S09E16 - The Burning
No: 172 | Season: 9 Episode: 16 | Air Date: 19-Mar-1998 | Production #916
George devises a new plan to end every conversation on a "high note" and "leave them wanting more". Kramer and Mickey take jobs acting out diseases for medical students. Elaine discovers that Puddy is religious, and becomes angry when she learns he doesn't care about her soul. Meanwhile, Jerry is intrigued when he learns that his current girlfriend has a secret "tractor story" she hasn't told him.
Director and Writers
Director: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Jennifer Crittenden
(Mickey starts the fight with Kramer about the both of them getting gonorrhea and are fighting on the floor.)
Student: (points to Kramer) Um, cirrosis in the liver and (points to Mickey) PCP addiction.
George Costanza: Don't you even care? This is your company. It's your name on the outside of the building. Speaking of which, the "R" fell off and all it says now is K--uger.
Mr. Kruger: K-uger? That sounds like one of those old time car horns, huh? (pretends to honk a horn) K-oogah! K-oogah! (snickers)
George: Ohh! Ohh! You are too much Mr. Kruger. Too much!
Kruger: Thank you George, you've been great. (gets up and leaves on a high note)
George: What? No, no, you're not going out on a high note with me, Mr. Kruger.
Kruger: It's K-UGER!
George: I had 'em Jerry. They loved me.
Jerry: And then?
George: I lost 'em. I can usually come up with one good comment during a meeting, but by the end it's buried under a pile of gaffes and bad puns.
Jerry: Showmanship, George. When you hit that high note, say goodnight and walk off.
George: Pull the old switcheroo.
Jerry: I think that's 'What's good for the goose is good for the gander.'
George: What the hell is a gander anyway?
Jerry: It's a goose that's had the old switcheroo pulled on her.
Jerry: Hi, Sophie. It's me.
Sophie: Hey, Rafe.
Jerry: (to George) She thinks it's someone named Rafe.
George: Go on, go on. Let her think it.
Jerry: (disguising his voice) So, uh, what's going on?
Sophie: Not a whole lot.
George: (whispering) Ask about you! Ask about you!
Jerry: So, how are things going with Jerry?
Sophie: Oh, I really like him. But I still haven't told him the tractor story.
Jerry: Right, right, the tractor story.
Sophie: Are you sick, Rafe? You sound kinda funny.
Jerry: I sound funny?
George: (whispering) Abort! Abort!
Jerry: Yeah, I better get to a doctor. Bye.
Notes and Trivia
The picture in Puddy's apartment of the large-haired women is the same one used in Elaine's apartment in "The Voice".
The idea of Elaine discovering that Puddy is religious was spawned when writer Jennifer Crittenden found her husband's car radio was tuned to a Christian rock station.
This episode was dedicated "In Memory of Our Friend Lloyd Bridges" who had died since the last new episode aired. Lloyd of course played the hilarious "it's go time" character of Izzy in last season's episode "The English Patient" and this season's "The Blood."
The episode title, "The Burning", is a reference to the 1981 slasher movie "The Burning", which starred Jason Alexander.
Puddy is leaning into the car when Elaine drives off, but immediately afterward, he is nowhere to be seen through the rear window. Clearly, stock footage was used.
When Elaine is asking Puddy if he's religious, he has his hands on the couch. However, in the next shot, his arms are at his sides.
|Jerry Seinfeld||Jerry Seinfeld|
|Julia Louis-Dreyfus||Elaine Benes|
|Michael Richards||Cosmo Kramer|
|Jason Alexander||George Costanza|
|Patrick Warburton||David Puddy|
|Daniel von Bargen||Kruger|
|Henry Woronicz||Father Curtis|
|Ursaline Bryant||Dr. Wexler|
|Daniel Dae Kim||Student #1|
|Alex Craig Mann||Student #2|
|Alec Holland||Co-Worker #1|
|Suli McCullough||Co-Worker #2|
|Ruth Cohen||Ruthie Cohen|
|Julie Wagner||Medical Student (uncredited)|