S09E06 - The Merv Griffin Show
No: 162 | Season: 9 Episode: 6 | Air Date: 6-Nov-1997 | Production #906
After Kramer finds the set of the old Merv Griffin Show in a dumpster, he begins to treat his entire life like a talk show. Jerry's new girlfriend has a priceless toy collection that she won't let him play with, with leads him to some questionable behavior. George runs over a squirrel with his car, and he's forced to spend time and money on its recovery. Elaine has to find a way to deal with a new co-worker, whose 'sidling' is both annoying and potentially dangerous to her job.
Director and Writers
Director: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Bruce Eric Kaplan
Kramer: We're like Cain and Abel.
Jerry: You know Cain slew Abel.
Kramer: No he didn't. They were in business together...drywall or something.
Jerry: The way I remember it, Abel worked all summer harvesting his crops, while Cain just played in the field. Then when winter came, Abel had all the nuts. Cain had no nuts. So he killed him.
Kramer: See, the way I remember it, Cain - he was a successful doctor, but when he took this special formula, he became Mr Abel.
Jerry: You broke my blender, didn't you?
Kramer: Yeah, I was trying to make gravel, and it just, didn't work out.
Newman: Lately I've been eating the generic brand of wax beans. I rip off the label and, I can't tell the difference...
Kramer: Well we've officially bottomed-out. Who's our next guest?
Newman: We've got no one!
Kramer: We need a new foremat. We should shut down and re-tool.
(Kramer pulls the plug and the show goes dark)
Newman: What about a guest-host?
Kramer: I'll pretend I didn't hear that.
Notes and Trivia
When Kramer "takes a break" to warn Jerry about his questionable content, the music he plays is the theme music for the pilot of "Jerry" from season 4 (The Pilot - Part 2).
Kramer plays his pre-recorded theme music as George enters, and eventually, a voice comes on and says "Turn music off". This is the second time this joke has been used. A similar instruction was recorded on the tape of banjo music Kramer used for his "Peterman Reality Tour" in Season 8's "The Muffin Tops".
When Kramer says, "OK let's take a break!" and then proceeds to down some chips and Diet Coke... when he burps, watch George very closely as Jason Alexander has difficulty holding back his laughter.
The theme from The Merv Griffin Show plays over the Castle Rock logo at the end of the episode.
When Elaine gives the Tic Tacs to her co-worker, every time he walks around, you hear a rattling sound; however, the first time she gives it to him and he walks to the door there is no sound.
|Jerry Seinfeld||Jerry Seinfeld|
|Julia Louis-Dreyfus||Elaine Benes|
|Michael Richards||Cosmo Kramer|
|Jason Alexander||George Costanza|
|John O'Hurley||J. Peterman|
|Ruth Cohen||Ruthie Cohen|
|Estelle Harris||Estelle Constanza|
|Jerry Stiller||Frank Costanza|