The Robbery

[Scene: Comedy club]

JERRY: So I move into the centre 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.
[shows several fingers to the audience] 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 of and drive, get it up and
uh [pretends to drive with one foot in the air and speaks to
person driving next to him] look at that toe, buddy. [puts his
foot down] I mean, that's really insulting to get the toe,
isn't it ?

[Scene: Jerry's apartment. Jerry is packing. Elaine is sitting
at the table watching Jerry]

JERRY: Is that it? Got the cue tips, got the mini-umbrella,
something boring to read on the plane. [zips his bag with
exaggerated motions] That's it. Done!

ELAINE: [claps her hands] That is the single greatest packing
performance I have ever seen.

JERRY: [proudly] I am...the masterpacker.

ELAINE: [laughs] Yeah, right, you're the masterpacker.

JERRY: What you must understand, Elaine, [picks up the
umbrella] packing is no different than leading men into
battle: you've gotta know the strengths and weaknesses [hits
his bag rhythmically with his umbrella] of every soldier in
that platoon. From a collapsible toothbrush to a pair of
ordinary black socks.

ELAINE: 'Scuse me...masterpacker!

JERRY: ...Yes.

ELAINE: Just gimme your keys.

JERRY: Alright, sir. [tosses Elaine his keys; apartment buzzer
goes of, Jerry speaks over the intercom] George?

GEORGE: [outside over the intercom] Yeah

ELAINE: [Jerry opens the door] OK, so, now, is there anything
else I need to know 'bout this place?

JERRY: uh, yeah, the uuhh, hot water takes a little while to
come on. So, the best thing to do is to turn it on, do all
your shopping, you...come back and take a shower.

ELAINE: OK, this is quite a place.

JERRY: There's more, the refrigerator. [Opens it] Deduct a
minimum of two days of all expiration dates. [uses the
umbrella to point to certain compartments in the refrigerator]
No meat, no leftovers, no butter. [closes the refrigerator]
And I cannot overstate this: no soft cheeses of any kind. Is
that clear?

ELAINE: I'll eat out.

JERRY: One more thing, Bennis, regarding sexual activity:
strictly prohibited, but if you absolutely must, do us all a
big favour: do it in the tub.

GEORGE: [walks in] Ready?

JERRY: Yeah, one sec.

GEORGE: [closes the door] Hey, Elaine


GEORGE: Coming to the airport with us?

ELAINE: No, I'm staying here for the weekend. I'm getting a
break from my roommate.

GEORGE: Oh, the actress-waitress.

ELAINE: No, the waitress-actress. She just got some part in
some dinner-theaterproduction of a Chorusline. So, now all day
long she's walking around the apartment singing: [singing]
"God, I hope I get it, I hope I get it". She's gonna get it
right in her...

GEORGE: You just kick her out.

ELAINE: She's on the lease!...George you have got to find an
other place for me.

GEORGE: Yeah, well...a little ruff finding something good in
your price-range. [looks like he remembers something and turns
to Jerry] But you, my friend, may be in luck.

JERRY: I'm not looking.

GEORGE: No no no, this one's different, this one's a beauty!

JERRY: Yeah, what's it like?

GEORGE: I haven't seen it yet, but it's a "two-bedroom", it's
on the uh, west 83rd, 'bout a half block from the park?

JERRY: How much?

GEORGE: Uh, twice what you pay in here, but it's a great
building, it's two bedrooms!

JERRY: Two bedrooms? Why do I need two bedrooms? I got enough
trouble maintaining activity in one. [George looks at Elaine
with a "he's-crazy-look"; Jerry turns around] I saw that.

ELAINE: You oughtta least take a look at it.

JERRY: Really? Why?

ELAINE: 'Cause then I could move in here.

JERRY: Ooohhhh

ELAINE: It's time you got out a here anyway.

GEORGE: Yeah, tell'm, but quickly, I'm double parked here.

ELAINE: Listen, Jerry, this place is falling apart. You have
no hot water, you can't have soft cheese...

GEORGE: Let's not forget the radiator, the steam has been on
here for ten years; no human can turn this off.

ELAINE: Jerry, come on, you're doin' OK now, 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
Island to Finland.

GEORGE: Jerry, what do wanna see the
place or not?

JERRY: I can't think about it now. Come on, I'm going to
Minneapolis. I got four shows this weekend.

