is a Disney Channel original 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
, albeit partially since it's missing the leads of the other show (Jessie's Aloha Holidays with Parker and Joey
), 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. In 2015, it was announced that the fourth season would be the last and that Emma, Ravi & Zuri would get their own spinoff.
Not to be confused with Jesse
, the short-lived NBC show starring Christina Applegate.
This series provides examples of:
- Absentee Actor: Peyton R. List (Emma) was absent from "World Wide Web of Lies" and "Creepy Connie Comes A Callin'" (due to wrap-up filming for Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days).
- 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.
- Added Alliterative Appeal:
- Adorably Precocious Child: Ravi.
- Adorkable: Jessie and Ravi.
- Aerith and Bob: Mrs. Kipling's hatchlings are named with stereotypical Indian names, except for the one named Scooter and the one named Slumdog.
- Affably Evil:
- Agony of the Feet: In an unusual reversed example, a little person store detective undercover as one of Santa's Helpers kicks Luke, causing him to hop on one foot.
- All Just a Dream: "To Be or Not to Be" is all Kipling's daydream.
- "Ghost Bummers" was all Jessie's dream.
- "The Jessie-nator" was just a Daydream Surprise about what might happen if Luke pranks Bertram once too much.
- Most of "Spaced Out" is Ravi's dream.
- Alliterative Name: Dale Davenport the school bully. Also, Ravi Ross.
- Of course, Creepy Connie!
- Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering?: "That a minivan really isn't that much smaller than a regular van?"
- 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-Crazy Stalker 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.
- Babysitting Episode: The Series.
- Bad Bad Acting: Jessie and Petey's improv in "Green-Eyed Monsters". It's even lampshaded by Emma.
- Zuri's "Oh no! The lizard ate my homework!" in "Make New Friends but Hide the Old".
- Luke's "Oh no! They (Chris Bosh 's lucky socks) have been washed" in "Say Yes to the Messy Dress".
- Jessie's "call from the president" in "Quitting Cold Koala".
- Bait-and-Switch Comparison: In "Cattle Calls and Scary Walls", when Luke and Ravi wonder whether to follow Emma or Mrs. Kipling back to safety:
Ravi: Do we follow the creature with a brain the size of a walnut or Mrs. Kipling? *points to Kipling*
- Big Applesauce
- Bigger Bad: Darla, Jessie's enemy was often mentioned. She finally makes an appearance in G.I. Jessie.
- In "Creepy Connie 3: The Creepening": it turns out it was Creepy Connie all along
- In "Evil Times Two:" Angela, the so-called "nice" twin to Agatha
- Big Bad Ensemble: Mrs. Chesterfield and Nanny Agatha.
- Big NO: Chris Bosh did this in "Say Yes to the Messy Dress" after his lucky socks was washed.
- Bilingual Bonus: Whenever Ravi ends up angrily shouting in Hindi. He also has some Hindi writing on his bedroom door.
- Bland-Name Product: Zuri's Queasy-Bake Oven and Build-A-Baboon.
- "Creepy" Connie's Tickle Me Voldemort doll.
- PayMore Shoes.
- Leopard Beat magazine.
- Luke's Gamebuddy.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Emma, Zuri and Jessie.
- 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".
- A Boy And His Lizard: Ravi and Kipling.
- Brain Bleach: Zuri at the end of "Badfellas" and "Green-Eyed Monsters".
- Brainless Beauty: Emma, even if "brainless" is a bit of a stretch. See Dumb Blonde and Genius Ditz.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Zuri.
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Jessie once describes Agatha's shopping list as "bread, milk, and Eye of Newt".
- 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.
- Butt Monkey: Jessie and Bertram (also see Woobie)
- 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
- Camp Straight: Bertram.
- Catchphrase: Mrs. Chesterfield always calls Zuri "strange little girl."
- Emma's high-pitched shriek (and, more recently, "idiot").
- Bertram's "it's just so far".
- Celeb Crush: It's hinted several times that Jessie's is Taylor Lautner (and in recent episodes, Channing Tatum).
- In "All Star New Year", Emma has one on Austin and implies Jessie has one on Ryan Seacrest.
- The entire plot of "Star Wars".
