The Fire

Season 5, Ep 20, Aired 5/5/94
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  • Episode Description
  • Kramer is dating one of Elaine's co-workers, a woman who drives her crazy. Kramer brings her to one of Jerry's shows, where she heckles him relentlessly; unfortunately there is a national magazine critic in the audience. George panics when there is a fire at his girlfriend's apartment, during her son's birthday party. Jerry decides to get revenge by heckling the woman where she works. She runs out of the office onto the street and loses her pinkie toe. Kramer finds the toe, takes a bus to the hospital and saves the passengers from a gunman. Inspired by Kramer's tale, George tries to confront his feelings of cowardice.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Michael Richards (I)

    Cosmo Kramer

  • Jerry Seinfeld


  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    Elaine Marie Benes (not in pilot)

  • Jason Alexander

    George Louis Costanza

  • Larry Charles

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Very silly.

    By cactusjack39, Feb 09, 2009

  • Fire sale!

    By GeorgeJobson, Dec 14, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (16)

    • Jerry: There's no precedent, baby! George: What, are you using my babies now?

    • Jerry: (after Toby heckled him) Booing and hissing are not part of the show. You boo puppets. You hiss villains in silent movies.

    • Kramer: (talking about Toby) Oooh, she's a package full of energy. Elaine: Yeah, she's a package full of something.

    • George: Go fold your little balloon animals, Eric. Eric… What kind of name is that for a clown?

    • Toby: Look, I have goose bumps. Touch! Touch them!

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    Trivia (8)

    • Jerry's jokes are about men and women watching TV. They were also the opening act for the season 2 episode "The Baby Shower".

    • An almost running gag of this episode was Jerry saying "Baby", which is George's catchphrase. What wasn't noticed, was that at one point, he said "It's gold, baby". "It's gold" is Kenny Bania's catchphrase.

    • In real life, Kramer's way to save Toby's pinky toe couldn't work: Direct exposure to ice would damage the toe's nerve endings, making its reattachment impossible. To effectively preserve a severed appendage in ice, the appendage must be in a protective plastic bag to avoid direct contact with the ice.

    • When George is sitting in the back of the ambulance after fleeing the fire, the children yell at him for leaving them behind. However, you can see that several of the children are smiling.

    • Annoyed that Toby got the promotion because of her pinkie-toe, Elaine rants about how stupid and useless the pinkie-toe is. However, only a few episodes earlier, in "The Conversion," Elaine tells her podiatrist boyfriend how much she loves feet and the pinkie-toe in particular.

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    Allusions (1)

    • (Jerry has turned the tables on a heckler by going to her place of work to heckle her) Prop Comic: Jerry, you're like Rosa Parks. You opened the door for all of us. Rosa Parks was the black woman who in 1955 refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man. Her action inspired the civil rights movement and brought about important changes in legislation.

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