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PostPosted: August 8, 2003 4:20 PM 

gs: Ross Evans (Mr. Reichman) Hariet S. Miller (Mrs. Reichman) Bill Saluga (Usher) Tom Celli (Man #1) Jason Wingreen (Man #2) Glen Chin (Man #3) Peter Crombie ("Crazy" Joe) Heidi Swedberg (Susan)

"Crazy" Joe leaves Jerry a message saying he will put the "kibosh" on him. Kramer has tickets for the opera, Pagliacci, and everyone is going including Elaine and her boyfriend "Crazy" Joe. Elaine drops in on Joe's apartment and is she surprised by what she discovers, so she maces him with cherry Binaca and ends their relationship. Susan can't attend, so George tries to scalp her ticket. Joe, a big fan of Pagliacci, comes to the opera in clown garb. Kramer, who has an intense fear of clowns, tries sell his ticket to DeVola. Elaine and Jerry attend together not realizing their different estranged relationships with Joe.

b: 04-Nov-92 pc: 409 w: Larry Charles d: Tom Cherones

NOTE: Bill Saluga is best remembered for a character he played in Vegas and on variety television. That character was Raymond J. Johnson Jr.. "Oh you don't have to call me Johnson. Now my name is Raymond J. Johnson Jr. You can call me Ray or you can call me...". You get the idea! Also in the late '70s, Bill released a disco album called "Disco Johnson."

Danny
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PostPosted: February 15, 2004 1:38 PM 

Just wanted to let you know that you left some of the show out. When Jerry is singing the song there are some more words at the beginning of it and he starts singing it because Elaine said she didn't want to miss the overture. And also when Kramer leaves George alone Joe Devola comes up to him in a seperate place and asks Kramer if he has ever been to the circus. Kramer says yeah and something else, and then Joe asks him if he's still afraid of clowns. Kramer: yyeeah

William
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PostPosted: April 7, 2004 9:10 AM 

yeah, chalk it up to bad vcr reflexes

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Dan
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PostPosted: May 12, 2004 8:32 PM 

Hey does anyone know the name of the opera song that's sung in this episode? Just kinda curious.

shmibson
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PostPosted: May 13, 2004 1:13 PM 

That is hilarious when they are scalping the tickets. And then, "Are you still afraid of clowns?" ".....Yeah."

J. Chiles


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PostPosted: May 19, 2004 1:24 PM 

Enjoy the show Harry!!

Anonymous
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PostPosted: May 20, 2004 4:38 PM 

i thought i remember that at the end of "the opera," crazy joe devola went up on stage and screamed something.....does anyone know what he said.

G$
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PostPosted: July 12, 2004 12:22 AM 

Sic Semper tyranus * But he said it in The Pilot actually.

Democrat
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PostPosted: August 18, 2004 12:33 AM 

You are low class G$. What kind of name is that? Grow up, lose the ego, faggo.

J. Chiles


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PostPosted: August 18, 2004 4:58 PM 

..and the donkey you rode in on, Demo.

J. Chiles


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PostPosted: September 30, 2004 2:02 PM 

Hey, does anyone have a theory on why Harry Fong lies about how much he paid George for his ticket? He pays George 250 clams but later tells Jerry it was 175. I suppose he was trying to make him look like less of a dupe, but why the question and answer as part of the script in the first place?

lovin' every minute of it
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PostPosted: September 30, 2004 2:34 PM 

2 thoughts:

1. it was a blooper

2. George hurriedly grabbed a wad of cash from Harry so that Susan wouldn't see the transaction. Maybe Harry shortchanged George.

J. Chiles


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PostPosted: September 30, 2004 3:00 PM 

I considered the short-changing idea, but figured they would have followed up at some point showing George having realized he was screwed! Maybe they were running short of time and decent lines before filming! Smile

Shane
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PostPosted: November 13, 2004 11:10 PM 

The opera in The Opera is "Pagliacci", or at least that is the clown character in the opera which DiVola dresses up as.

There is another problem with the script here. The first time you have Jerry and Elaine meeting with DiVola outside the theater, it was actually a different clown, not DiVola. He was hustling them for tips. Jerry and Elaine knew it wasn't DiVola after they saw him - they initially shrieked in fright when they saw him, but in the next scene Jerry was saying "I just gave my quarter to that guy..."

Another thing about that first clown - I am quite sure he was played by Gerrit Graham, longtime TV guest actor and B-movie star who most notably played Beef in Brian DePalma's Phantom of the Paradise. None of the crediting I've seen for this episode, nor any Gerrit Graham filmographies confirm this fact, but I could swear from the face and the voice that it was him. One thing is for sure, it wasn't Peter Crombie, who played DiVola. Anyone else have any clues about this mysterious un-credited phony DiVola clown?

cousin jeffrey
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PostPosted: December 1, 2004 6:21 PM 

just saw this episode yesterday. i absolutely love when Joe Davola asks kramer if he's scalping tickets, to which kramer replies "what, are you a cop?". great line.
and i think George at that point was just happy unloading the ticket, so he took what ever he got from Harry Fong and was happy that he wasn't going to have to be uncomfortable for the rest of the night.
"Get your Pagliacci's!"

Actos
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PostPosted: December 2, 2004 11:42 PM 

actos Thank you for a great site actos

Adalat
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PostPosted: December 3, 2004 12:52 AM 

adalat Your site is by far the best one adalat

speakerfreak
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PostPosted: December 17, 2004 7:07 PM 

as Danny (Low-Talker) said in the Feb 15th post, "When Jerry is singing the song there are some more words at the beginning of it and he starts singing it because Elaine said she didn't want to miss the overture." this is correct...but what does he sing?!?! i can't seem to get it...

Jimmy


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PostPosted: December 17, 2004 9:10 PM 

Are you talking about the Bugs Bunny cartoon song? Bugs use to sing that on a stage with a top hat and cane every Saturday morning like thirty-something years ago. If Jimmy's not mistaken, it was called "The Bugs Bunny Road Runner Hour?" (think so anyway) The song doesn't really have a name...(unless they've since published it and gave it a name).

Overture, curtains, lights,
This is it, the night of nights
No more rehearsing and nursing a part
We know every part by heart

(Then Jerry sang this next part...)

Overture, curtains, lights
This is it, you'll hit the heights
And oh what heights we'll hit
On with the show this is it
Tonight what heights we'll hit
On with the show this is it

Carly
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PostPosted: March 3, 2005 7:28 PM 

Does anybody have a picture of crazy joe devola?? particularly one as a clown Very Happy

Justin
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PostPosted: April 2, 2005 7:59 PM 

I saw this episode for the very first time tonight in all 10 years i've been watching.

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