S01E03 - The Robbery
No: 3 | Season: 1 Episode: 3 | Air Date: 7-Jun-1990 | Production #104
When Jerry's apartment gets robbed, he decides to move out. George shows him a great apartment, which he plans to take
Director and Writers
Director: Tom Cherones
Writers: Matt Goldman
Jerry: So I move into the center lane, now I get ahead of this women, who felt for some reason I guess, that she thought that I cut her off. So, she pulls up along side of me, gives me the finger. It seems like such an arbitrary, ridiculous thing to just pick a finger and you show it to the person. It's a finger, what does it mean? Someone shows me one of their fingers and I'm supposed to feel bad. Is that the way it's supposed to work? I mean, you could just give someone the toe, really, couldn't you? I would feel worse if I got the toe, than if I got the finger. 'Cause it's not easy to give someone the toe, you've gotta get the shoe off, the sock off and drive, get it up and... (Jerry pretends to drive with one foot in the air, giving the toe.) "Look at that toe, buddy." (He puts his foot down.) I mean, that's really insulting to get the toe, isn't it?
Jerry: You could take it? You want it?
George: No, I don't want it. I want it, if you don't want it.
Jerry: So you do want it.
George: No I, I want it if you don't want it!
Jerry: You just said, you wanted it!
Elaine: She just got some part in some dinner-theater production of a Chorus Line. So, now all day long she's walking around the apartment singing: (breathless singing) "God, I hope I get it, I hope I get it". (stops singing) She's gonna get it right in her...
Elaine: Look! Look at...look at this! There's a garden.
George: A garden! I can't believe there's a garden!
Jerry: Would I have to get a gardener?
Elaine: Yeah, you can get a gardener.
Jerry: You tip him?
Policeman: Let's see, that's uh, one TV, a stereo, one leather jacket, a VCR and a computer is that 'bout it?
Elaine: Answering machine.
Jerry: Answering machine. Oh, I hate the idea of someone out there returning my calls.
Kramer: Now, I'm gonna go over there, I'm gonna borrow some tea. If I don't get back in five minutes, maybe you'd better call the police.
Jerry: OK, starting (looks at his watch)...NOW!
Kramer: Yeah! (runs off)
Elaine: You should at least take a look at this place. You shouldn't have to live like this.
Jerry: Like this? You just said you wanted to live here.
Elaine: Well, for me it's a step up. It's like moving from Iceland to Finland.
Notes and Trivia
This is the first episode of Seinfeld that was written another writer, rather than Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David.
Before leaving his apartment in Elaine's care, Jerry tells her that no meat should ever be kept in his fridge. However in the pilot episode, Kramer comes by to take meat for his sandwich and finds some in Jerry's fridge.
This is the first episode featuring Kramer's trademark entrance. Apparently, it was done accidentally as Michael Richards was late on his cue and he had to zoom into Jerry's apartment to make up for lost time.
The idea for the episode was inspired by Seinfeld's real-life experience of his apartment being robbed when he was a student. Instead of the door being unlocked, the burglars broke through the wall. Seinfeld has since commented that it was like being robbed by Superman.
While warming up the audience, Seinfeld improvised the routine about getting the middle finger. It worked so well that it was used in the opening stand-up segment instead of his prepared material.
This is the only episode in the first season not to be written by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld.
Carolyn the waitress and her husband Larry are named after Seinfeld's real-life sister and brother-in-law.
When Jerry talks to Elaine about being the "master packer" a chair behind Elaine with a Yankees jacket draped on it moves around between shots.
When Jerry, Elaine and George meet the new owners of the apartment at the party, Jerry's right sleeve is alternately (not) rolled up.
|Jerry Seinfeld||Jerry Seinfeld|
|Julia Louis-Dreyfus||Elaine Benes|
|Jason Alexander||George Costanza|
|James F. Dean||Larry|
|David Blackwood||Man #1|
|George C. Simms||Man #2|
|Scott Shaw||Shop Lifter (uncredited)|