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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Wendie Malik (born December 13, 1950) is a actress. Born in Buffalo, New York and attended Ohio Wesleyan ...

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The comical character of Nina Van Horn (born Claire Noodleman in Colby, Kansas), portrayed by Wendie Malick, was a cover girl in the 1970s and 1980s, and found that when she retired, people forgot her as quickly as they knew her. In a special Biography program about her, Pat Sajak says that no one is able to guess her name and the contestants are sent home. Due to her former status as a supermodel, she has been plagued by an obsession to party all night long and to return to work the following morning with a hangover. Her partying once caused her to die in 1986 (to which she responded, "it was only for 12 minutes, I'm obviously fine!"). Nina is considered an alcoholic partially due to her casual nip of alcohol during the day at work. She is also, if no longer an addict, extremely experienced in recreational pharmacy with a wide knowledge of (and access to) uppers, downers, mood regulators and hallucinogenic compounds (she is able to identify not only that a Chinese sweet Lemon Wacky Hello is a hallucinogen, but also its chemical make up, by taste alone). Her slow witted and even foolish demeanor create a lot of embarrassing situations for her character. She is understood to be promiscuous and possibly bisexual.

Nina is obsessed with her age and looks. In one episode, she mentioned that she had the telephone number of a plastic surgeon on speed dial, and when her age is nearly revealed over the P.A., she runs into Jack's office to destroy the P.A. so nobody will know her age. Throughout the run of the show she was vaguely in her late forties to early fifties, once blurting out that life's no fun at fifty (EP: "Sid and Nina").

In most seasons Nina constantly talks about her friend Binny. She is almost never seen but is heard about all the time. This usually leads to groans by other members of Blush who have to listen. In the episode "Bye Bye Binny", we hear that Binny dies and Nina must face the fact that she lost her only friend. At one point, she mentions that she was the one who broke up music bands such as The Eagles and the Jackson 6 (as well as having toured with Iggy Pop). Binny appears as a ghost to Nina in "Strange Bedfellows", but her face is never shown.

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06x18 - The Book of Jack
Season 6, Episode 18
05x08 - Slamming Jack
Season 5, Episode 08
05x10 - Finch and the Fighter
Season 5, Episode 10
04x09 - Love is in the Air
Season 4, Episode 09
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