Seinfeld

The Fatigues

Season 8, Ep 6, Aired 10/31/96
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  • Episode Description
  • Kramer volunteers to cook dinner for a Jewish singles function, and tries to recruit Frank Costanza to help him. George has to speak to the Yankees front office on the topic of Risk Management, but has trouble learning the material. Jerry's is intrigued that his girlfriend has a mentor - that is, until he finds out that the mentor is dating Bania. Elaine is forced to deal with a fatigue-wearing, deranged employee.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Michael Richards (I)

    Cosmo Kramer

  • Jerry Seinfeld

    Himself

  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    Elaine Marie Benes (not in pilot)

  • Jason Alexander

    George Louis Costanza

  • Gregg Kavet

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • I'm not married to it.

    By thefanof, Dec 11, 2009

  • Season 8, Episode 6.

    By Wanted23, Mar 08, 2009

  • Solid episode.

    By cactusjack39, Feb 16, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (7)

    • Jerry: So, I finally met the mentor. George: What's she like? Impressive? Jerry: Oh yeah, she's dating Bania. George: Bania? Jerry: Yeah. I had to spend two hours at dinner last night with that specimen.

    • Kramer: (Handing Jerry and Elaine a flyer) Check it out. Jerry: "Jewish Single Night" Kramer: I expect you both to be there. Elaine: I'm not Jewish. Kramer: Well, neither am I. Jerry: Then why are you going? Kramer: I'm not going; I'm running it.

    • Abby: I don't think I wanna date a mentor whose protégé is a hack. Jerry: I don't think I wanna date a protégé whose mentor is a Costanza.

    • (Bania reading Jerry's joke) Bania: Why do they call it Ovaltine? The mug is round; the jar is round… they should call it Roundtine. (pauses) That's gold Jerry, gold!

    • Eddie: Well. I'm not married to it.

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    Notes (3)

    • According to the Inside Look on the DVD; Writer's Andy Robin and Gregg Kavet based this story on their experiences as being mentors and protégés at the studio.

    • This episode won the 1998 WGA Award (TV) for Episodic Comedy.

    • The music playing in the background when Frank has his flashbacks is Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings." More specifically, the piece by Samuel Barber (1910-1981) was originally the "String Quartet op. 11" (1936), from the second movement ("Molto adagio - attacca"). But, within two years, he arranged it for string orchestra and entitled that simply "Adagio for Strings". It has since become an unofficial American anthem of mourning.

    Trivia (10)

    • Kramer and Elaine say that they aren't Jewish but Michael Richards and Julia Louis - Dreyfus, who play them, are Jewish.

    • Although Kramer has immense trouble making Jewish delicacies in this episode, he had no problem making African delicacies back in "The Truth".

    • In recounting his story about the Korean war, Frank seems to say, "I was the best crook Uncle Sam ever saw" instead of "the best cook".

    • Jerry and Elaine are enjoying the food at the singles function, and Jerry asks, "Have you tried the Hamantashen?" Elaine responds, "I can't get off the kishkas." Although 'Hamantashen' are a Jewish food, they are small pastries that are unlikely to be eaten together with the other dishes, and certainly wouldn't be eaten with a knife and fork. Also, the name of the dish Elaine likes is called 'kishka' (without the 's').

    • Jerry claims not to like duck, but in "The Couch" he orders special ducks for him and Elaine at Poppies.

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    Allusions (1)

    • Jerry: (to George, as he throws a peanut to wake him up) Hey, Copernicus? This is a reference to Nicolaus Copernicus, the first astronomer to hypothesize that the universe does not revolve around Earth. Many consider his work the beginning of modern astronomy.

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