The Bookstore

Season 9, Ep 17, Aired 4/9/98
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  • Episode Description
  • Jerry is disturbed when spots Uncle Leo shoplifting. George takes a book into a bookstore's bathroom, and is outraged when they force him to buy it. Kramer and Newman plan to bring rickshaws to New York. Meanwhile, Elaine embarrasses herself again at the annual Peterman party - this time by making out with a stranger.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Michael Richards (I)

    Cosmo Kramer

  • Jerry Seinfeld


  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    Elaine Marie Benes (not in pilot)

  • Jason Alexander

    George Louis Costanza

  • Darin Henry

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • Funny stuff.

    By cactusjack39, Mar 23, 2009

  • What a funny episode...

    By titiembe, Dec 26, 2007

  • More great side plots. This one really makes you laugh.

    By geoellis2, Jun 13, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (22)

    • Elaine: (after helping a co-worker through withdrawals) I even got an idea out of it… The Detox Poncho.

    • Jerry: (about the book George took into the bathroom) That book has been on a wild ride.

    • Elaine: We made out at the table like our plane was going down.

    • George: If it wasn't for the toilet, there would be no books.

    • George: They made me buy it! A hundred bucks this thing cost me!

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    Notes (1)

    • When the security guard is told by Jerry that Uncle Leo is stealing a book, the guard says into his walkie-talkie, "We have a 51-50 in paperback." 51-50 is an actual police code used to describe a suspect who is "mentally unstable."

    Trivia (10)

    • Two commercials featuring Seinfeld alumni ran during the original showing of this episode. First, an ad for the movie “My Giant” features a scene with Estelle Harris as Billy Crystal’s character’s Aunt Rose; and second, an ad for the Seville STS with Patrick Warburton as a motorcycle riding policeman pulling over someone’s car so he can admire it.

    • This episode marks the second appearance of Rebecca DeMornay, the worker at the homeless shelter. In this episode, she refuses to take George's book that was flagged for being in the bathroom. She also appeared in "The Muffin Tops" (season 8, episode 21) and was upset with Elaine for donating only the muffin stumps to the homeless.

    • Goof: In one of the opening scenes that features Kramer doing a series of random things in Jerry's apartment, Kramer has attached a hose to the kitchen sink and is apparently putting out a fire in one of the back rooms. As he pulls on the hose, the sink is clearly moving and is not attached to the counter.

    • Interestingly; Zach is addicted to drugs and Peterman just tells Elaine to help him get off it but when he thought Elaine was an addict back in "The Shower Head", he is furious and comes close to firing her.

    • Kramer said that he once met a horse named Rusty. He did meet one in "The Rye".

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    Allusions (4)

    • When Jerry had that dream of Leo in jail, the theme music of Side Show Bob from "The Simpsons" is heard.

    • Elaine: (referring to Zach) Now I stand up for myself by telling everybody I'm dumping his sorry ass, and I'm the office-- Jerry: Tina Turner? Tina Turner is a singer who began her career with her husband, Ike Turner, forming the Ike & Tina Turner Revue. Jerry is referring to the fact that Tina Turner famously left Ike in 1976.

    • George: They made me buy it (the book). A hundred bucks this thing cost me. How dare they? I got news for you, if it wasn't for the toilet, there would be no books. Jerry: Yeah, I understand Gutenberg used to spend a lot of time in there. Johannes Gutenberg, a German printer, was the first European to use movable printing type and is credited with the invention of the mechanical printing press.

    • Uncle Leo: Jerry Hello Jerry Hello
      When Uncle Leo is shown in jail doing chinups is same thing Robert Deniro's character does in the 1991 film "Cape Fear."

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