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''Just Shoot Me!'' (1997-2003) was an Creator/{{NBC}} WorkCom about Maya Gallo (Laura San Giacomo), a highly qualified but difficult-to-work-with journalist, who, after alienating one news anchor too many, is forced to take a job with the trashy ''Cosmopolitan''-esque fashion magazine run by her estranged father Jack Gallo (George Segal). Originally focusing on the father-daughter bond, it quickly became a workplace ensemble piece. The other main characters included Dennis Finch (Jack's snarky personal assistant, played by Creator/DavidSpade), Nina Van Horn (a hard-partying ex-model turned fashion editor, played by Wendie Malick), and Elliott [=DiMauro=] (head photographer and relentless womanizer, played by Enrico Colantoni).

Notably predated ''Series/UglyBetty'' (as well as ''Series/YoSoyBettyLaFea'') and ''Literature/TheDevilWearsPrada'' with the premise of a non-materialistic woman working for a shallow magazine. It was ultimately canceled due to ExecutiveMeddling and being bounced around the schedule, though it managed to serve up a GrandFinale.

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!!This show provides examples of:

* AdamWesting[=/=]AsHimself:
** Creator/RayLiotta as Kevin's [[RecurringCharacter cousin]]. He has an almost childlike enthusiasm in general, he's obsessed with Christmas, and claims that he's much more like his character in ''Film/OperationDumboDrop'' than his character in ''Film/GoodFellas''.
** Creator/MarkHamill shows up as... Mark Hamill. Fanboy Finch drives him nuts with endless questions about the ''Star Wars'' movies.
** Speaking of which, Creator/GeorgeLucas is an old friend of Jack's. He ends up punching Finch in the face.
** "My Dinner with Woody" has Maya date a man who thinks he's Creator/WoodyAllen. At the end, the real Woody appears by phone call.
** In "Toy Story", Jack buys a horse with Robert Goulet, then regrets it when it appears that the horse is too psychologically disturbed to race. Nina uses her horse-whispering skills to determine the cause of the horse's trauma - Goulet has been verbally abusing the animal.
* AesopAmnesia:
** Maya repeatedly learned that she was subject to the same foibles as everyone else. Then completely forgot this lesson by the next episode.
** Jack often learned that it was bad to manipulate people... until the next time he needed to manipulate them.
* TheAllegedBoss: Jack.
* AllPartOfTheShow: Maya's murder mystery party. Her neighbor, Professor Gladstone, dies suddenly, and everyone assumes he's an actor playing a character.
* AllWomenLoveShoes
** When Jack is trying to distract Maya from changing the magazine, one of the gifts he showers her with is a large selection of shoes. Maya decides she can't be bought, and insists on returning all his gifts... except for one pair of shoes, which she claims can't be returned because they're "slightly scuffed".
** Nina's daughter wants to take the granddaughter to a planetarium, but the granddaughter wants to go shoe shopping instead; Nina excitedly votes for shoe shopping.
** At one point, Nina considers cutting off a toe just so she can fit into a sexy pair of pumps.
* BenevolentBoss / PointyHairedBoss: Jack vacillates between the two. Despite his sometimes being in conflict with his employees, a flashback episode reveals that each of the main characters were hitting RockBottom before Jack discovered their talents and hired them and he does care for each of them.
* BerserkButton: Elliott doesn't react well when you criticize his work.
* BiggerIsBetterInBed: Subverted with Finch, who happens to be unusually well-endowed, but is such a sicko that no woman will give him the time of day (to the immense relief of his male co-workers).
-->'''Jack:''' It's a story as old as time. Great product, bad sales department.
* BobFromAccounting: Early episodes have characters mention Baxter from accounting.
* BookDumb: Nina.
* BreakoutCharacter: Dennis Finch.
** To a lesser extent, Nina.
* BritishRockstar:
** Simon, Nina's boyfriend in the final season.
** Nick, who appeared in the season two episode "Nina in the Cantina".
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Everybody in the main cast. Despite all of their quirks, they're very good at their jobs.