[Scene: Jerry's apartment. Jerry enters his apartment with his

JERRY: Elaine! [puts his bags down, sits down on the couch,
picks up the remote control and tries to turn on his TV]

JERRY: [notices the TV is missing] ELAINE!

ELAINE: [from the bathroom] JERRY! [enters the living-room]
Jerry, oh, hi, welcome back. How were the shows?

JERRY: Great, I had fun, where's the TV, where's the VCR.
[Elaine looks guilty] What?

ELAINE: They were stolen.

JERRY: Stolen? When?

ELAINE: A couple a hours ago, the police are coming right

JERRY: Stolen?

ELAINE: [Kramer enters the apartment] Someone left the door
open. [it's clear that she means Kramer; she walks to the

JERRY: [to Kramer] You left the door open?!

KRAMER: Uh, Jer, well ya know, I was cookin' and I, I uh, I
came in to get this spatula...and I left the door open, 'cause
I was gonna bring the spatula right back!

JERRY: Wait, you left the lock open or the door open?

KRAMER: [bobs his head guiltily] The door.

JERRY: The door? You left the door open?

KRAMER: Yeah, well, I was gonna bring the spatula right back.

JERRY: Yeah, and?

KRAMER: Well, I got caught up... watching a soap opera...[with
a broken voice] The Bold and the Beautiful

JERRY: So the door was wide open?

KRAMER: Wide open!

JERRY: [Elaine enters the living-room] And where were you?

ELAINE: I was at Bloomingdale's...waiting for the shower to
heat up.

KRAMER: Look, Jerry, I'm sorry, I'm uh, you have insurance,
right buddy?


KRAMER: [looks shocked] How can you not have insurance?

JERRY: Because...I spent my money on the Clapgo D. 29, it's
the most impenetrable lock on the market has only
one design flaw: the door...[shuts the door] must be CLOSED.

Kramer: Jerry! I'm gonna find your stuff. I'm gonna solve it,
I'm on the case, buddy, I'm on the case!

JERRY: Yeah, don't investigate, don't pay me back, it was an

KRAMER: [theatrical] I made a mistake.

ELAINE: [idem] These things happen

KRAMER: [idem] I'm human

JERRY: In your way.

[Scene: Jerry's apartment. A policeman is filling out a
report. Jerry and Elaine are there.]

POLICEMAN: Let's see, that's uh, one TV, a stereo, one leather
jacket, a VCR and a that 'bout it?

ELAINE: Answering machine.

JERRY: [disappointed] Answering machine. Oh, I hate the idea
of somebody out there returning my calls.

POLICEMAN: What do ya mean?

JERRY: It's a joke.

POLICEMAN: I see...Well, mister Seinfeld uh, we'll look into
it and uh, we'll let you know if we uh, you know, if we find

JERRY: You ever find anything?

POLICEMAN: No. [hands Jerry his copy of the report]

JERRY: Well, thanks anyway.


ELAINE: [Policeman leaves the apartment, while George enters]
I didn't get that joke either.

JERRY: The crook has the machine. The messages aren't for him.
He's the crook: why would he answer...[turns around and sees
George standing behind him] How did you get in here?

GEORGE: [makes some weird motions] I walked in, your lobby
door is broken again.

JERRY: Again.

GEORGE: I don't know how you put up with this.

ELAINE: Yeah, tell'm George.

JERRY: [to Elaine] You would still wanna move in here?

ELAINE: Yes! You don't understand. I'm living with Ethel
Merman without the talent.

JERRY: [to George] Is that uh, other apartment still
available. [George shows him the keys]

[Scene: Comedy club.]

JERRY: I got ripped off for about the...18th time? And now,
the first couple a times you go through it, it's very
upsetting and your first reaction or one of your friends will
say: "Call the police. You really should call the police." So
you think to yourself, ya know, you watch TV, you think:
"Yeah, I'm calling the police. Stakeouts, manhunts...I'm gonna
see some real action." Right, you think that. So, the police
come over to your house...they fill out: the report...they
give you: your copy. Now...unless they give the crook his
copy, I don't really think we're gonna crack this case, do
you?...It's not like Batman, where there's three crooks in the
city and everybody pretty much knows, who they are. Very few
crooks even go to the trouble to come up with a theme for
their careers anymore. It makes them a lot tougher to spot.
"Did you lose a sony? It could be the Penguin...I think we can
round him up, he's dressed like a PENGUIN! We can find him,
he's a PENGUIN!

