S09E05 - The Junk Mail
No: 161 | Season: 9 Episode: 5 | Air Date: 30-Oct-1997 | Production #905
Jerry's childhood friend arranges for a van as payment for one of Jerry's performances. Kramer uses the van in his campaign against mail. Elaine meets a man at the coffee shop whose charm seems too good to be true. Meanwhile, George discovers that his parents have had enough of him.
Director and Writers
Director: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Spike Feresten
Kramer: How many miles?
Kramer: City or highway?
Jerry: Look, do you really wanna buy this thing or what?
Kramer: Hey, hey, hey! Take it easy! I'm not gonna be pressured. I'll walk away right now!
Puddy: You dumped me for some idiotic TV pitchman.
Elaine: Look, I'm sorry, Puddy. It was a mistake. So, let's just put it behind us, and we can continue like this never happened.
Puddy: Gee, I don't know. What if we're out somewhere and you see the Maytag repairman?
Jerry: So, you wanna grab a bite?
George: I can't. I gotta make the weekly call to the folks.
Jerry: So call now.
George : I gotta prep. I need a couple of anecdotes; a few "you were rights". It's a whole procedure.
Notes and Trivia
Wilford Brimley's guest appearance as Post-Master General of the United States was an homage to the actor's father, a postmaster.
When Wilford Brimley threatens Kramer it is a reference to Brimley's performance within "Absence of Malice (1981)" where, as an Assistant U.S. Attorney General, Brimley threatens a room full of lawyers and subordinates using similar statements.
When Newman pulls alongside Kramer and tells him, "this is the way it will happen, someone you trust will ask you to get in the car with them," it I s a parody of Max von Sydow's final scene within "Three Days of the Condor" (1975).
In the closing credits, the "Nobody Beats the Wiz" theme plays over the Castle Rock logo.
When Newman is arguing with Kramer about the uselessness of mail the amount of sweat on his face changes between shots.
When George drives the van to the park with his cousin, it is clearly seen from an overhead shot that a larger man in a brown shirt is driving and not George.
When Kramer and Jerry come in offering to help write the ad to sell the van, Jerry's table has nothing on it as Kramer starts pulling a piece of paper out of his jacket pocket. When we see him starting to write an envelope appears on the table.
|Jerry Seinfeld||Jerry Seinfeld|
|Julia Louis-Dreyfus||Elaine Benes|
|Michael Richards||Cosmo Kramer|
|Jason Alexander||George Costanza|
|Jerry Stiller||Frank Costanza|
|Estelle Harris||Estelle Constanza|
|Patrick Warburton||David Puddy|
|Montrose Hagins||Old Woman|
|Peggy Blow||Mail Clerk|
|Clement Blake||Dirt Person #1|
|D.A. Johnson||Dirt Person #2|
|Wilford Brimley||Postmaster General Henry Atkins|
|Ruth Cohen||Ruthie Cohen|
|Renee McClellan||Post Office Customer|