* ButtMonkey:
** Originally defined by his [[TheCasanova womanizing]], Elliott gradually morphs into the show's punching bag.
** Nina is often the victim of a conspiracy by Elliott and Finch to make a fool of her. Often these attempts backfire and Nina (usually unwittingly) comes out on top.
* CampStraight: Kyle, a male model played by Andy Dick.
* TheCasanova: Elliott, but Finch later becomes one too, often at inopportune times.
* CasanovaWannabe: Finch, especially during the early seasons.
* ChekhovsAshes: In "Bye Bye, Binnie". Nina carries around the urn of her best friend's ashes, acting as if she were still alive. One morning she finds the urn empty and realizes that putting it in the mechanical bull at a bar was maybe not the best idea.
* ChristmasCarolers: In "Jesus, It's Christmas", Nina gets caught in the elevator with some carolers, so she threatens them with a fake gun to get them to shut up. Later in the episode, Jack and Maya decide to take the stairs just to avoid said carolers.
* ChristmasEpisode: Three: "Jesus, It's Christmas" in Season Two, "How the Finch Stole Christmas" in Season Three, and "Christmas? Christmas!" in Season Six.
* ChubbyChaser: One of Maya's dates is attracted to fat women, and is stealthily trying to make Maya gain weight. When Maya confronts him with the truth, he tries to entice her with promises of never having to diet or exercise again (which humorously causes Maya to rethink it for a second). "OK, fifty pounds and I'll spring for the elastic pants!"
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Maya's roommate, Wally, who disappeared after the first six episodes and was never mentioned again.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Jack and Simon order a pizza from a place that has to deliver within 4 minutes otherwise they get it for free. Jack bribes the doorman with $100 to stall the delivery guy. So basically he paid $100 for a pizza.
* CoolBigSis: Nina would sometimes play this role to Maya and/or Finch.
* CreatorBreakdown: In-universe.
** In "Puppetmaster", Maya dates the puppeteer behind a popular children's show. A panda {{Expy}} of Maya soon appears and each real-life date is somehow reflected on the show (such as the panda hogging all of the pizza). It gets so out of hand that Maya assaults him on live television.
** In "War and Sleaze", Maya suspects that the ''Blush'' astrologer's heart just isn't committed to her work anymore.
-->'''Jack''': (''reading'') Pisces. Something bad may or may not happen to you. (''puts magazine down and looks at Maya in mock horror'') I'm a Pisces!
* {{Crossdresser}}:
** Nina spends en entire episode fretting about the auction of her famous bikini, which a Japanese businessman wants to turn [[BlatantLies into a museum piece]]. At the end, we see the businessman dressed in her bikini while dancing to disco music.
** In "The Withholder", Jack has to wear a dress on the golf course after losing a bet with Donald Trump. It actually ends up helping him, as he's so focused on being embarrassed about being in a dress that he doesn't overthink his swing like he usually does and ends up having one of the best games of his life.
** It's mentioned that Jack makes Finch try on dresses that he intends to give his wife Allie as gifts since the two are apparently the same size.
* CrossReferencedTitles:
** Season Four had the unrelated episodes "When Nina Met Elliott", "When Nina Met Elliott's Mom", and "When Nina Met Her Parents".
** The two Ray Liotta episodes in Season Six, "Christmas? Christmas!" and "Liotta? Liotta!", followed by the Season Seven episode "Halloween? Halloween!" (which did not feature Liotta).
* DeadpanSnarker: All of the main cast, but Dennis Finch is the primary example.
* DidYouSeeThatToo? "Dog Day Afternooon":
-->'''Dennis:''' Is that a dog?
-->'''Nina:''' Oh, thank God! You see it, too.
* DistaffCounterpart: "The Two Faces of Finch" introduces Betsy Frayne, a female version of Finch. [[spoiler:There's a reason for it, though. It turns out that Finch copied his entire personality from her.]]
* DistractedByTheSexy: Various men around Nina. She does it on purpose.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything:
** All the articles in ''Blush'', which is to be expected of an {{Expy}} of ''Cosmopolitan''. This influences to the staff's dialog around the office as well.