- Celebrity Star: Chris Bosh in "Say Yes to the Messy Dress".
- Adam Sandler in "Punch Dumped Love", even invoking a fourth wall breaking moment between him and Grown Ups co-star Cameron Boyce.
- Spencer Boldman in "Break-Up and Shape-Up," or at least that's how Disney Channel's PR treats it.
- First Lady Michelle Obama in "From the White House to Our House".
- Character Title
- Cheerful Child: Zuri and Ravi.
- Chekhov's Gun: Ravi's Dragon Fire Peppers in "Are You Cooler Than a 5th Grader?"
- The Chew Toy: Bertram.
- Christmas Episode: One each season so far - the second one also combines this with New Year's Day Episode and Crossover.
- Clark Kenting: Emma's "Kitty Couture" disguise consists entirely of big sunglasses and a really big hat.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Zuri.
- Continuity Nod: Rather surprisingly consistent.
- However, in "Trashin' Fashion", Jessie is shown to be clumsy. This contradicts an earlier episode ("Zombie Tea Party 5"), in which Jessie was shown to be extremely agile.
- The vase Wendy tries to frame Zuri for breaking in "Snack Attack" is the same vase Ravi and Luke agree to frame Zuri for breaking in "Why Do Foils Fall in Love"
- Cool Big Sis: Jessie tends to act as this for Emma.
- Likewise Emma to Ravi and Zuri.
- Crack! Oh My Back!: Bertram, helping the kids decorate the tree. Justified, as Zuri's basically jumping on him.
- Creepy Child:
- Zuri is this in-universe, according to the landlady.
- "Creepy" Connie Thompson as well. That nickname is well-deserved.
- Crossover: The two-episode Austin & JESSIE & Ally special (the Austin & Ally episode Big Dreams & Big Apples and the Jessie episode Nanny in Miami).
- The one-hour "Good Luck Jessie: NYC Christmas" special, a crossover with Good Luck Charlie.
- In an odd reversal, the cast of Jessie showed up in a Halloween themed episode of Ultimate Spider-Man.
- Curse Cut Short: One of the ways they're Getting Crap Past the Radar.
- Cute Bruiser: Jessie knows a few military moves that she shows when she subdues Emma's punk boyfriend.
- Lindsay, Agatha's charge during the talent episode - her talent happens to be karate.
- Zuri once took down both Jessie and Luke in about as many seconds. Took down Ravi by technicality when he surrendered himself to the floor.
- Daddy's Girl: Both Zuri and Emma.
- A Day in the Limelight: The family pet, Mrs. Kipling, had the second episode pretty much dedicated to him/her.
- Distaff Counterpart: Jessie to Charles from Charles In Charge.
- The Ditz: Tony and Officer Petey.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Tony, and to an extent, Luke.
- "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Debby Ryan sings "Hey, Jessie", the show's opening.
- Dope Slap: Mrs. Kipling does this to Ravi, Luke and Emma with his tail when they fail to realize that he could be the pet for their cool pet viral video.
- Mrs. Kipling does this a few times when on-screen and called for.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Jessie starts out like this, but she softens up by the end of the first episode.
- Dude Magnet: Emma
- Dumbass Teenage Son: Luke, if preteen is close enough.
- Dumb Blonde: Emma is a downplayed example. She actually does well in school, but sometimes she has moments of this.
- Eat Cookies: Zuri to Rosie in "Make New Friends But Hide The Old".
- Epic Fail: Jessie's attempt at trash talk in "Beauty and the Beasts":
Jessie: Well I hope Lindsay's talent is imitating a turkey, because Zuri is going to beat the stuffing out of her.
- Everything Is Mountains In Colorado: during the Jessie portion of the Good Luck JESSIE special (along with Down on the Farm).
- Everything Is Big In Texas tends to get invoked a lot when addressing Jessie's past.
- Evil Brit: Nanny Agatha and Angela.
- Expository Theme Tune: "Hey Jessie", though nowhere near as blatant in its exposition as some examples.
- Expy: An in-universe example: In "Creepy Connie's Curtain Call", "Josie" is obviously an expy of Jessie herself.
- Jessie herself is such an expy of Bailey that most fans consider them the exact same character.
