S05E09 - The Masseuse
No: 73 | Season: 5 Episode: 9 | Air Date: 18-Nov-1993 | Production #509
O.J. Rifkin! You don't even use a name, it's just initials. Oh please please please change your name to O.J.! Please, it would be so great!
Elaine meets a man who's perfect except his name is the same as a notorious serial killer. Jerry is frustrated when he can't get his girlfriend, who's a masseuse, to give him a massage, even Kramer is a customer. George is obsessed when Jerry's girlfriend doesn't like him, so he tries extra hard to get her to like him, much to his own girlfriend's dismay.
Director and Writers
Director: Tom Cherones
Writers: Peter Mehlman
Jerry: (monologue) If there's a serial killer loose in your neighborhood, it seems like the safest thing is to be the neighbor. They never kill the neighbor. The neighbor always survives to do the interview afterwards, right? "Oh, he was kind of quiet." I love these neighbors. They're never disturbed by the sounds of murdering, just stereo. Chain saws, people screaming, fine. Just keep the music down.
Elaine: Hey, how many people did Rifkin strangle? Eighteen?
Jerry: Yeah. Eighteen strangles.
Kramer: You know why Rifkin was a serial killer? Because he was adopted. Just like Son of Sam was adopted. So apparently adoption leads to serial killing.
Notes and Trivia
When Elaine gets the idea of trying to get her boyfriend to change his name, she comes up with names while flipping through Sports Illustrated. One of the names she suggests is "O.J.". This episode aired about nine months before O.J. Simpson was arrested for killing his ex-wife and her friend.
In this episode Jerry calls George a "bad seed". Elaine will later refer to George as "a bad seed" again in "The Little Kicks."
When Elaine and Joel go to the Giants football game, stock footage is shown of the Giants and the Minnesota Vikings. Later, stock footage is shown of the Giants playing the Jets.
|Jerry Seinfeld||Jerry Seinfeld|
|Julia Louis-Dreyfus||Elaine Benes|
|Jason Alexander||George Costanza|
|John Bishop||Ticket Man (as John Glen Bishop)|
|Ruth Cohen||Ruthie Cohen|
|Lawrence Taylor||Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)|