The Bris

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (20)

  • Kramer: Don't ever question my instincts, because my instincts are honed.

  • Kramer: (about the Bris) Hey, we're not talking about a manicure. Imagine, this is gonna be his first memory of his parents, just standing there while some stranger cuts off a piece of his manhood and then serves a catered lunch!

  • Jerry: How about our little Elaine… Attending the finest finishing schools on the eastern seaboard, equestrian competitions, debutante balls… Look at her now - interviewing mohels.

  • Jerry: I've never had stitches! I'll be deformed. I can't live with that. It goes against my whole personality. It's just not me!

  • Mohel: Cows don't have families. You make a mistake with a cow, you move on with your life.

  • Kramer: Hey, I'm telling you, the pig-man is alive. The government has been experimenting with pig-men since the 50's.

  • George: Well, I just got the estimate. It's going to cost more to fix that roof than the car's worth. So I'm going over to see that hospital administrator today. Someone is gonna pay for this damage and it's not gonna be me! Jerry: Ah, you're screwed. George: I know.

  • George: You know, I wish there were Pigmen. You get a bunch of these Pigmen walking around, suddenly I'm looking a lot better. So when someone sets me up they could say, well at least he's no Pigman.

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Notes (1)

  • This episode received an Emmy nomination in 1994 for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or a Special.

Trivia (4)

  • Spoiler alert!: The episode starts with Jerrry doing stand-up, and you can see he is wearing a bandage on his finger, which we find out later is from his finger being cut by the mohel.

  • Spoiler alert!: When Jerry goes to the hospital to get his "circumcised" finger stitched, Elaine's vest is missing a button through half of the scene, then it is buttoned all the way up again through the rest of the scene.

  • Stan and Myra ask Jerry and Elaine to be Steven's godparents, and then explain what they expect of them with regard to the bris. However, according to Jewish Law, a baby boy is only named AT his bris, after having been circumcized. As such, they shouldn't refer to the baby by name, because, he simply shouldn't have one.

  • Jerry imitates two lines of The Godfather in Marlon Brando's voice, but both the lines are Al Pacino's in the movie.

Allusions (1)

  • The scene in the hospital where Kramer "steals" the pig man is a reference to the 1972 movie The Godfather, where Michael Corleone "steals" his father, Vito, in a similar scene. The ending with Kramer being called "Godfather" and the shot of Jerry, Elaine, and George looking nervous as the door closes is also a reference to The Godfather, as is Jerry saying "Look what they did to my boy" as he looks at his cut finger.