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Jessie is a Disney Channeloriginal situation comedy, which debuted on September 30, 2011. The series stars Debby Ryan as the title character Jessie Prescott, an 18-year old who moves from Fort Hood, Texas to New York City and ends up haphazardly (after getting thrown out of a taxicab because she couldn't pay the fare, landing on the sidewalk of a posh New York apartment building) becoming the nanny for the Ross family, a film director and his business mogul wife who have four children: the oldest and the only biological child 13-year old Emma (Peyton R. List) and three adopted children: 12-year old Luke (Cameron Boyce), 10-year old Ravi (Karan Brar) and 7-year old Zuri (Skai Jackson). The butler Bertram Winkle (Kevin Chamberlin) and the doorman Tony Ciccolini (Chris Galya) help her from time to time.The series, created by Pamela Eells O'Connell (The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, The Suite Life on Deck, as well as being an executive producer of The Nanny), is notable for having its lead character be in her late teens (roughly around college-age) from the start of the series and progress into marriage in later seasons (both firsts for Disney Channel); Disney Channel comedies typically center around lead characters of middle/junior high or high school age.It is extensively linked to the Disney Channel Live-Action Universe through two massive Crossover Episodes with Austin & Ally (Austin & JESSIE & Ally: All Star New Year aired December 2012) and with Good Luck Charlie (Good Luck Jessie: NYC Christmas airing November 2013) - it became the first show with two major crossover episodes since Hannah Montana. There will also be a Christmas-themed crossover episode with Liv and Maddie (Jessie, Liv and Maddie's Hawaiian Christmas Cross-A-Rooney), making it the only series to have an unprecedented three live action crossover episodes. They even crossed over into the animated Ultimate Spider-Man, teaming up with the Wall Crawler against Morgan le Fey for a Halloween Episode (interestingly enough all the crossovers so far have been holiday-themed, with all the live action crossovers being specifically Christmas-themed). Also has two extended episodes, Jessie's Big Break and G.I. Jessie (the latter being Season 2's finale). In May 2014 it was announced that there will be a fourth season, making it only the sixth live-action series on Disney Channel to extend past three.Not to be confused with Jesse, the short-lived NBC show starring Christina Applegate.
Kevin Chamberlin (Bertram) was also absent from "Cattle Calls and Scary Walls".
A-Cup Angst: Conversed in a not-so-angsty manner in ''Used Karma". Emma is extremely excited about getting a new issue of "Leopard Beat" and the first thing she mentions is the special feature on bra-stuffing. She asks Jessie what the best stuffer is between tissue and socks. Jessie replies with "Neither, quilted toilet paper".
In "Make New Friends, But Hide The Old", Rosie and Emma make a couple fake boob jokes when Emma dresses up like a doll, complete with borderline Gag Boobs.
Artistic License: In real life it's highly unlikely a wealthy family in New York would hire someone as young and inexperienced as Jessie as a full time nanny. She might be able to get a part time job as a nanny for perhaps a middle class family. But not as a primary caregiver as Jessie is.
Actually, the parents might have been desperate since the kids keep chasing away their other nannies.
Also, it's perfectly legal so long as she has a high school diploma and background check. She could technically work in a daycare in many states as well. I think the main point here is that it's what Zuri wanted and so Christina gave in to Zuri's wishes once she made sure Jessie met the minimal requirements.
Not to mention Jessie is desperately trying to make it big and she is working for a famous couple. She knows that if she does a bad job, she'll crush any chance of breaking into showbiz. That said, Jessie seems to be doing a good job of ruining her chances on her own, but she probably dreaming of the day when one of the Ross's get a job in the industry. Which they more than likely won't do since they seem to like her as a nanny and would rather not try replace her, while Morgan Ross can easily cast someone more talented at acting than Jessie.
In "GI Jessie" Jessie's dad and his female CO plan to get married. This is a bit problematic where the armed forces are concerned. Military personnel are not supposed to be engaged in romantic relationships within the same chain of command.
Artistic License – Music: When Jessie is playing "The Worst Year Of My Life" and later "The Best Year Of My Life" on stage in Why Do Foils Fall in Love?, Jessie is strumming an acoustic guitar when it sounds like an electric guitar.
Author Avatar: An in-universe example regarding Jessie's stage play Grenade to the Heart.
Given all the Actor Allusions and Shout Outs to The Suite Life it seems like the character of Jessie period might be one for Debby Ryan herself (albeit a self-depreciating one), at least to some extent.
