The Dealership

Season 9, Ep 11, Aired 1/8/98
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  • Episode Description
  • Elaine's relationship problems with David Puddy could influence Jerry's ability to get an insider deal on a new car. While waiting for Jerry, George has a series of misadventures trying to get a snack. Meanwhile, Kramer takes a test drive, and attempts to see just how far the car can run with the gas gauge on empty.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Michael Richards (I)

    Cosmo Kramer

  • Jerry Seinfeld


  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    Elaine Marie Benes (not in pilot)

  • Jason Alexander

    George Louis Costanza

  • Steve Koren

  • Fan Reviews (7)
  • I'm proud to say I was there...

    By ilex91, May 20, 2010

  • One of my favorites.

    By cactusjack39, Feb 23, 2009

  • Hah hah George...

    By titiembe, Dec 25, 2007

  • The whole episode takes place in a car know the rest

    By saucyswells, May 06, 2007

  • George: It's wrinkled, it's worthless

    By OeTvGreat, Aug 15, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (15)

    • (Jerry is trying to finalize the deal for his new car with Puddy just after Puddy and Elaine break up again) Jerry: Did you two break up? Puddy: That chick's whacked, we're history. I just left out a couple of things. Rust-proofing... Jerry: Rust-proofing? Puddy: Transport charge, storage surcharge, additional overcharge, finder's fee... Jerry: Finder's fee!? It was on the lot! Puddy: Yeah, that's right. Floor mats, keys... Jerry: Keys!? Puddy: How ya gonna start it?

    • George: I think I've reached a point in my life where I can tell the difference between nougat and cookie.

    • Jerry: So Puddy, this is a pretty good move for you, huh? No more 'grease monkey.' Puddy: I don't care for that term. Jerry: Oh sorry, I didn't know. Puddy: I don't know too many monkeys that can take apart a fuel injector.

    • George: (about car salesmen) First they stick you with the undercoating, rust-proofing, dealer prep... Suddenly you're on your back like a turtle.

    • Jerry: Slapping hands is the lowest form of male primate ritual. Elaine: It's that bad? Jerry: What do you think the Nazis were doing? That was the "heil five."

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    Notes (3)

    • The dealership's owner's father can be heard over the Castle Rock logo repeating his line "A nickel!"

    • As Jerry is talking to Elaine on the phone, look in the background. You can see Puddy at his desk just sitting motionless and staring off in the distance.

    • A rare episode in which Jerry's apartment isn't seen. The second of the season.

    Trivia (9)

    • The $0.75 cent remark may not have been a mistake, George may have been vying for another quarter.

    • When George complains to the manager about the mechanic that stole his Twix bar, he says that he wants his $0.75 back; however, when George looks to see what number the twix bar is, the price says $0.50.

    • George shares an anecdote about how his father once ended up buying a Le Car. However, he repeatedly pronounces the French word, le as les (pronounced lay). Although they both mean "the", les is plural.

    • Jerry calls Elaine frantically to tell her to get back together with Puddy. She asks, "Who is this?" and Jerry bangs the receiver against the base of the phone. Elaine threatens to "hang this phone up right now" and after hanging up, Jerry messes up his hair in frustration. This is very similar to multiple phone calls in earlier episodes, only George is usually the frantic one and Jerry cool and sarcastic.

    • George claims that the mechanic has a short name and tries repeatedly to remember it. However, the only name tag the mechanic has says 'Saab', the name of the car manufacturer.

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    Allusions (2)

    • After his candy line-up is ruined, George screams "Twix" to the sky, in a manner imitative of James Kirk screaming "Khan" in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. George previously imitated this scene in the season 8 premiere, "The Foundation."

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      At the end, Kramer and the salesman look a each other, hold hands, and Kramer steps on the gas pedal. This is obviously a reference to the 1991 film "Thelma & Louise" that are mentioned earlier in the episode.

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