The Gum

Season 7, Ep 10, Aired 12/14/95
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  • Episode Description
  • Kramer is active in the re-opening of an old movie theater. He also is keeping an eye on a friend, Lloyd, who's recovering from a nervous breakdown. Lloyd has a pack of Chinese gum that Kramer insists everyone tries. George thinks the cashier short-changed him and meets a former neighbor (who's had a breakdown) and his daughter, Deena. George lets his former neighbor look at his car. Elaine tries to avoid interacting with Lloyd, loses a button from her blouse and reveals herself to Lloyd and Kramer. Because of Elaine's lie, Jerry must wear glasses while around Lloyd. Deena tells George that she thinks he is showing signs of being on the verge of a breakdown. George's car, once owned by "Jon Voight" in "The Mom & Pop Store", catches fire. Elaine shows more to Lloyd. Jerry gets more gum. George keeps trying to convince Deena he's not crazy.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Michael Richards (I)

    Cosmo Kramer

  • Jerry Seinfeld


  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    Elaine Marie Benes (not in pilot)

  • Jason Alexander

    George Louis Costanza

  • Tom Gammill

  • Fan Reviews (10)
  • Top 5 all time

    By yotimi, Oct 17, 2012

  • 710

    By Canogaparkcindy, May 22, 2011

  • The Gum

    By thefanof, Apr 12, 2010

  • Hilarious episode.

    By cactusjack39, Feb 24, 2009

  • Elaine accidentally flirts with recently institutionalized Lloyd Braun and Jerry accidentally orders $100 worth of gum that he doesn't even like very much. George is a victim of circumstance and is perceived as crazy.

    By BEANPOLE111, Dec 30, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (15)

    • Kramer: Now see, this is what the holidays are all about. Three buddies sitting around, chewing gum.

    • Lloyd Braun: We've really gotta get that Elaine a boyfriend.

    • Jerry: (to Elaine) Well, if it isn't Chesty Larue!

    • George: That cashier is riding horses on my money. Jerry: Well, here's what I propose. Go down to the stables, snoop around, see if any high-flying cashier's been throwing twenty-dollar bills around with big lips.

    • Kramer: (giving a tour of the theatre) She was built in 1922 during the golden age of movie palaces. Minor restorations in 1941, 47, 52, 58, 63, and currently to our present period of time.

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    Notes (5)

    • This episode was nominated for the 1996 DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series.

    • For his performance in this episode Jerry Seinfeld received a 1996 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.

    • In this episode, the cashier that always is in each episode where Monks is featured, is in the credits and actually has a few lines.

    • Actor Peter Keleghan (from "The Non-Fat Yogurt") is replaced by actor Matt McCoy as "Lloyd Braun".

    • Writer / executive producer Larry David makes an uncredited cameo as a guy who sells George a pack of gum.

    Trivia (8)

    • George believes that the cashier at Monk's shortchanged him, having given him change for a ten, insisting that he'd given her a twenty. This is the second time we see George in this situation. In Season 3's "The Stranded," George makes the same claim about the cashier at a drugstore.

    • Elaine says that when Lloyd had his nervous breakdown was about the same time that she broke up with him. However, in Season 5's "The Non-Fat Yogurt," the last we hear of Elaine's and Lloyd's relationship is that Lloyd stopped calling Elaine, prompting Elaine to fear that her weight had turned him off.

    • Lloyd offers to introduce Jerry to the gum importer so that he can get the gum whenever he wants. However, when they go to get more, Lloyd runs in and leaves Jerry in the car.

    • While in the park, George claims, "She stole $20 from me!" But he claims that he paid with a $20 and only received change for a ten; therefore, he was only cheated out of $10.

    • When George first pulls up and gets out of his car to visit his parents, Pop comes over and greets him. He asks if he can look under the hood and George allows it. George never pops the hood, however, Pop is still able to open it.

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    Allusions (1)

    • Haarwood: (to Kramer, referring to the king costume) Well, I'd love to lend it to you, but I doubt if it would fit a man of your impressive, Raymond Massey-like physique. Raymond Massey was an actor who starred in numerous films from the 1920s to 1960s. Some of his roles included Abe Lincoln and Sherlock Holmes. Massey was known for his tall, gaunt appearance.

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