- And arguably an expy of Fran from The Nanny.
- 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.
- Fat Bastard: Bertram.
- Fiery Redhead: Jessie, natch.
- Five-Man Band:
- Five-Token Band: You can practically smell the focus testing.
- 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.
- Fractured Fairytale: "The Princess and the Pea Brain".
- Foreign Remake: In the same tradition as Good Luck Charlie/Best of Luck Nikki, there is an Indian remake of Jessie called Oye, Jassie! It's a very strict episode-for-episode remake of Jessie down to retaining the character Ravi and all his quirks, even though he's living in his native country in this version. Appropriately enough, Jassie herself is even played by the same actress who played the equivalent of Maddie in The Suite Life of Karan and Kabir (their version of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody/The Suite Life on Deck). The first season is available for viewing on Disney India's YouTube Channel and you can see the intro sequence here.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: The teens: Jessie Prescott (choleric), Tony (phlegmatic), Petey (sanguine).
- The Ross kids: Emma Ross (sanguine/choleric), Luke Ross and Zuri (sanguine), Ravi Ross (phlegmatic).
- Other characters: Burtram (leukine) and Rosie (melancholic).
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: "To Be or Not to Be", in which Jessie flips with Zuri, Emma with Luke and Ravi with Bertram.
- Funny Foreigner: Actually avoided, while Ravi does act foreign, most of his jokes aren't ethnicity based.
- Although Zuri does call him Mowgli in the Christmas episode.
- Genius Ditz: Emma is pretty smart, and actually does well in school, but still acts pretty goofy.
- Genki Girl: Emma.
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Or more specifically, Luxembourgish people love Christina Ross. She mentions being huge out there in "World Wide Web of Lies."
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Has its own page.
- The Ghost: Darla, Jessie's friend from Texas, although she will make an appearance in the Season 2 finale.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Tony in the episode "Green-Eyed Monster"
- Grumpy Bear: Bertram.
- Halloween Episode: The now-pulled "The Whining".
- 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.
- Insult to Rocks:
Ravi: Luke has the personal hygiene of a wolverine.
Bertram: That's an insult to wolverines, At least they occasionally lick themselves clean!
- In "A Doll's Outhouse", Ravi compares his former love interest Tanya to a poisonous toad. Emma immediately calls this an insult to toads, and Luke calls it an insult to poison.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Zuri and Nana Banana who is older enough to be Christina Ross's Grandmother.
- Jerkass: Luke.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Bertram.
- To a lesser degree, Emma.
- Karma Houdini: in a legal sense, the kids are this after repeatedly stealing the military jeep.
- Kids Shouldn't Watch Horror Films: Emma and Zuri in "A Doll's Outhouse" (though Emma didn't seem that scared).
- Latin Lover: Again, Luke. At least he tries to be.
- Little Boy Seeks Big Girl: Luke is this to Jessie...sometimes. Also is this towards Shaylee Michaels in "Jessie's Big Break".
- Inverted with Emma in "Star Wars" with a handsome actor Mrs. Ross is trying to get in his movie. Even with the same age difference as between Luke and Jessie, 6 years.
- Little Miss Snarker: Zuri.
- Makes Sense In Context: A meta example: why did Jessie and Luke dress up as zombies during the paintball fight? Because that was meant to be the Halloween Episode for that year.
- Mall Santa: Ravi is deathly afraid of him in the Christmas episode.
- Mama Bear: Don't mess with Jessie's kids.
- Meganekko: Emma has a brief moment of this in "One Day Wonders".
- Misaimed Marketing: Parodied with Zuri's Kitty Couture merchandise in "Say Yes to the Messy Dress".
- Motorcycle Jousting: A literal example complete with armored riders (thanks to a Story Within a Story)
- Mugged for Disguise: Jessie, Luke, and Ravi knock out some waiters and take their uniforms.
- Jessie proposes to do this to sneak into a Toy Con in "Toy Con" until Ravi points out it's easier to grab costumes from an unattended rack behind them.
- Ms. Fanservice: Jessie herself. It's not hard to see how. Also Christina (and, to a degree, Emma).
- Narcissist: Emma can be this.
- National Stereotypes: A fair portion of the show's humor.