** In "Nina's Birthday", Maya's roommate Wally says he used to stare at Nina's poster every night. "Sometimes twice a night."
** In "College or Collagen", Jack begins playing bridge with Finch instead of his wife. Their partnership is treated like an illicit love affair.
-->'''Finch''': Come on, one more time... let's do it.\\
'''Jack''': Dammit, you've got me thinking with my deck!
* DontLookAtMe: Finch says this twice, when he cries over ''Theatre/KingLear'', once when Maya tells him the story and again during the actual play.
* DressHitsFloor: When Maya does her photo shoot in "Maya's Nude Photos", she starts off wearing a robe, but right as she begins taking pictures, the camera cuts to a shot of her bare feet and the robe falling to the floor around them.
* DrinkOrder: Finch always orders a Sea Breeze.
* DudeNotIronic: In "When Nina Met Elliott", after Nina realizes that she was the one who ran Elliott over that day he was going to propose to his girlfriend, the following exchange occurs:
-->'''Nina''': You know what's ironic? The same day I ran Elliott down, is the same day I ruined his life forever.\\
'''Maya''': That's not ironic, that's what happened!\\
'''Nina''': So true.
** And later, after Elliott realizes that marrying the woman would have been a huge mistake:
---> '''Elliott:''' It's ironic, but you running me over that night may have been the best thing that ever happened to me.
---> '''Nina:''' Elliott, that's not ironic, [[ComicallyMissingThePoint that's what happened.]]
* EmbarrassingMiddleName: Dennis Quimby Finch. He lied that it was Eastwood to his wife, and after she knew the truth he still lies about it being "Gaelic for brave warrior."
* EroticDream: In the first season, Maya has a sex dream about Elliott and he ends up having one about her as well.
* ExpansionPackPast: Nina. A separate page would be required to list all the examples.
* TheFaceless: Nina's friend Binnie only appears twice. The first time, she is covered head to toe in bandages, and the second time, we only see her from the back.
* {{Fanservice}}: The ''Blush'' covers that are shown between scenes.
** Also, the setting is a fashion magazine and often features real-life supermodels as guest stars.
* FashionDesigner: Creator/DanaCarvey played a designer who thought Nina dissed him, but it was Maya who felt his designs were just empty flash. At the end of the episode, he tricks her into publicly wearing a VaporWear design.
* FashionModel: Being set in the offices of a fashion magazine, naturally it has fashion models as extras and supporting characters. Most of them serve as GirlOfTheWeek for Elliott or Dennis, although one minor arc had Dennis marry a model (played by real model Rebecca Romijn). One of the main characters, Nina Van Horn, is a former model now working as the magazine's head of fashion.
* FawltyTowersPlot: A lot of episodes were like this. Finch fixes everything, since he's the world's greatest assistant.
* FormerlyFat:
** Elliott used to be picked on in high school due to his weight. When he goes back for the funeral of his teacher, he attempts to gloat over how he lost the weight and became a successful photographer for a fashion magazine. The bullies instead pick on him for becoming bald.
** Maya occasionally makes reference to having been fat as a child.
* FormerlyFit: In "Steamed", Nina can't stop gloating when she discovers that a former rival is now fat. The show plays with it, however; the fat woman has found inner peace and is genuinely happy, while Nina is still plagued by insecurity about losing her looks.
* FriendlyScheming: A prank Maya pulls on Elliott seems to go horribly awry, which turns out to be one massive prank on her orchestrated by Dennis.
* FurAndLoathing: Parodied a few times.
* FurBikini: Nina wore a leopard skin bikini years before, and is still proud of the [[DistractedByTheSexy accidents the billboards caused]].
* GeorgeWashingtonSleptHere: Jack's country house is next to a cabin where Washington planned the Battle of Yorktown. He tore it down years ago to build a tennis court. Which he doesn't use anymore.
* TheGhost
** Jack's wife Allie is mentioned constantly but never appears. [[SubvertedTrope Until the fifth season finale.]]
** An employee named Baxter (usually referred to as "Baxter in Accounting" but occasionally has other jobs) is frequently mentioned but never seen.