Ax-Crazy: While in her first appearance, "Creepy" Connie is much more creepy than crazy, she is full blown Ax-CrazyStalker with a Crush in her next appearance. The episode deals with her attempting to get the role of Luke's lover in the school play. How does she do this? By taking out her competition, of course! The first girl she pushes down a flight of stairs, putting her in a full body cast, she welds a wrench to the next girl's braces, and attempts to crush the final girl with a sandbag!
Connie turns it Up to Eleven in "Creepy Connie 3: The Creepening" including hiring an actress in order to dupe Luke. In order to avoid paying said actress, Connie kidnaps her.
Connie herself confirmed she's had at least one police line-up.
The kids think Jessie herself is axe crazy in the Halloween episode.
Book Dumb: Definitely Luke, but also Emma and Jessie depending on the episode. Jessie just graduated high school before the pilot, but doesn't know the answer to a simple fraction problem that Luke had to do.You can say that Emma puts a decent enough effort to get good grades but Bertram once commented on Luke and Emma not being the smart Ross kids.
Bound and Gagged: Jessie, Luke, Ravi and "Mad" Mack in "Creepy Connie 3: The Creepening".
Brick Joke: Luke offering to give Bertram the salt shaker for his birthday in "Throw Momma From the Terrace".
Buffy Speak: Emma uses this near the end of "We Are So Grounded".
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Jessie is arguably the goofiest of them all, but is crazy-skilled, including singing, stripping a gun, survival training, hand-to-hand combat skills and being able to fly aircraft. It was also revealed in the pilot that she's a straight-A student. It's implied her dad is just as ditzy and skilled.
Call Back: In "Gotcha Day", Bertram warns Mrs. Kipling to not have kids or he'll "make omelets out of them." Cue "The Secret Life of Mrs. Kipling" (the very next episode after "Gotcha Day") where Mrs. Kipling does have kids - and what is the immediate threat to them? Getting caught in a restaurant that happens to specialize in making omelets.
Also in "Gotcha Day" Emma talks about being a seismologist (though she meant psychologist), she's taking psychology in Season 3
Most of the cast is somewhat expys of Nanny characters- Emma is Maggie, Luke is Brighton, Zuri (and Ravi, to a degree) is Gracie, Bertram is Niles, and Mrs. Chesterfield is C.C.
Emma has a thing or two in common with London Tipton. It's even shown that like London, she also likes Arturo Vitalli.
The theater teacher from "Acting With the Frenemy" probably wishes he instead taught at Hollywood Arts.
Eye Scream: In "The Jessie-nator: Grudgment Day", we learn that Jessie will eventually slip up with her needle sewing kit and end up losing her left eye. Her future Jessie wears an eyepatch for this reason. However, Jessie prevents it by throwing away the kit.
Failure Is the Only Option: All of Jessie's attempts to make it big (trying to get a song recorded, trying to audition for a TV show, trying to get a play produced, trying to get a short story published) have ended in spectacular failure at best.
Her most successful attempt so far was in getting cast in Mayan Mayhem...as a stunt double (and subsequently taking quite a beating for her art).
In a recent episode, she auditioned for an In-Universe show called Worthington Manor. She would've gotten the part, but an injury sustained earlier in the episode (no thanks to Ravi) caused her to lose it
This has been averted in season 3, she has starred in an off-Broadway play after the actress got trapped on the terrace and also starred in a kitchen utensil safety video.
Flanderization: There are early signs of this happening to Jessie herself. The writers seem to have become stuck on her having bad relationships with guys and as Season 1 progressed she seemed more and more like a relationship chaser (possibly a Disneyfied Good Bad Girl or Ethical Slut) than a girl with just enough bad experiences to make her play it safe with Tony. As many relationship stories as she's mentioned, it seems like she dated every single guy in her hometown at least once. The stories are becoming more outlandish as well, further implying they might be Flanderizing her.
Also the whole Failure Is the Only Option angle. Jessie started the show being able to fly helicopters and bragging about winning talent shows; in Season 2 she comes off as being lucky if she manages walk down the hallway without being run over.
Zuri's showing some signs of it. In season 1 she was kind of snarky but genuinely playful and nice. In season 2 she started acting a lot more greedy and bratty. In season 3 it's hard to find 1 scene she's not insulting someone (Ghost Bummers doesn't count as it was a dream)
And the kids as a whole. In the first season, they had kind of a Friendly Enemy relationship with Bertram, but now it's to the point where they abuse and admittedly dislike him without remorse (which makes Bertram into the villain in the robot episode because of this). The same with Jessie, whom they thought of as a Magical Nanny in the first season but now freely insult her to her face, refer to her as someone unimportant in their lives, and think she is bad at anything and everything she does.
