Trivia: Jessie

  • Ability Over Appearance: The main reason that the Korean character Hiro was changed to Luke.
  • Acting for Two:
    • In the Halloween episode, Debby plays both Jessie and the ghost of an Affably Evil nanny.
      • Debby again as Jessie and Future!Jessie in "The Jessie-nator: Grudgement Day" - particularly notable as both Jessies end up on screen at the same time.
    • "Evil Times Two" - Agatha and her good twin Angela.
  • Actor Allusion: Jessie's father is in the military, as was Debby Ryan's father.
    • Jessie's from Texas, where Debby Ryan also lived for a number of years.
      • She even lived on the same base as Jessie, Fort Hood. However, she has moved around a lot more than Jessie has. One would assume that Jessie's family lives near Fort Hood or her father was stationed there towards the end of his term service, or both.
    • Various examples (see Shout-Out and Expy) that link Jessie to Bailey.
      • Most notable was when Mr. Moseby himself appeared, and noticed Jessie's resemblance to Bailey, though he didn't tell her.
    • In "Star Wars", Emma mentions being tall for her age. Peyton R. List is indeed tall (5'6") for her age (17).
    • In "Punch-Dumped Love," they outright break the fourth wall by having Cameron Boyce directly ask Adam Sandler about returning for Grown Ups 3.
    • This isn't the first time Cameron Boyce has played someone with the last name of Ross
  • Actor-Shared Background: Peyton List is actually from neighboring Brooklyn. Skai Jackson was born and grew up in NYC as well.
    • Likewise, Debby grew up in Ft. Hood, TX just like Jessie.
  • The Artifact: While much of Jessie's background is based on Debby's own autobiographical experiences, some of the show's and character's traits might've carried over when they were still mulling the show as yet another Suite Life spin-off based around Debby's character Bailey (including the fact that the show begins and takes place where Suite Life on Deck happened to end).
  • Cowboy Bebop at His Computer: The episode summary for "Take the A-Train... I Think?" on some TV guides claims that the spider subplot involves Bertram and Ravi (actually Bertram and Luke).
  • The Danza: Christina Ross is played by Christina Moore.
    • The rare last name variety- Molly Shannon as Col. Beverly Shannon.
  • Dawson Casting: Averted, with everybody playing more or less their ages (including 20-year-old Debby Ryan, which is what makes this particularly notable for the Disney Channel).
    • Played straight in that Karan Brar is older than Cameron Boyce (albeit by five months).
  • Directed by Cast Member: Kevin Chamberlin directed "Are You Cooler Than a 5th Grader?" and "Say Yes to the Messy Dress".
    • Debby Ryan herself actually helped co-create the series: she's officially an (uncredited) creative consultant for the first season, a credited co-producer for the second season and is contractually entitled to become an executive producer for the third season.
    • More directly, Debby directed the Season 3 episode "Coffee Talk," impressively becoming the youngest female to ever call the shots on a Disney Channel show in the process. "Bye Bye Bertie" and "Dance Dance Resolution" are also directed by her.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Debby Ryan dyed her hair auburn for the part.
  • Fake Texan: Debby puts on a very noticeable accent for the Jessie role (especially noticable if you catch her speaking in her normal voice or on other roles like Suite Life or her DCOMs). Also a Subversion since she's actually a Texan in real life, but just doesn't sound "Texan" enough for the role.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Besides the obvious (Jessie is Bailey!), some may recognize Ravi and Emma as Chirag Gupta and Holly Hills, respectively.
  • Mean Character Nice Actor:
    • In Real Life, Skai Jackson is much nicer than Zuri.
    • Same thing goes for Cameron Boyce/Luke.
    • And for Jennifer Veal who plays Agatha (see Playing Against Type below).
  • Missing Episode: After "The Whining" aired, a nanny in New York did kill 2 of her kids like the Ross children thought Jessie wanted to do. Disney has since pulled all reruns of the episode and also removed from all paid download sites (although it returned in 2014).
    • The episode "Quitting Cold Koala" was actually pulled just prior to airing and was retooled before its actual premiere after several parents (who viewed the episode in advance through Netflix and Disney Channel's own streaming service) complained about the episode's treatment of gluten allergies.