** Played with regarding Nina's friend Binnie. In "The Mask", Elliott and Finch realize that nobody else at the magazine has actually met Binnie and wonder if Nina has been making her up the whole time. They discover that [[spoiler:she is, in fact, real... but when we see her, she's covered in bandages, so we still don't get a clear look at her face.]]
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: The entire premise of "Two Girls for Every Boy". Finch learns that an attractive female model has a crush on Maya, and does everything in his power to get them to hook up. Not only that, but random men all over town are willing to help him with whatever he needs once he tells them what he's trying to accomplish.
* GloryDays: Nina and Jack sometimes lament their best times.
* GoodAngelBadAngel: Subverted. Finch asks where his good angel is and is told he doesn't have one.
* HairTodayGoneTomorrow: Elliott, in a flashback to his fateful meeting with Jack.
-->'''Jack:''' '''I''' know hair, and [[DramaticIrony that flock of yours isn't going anywhere!]]
* HiredForTheirLooks: Maya does an experiment for an article in which she sends two people to interview for the same job, one extremely qualified but homely-looking, the other a handsome but dim-witted model. The model gets the job, as Maya predicted, but she also ends up falling in love with him.
* HollywoodHomely: In-universe, Maya in the first season. Afterwards, the writers realized that Laura San Giacomo was way too attractive to pass off as "homely".
** Even so, they were still able to get mileage out of the general idea, since Maya is the [[HotLibrarian Wrong Kind Of Pretty]] in the world of fashion.
** Likewise, the "average" model in Maya's HiredForTheirLooks experiment was actually quite handsome in his own right, and seemed to be the only person to realize it.
* HotLibrarian: Maya; while she does dress fashionably, she's ''far'' more sartorially conservative than the rest of the female cast.
* HowDidThatGetInThere: Finch invites a woman over for sex and proceeds to "set the mood with some tunes". Cue "Tomorrow" from ''Theatre/{{Annie}}'', followed by Finch abruptly changing the music to a motivational tape, before finally finding "a stanky groove".
* HowTheCharacterStoleChristmas: Finch, of course.
* {{Hypocrite}}:
** [[StrawFeminist Maya shills her feminist ideals repeatedly]], yet she dates hunks and womanisers, respectively rewarding them for getting by on their looks and objectifying women.
** In "Old Boyfriends", Jack is called a hypocrite for objecting to Maya dating an older man.
* HypocriticalHumor: Jack waxes poetic about how people are like snow cones - we're all made of the same stuff, but underneath the syrup, "we're all ''equally'' delicious!"
-->'''Elliott:''' --But blue's the best.
-->'''Jack:''' ''[shrug]'' Well, blue ''is'' the best.
** "I think it's pathetic. Guys bragging about sleeping with models. I mean, you don't hear me bragging and I've slept with hundreds."
* IWasQuiteALooker: Nina's legendary bikini billboard is reported to have caused many a car pileup.
* IdiosyncraticWipes: The headlines on the cover of ''Blush'' are used as transitions.
* IfItsYouItsOkay: When Finch's friend Brandi (formerly Bert) finds out that their old classmate Allison had a crush on Bert, she decides to go after her, even after Finch confirms that Brandi is into guys.
* ImmuneToDrugs: Nina, seemingly.
* ImpossiblyAwesomeMagicTrick: Nina dated a stage magician who managed to hide tickets inside an unpeeled banana... that Finch brought from home... from across the room. Finch was more squicked out than anything else.
* InflationNegation: "The Kiss" has a landlady who is apparently so far behind the times that she charges ridiculously low prices for her apartments, resulting in her tenants doing all her shopping for her to prevent her from catching on. In the end, it turns out that she is secretly in on it.
* InterchangeableAsianCultures: Elliott drives away an advertiser by mistaking him for a Chinese food delivery guy.
-->"I AM '''''JAPANESE!!'''''"
* IntoxicationEnsues: Lemon Wacky Hello was the former TropeNamer.
