The Dog

Season 3, Ep 4, Aired 10/9/91
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  • Episode Description
  • When a fellow airline passenger is sent to hospital, Jerry gets stuck watching his unruly dog for several days. With Jerry stuck in his apartment, George and Elaine discover they have very little to talk about on their own. Meanwhile, Kramer has difficulty breaking up with his girlfriend.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Michael Richards (I)

    Cosmo Kramer

  • Jerry Seinfeld


  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    Elaine Marie Benes (not in pilot)

  • Jason Alexander

    George Louis Costanza

  • Larry David

  • Fan Reviews (6)
  • This is the Series's worst episode.

    By Clayburn, Jul 14, 2006

  • Pretty good... pretty good.

    By whoaitsconner, Feb 15, 2008

  • George & Elaine, alone...

    By Canogaparkcindy, Aug 21, 2008

  • The dog.

    By thefanof, Jan 21, 2010

  • least favorite episode from my favorite show

    By SeinFeld_4, Feb 13, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (15)

    • Elaine: Jerry, do you know what they do to dogs at the pound? They keep them for a week and then if no one claims them, they kill 'em. Jerry: Really? How late are they open?

    • Kramer: (to Ellen) I must've been out of my mind! Look at you. Why don't you do something with your life? You sit around here all day. You contribute nothing to society. You're just taking up space. How could I be with someone like you? I wouldn't respect myself.

    • Kramer: (on breaking up with his girlfriend) Oh yeah! The sooner the better. I can't wait to do it. You know how there's some people you worry about whether or not you're gonna hurt their feelings? With her, I'm looking forward to it. Boy, I'd like to get it on video. Watch it in slow motion and freeze frame it!

    • Jerry: (doing stand-up) I had a parakeet when I was a kid, that was the only pet that I really enjoyed. We used to let him out of his cage, and he would fly around and my mother had built, one entire wall of our living room was mirrored. She felt this gives you a feeling of space. Have you ever heard this interior design principle that a mirror makes it seem like you have an entire other room? What kind of a jerk walks up to a mirror and goes, "Hey look, there's a whole other room in there. There's a guy in there looks just like me." But the parakeet will fall for this, you'll let him out of his cage, he flies around the room, BANG! With his little head, he would just go 'click' Ohh! And I'd always think, even if he thinks the mirror is another room, why doesn't he at least try to avoid hitting the other parakeet?

    • Elaine: Hello? No, who's calling? Oh my god, the dog guy. Where have you been? Yeah, well you better pick up your dog tonight or he has humped his last leg.

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    Notes (3)

    • Extended ending: Gavin Polone comes back to confront Jerry about Farfel being increasingly violent since his illness, and threatens to sue Jerry for the "damages" inflicted against the dog. Mocking Polone's alcoholism, Jerry then says to Elaine "Inside of two months, doctors will rename cirrhosis of the liver as "Palone's Palsy"". Kramer enters to retrieve his pot and reveals that he has given Farfel his aunt's Turkish delight, which led to Farfel acting disobedient.

    • Farfel's barks are fake. Tom Williams performs the dog's vocals.

    • The dog owner's full name is "Gavin Polone". That is the name of Larry David's manager.

    Trivia (4)

    • When George and Jerry are waiting in line at the movie theater, the position of the poster behind them (for The First Power movie) keeps changing between shots although we don't see George and Jerry moving in the queue at all.

    • In this episode George says, "Isn't it more fun using the urinal?" However, in a previous episode he claimed to be a "stall guy."

    • There is no bicycle hanging in Jerry's hallway.

    • When George and Elaine are talking in the cafe Elaine is wearing a bracelet on her left wrist., but it switches to the right wrist in the next shot.

    Allusions (3)

    • Jerry refers to the dog as Cujo. This is a reference to the dog in the Stephen King novel and 1983 film of the same name.

    • The dog Jerry is minding is named "Farfel". While discussing the dog with Jerry (and the dog is barking), Elaine is making chocolate milk. "Farfel" was a dog puppet famous for his Nestle Quick commercials.

    • One of the films mentioned in the episode is called “Ponce de León.”. Although during 1991 (the year when the episode aired) there was no current film playing in movie theatres with that name, there was another real film released that year called “Cabeza de Vaca.” The names of the films refer to Juan Ponce de León, Spanish conquistador, and Álvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca, a Spanish explorer, both of whom participated in the colonization of the Americas by Spain in the 16th century. Considering all of these similarities, the "fake" film then seems to be a veiled reference to the real film.

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