S03E22 - The Parking Space

No: 39  |   Season: 3   Episode: 22  |   Air Date: 22-Apr-1992  |   Production #322

ItIt's like going to a prostitute. Why should I pay, when if I apply myself, maybe I could get it for free?


Kramer tells Jerry about something his friend Mike said about Jerry being "a phony." After borrowing Jerry's car, Elaine comes up with a wild story, because the car is now making a strange clanking noise. George gets into a confrontation with Mike about a parking space in front of Jerry's apartment. Everyone one the street debates about parking etiquette.

Director and Writers

Director: Tom Cherones
Writers: Larry David and


George: Nobody drives like me. Nobody. I'm doing things in this car, you have no idea they're going on.

Mike: Hey, Jerry. Long time no see.
Jerry: Hey, Mike. (noticing George's fedora) Indiana.

George: You're gonna have to go to the bathroom!
Mike: You're gonna have to go to work!
George: I don't have a job!
Mike: Neither do I!

George: You don't understand. A garage, I can't even pull in there. It's like going to a prostitute. Why should I pay, when if I apply myself, maybe I could get it for free?

George: I really think it looks good.
Elaine: Ten bucks, how can you go wrong?
George: All bald people look good in hats.
Elaine: You should have lived in the '20s and '30s, you know men wore hats all the time then.
George: What a bald paradise that must have been.

Sid: (to George) Why don't you start taking the bus?

Kramer: Oh, congratulations.
Maryedith: What for?
Kramer: Well, you're pregnant.
Maryedith: What?
Kramer: You're not pregnant?
Maryedith: No, I'm not pregnant!
Kramer: Are you sure you're not pregnant?
Maryedith: Yes, I'm sure!
Kramer: That's weird.
Maryedith: Come on, Matthew.
Matthew: No.
Maryedith: Come on, Matthew!
(She starts to walk away with Matthew)
Kramer: I thought she was pregnant.

Jerry: What did you do to my car?!
George: I couldn't help it! Elaine moved the mirror. I got discombobulated.
Elaine: Oh, like you've ever been "bobulated."

Kramer: You know, why didn't they ask me to go?
Jerry: I don't know. How am I supposed to know?
Kramer: What, they don't like me?
Jerry: I don't like you!

Elaine: Ouch, my cuticle!

Kramer: Because I'm like ice, buddy. When I don't like you, you've got problems.

Mike: Hey, pal. You're not getting that space. I mean, I'll sleep in my car if I have to.
George: I'll die out here.

Newman: Chaos--it reduces us to jungle law.

Kramer: What's going on?
Mike: Hey, will you come on down? This guy's in my space!
George: IT'S MY SPACE!

Kibitzer: Who are you?
Sid: Who am I? I know who I am. Do you know who you are?

Jerry: I'm not saying anything, I'm putting it in the vault, I'm locking the vault. It's a vault!

Notes and Trivia

The parking space story was based on a real-life experience of writer Greg Daniels's father.

Jerry Seinfeld's college friend, Michael Costanza, whose last name was used for George, appears as an angry truck driver.

Once again, George mentions he has a brother, even though later in the series, it is established several times that he's an only child. This is the last time this occurs in the series, the first mention being in "The Suicide".

When aired in syndication, an entire scene is missing where Newman approaches George and asks if he can try on his new hat.

The street scenes were filmed outdoors with a live audience sitting in bleachers. The audience had trouble hearing the dialogue because there was no sound system

When Jerry goes back up to tune into the fight, you can hear Larry David's voice doing the K.O. count.

Maryedith Burrell is reunited with "Fridays" stars Michael Richards and Larry David in this episode.


When Jerry decides to get his car into a garage because the fight starts in two minutes, he leaves the car door ajar. However, when we cut back to the car a moment later the door is closed.

It happens fast, but when Kramer hits his head on the blinds in Jerry's apartment, he raises his left hand to his head. In the shot right after that, his right arm is in the air, not the left one.

When George gets out of the car to see who stole his parking space, he opened the door and is about half way out of the car. However, when cuts to the next shot he's still sitting with his whole body in the car.

When George and Elaine are in the car driving back to Jerry's apartment, if you look in the corners of the shot you can see the plain-white wall of the sound stage.

When Matthew (the boy) argues with the old man, it is sunny out. As he goes and talks to Jerry, it suddenly gets dark.


Jerry SeinfeldJerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-DreyfusElaine Benes
Michael RichardsKramer
Jason AlexanderGeorge Costanza
Wayne KnightNewman
Lee ArenbergMike
Jay BrooksSid
Maryedith BurrellMother
Shannon CochranSheila
Zachary CharlesAngry Man
Michael CostanzaTruck Driver (as Michael A. Costanza)
Mik ScribaCop #1
Stan SellersCop #2
John Christian GraasMatthew
Peggy LaneBystander #1 (as Peggy Lane O'Rourke)
Steven Marcus GibbsBystander #2
Larry DavidBoxing Referee on TV
D.H. MartinMan