* {{Irony}}: Maya goes through various clever plans to get Elliott's brother, Donnie, to admit to faking being "slow," all to no avail. But one thirty-second talk with the thick-headed Jack is enough for Donnie to blow his stack and expose the ruse to everyone.
* IThoughtEveryoneCouldDoThat: [[BiggusDickus Finch]].
-->'''Jack:''' So, you've never compared yourself to other guys?
-->'''Finch:''' Only guys in pornos. I just figured I was... a little bigger than average.
-->'''Elliott:''' ...You son of a bitch.
* ItsACostumePartyISwear: Maya is tricked into dressing up for Halloween, when no one else was. Nina is wearing a leopard print coat, but forgot it was Halloween.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: All of the main cast. They all have some jerkish qualities and snark at each other, but they always look out for one another and come through for each other when push comes to shove.
* {{Jerkass}}: Elliott's brother Donnie who faked having an accident and pretended to be slow when he was 18 so everyone would do everything for him and when he's caught in the act, he ends up scamming Elliott out of $50,000.
** Chris from "Maya Stops Thinking" told Maya he was a doctor so she'd sleep with him, then said he'd be going to Spain so that he wouldn't have to start a relationship with her. He's outed the next day when Jack hires him as a writer, but convinces Maya to sleep with him again because he's that good. Turns out he's also got a fiancee.
** Amy from Season 6 seemed like a model employee on paper, but in reality [[BitchinSheepsClothing she was a two-timing social climber who emotionally manipulated everyone but Nina for her own personal gain.]]
* KavorkaMan:
** Finch.
** Elliott, depending on how attractive you consider him to be.
** Roland Devereaux, Nina's estranged husband, played by Jon Lovitz. [[EvenTheGuysWantHim Even Elliott and Simon admit there's something about him that's irresistible.]]
* KindheartedCatLover: Finch loves cats.
* LadyDrunk: Nina
* LastNameBasis: Most characters refer to Finch by his last name. Apart from family and girlfriends, the only person who consistently calls him Dennis is Jack.
* LenoDevice: Finch appears on Jay Leno after falling into a gorilla pen on Secretary's Day. Another time, Ray Liotta, who used to date Maya, appears on Jay Leno several times throughout the episode talking directly to Maya.
* LetThePastBurn: In-universe example: this is how Dennis' student film ''The Burning House'' ends.
* TheLoinsSleepTonight: Elliott gets this once, when he tries to deny the fact that he and Maya accidentally got married.
* TheMafia: In "Jack Vents", Elliott gets upset when he's assumed to be connected to the mob just because he's Italian. Then he gets curious and starts trying to find out if he's actually connected. He's thrilled when he gets a mob enforcer to show up at Blush; however, said enforcer is not happy with Elliott for wasting his time.
* ManlyTears:
** Finch in reaction to ''Theatre/KingLear''. "Don't look at me!"
** When Finch, Elliott, and Jack watch ''Film/BriansSong''.
** Once the writers discovered that Enrico Colantoni was skilled at crying for laughs, Elliott's character got a lot weepier.
* TheMasochismTango: "You're calling from the cage, aren't you?"
* MassiveMultiplayerScam: When Finch wanted to show Maya how to pull off real pranks.
* MayDecemberRomance:
** Jack has a habit of this. Fortunately, he goes after legal aged girls.
** In "Old Boyfriends", Maya dates a man her father's age.
** In "Nina's Birthday", Nina hooks up with Maya's roommate Wally, then brags about sleeping with a man half her age.
** In "Dial N for Murder", Finch has an affair with Nina's old agent.
** In "Sid and Nina", a 13-year-old boy tries to seduce Nina. Thankfully, she refuses.
* MistakenForGay: Finch's old-fashioned firefighting father concludes that Dennis is gay and makes an embarrassing show of acceptance. It's with some discomfort that he realizes that while Dennis is straight, one of his [[StraightGay more traditionally masculine]] brothers isn't.
** In "Halloween? Halloween!", Finch is mistaken for a lesbian by a gay woman.
** In "Mayas, Tigers, and Deans, Oh My!", Nina dates a stage magician that everyone (including her) assumes is gay due to his mannerisms. When he finds out, he replies with, "I'm not gay, I'm British!"