- Never My Fault: Luke and Zuri blame the jeep incident in GI Jessie on Ravi, for not trying to stop them.
- Shown again in "Help Not Wanted" when Zuri and Luke blame Jessie for their irresponsible spending even though she immediately called them out on their spending habits when she saw the bills.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Jessie apparently knows how to land a plane, having been taught so by her father.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: It's pretty obvious that the Rosses are a parody of the Angelina Jolie-Brad Pitt family.
- No, Except Yes: In "Romancing the Crone", Luke asks if Emma bought Mrs. Kipling a cute outfit. She says that she bought a cute costume instead.
- In "One Day Wonders", Luke says "It's not stealing, it's just taking without permission!".
- Non Sequitur: In "Gotcha Day", Emma says "I'm so insightful, I should become a seismologist!".
- Nothing Is the Same Anymore: Jessie's dad is now remarried to Darla's mother, and this is probably the biggest change in the series.
- 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.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: In-Universe, Jessie will occasionally slip into a Texas drawl.
- Out of Focus: A fairly common complaint is that Emma doesn't get enough screentime (although the later episodes are better in this regard).
- Overly Narrow Superlative: In the pilot, Jessie calls Galactopus "the best giant radioactive space octopus movie of all time".
- Parent Service: Debby Ryan and Christina Moore, whether intentional or not.
- Pet Heir: Mrs. Chesterfield's daughter mentions at the end of 101 Lizards that Zeus the dog will inherit everything including a house in the Hamptons.
- However, considering the resentment Zeus has towards Mrs. Chesterfield, Zeus may not care otherwise.
- Pet the Dog: A minor one in Lights, Camera, Distraction!. Bertram makes a joke about Jessie being in a hot dog costume thinking she'd be in a commercial, and all the other kids laugh at it
Bertram: I'm just glad you finally got-
Jessie: Don't say it.
Bertram: A big role.
- Pilot: "New York, New Nanny".
- 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.
- Pungeon Master: Nana Banana.
- A Rare Sentence: In "All the Knight Moves", Jessie comments on the phrase "exciting chess news".
- 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.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Subverted. Mrs. Kipling seems to be bad, until you get to know him.
- Running Gag:
- Offering somebody bran when they make a sad face, since when Jessie did that in her high school drama class, her teacher thought she looked constipated instead.
- Comments about the size of Jessie's feet.
- Sassy Black Girl: Zuri.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Ravi and Zuri.
- Scooby-Dooby Doors: The Hallowe'en special
- 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.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Ravi and Luke.
- Series Continuity Error: A couple regarding Jessie:
- In the Austin & Ally Crossover, 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. Sometimes, all three in the same episode.
- Servile Snarker: Bertram.
- She's Got Legs: Jessie herself. Damn.
- Emma also has moments of this, particularly in "Take the A-Train, I Think?", "Teacher's Pest" and "Toy Con."
- Shipper on Deck: Emma and Zuri towards Jessie and Tony.
- Ship Tease: Jessie with Luke and/or Tony.
- Shouldn't We Be in School Right Now?: A grand total of three episodes so far have featured any sort of school setting.
- It's implied that many episodes occur during summer break, however.
- "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
- Luke's huge crush on Jessie is reminiscent of the Zack-Maddie pairing from The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.
- Another The Suite Life of Zack and Cody reference was in "Tempest in a Teacup" the billboard was for Tipton Tea.
- It's likely at the same time an expy for Lipton Tea.
- Yet another Suite Life shout-out, Jessie has animal-themed bed slippers that make noises, just like Bailey.
- Creepy Connie tears apart Luke's stuffed animal Kenny the Koala. Luke's reaction upon discovering this? "They Killed Kenny!"
- Ravi calls a jar of hot peppers he is carrying in the park "hotter than Selena Gomez".
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.
- The Halloween episode has several to horror movies, many of which are to The Shining. Others include Leprechaun and Christine.
- Jessie's short story (and Take That to Stephen King) may also be a shout-out to the author, who is best known for his horror short stories and novels (including The Shining and Christine).
- Zuri's mean teacher Ms. Falkenberg used to play Muggle Quidditch until her team members left to play vampire baseball.
- 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."