[Scene: The apartment on 83rd street. George, Elaine and Jerry
are entering the apartment.]

ELAINE: [looks around] Oh, well, come on...this is an
apartment, this is a home! This is a place to live...Oohhh, a
fireplace, are you kidding me! Does this work? [takes a closer
look at the fireplace]

GEORGE: I didn't know there was a fireplace. A fireplace, this
is incredible.

JERRY: How do you get all that wood in here?

ELAINE: They deliver it.

JERRY: They deliver wood?


JERRY: Whatta ya tip a "woodguy"?

GEORGE: [looking intensively at the form with the apartment
description] I didn't know there was a fireplace?

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 gardner?

ELAINE: Yeah, you can get a gardner.

JERRY: You tip him?

ELAINE: You can.

GEORGE: [to Elaine] You don't tip a gardner!

ELAINE: You can tip a gardner.

GEORGE: You don't need a gardner.

ELAINE: Jerry, you can barbecue back here [points to garden].

JERRY: They deliver the coal?

ELAINE: Sure, it's...probably the same guy, who delivers the

JERRY: Oh, than I gotta tip him.

ELAINE: Oh damn, this place is incredible, look at all this
great light!

JERRY: I don't have any plants.

GEORGE: I have plants.

ELAINE: Jerry, look at this closet! Look at this! I'm walking
in it! [walks in the closet] It's a "walk-in". Can you believe
it? I'm nuts about this, what do you think?!

JERRY: [closes the closet with Elaine still in it]...I like
that. [opens the closet, Elaine walks out with an angry look]
What do ya think, George?

GEORGE: It's your decision.

JERRY: [walks around with Elaine walking next to him, copying
his every move. Suddenly Jerry stops walking; Elaine is not
able to copy this "move"; they look at each other laughing]
I'm takin' it, I'm takin' the place, I'm gonna take it, this
is gonna be my new place, I'm livin' here...I'm movin'.

ELAINE: [laughing with joy] Your movin'? That means I'm
movin'. [hugs Jerry] Gheeeeee [runs to George] isn't that

GEORGE: Congratulations. [obviously not so thrilled by the

[Scene: Jerry's apartment. Jerry and Elaine are there.]

ELAINE: What about the couch?

JERRY: You like the couch? I'll tell ya what I'm gonna do.


JERRY: You're movin' in, you're a good friend, I wanna start
you off on the right foot. Give me...$150 dollars. [Elaine
looks shocked, Jerry opens the door to the hall] Get it out a
here right now, take it out the door, I don't even wanna see
it, go, get it out.

ELAINE: A $150 dollars? A $150 dollars for what? For this

JERRY: Yeah!

ELAINE: For this couch?!

JERRY: [shuts the door] OK, you tell me, what is it worth?

ELAINE: OK, uuhh...I'll tell you what...I could go as high as
uh... [takes a closer look at couch] I don't know, maybe...$20

JERRY: [has a "you-can't-be-serious-look" on his face; the
apartment buzzer goes off; Jerry speaks over the intercom]

GEORGE: [outside over the intercom] Yeah, it's George.

JERRY: Come on up. [opens the door; walks back to the couch]
Oh, all right, forget it, I'm gonna take it with me now...
[picks up the cushions] I'm just gonna pack up the cushions
right now...

ELAINE: OK ok ok ok, you win: $40 dollars.

JERRY: You wanna get the other end, 'cause I wanna get it in
the hall. [acts like he's going to lift up the couch]

ELAINE: $50 dollars, OK? $50 dollars, is that all right?

JERRY: $50 dollars?

ELAINE: Uh-huh.

JERRY: Thank you very much.

ELAINE: Thank you very much.

GEORGE: [walks in and closes the door] Hey, what's goin' on?

ELAINE: I just bought Jerry's couch for $50 dollars.

JERRY: [to George] So did you bring the lease? [George takes
the lease from his inside pocket and hands it to Jerry] All
right, ghee, three years, that kinda seems like a long time.

GEORGE: Oh, Jerry Jerry Jerry Jerry Jerry [said very quickly],
listen, if, if you are feeling uncomfortable about this at
all, at all: do not feel like you have to take it.


GEORGE: If you're having second thoughts, if you didn't want
don't worry about it because uh, ya know, I, I...I could take
it, ya know. [said with a "for-instance-look" on his face]

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!

GEORGE: No, I'm saying, if a situation arose in which you
didn't want it, I might take it.

