S08E14 - The Van Buren Boys
No: 148 | Season: 8 Episode: 14 | Air Date: 6-Feb-1997 | Production #814
I see this guy over at the pizza boxes giving me the stink-eye. So I give him the crook-eye back, you know...
Jerry's girlfriend, Ellen, seems perfect in every way, but everyone else seems to have a problem with her. George interviews candidates for the Foundation's first scholarship. The candidates seem over-qualified, until one comes in who is a lot like he was. Elaine is going to ghost write Peterman's biography. Kramer goes to Lorenzo's pizza, where he has an encounter with the Van Buren boys. He accidentally flashes their gang sign and saves himself. Peterman wants his day to day life covered in his bio; the exotic adventures are for the catalog. His day-to-day life is very boring. She tells him about Kramer's encounter with the gang and he suggests buying the story for his biography. George's scholar makes a change in his plans that causes George to disqualify him from the scholarship. Kramer sells Peterman all of his stories for $750 dollars. Elaine is put at his disposal. To Elaine, Kramer's stories aren't much more interesting. George and Kramer perform an intervention on Jerry's relationship with Ellen. George's scholar joins the Van Buren boys, who apply pressure on George to get the scholarship back. Elaine tells Kramer that he can no longer tell his stories, since they now belong to Peterman. Elaine tries to embellish Kramer's stories, but Peterman finds the rewrites "too clich
Director and Writers
Director: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Darin Henry
Jerry: So you're denying him the scholarship just because he wants to be a city planner?
George: I was betrayed! That kid was like a son to me. And if there's one person you should be able to hold down, it's your own flesh and blood. Like my father... my father's father before him.
Notes and Trivia
The character Steven Koren is named after the Seinfeld writer with the same name.
When it is revealed that the "Van Buren Boys" have a secret hand sing, this is probably an allusion to the real Martin Van Buren. Martin Van Buren, a native of Kinderhook, New York, was nicknamed "Old Kinderhook," and a political organization of the time named themselves the OK Club after him. Some say this is the origin of the English expression "OK" meaning fine, good, all right. (Wallace et al., "Significa," E.P. Dutton, 1983.) And a common hand gesture for "OK" -- tips of index finger and thumb touching, the other three fingers extended -- becames half of the Van B. Boys' gang sign.
Guest Actress Christine Taylor would eventually marry Ben Stiller, the son of series regular Jerry Stiller.
When Kramer is running his "new" stories that he bought from Newman to Elaine and Jerry, he runs in and leaves the door open behind. When he goes to leave, the door is now closed and reopens it.
|Jerry Seinfeld||Jerry Seinfeld|
|Julia Louis-Dreyfus||Elaine Benes|
|Michael Richards||Cosmo Kramer|
|Jason Alexander||George Costanza|
|John O'Hurley||J. Peterman|
|Jed Rhein||Steven Koren|
|David Moscow||Lomez Jr.|
|Michele Maika||Kim (as Michelle Maika)|
|Ruth Cohen||Ruthie Cohen|