** There are occasional jokes where a guest character thinks Maya is a lesbian.
* MistakenForRacist: Elliott mistakes an Asian-American client for the Chinese food delivery guy. Jack's attempt to set things right backfires when the person he thinks is the returning client is actually a Blush employee of several years. To cap it off, Elliott is drinking a Slushie and gets brain freeze. Holding his temples so tightly his eyes slant, he bows back and forth saying "Ah, so cold!" - just as the client returns to be insulted a second time.
* MistakenNationality: Maya is occasionally mistaken for a Puerto Rican.
* MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold: Kevin; he has some creepy qualities when it comes to women, but for the most part he's a nice guy with really low self esteem.
* {{Mondegreen}}: Nina and Elliott get into an argument about whether the lyrics of their favourite blues song are "Stone for my pillow" (because the singer is sleeping in the street) or "Slow, foamy killer" (referring to malt liquor). They call the singer's widow, who tells them that it is "Cold armadillo", but it was actually Finch messing with them.
* MoustacheDePlume: In universe example, inverted. The advice column "Miss Pretty" is actually written by Finch.
* MrsRobinson: Nina often sleeps with men half her age. She ''is'' a former supermodel, after all.
* NewTechnologyIsEvil: In "The Walk", Elliott buys a digital camera, and mentions its features to anyone within earshot.
--> '''Jack:''' Is that a new camera?
--> '''Elliott:''' It sure is. Completely digital. Has an 8000-pixel viewfinder and an 18-bit filter.
--> '''Jack:''' What does that mean?
--> '''Elliott:''' I'm not sure, but it sure is shiny.
--> '''Jack:''' [[SarcasmMode That's comforting coming from our head of photography.]]
** And later:
--> '''Elliott:''' Check this out. 1,200 by 900 dpi.
--> '''Maya:''' What does that mean?
--> '''Elliott:''' You know, it's digital, it's a very complicated process. I don't have time to explain it.
--> '''Maya:''' You don't know, do you?
--> '''Elliott:''' You open it up and there's no film, Maya!
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The original pitch for the series was Creator/JaneaneGarofalo getting stuck in a waiting room with a model with whom she has nothing in common. Garofalo later became the template for Maya's character.
* NobodyLovesTheBassist: In "Nina in the Cantina", Nina keeps reminiscing about the "magical weekend" she once spent with the lead singer of a famous rock band. When she discovers that she actually slept with the bassist, she is horrified.
* NoodleIncident:
--> '''Nina Van Horn:''' Dennis, I need Baxter the intern to run an errand for me.
--> '''Dennis Finch:''' The last time he did that he ended up in a Mexican prison.
** Creator/PamelaAnderson slaps Nina for a past altercation.
** Nina won't work with Creator/MickeyRooney. Don't ask.
* NotEvenBotheringWithAnExcuse:
** Dennis excuses himself from listening to one of Nina's stories with:
-->"Oh, I just remembered: You're boring, and my legs work."
** Nina rejects an invitation from Maya, saying she can't come because she doesn't want to.
* NotSoAboveItAll: Maya, from falling for a guy based on appearance, to wearing a [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses "Fairy Princess"]] dress for Halloween.
* ObfuscatingDisability: Elliott's brother Donnie pretended to be mentally disabled since he graduated from high school to avoid responsibility.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: What "Slow" Donnie does.
* OddFriendship: Nina and Elliott. Although they snark at each other endlessly, they are fairly similar and tend to enjoy themselves a great deal.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted.
** Maya dates two different men named Chris.
** Finch pursues two different women named Amy.
* OnlyALighter: In "Jesus, It's Christmas", Nina scares some carolers by pulling out her pistol lighter. She later gives it to Jack as a present, and it gets him in trouble when he gets caught in an illegal immigration sting.
* OutWithABang:
** Of a sort-Nina sent a man into cardiac arrest by flashing him.
** Nina's suicidal former agent hopes to invoke this by seducing Finch, expecting that the excitement will cause her heart to give out. However, the old lady has so much more stamina than him that Finch is the one who ends up in an ambulance.
