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The Boyfriend (Part 1)

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Stan The Caddy

PostPosted: July 31, 2003 8:50 PM 

gs: Keith Hernandez (Himself) Wayne Knight (Newman) Rae Allen (Mrs. Sokol) Richard Assad (Cabbie)

Jerry meets Keith Hernandez and wants to make a good impression. Meanwhile, George is out of time on his unemployment and he works harder than ever on his scheme to get a 13 week extension. He tells the unemployment office he was really close on Vandelay Industries, a company that makes latex products and whose main office is Jerry's apartment. Kramer and Newman hate Hernandez back to a time when they were allegedly spit on by him; however, Jerry supports the "second-spitter theory." Keith asks Jerry about Elaine's status. Keith makes a date with her and breaks a date with Jerry.

b: 12-Feb-92 pc: 315 w: Larry David and Larry Levin d: Tom Cherones

NOTE: Originally broadcast as part of a 60 min episode. The name Vandelay is used again, this time as a company. Devoted Internet fans of the show decide the company's name will be used for their electronic mailing list.
The spitting reconstruction with Kramer and Newman was an obvious takeoff of the JFK conspiracy. Oddly enough, Wayne Knight (Newman) was in the movie "J.F.K." and his character was used in Kevin Costner's demonstration on how there was likely a second shooter.
Jerry's alias Kal Varnsen is used here for the first time. He'll use it again later in "The Puerto Rican Day". Here he uses when he answers the phone on George's behalf. The name Kal is the first name of Jerry's real life father and is also part of Superman's real Kryptonian name "Kal-El", another Superman reference for the series.


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PostPosted: September 28, 2003 4:18 PM 

If you notice at the end of this episode, when george comes running out of the bathroom he is wearing his shirt, which in later episodes he claims that he uses the bathroom totaly naked. something to think about

adam roederer

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PostPosted: November 4, 2003 11:29 AM 

This two-part episode is also aprguably the best single sitcom epsiode in the history of television per a study done by TV Guide.


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PostPosted: February 10, 2004 5:01 PM 

I've always wondered whether the premise of Hernandez costing the Mets the game was historically accurate:

NEWMAN: June 14, 1987.... Mets Phillies. We're enjoying a beautiful afternoon
in the right field stands when a crucial Hernandez error to a five run Phillies
ninth. Cost the Mets the game.

Well, I finally looked it up, and it turns out that the Mets actually beat the Pittsbugh Pirates that day. Wink (

Hipster Dufus

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PostPosted: February 20, 2004 1:40 PM 

Adam, good point!

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PostPosted: March 13, 2004 7:37 PM 

Tv guide study? do you have a link to that i would like to see it Very Happy

Bob Sakamano

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PostPosted: March 13, 2004 7:37 PM 

Tv guide study? do you have a link to that i would like to see it Very Happy


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PostPosted: August 15, 2004 10:06 PM 

Adam, George didn't start taking his shirt off when he went to the bathroom till season 6. I know George claims he's always been doing it when Jerry asked him "Since when?" but it wasn't ever written in till episode 94.


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PostPosted: January 19, 2005 1:44 AM 

Just saw this episode...mad funny!

Jason C

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PostPosted: February 21, 2005 8:02 PM 

one of the best episodes indeed.. smartly written.. every line is a knock out!


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PostPosted: July 7, 2005 6:02 PM 

The social worker's daughter that George dates wears the same sweater as in "The Sniffing Accountant" another wordrobe screw up.


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PostPosted: July 7, 2005 6:41 PM 

Whats with this chucka!! I love that running gag!


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PostPosted: August 4, 2006 3:41 PM 

I wonder if this is this is the episode where the newman character makes his first appearance. he is metioned before and one can here him shouting to kramer from the roof of the appartment building. but is this the first episode where we actually see him?

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PostPosted: February 18, 2007 3:28 PM 

Tim, the first time Newman made an appearance was in "The Suicide". 2 episodes before this one.

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PostPosted: June 18, 2007 11:08 PM 

Hi. Love this episode and I was just watching it and my dad says to me "it to me a while to figure out that Jerry was the one who made the call." I was like "what???" It never occured to me...I thought it was an interviewer really calling and George was really being found out. Was it actually Jerry? I guess that explains why he goes outside briefly and is gone during the entire call. That also explains why he knows to say "and you wanna be my latex salesman," when he sees George in his boxers on the floor. I thought that comment was just part of the whole ironic-coincidence ending thing seinfeld always has. Please tell me what you think.

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PostPosted: July 13, 2007 7:35 PM 

I think Jerry had left his apartment (just before that phone call) to throw out some trash- which, as we all know, is better than eating it.


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PostPosted: January 22, 2008 7:25 PM 

Hey, ClassicTVExpert and Adam, both of you seem to be working off the supposition that George is a reliable informant....

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