Ravi's social life. At first it seemed he had some friends though not a lot. In Season 2, he seemed to be more lonely, but a lot of it seemed to be by choice. Jump to season 3 where Ravi has become desperate for friends and admits to being a lonely social outcast and many more jokes are made about this.
Hilarious Outtakes: In the credits for "To Be Me or Not to Be Me", which differs from the show's usual formula of shoehorning one last gag into the credits.
Homage: "Ghost Bummers" is, for the most part, one of the first Ghostbusters. Gets into radar territory when you realize Luke's playing Louis and Emma's playing Dana, considering what was strongly implied to have happened between the two in the movie ...
Hypocritical Humor: Mrs. Ross tells Jessie that she has her under 24 hour surveillance. She then immediately complains about being under 24 hour surveillance by the paparazzi.
In "Beauty and the Beasts", Jessie tells Emma not to insult Agathaï¿½ only to immediately insult Agatha.
Imaginary Friend: Zuri has at least one of these; subverted in the episode "The Talented Mr. Kipling", when Zuri actually has an imaginary bully who she claims had hit her and ripped the head off one of her dolls.
Improbable Piloting Skills: Jessie flies a helicopter. In a later episode, "We Are So Grounded", she crash-lands a jet in an emergency. She calmly prefaces her aerial antics with "my father taught me how to fly!"
Incredibly Lame Pun: Emma makes Jessie's "a salt" joke into one of these by pointing out how Tony's laughing at it was fake and that it wasn't really that funny.
Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Emma fighting off a pack of wild monkeys by herself prior to fixing the radio on their downed private jet and getting a rescue chopper. Justified for happening offscreen, but one wonders how she got rid of the monkeys, did she actually fight them off, or just outsmart them? Either way, considering it's Emma we're talking about, either feat would seem to be nearly impossible and thus awesome.
Plot Hole: It should have long before been figured out that Mr. Kipling was a Mrs. Kipling. Ravi has had him since an egg and even if he didn't understand the difference between male or female, as a pet it is likely Mrs. Kipling has been to the vet at least once - especially before being imported to the U.S. upon Ravi's adoption.
Also, in "The Talented Mr. Kipling", it is further implied that Mrs. Kipling is hitting on Jessie when (s)he tail-whips Jessie.
Pluto Is Expendable: In the pilot Jessie is carrying Emma's model of the solar system (her science fair project), she trips and destroys the model. During the judging of the science fair Emma wins, because Pluto falls off right before and the judges like that she remembered that Pluto is no longer a planet.
Redemption Rejection: Emma makes one last attempt to reason with Bryn by promising her friendship in return for being nice. Bryn thinks the offer of redemption is sweet, but she outright refuses by throwing cheesy nachos at Rosie.
Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Emma acts this way from time to time and more than the others, especially in the Crossover Episode. In fact, if she wasn't rich and pretty, it would've just been super creepy for Austin and friends to stay the night, not to mention dangerous. But since the Ross family is rich, they all but begged to stay in the penthouse.
In the Austin & AllyCrossover, we're told that Jessie is a horrible songwriter and shown several examples to prove it. This ignores the fact that she wrote a song in "One Day Wonders" and it wasn't really any worse than your average country-pop song.
Similarly, in "Badfellas", Luke describes Jessie as a bad singer, but "One Day Wonders" and the aforementioned Crossover demonstrate that her voice is actually quite good.
In "Punch Dumped Love", Luke said that his dance with Jessie would be nice if he got a kiss, and Jessie saying "Don't push your luck." Um, then what's the kiss she gave Luke in "Jessie's Big break" then?
Jessie is either crazy-talented, abhorrently untalented or barely smart enough to breathe, depending on the episode.
"The Jessie-nator: Grudgment Day" obviously is styled after The Terminator but future Jessie seems to be based off Snake Plissken from the Escape from.. movies. theres also a reference to the Thunderdome
Ravi calls a jar of hot peppers he is carrying in the park "hotter than Selena Gomez".
Ravi:(aside) I love you, 'Go-Go'!
He later states that they are one of the hottest peppers in the world. Which further explains the comparison.
In the same episode, Mrs. Chesterfield says the peppers are hotter than Anderson Cooper.
In "The Princess and the Pea Brain", Bertram says that his Butler's Association will be holding a roast for their colleague, AlfredPennyworth.