* PaintballEpisode: "War and Sleaze".
* ParentalAbandonment: One of Maya's major problems throughout the series is that Jack was a really horrible father when she was growing up and was never ever around. There's quite a few moments throughout the series where Jack lets her down.
* ParentalSubstitute: Jack is this for Dennis. There's many moments where Dennis gets upset because Maya or someone else gets attention that he wants.
* PerfectlyCromulentWord: "The Assistant" has Finch and Elliott giving Nina, who's trying to build up her vocabulary prior to an Creator/{{NPR}} appearance, a "word-a-day" calendar consisting entirely of these as a prank.
* PimpedOutDress: Maya wears one, wearing a [[PrincessesPreferPink pink fairy princess dress]], when she thinks everyone else is [[ItsACostumePartyISwear dressing up for Halloween]].
* PuppyDogEyes: Maya attempts to do this to Finch, but it doesn't work.
-->''[Maya makes the Puss-In-Boots eyes]''
-->'''Finch:''' ''[disturbed]'' Are you gonna throw up?
-->'''Maya:''' No... this is my "cute" face!
-->'''Finch:''' If you promise not to do that anymore, I'll help you.
* ReTool: A minor tweaking in the final season, including the addition of a new female character, Vicki.
* ReallyGetsAround: Nina.
* RecursiveCrossdressing: Nina mentors a drag queen who is playing her in a show. Then the actor gets into Nina's stash of pills and can't perform. Nina goes on stage to tell the crowd what has happened, but they think she's the impersonator, so Nina ends up doing the show herself.
* RefugeInAudacity: A speech Jack stumbles upon while looking for Maya's boyfriend's puppet show.
--> I'm Creator/CharltonHeston. TedKennedy's car has killed more people than my gun.
* RepeatedCueTardyResponse: Dennis forgot to buy Jack's lottery ticket on the one occasion when he actually wins. To cover it up, he doctors a ticket and leaves Jack's office window open, so that the ticket will fly away when Nina opens the door. The cue is Dennis saying "Lucky day", but Nina mistakenly thinks it's Marvin Gaye. Dennis continues on saying "Lucky day" in vain before Nina opens the door because she got tired of waiting.
* RunningGag:
** Jack playing around with a new gadget every episode or two and it somehow ending badly.
** Nina's "my friend Binnie" stories.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Jack uses his vast influence to blacklist Elliott, rendering him unable to order a drink at the bar or even hail a cab - all because Elliott wouldn't give up his last cannoli. Elliott at last agrees to fork over the dessert, but not before [[IAteWhat scrubbing it with his tongue]].
* SexyCoatFlashing: A model does this to Finch when they are dating.
* ShirtlessScene: In "How Nina Got Her Groove Back", Maya dates a man who keeps taking his shirt off.
* ShooOutTheNewGuy: In the final season, at the [[ExecutiveMeddling insistence of NBC]], Rena Sofer was added to the cast as Vicki Costa, a hairdresser whom Jack hires off the street. The character proved unpopular and didn't really add anything to the show, so she was written out halfway through the season. And then NBC didn't even air her goodbye episode, making it feel like a case of ChuckCunninghamSyndrome.
* ShoutOut:
** Jack comments on firing his previous limo driver, who kept mumbling "[[TaxiDriver Someday a real rain will come and wash all this scum off the streets.]]"
** "My Dinner with Woody" has numerous allusions to Creator/WoodyAllen films, particularly ''Film/AnnieHall''. The title references ''Film/MyDinnerWithAndre''.
** When Elliott catches Finch trying to cop a feel on Carmen Electra, he says [[Advertising/MrWhipple "Mister Finch, please don't squeeze the Carmen."]]
* SitcomArchNemesis:
** Jack has a friendly rivalry with Creator/DonaldTrump.
** Elliott shares a mutual animosity with Annie Leibowitz.
* SoapboxSadie: Maya. Often leading to HypocriticalHumor on her part.