    • The one-hour specials ("Jessie's Big Break," "G.I. Jessie" and "Jessie's Aloha-Holidays with Parker and Joey") and crossovers ("Nanny in Miami" and "Good Luck Jessie: NYC Christmas") are rarely aired in the rerun schedule due to Disney Channel's rerun schedule having limited accommodations for one-hour schedules. Doubly so for "Jessie's Aloha Holidays with Parker and Joey" and the crossovers which are all Holiday-themed and thus only seen around the appropriate holidays (likewise the Halloween-themed "Ghostbummers" and "The Whining" when that episode was finally un-banished). Oddly enough "The Runaway Bride of Frankenstein" is frequently shown off-season despite also being a Halloween-themed episode, because it's also part of a multi-episode story arc that the network seems to be in love with.
  • Name's the Same: Mr. Kipling. No, besides the obvious. It turns out there's a brand of pastries that carries the name Mr. Kipling that's very popular in Britain.
  • Playing Against Type: Stefanie Scott, mostly known as being Jerk Ass Alpha Bitch Lexi on A.N.T. Farm plays Emma's new ultra-naive and uncultured friend Maybelle in "Hoedown Showdown"
    • Likewise Meaghan Martin isn't exactly known for playing confused, lost girls (unless you count the Coppertop Flop shorts).
    • Double-likewise Jennifer Veal who usually plays a much nicer person, especially when she's playing herself in her most well-known role opposite Lucas Cruikshank.
  • Promoted Fangirl:
    • Relates to how Debby Ryan got onto The Suite Life on Deck and ultimately getting her own show, Jessie.
    • Apparently Jennifer Veal was put on the show as Agatha because Debby happens to be a big fan of her web series Lucas and Jenny.
  • Similarly Named Works: Don't confuse it with Jesse, the short-lived NBC show starring Christina Applegate.
  • Type Casting: Karan Brar reprises his role in Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Mr. Peabody & Sherman as the Indian Funny Foreigner child.
    • Katherine McNamara guest stars in "Kids Don't Wanna Be Shunned" as Bryn, a cruel Alpha Bitch type. This is her third appearance in such a role. (The previous two were in Girl vs. Monster and Kickin' It. Curiously enough, both those times she portrays a rival to Olivia Holt's character.)
  • What Could Have Been: Early promotional pictures for the series still shows Debby with her natural, "Bailey"-esque hair style. There are also hints that Jessie's surname was originally O'Keefe.
    • Even prior to that point, the show was originally considered as a second Suite Life spin-off with Debby Ryan reprising her Bailey Pickett character for the series' entire run. As The Suite Life on Deck concluded in New York City, it would've opened with Bailey running into a wealthy family in need of a nanny, just as in the eventual series but with key backstory changes. It's possible that such details as the New York locale and Jessie being such an Expy of Bailey are essentially The Artifact from this stage of the show's development.
    • Emma was originally named Anabel. She was renamed in honor of Debby's Real Life best friend.
    • Luke was originally a Korean named Hiro.
    • Ravi was originally a South American named Javier. Mr(s). Kipling was a capybara. A lot of early interviews and promotional material still refer to Mr(s). Kipling (then yet unnamed) as a capybara.
      • Mr(s). Kipling was then going to be a Komodo dragon - this was after the name Mr. Kipling and the "actor" (Frank the water monitor, who does indeed play Mr[s]. Kipling on the show) were already frozen. Someone discovered that there were too many differences between a Komodo dragon and a water monitor to be believable (particularly the size), so it was changed to Frank's actual species.
    • Christina was originally named Pandora. She was planned to be a photographer.
    • Jessie's Aloha Holidays With Parker and Joey may have originally been planned to be a larger-scale Crossover with Liv and Maddie including the inclusion of Liv and/or Maddie as crossing over characters. Early promotional material and other references can be found originally referring to the episode as "Crossover-a-Rooney" fitting into the episode naming scheme of Liv and Maddie. It's possible Dove Cameron was forced to drop out due to scheduling conflicts with the Descendants DCOM and Maia Mitchell was invited to take her place reprising her "Jessie's Big Break" character (who like Liv Rooney is also an actress]].
    • Speaking of DCOMs there can be several references found to a possible JESSIE DCOM including statements by Debby and other cast members in interviews that can be found on YouTube. Even after Season 4 production had wrapped (and along with it, the show for good), Peyton List confirmed in an interview that the cast was told a JESSIE DCOM was forthcoming - and then quietly dropped to the cast's own confusion. As the cast themselves have been left in the dark, no word has ever been released as to why the DCOM was dropped or what plot details would've been involved (it's possible that the project never even got far enough for any specific plot details to be hammered out beyond the basic premised carried over from the show).
  • The Wiki Rule: Here you go.
  • Write Who You Know: Debby knows Jennifer Veal (Agatha) through Lucas Cruikshank. Yes, Fred.