262"Mr. Jealousy"Pamela FrymanDavid HemingsonOctober 15, 2002 (2002-10-15)8.0[1]
When Jack starts liking Vicki, Finch gets scared, so he sets her up to look bad, but he's not sure if Vicki will try to get him back. Meanwhile, Nina brings in a woman off the street to show Jack that it was wrong to employ Vicki.
1273"Nina and the Rocker"Pamela FrymanDavid WalpertOctober 22, 2002 (2002-10-22)7.2[1]
Nina starts going out with a British rock star named Simon Leeds. Meanwhile, Maya persuades Vicki to give her details about her divorce. Also, Jack starts showing off his new pocket watch.
1284"Halloween? Halloween!"Pamela FrymanDavid Finkel & Brett BaerOctober 29, 2002 (2002-10-29)6.6[1]
Nina throws a party to celebrate Halloween, where Finch and Jack compete for Blush's new model, Kelly. Meanwhile, Elliot tries to keep Vicki from going home with a guy she met at the party.
1295"Da Sister Who Loved DiMauro"Pamela FrymanMike Lisbe & Nate RegerNovember 12, 2002 (2002-11-12)6.8[1]
Rhonda, the beautiful sister of Vicki, immediately falls for Elliot. However, when Elliot tries to use Rhonda to make Vicki jealous, he finds himself in an awkward situation. Meanwhile, Jack sets up cameras to keep an eye on everyone, while he's at home recovering from his foot surgery.
1306"That Burning Passion"Pamela FrymanStephen LloydNovember 19, 2002 (2002-11-19)6.7[1]
Maya falls for a gorgeous fire fighter, but it turns out that he is Vicki's separated husband. Jealousy causes friction between Nina and Simon.
1317"The Write Stuff"Pamela FrymanPaul A. Kaplan & Mark TorgoveDecember 3, 2002 (2002-12-03)6.5[1][1]
Finch thinks up a scheme to use sad stories from his college life to gain sympathy from Maya. Meanwhile, Nina redoes the pin-up shot that brought her fame.
1328"It's Raining Babies"Pamela FrymanBrett Baer & David FinkelJanuary 7, 2003 (2003-01-07)6.2[1]
Finch tries to set up Vicky and Nina telling each of them that the other one is a lesbian. When they find out, they decide to wreak revenge on him. Finch also gets to know that Jack is meeting George Lucas and is desperate to be allowed to be there too. Meanwhile, Elliot feels underappreciated after some magazine publishes a photo that was rejected by Jack and behaves arrogantly, so Jack to teach him a lesson gives him absolute artistic freedom, thinking that Elliot will not cope without having any limits; yet, his plan backfires...
1339"Watch Your Backdraft"Pamela FrymanVivien MejiaJanuary 14, 2003 (2003-01-14)6.3[1]
When Finch wants a reserved parking space, Elliot discovers his plan and seeks to make sure that it does not work. Meanwhile, Nina makes Maya's romantic life the subject of office gossip.
13410"Pictures Of Lily"Pamela FrymanMark Torgove & Paul A. KaplanApril 22, 2003 (2003-04-22)4.7[1]
A former fashion model finds herself very confused by Finch's behavior. Meanwhile, Jack tries to bond with Nina's new boyfriend, a British rock star.
13511"The Comedy Stylings Of Rivers & Red"Pamela FrymanDavid Finkel & Brett BaerApril 22, 2003 (2003-04-22)4.9[1]
Finch's father accepts a job as Jack's chauffeur. Meanwhile, Elliot tries to get revenge against an insult comic who has made Elliot his latest target. A meeting with a past boyfriend of Maya's has her very nervous.
13612"The Talented Mr. Finch"Pamela FrymanNate Reger & Mike LisbeJuly 12, 2003 (2003-07-12)2.5[1][1]
Finch doesn't remember to tell Jack about an important meeting with foreign clients, so he pretends to be Jack, and attempts to make a deal with the clients, without Jack's knowledge.
13713"There's Something About Allison"Pamela FrymanEllen Byron & Lissa KapstromJuly 12, 2003 (2003-07-12)2.6[1]
Finch's old buddy Brandy - a transsexual woman whom Finch knew as Bert - joins Finch at their high school reunion. Meanwhile, Maya and Elliot decide to become intimate, but without any strings attached.
13814"Rivals In Romance"Pamela FrymanDavid HemingsonJuly 19, 2003 (2003-07-19)2.4[1]
Finch and Jack prepare for a meeting with the publisher of Blush's biggest rival magazine, Tate Gittling, in an attempt to join forces for a charity function.
13915"A Simple Kiss Of Fate"Pamela FrymanHillel AbramsJuly 19, 2003 (2003-07-19)2.6[1]
Simon is about to ask Nina to marry him, but she panics when she has to tell him that she's married to her last husband (Jon Lovitz). Jack is not happy with the environmentalist Maya's dating, when he eventually accepts him the man shows up super-high. After Finch finds out that Jack has left him a million dollars in his will, he has dreams of killing Jack.
14016"Donnie Redeemed"Pamela FrymanDavid HemingsonAugust 2, 2003 (2003-08-02)2.1[1]
Elliot's brother returns, accompanied by his new fiancée, and is now sorry for conning his brother in the past. However, Elliot doesn't trust him and thinks that this is another one of his scams.
14117"My Fair Finchy"Pamela FrymanDavid WalpertAugust 2, 2003 (2003-08-02)2.2[1]
Maya tries to curb the overt flirtation between Finch and Rhonda (Gina Gershon); she invites them for dinner so that they could watch Maya and her boyfriend Adam "interact as a couple". Meanwhile, to get the best treatment from Blush's office cleaner Marjorie (Megan Cavanagh), Nina and Jack pretend fondness for her.
14218"Son Of A Preacher Man"Pamela FrymanPaul A. Kaplan & Mark TorgoveAugust 9, 2003 (2003-08-09)2.2[1]
After Elliot moves into the building that Jack lives in, he forms a protest against the building association. Meanwhile, Simon's parents leave Nina with an erroneous first impression.
14319"The Last Temptation Of Elliott"Pamela FrymanAaron KorshAugust 9, 2003 (2003-08-09)2.2[1]
A new Blush intern takes a strong liking to Maya. Finch pretends to be a sinner needing salvation when he goes to Elliot's Bible-study class.
14420"For The Last Time, I Do"Pamela FrymanJon Pollack & Judd Pillot & John PeasleeAugust 16, 2003 (2003-08-16)2.4[1]
Prenuptial tensions beset Nina upon learning that the minister is her intended's former girlfriend, who's still very fond of him.
14521"Future Issues"Pamela FrymanSteven LevitanAugust 16, 2003 (2003-08-16)2.8[1]
The series finale. When Jack retires, his staff share memories, shed tears and pay affectionate tribute. Nina likens Jack to a nice glass of scotch.
14622"Evaluate This!"Pamela FrymanEllen Byron & Lissa KapstromNovember 24, 2003 (2003-11-24)N/A
Jack ask the magazine staff for anonymous evaluations, but by a process of elimination he discovers that only Vicki was critical of him.
14723"The Goodbye Girl"Pamela FrymanDavid WalpertNovember 25, 2003 (2003-11-25)N/A
Nina takes the actress impersonating her in a cabaret show under her wing, and Finch abuses his new assistant, Elliott.
14824"Strange Bedfellows"Pamela FrymanStephen LloydNovember 26, 2003 (2003-11-26)N/A
In the series finale, Nina's friends Binny appears from the dead to tell her that she will cheat on Simon.

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