Mar. 04, 1997
30 min.
NBC TV Network

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Just Shoot Me

Hot-tempered journalist, Maya Gallo, got herself fired from another job. Considering that she is unable to find another one she is forced to go work for Blush, her father's fashion magazine. Personality conflicts quickly ensue with high-strung ex-model Nina van Horn, philandering photographer Elliot, and wise-guy secretary Dennis Finch.

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Laura San Giacomo was born November 14, 1962, in West Orange, New Jersey, to MaryJo and John San Giacomo. ...

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The character of Maya Gallo was portrayed by Laura San Giacomo. Maya was largely portrayed as a hot-tempered, sassy journalist who took a job at the fictional glamour fashion magazine Blush, which happened to be owned by her father Jack Gallo, in the pilot after she was fired for tampering with an anchorwoman's teleprompter and making her cry. She was a dichotomy on several levels, with her headstrong smarts coupled against a naïveté about life and sometimes even love. Keeping with her neo-feminist views, Maya frowned upon men looking at women as objects of sexual desire, instead encouraging people to admire females for their intelligence. Unfortunately for her, this was not a popular view for a fashion magazine and it therefore put her at odds with much of the magazine's staff.

Despite this, there have been several instances in which Maya was alluded to be nude or engaging in sexual intercourse and there was one instance in which she purposely stuck her chest out and partially unbuttoned her blouse in an effort to distract Dennis Finch, an admitted admirer of her bosom. In spite of her attempts to deemphasize her large breasts, Maya was occasionally on the receiving end of "boob jokes" on the show, especially from Finch and Nina Van Horn. Whenever a joke in regards to her bustline was made, Maya usually wouldn't dignify the remark with a verbal response, although she would often appear visibly flustered.

She is sometimes mistaken for a Puerto Rican. Her birthday is January 1 (In the episode "Nina Van Grandma" her birthday is (mistakenly) placed in the summer; Jack's line is "I was in that delivery room 14 hours on the hottest day of the year..... then why did it snow today"). Maya was often shown dating on the show. She and Elliot were a couple for quite some time, and they were briefly engaged. Among her other dates were Michael Tenzer (David Rasche), Chris (Dean Cain), Ray Liotta and another man named Chris (Joe Rogan). Although she was involved in several relationships, she was never depicted getting (legally) married in the series. She is also very skilled at pitching; when she pitched a baseball to Dennis Finch, he thinks his hand is broken. Also disclosed in the same episode, If Maya starts pitching, she can't stop (She wanted to practice softball with Finch in the rain).

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03x20 - And the Femmy Goes To...
Season 3, Episode 20
03x07 - Puppetmaster
Season 3, Episode 07
04x12 - When Nina Met Elliott's Mother
Season 4, Episode 12
05x17 - Where's Poppa?
Season 5, Episode 17
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