- In "Diary Of A Mad Newswoman", one of Jessie's 'alien powers' is drinking through her finger.
- This line from "Caught Purple Handed":
- From "The Blind Date, the Cheapskate and the Primate":
Tony: Eddy! Just the guy I'm looking for!
- In the episode "Glue Dunnit", Ravi deduces that Bertram glued someone's hands to their head... and says:
- "The Jessie-nator: Grudgment Day" as a whole is basically a Disneyfied parody of T2 even down to the plot resemblance.
- In "Spaced Out", the space shuttle program they use to go into space is based in Mypos.
- In "The Rosses Get Real" the kids and Bertram throw a party to celebrate the two-year anniversary of Jessie becoming their nanny, except a sleep-deprived Bertram misspells her name "Jassie." This is actually a shout-out to Oye, Jassie!, the Indian remake of Jessie that had just premiered around the same time.
- Shown Their Work: In "Green-Eyed Monsters", Jessie correctly identifies Mrs. Kipling as an Asian water monitor.
- Sibling Rivalry: Emma and Luke.
- Skirt over Slacks: Emma wears this in Jessie's music video in "One Day Wonders".
- Skyward Scream: Zuri's "WHYYY?!" after Mrs. Kipling ate part of one of her stuffed animals.
- Slapstick Knows No Gender: Jessie takes as much of a beating, possibly more, than Luke and Ravi do.
- 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
- Even moreso than The Nanny, Jessie is pretty much the Distaff Counterpart to Charles In Charge (also by Pamela Eells O'Connell).
- Spit Take: Jessie does this in "Are You Cooler Than a 5th Grader?".
- Spoiled Sweet: Emma, she's a snarky one but still is one nonetheless.
- Stalker with a Crush: Connie to Luke, in the episode "Creepy Connie Comes a Callin".
- 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 expy of 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
- Luke seems to come off like one to Jessie at first, given how often he hits on her.
- Stuart to Zuri, but Zuri decides that Stuart isn't entirely useless.
- Status Quo Is God: See Failure Is the Only Option
- Averted when Kipling is discovered to be female.
- Though played straight with the baby lizards.
- Also averted with Millie the Mermaid, as neither she nor any of Zuri's imaginary friends have shown up since.
- Averted furthermore with Jessie's dad now being married to Col. Shannon. With Darla now being Jessie's stepsister, her life is going to be quite different from that point on.
- Story Arc: There's going to be one regarding Jessie and Brooks.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial:
Landlady: What's going on?
Tony: Whatever it is, it does not have to do with a giant lizard.
- Tagline: Some early promos used "Who's your nanny?".
- Take That:
- 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.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: In Caught Purple Handed Jessie finally catches a break. She got a starring role for a kitchen utensil safety video, she finally got the kids to clean up their own mess, and she was actually referred to as pretty.
- 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.
- Toilet Humour: Most of it courtesy of Luke.
- Too Dumb to Live: In the Christmas episode, when Ravi reveals that Joey, Emma, and Zuri have angered the island, Bertram says this to Ravi:
Bertram: They're too dumb to live!
- The Unreveal: In "The Jessie-nator: Grudgment Day", when Ravi and Emma ask why future Jessie has an eyepatch, she obliges, except that she is seen from the behind. Thankfully we don't see it, but the kids do.
- Unsettling Gender Reveal: Mr. Kipling is actually a Mrs. Kipling.
- World of Snark: Pretty much the entire main cast is some flavor of Deadpan Snarker. Even Ravi gets in on it at least once. Zuri and Bertram are the biggest Deadpan Snarkers on the show.
- 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.”
- Vomit Discretion Shot: Zuri vomits in a grocery bag in "One Day Wonders".
- Jessie vomits in a trash can in "Beauty and the Beasts".
- In "Take the A-Trainï¿½ I Think?", Emma shows Jessie a picture of Ravi vomiting, but we never actually see the picture.
- Yandere: Creepy Connie towards Luke. She's very willing to make other girls to reach "terrible accidents" for being able to kiss Luke during "Creepy Connie's Curtain Call".
- Your Tomcat Is Pregnant: Or tom lizard, actually. Turns out Mr. Kipling was really a girl.