S03E13 - The Subway

No: 30  |   Season: 3   Episode: 13  |   Air Date: 8-Jan-1992  |   Production #313

Oh, this baby loves to slop. Loves it, eats it up. Eats the slop. Born to slop.Oh, this baby loves to slop. Loves it, eats it up. Eats the slop. Born to slop.


Everyone has an uncommon experience while going their separate ways on the subway. George meets a beautiful woman who distracts him from his intended destination, a job interview. Jerry falls asleep and then wakes up across from a fat naked man and winds up discussing with him, the New York Mets & Coney Island. Elaine's train stops in the middle of a tunnel on her way to be best man at a lesbian wedding. Kramer overhears a hot tip on a horse on his way to pay $600 in traffic violations.

Director and Writers

Director: Tom Cherones
Writers: Larry Charles


Woman: I started riding these trains in the '40s. Those days a man would give up their seat for a woman. Now we're liberated and we have to stand.
Elaine: It's ironic.
Woman: What's ironic?
Elaine: This -- that we've come all this way, we've made all this progress, but, you know, we've lost the little things, the niceties.
Woman: No, I mean what does "ironic" mean?

Naked Man: I'm not ashamed of my body.
Jerry: That's your problem. You should be.

Woman on the train: See what I get? 35 years on this train, and I finally talk to someone, and it turns out to be the best man of a lesbian wedding!

Jerry: (to the naked man) Tell you what, if they win the pennant this year, I'll sit naked with you at the World Series.

Kramer: His mother was a mudder!

George: Big brokerage houses killed my father.

Scam Woman: Eight dollars? Eight dollars?
George: What are you doing? You're robbing me?!
Scam Woman: I wasted my whole morning on you for eight dollars?

Elaine: No, no, no, you don't understand! I'm not a lesbian! I hate men, but I'm not a lesbian!

George: I get the feeling when lesbians are looking at me, they're thinking, "that's why I'm not heterosexual."

George: Looking for the quotes. Gotta check the quotes. Love a good quote.

Notes and Trivia

Julia Louis-Dreyfus was visibly pregnant at this time. Throughout this episode, Elaine carries a large present in front of her stomach, concealing Louis-Dreyfus' pregnancy. The bed which George is tied happens to be the same bed where Julia rested between takes.

Ernie Sabella (the naked man) also worked with Jason Alexander (George) in "House Of Mouse".

Elaine has several outbursts of profanity which were bleeped in the original and syndicated airings and remain bleeped in the DVD release.

Kramer bets on a horse named "Papa-Nick." It is named after the show's key grip, Pete G. Papanickolas.

This episode won the 1992 Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Editing for a Series - Multi-Camera Production.

The race caller for the horse race on was well-known race caller Michael Wrona.


Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer are riding together in a subway car which is clearly marked on the interior as a #5. However, when they step off the train, the exterior shot is of a #6 train.

When the mugger is chasing Kramer on the subway, they go from a car marked as "1 South Ferry" to one marked as "4 Utica Avenue", and then to one marked "A 207th Avenue". These trains all run on different lines and would not be connected.


Jerry SeinfeldJerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-DreyfusElaine Benes
Michael RichardsKramer
Jason AlexanderGeorge Costanza
Ernie SabellaNaked Man
Barbara StockScam Woman
Rhoda GemignaniWoman With Elaine
Mark Boone JuniorOTB Patron
Chris LattaThug (as Christopher Collins)
Barry VigonHorse Player #1
Joe RestivoHorse Player #2
Daryl Keith RoachBlind Violinist /
Chet NelsonKid
Larry DavidSubway Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
Peter MehlmanSmelly Passenger (uncredited)
Dan StudneyMan fighting with Kramer over newspaper (uncredited)
Jennifer Patrice WinterWoman on Subway with Elaine (uncredited)