JERRY: [picks up the lease and hands it to George] So take it.

GEORGE: [refuses to take the lease from Jerry; Elaine looks
worried] How can I take it?!

JERRY: How can I take it?

GEORGE: It's your apartment!

JERRY: How can I want it now, if you want it?

ELAINE: Excuse me, uuhh, I don't mean to cause any trouble
here, but George, if you take it, can I take your place?

GEORGE: Yes, but I am not taking it.

JERRY: not taking it. [drops the lease demonstratively]

ELAINE: Well, one of you better damn well take it!

JERRY: Well, whatta you wanna do here?

GEORGE: I, I don't know. [makes a gesture, that he doesn't

JERRY: Do you wanna flip a coin?

GEORGE: ...Who flips?...You'll flip, I'll call.

JERRY: OK, fine...[takes a coin from his pocket] This is the
official flip! No crying, no guilt, winner takes all and
that's it, agreed?

GEORGE: I'm good.

ELAINE: I don't know, who to rune for, George's place has

JERRY: All right, now you call it in the air.

GEORGE: No catchin'.

JERRY: No no.

GEORGE: Flip it. [Jerry flips the coin] Heads! [the coin hits
the table. It falls on the floor; they all look intently at
the coin]

JERRY: Tails!

GEORGE: No, it hit the table, it hit the table.

JERRY: So what?


JERRY: You didn't call no interference!


JERRY: I don't believe this.

GEORGE: Oh oh oh, all right, fine, Jerry, you win. Take it,
just take it!

JERRY: I don't wanna win it like this! Elaine, what do ya

ELAINE: I'd better not...

JERRY: ...Well, I'll tell ya what: I'll choose you for it.
Straight choose, three takes it, no disputes...that's it, you
gotta win three.

GEORGE: OK [they walk around each other]...OK. I'll choose
you...whatta ya want?


GEORGE: I want evens.

JERRY: Good.

GEORGE: You got odds.

JERRY You got evens.

GEORGE: Right, ready.

JERRY: For the apartment. [they take their "choose positions"]

BOTH: Once, twice, three, shoot!

JERRY: Mine!

BOTH: Once, twice, three, shoot!

JERRY: Mine! [George walks to the table to take a break]

BOTH: [they take their positions again] Once, twice, three,


BOTH: Once, twice, three, shoot!

GEORGE: [Jerry wins, Elaine starts measuring up Jerry's couch]

JERRY: Thanks. [George walks to the bathroom]

GEORGE: [screaming in bathroom] WHAT DID I PUT UP TO? WHAT DID

KRAMER: [enters the apartment "Kramer-style"] Jerry, I think
I'm on to something. I think I found your stuff. You know the
Englishman, who lives down the hall?

JERRY: Yeah.

KRAMER: The last couple a days he's been acting very strange;
I think he's avoiding me.

JERRY: Hard to imagine. [ironically]

KRAMER: Yeah! And get this: I just got of the elevator with
him and I tested him, I tested him, like I...this is what I
said to him, like I, I was like this [shows how he was acting
in the elevator], I went: "Oh, by the way, I now about the

JERRY: Right.

KRAMER: Ya know, very casually, so that he was gonna take me
in to his confidence.

ELAINE: So what did he say?

KRAMER: "What stuff?".

JERRY: Ooh, case closed! [ironically]

KRAMER: No, you don't understand, you see, he swallowed...see,
the guy, he swallowed. Oh, he was nervous about something!
Now, I'm gonna go over there, I'm gonna borrow some tee...if I
don't get back in five minutes, maybe you'd better call the

JERRY: OK, starting [looks at his watch]...NOW!

KRAMER: Yeah! [said in his own typical way and he runs off]

[Scene: Comedy club]

JERRY: One of the problems in life is that when you're a kid,
you have a certain way of working out disagreements...and
those laws do not work in the adult world. One of the main way
that kids resolve any dispute is by calling it. One of them
say: "I got the front seat" [other kid's voice] "I wanted the
front seat!" [first kid again] "I called it". And the other
kid knows he's got nothing to say: [other kid's voice] "He
called it, what can I do?". If there was a "kid-court of law"
it holds up: [lawyer's voice] "Your Onner, my client did ask
for the front seat"...and the judge would go: "Did he call
it?" [lawyer's voice again] "Well no, he didn't call..." BANG!
[imitating a hammer being hit by the judge]; [judges voice
again] "He has to call it, case closed...objection overruled".