* StagingAnIntervention: For Dennis, who has been dating a woman who keeps humiliating him but he can't get himself to leave her. Nina, who apparently has been in the receiving end of some interventions, is glad to be on the other side of one.
* StalkerWithACrush: [[AbhorrentAdmirer Kevin]] for Nina
** [[DevotedtoYou Ray Liotta for Maya]]
* SuperSenses: Finch has "an ear for certain words"; like "nude", or "g-string". He's capable of hearing them from literally miles away.
* ShoutOut/ToShakespeare: "King Lear Jet" includes parodies of lines from ''{{Theatre/Hamlet}}'' and ''Theatre/RichardIII'' as well as a WholePlotReference to ''Theatre/KingLear''.
* ThemeTune
* TheReliableOne: Dennis Finch. No matter what happens during the episode, he can fix it. There's a reason he's been Jack's right hand man for as long as he has.
* ThreewaySex:
** In "Two Girls for Every Boy", Maya and a lesbian model get revenge on Finch, who tried to hook them up, by pretending they're willing to have a threesome with him but only if he completes an insane list of impossible tasks before sundown. Throughout the day, Finch is able to get anything he wants from fellow men simply by mentioning that it will help him in this goal (a mounted policeman even gives him a ride on his horse). After he fails miserably, the crowd of men waiting to know if he had succeeded (where they all failed apparently) is disappointed when he shrugs and says no… cue a Slow Clap moment for his effort.
** In "The Two Faces of Finch, Part 2", Betsy seduces Finch by promising him a threesome. He becomes squicked out when he realizes that Elliott is the intended third person rather than another female.
* TooKinkyToTorture: In "Two Girls for Every Boy", Jack tries to get Elliott and Nina to treat him like one of the gang. When they take the idea too far, Jack gets revenge on them by giving them chairs which are designed to give them electric shocks. Elliott howls in pain, but Nina actually gets off on the sensation and asks Jack for more.
* {{Transsexual}}: Dennis' childhood friend Bert who moved to Colorado when they were 12 came back into Dennis' life as an adult in Season 5 named Brandi and was played by Creator/JennyMcCarthy. Dennis found it difficult at first to accept them but after talking to Maya, it was like old times. Until Dennis tried to make a move and Brandi makes it clear that they're LikeBrotherAndSister. Dennis wasn't sure at first how to handle the attraction, but he accepted how he felt.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Finch, who was married to Adrienne Barker (played by Creator/RebeccaRomijn) at the end of Season 3, and they divorced early Season 4 when it turned out they had nothing in common.
* UnwantedGiftPlot: In "Nina in the Cantina", Finch has to try to get rid of a handmade vase Jack gave him. Knocking it over by "accident" fails to work, it's just that strong. He finally tries to smash it against the counter; a piece of the counter breaks off but the vase stays intact.
* [[VitriolicBestBuds Vitriolic Co-Workers:]] All of the main cast is this. Despite their tendency to snark at one another endlessly, they often help one another out.
* WelcomeEpisode: The pilot, in which Maya joins ''Blush''.
* WhileYouWereInDiapers: Nina tries this on a younger model, but the model wasn't even born then, and Nina freaks out.
* WholePlotReference:
** A Christmas episode had Dennis fulfilling the role of [[Literature/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas The Grinch]].
** Another episode had Jack as Theatre/KingLear, with Maya as Cordelia, and Elliott and Nina as Goneril and Regan.
* WillTheyOrWontThey:
** Elliott and Maya for a few seasons. Before the writers realized no one cared, and a romance didn't gel with the ComedicSociopathy of the show. As such, Elliott promptly has a panic attack as soon as he proposes to Maya, and that's the end of that.
** Finch and Nina for one episode.
** When Vicki joined the cast, the writers immediately started doing this with her and Elliott. [[AbortedArc And then just as quickly stopped.]]
* YokoOhNo: In-universe example. Nina dates the guitarist in Finch's air band, and the ensuing friction causes him to leave the group; Finch even addresses Nina as Yoko at one point. It turns out that [[spoiler:she was doing this intentionally because she was embarrassed about him being in an air band.]]
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