In "The Kid Whisperer", when Jessie finds out the other nanny was for dogs, she says, "Ruh-roh."
The episode "Badfellas" is a shout out to Goodfellas. Emma's boyfriend has a lot of the same kind of connections as Henry Hill, such as paying off cops, skipping everyone in line, and privileges that no one else can get away with or even try, like eating in the teacher's lounge.
By the way, her aforementioned boyfriend's last name is Liotta, which was the last name of Henry Hill's actor. It was a double Shout-Out; one to the movie and one to Ray Liotta.
The episode title The Secret Life of Mr. Kipling. Bonus points that both Disney Channel and ABC Family (The show that airs Secret Life) are both owned by the Walt Disney Company, and ABC Family being a literal "Teen Disney" channel.
Emma's beau in "Somebunny's In Trouble" is named Brett Somers.
"Punch Dumped Love" contains numerous references to Grown Ups 2 (Luke even mentions the film by name in an indirect manner). Keep in mind that Cameron Boyce was in both Grown Ups films. For that matter, the episode name is a reference to Punch Drunk Love. And the star of all three movies has a cameo in the episode.
At the end of "Punch Dumped Love", Jessie praises Luke's dancing by telling him that he has "moves like Jagger."
Strangely enough, Emma is mostly immune to this trope, as lampshaded in "Pain in The Rear Window", where Jessie, while extremely dirty, asks Emma why she wasn't so dirty after spending a while in the dumpster. Emma just says that things just work out favorably for her.
Spiritual Successor: To The Nanny, due to the fact (like Fran Fine in that series) the main character is hired as the nanny to a wealthy family through pure happenstance; coincidentally, Jessie creator/executive producer Pamela Eells O'Connell was one of the original writers for The Nanny.
There are also overtones of Suite Life in the show as well, which also shares production/cast members (O'Connell as producer and Ryan as star).
There is some speculation that the series is the closest we while get to an American Floricienta remake (since Disney has the American rights to the series), but without the Cinderella references...ironically, Jessie does have a stepmother and stepsister
There are hints dropped that Jessie herself is a reformed Stalker With A Crush. Grenade to the Heart, the play that takes place in the aforementioned episode starring Connie as an obvious expyof Jessie herself seems to be driving home this point and suggesting that Jessie and Connie are Not So Different.
In the episode "Caught Purple Handed" it's revealed that Channing Tatum has a restraining order against Jessie
In the episode "Star Wars", when Jessie and Jordan are hounded by the paparazzi, she says "... that they might not be after him, there is girl downstairs that looks like Justin Bieber." YMMV on whether it's a true Take That or Played for Laughs, but his fans sure thought so.
It could be a reference to Dani Shay◊, a real life girl who indeed looks like Justin Bieber.
Teens Are Short: Averted with Emma. Why would Jessie wear high heel boots to a camping trip? Because she is about the same height as Emma. And Emma will probably get a little taller before it's all over.
Theme Naming: All the Ross kids have first names with four letters.
It should be noted, however, that Luke's full name is Lucas Philbert Olson.
Bertram finally gets a happy ending in "Tell-Tale Duck". Bertram pretends to be a successful cat toy mogul with Jessie as his veterinarian girlfriend to show up his high school rival, a successful man who works on Wall Street with an attractive girlfriend at their reunion. During the reunion Luke accidentally reveals the whole thing was a lie. The rival gloats in success only for the kids (who are often less than nice to him) to defend him and telling him how great Bertram's job is making Bertram feel happy with his life. Still not impressed, after his rival insults his girlfriend, she reveals that the rival is really an unemployed loser who got fired by his mother and she's really his cousin who he paid to pretend to be his girlfriend. And as the cherry on top, when Bertram says that the only thing he has that Bertram doesn't is a full head of hair, which the cousin promptly responds to by revealing he's bald.
Title Drop: An obvious one just like Austin & Ally, since her name is in the title. However, its worth noting that the Theme Song is titled "Hey, Jessie" many characters say "Hey, Jessie" when seeing her, not everyone, and not all the time, but enough to notice. No one will ever say "Yo, Jessie". So along with the regular Title Drop, they also Title Drop the "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune.
Vitriolic Best Buds: Jessie and Bertram cross into this (with a dash of Parental Substitute once Jessie gets engaged) in Season 3. Probably best illustrated by Bertram snarking about selling Jessie to a traveling circus while walking her down the aisle in “There Goes the Bride.”