[Scene: Coffee house, called Monk's; Jerry is sitting at a
table, George is returning from the bathroom]

GEORGE: [walks towards the table] I love the mirror in that
bathroom! I don't know what in the hell it is: I look terrific
in that mirror. [sits down] I don't know if it's the tile or
the lighting...I feel like Robert Wagner.

JERRY: [bobs his head] It's a good mirror...[both look at
their menus] So, what are ya gettin'?

GEORGE: I don't know, I can't eat, ya, ya can't have anything
anymore. Look at this, look at this: eggs: out, coffee: out,
french fries: out, BLT: out!...I go to visit my grandparents:
three big brisket sandwiches, I'm sittin' here with a carrot!
They're closing in on a hundred, I'm sayin' to them: "How can
you eat that stuff?!"...[they look at their menus again] I'm
so sick about losin' that choose, you don't know.

JERRY: Oh, right, forget it, forget it, I'm not taking the
GEORGE: What?!

JERRY: How can I live there?

GEORGE: Why not?!

JERRY: Look at you, you're still thinking about it, I'll never
feel comfortable.

GEORGE: Oh, get out a here.

JERRY: How can I ever have you over? You'll sit there moping.


JERRY: You're already moping!...Would you take the place?

GEORGE: No, impossible! It's your apartment.

JERRY: You found the place.

GEORGE: You won the choose.

JERRY: All right, forget it, it's over, I'm not moving.

GEORGE: Well, me neither.

JERRY: Definitely?

GEORGE: Definitely.

JERRY: Oh, than just get rid of it. You won't have any

GEORGE: No, it's not a problem, I can get rid of the apartment
this afternoon. [a waitress aproaches]

WAITRESS: What apartment?

GEORGE: Oh, it's a great place, it's uh "two-bedroom" uh, west
83rd 'bout half block from the park.

WAITRESS: What's the rent?

[Scene: The apartment on 83rd street. The waitress bought it;
Jerry, Elaine and George are invited, they're sitting on a
couch, all three moping]

GEORGE: I don't know, what we're doin' here, this is

JERRY: She wanted to thank us for the apartment. [very

ELAINE: I can't believe I lost the deposit on that u-hall. [I
can't quite understand what she'd saying here]And I threw out
my couch. [She slaps Jerry on the leg]

JERRY: If only the coin hadn't hit the table.

GEORGE: The table is interference, you know it!

JERRY: It is not!

GEORGE: It is too!

ELAINE: My roommate starts rehearsal tonight on Carrousel.


GEORGE: Hi, Carol.

CAROL: I just wanted to introduce you to my husband, this is
Larry [points to her husband; Jerry, Elaine and George get
up]. This is George, Elaine and Jerry [points to them] [to
Larry] These are the guys who got us the apartment.

LARRY: Oh, you don't know how grateful I am, if there's
anything I can ever do to repay you, I, I mean, we're just so
thrilled with this place.

CAROL: It's a dream.

LARRY: I'm running in the park now, I've lost weight, we're
barbecuing every night and the rent is unbelievable.

GEORGE: We're really glad for ya. [very sadly]

ELAINE: Couldn't be happier. [idem]

JERRY: It's wonderful. [idem; they sit down again]

CAROL: Diane, Diane, come here. [she beckons a women; she
comes to the couch] This is my new next door neighbour, Diane.
[Jerry, Elaine and George get up; Diane appears to be very
attractive] [to Diane] These are the guys, who turned this
place down, can you believe it? [to Jerry, George and Elaine]
Diane gave me the greatest backrup today, she's a masseuse!

DIANE: How, how could you guys have turned this place down,
it's such a great location and it' close to the park.

GEORGE: We're aware of the proximity to the park, yes.

DIANE: Well, it was nice to meet you. [she walks away]

GEORGE: Nice meeting you. [shakes Carol's hand; they sit down
again; Carol walks away]

JERRY: How late are the stores open? I'm thinking of maybe uh,
buying a new TV and smash it over my head. [two men are
standing behind the couch talking]

RIGHT MAN: I get a call from Gilmore this morning and get
this: they're restructuring the organisation in Atlanta and I
gotta be there on the first of the month.

LEFT MAN: Really? What are you gonna 'bout the apartment?

RIGHT GUY: Well, what can I do? Give it up.

JERRY, ELAINE and GEORGE: What's the rent?