Seinfeld

The Merv Griffin Show

Season 9, Ep 6, Aired 11/6/97
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  • Episode Description
  • After Kramer finds the set of the old Merv Griffin Show in a dumpster, he begins to treat his entire life like a talk show. Jerry's new girlfriend has a priceless toy collection that she won't let him play with, with leads him to some questionable behavior. George runs over a squirrel with his car, and he's forced to spend time and money on its recovery. Elaine has to find a way to deal with a new co-worker, whose 'sidling' is both annoying and potentially dangerous to her job.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

  • Bruce Eric Kaplan

  • Fan Reviews (11)
  • This episode is absolutely hilarious. The fact Kramer went into the dumpster and found the set was just too much. How did the writers think of this?

    By uno546, Nov 06, 2009

  • Classic Kramer!

    By OnePerCentClub, Sep 04, 2009

  • Great episode.

    By cactusjack39, Apr 30, 2009

  • In conclusion the Merv Griffin Show is one of those episodes every seris has. I hope you enjoyed my review. And I am looking forward to your comments.

    By TomBosley11, Nov 23, 2008

  • Very funny episode.

    By titiembe, Dec 24, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (22)

    • (George swerves to avoid a pigeon on the road) George: Did you see that? The pigeon didn't move! Miranda: (upset) What pigeon? You just hit that squirrel! (Exits the car)

    • Jim Fowler: (appearing on Kramer's set) Where are the cameras?

    • Elaine: I am going to sidle the sidler. Jerry: You sidle? You stomp around like a Clydesdale. Elaine: Not with these honeys... Wrestling Shoes. Kramer: Only in New York!!

    • Kramer: It's the Merv Griffin set. Jerry: How did you get this in here? Kramer: You just bring it in sideways and hook it. Jerry: So where are you gonna sleep? Kramer: Backstage.

    • Elaine: There's this creepy new guy at work. He just comes out of nowhere and he's right next to you. Jerry: So he just sidles up. Elaine: That's right. He's a real sidler.

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    Notes (3)

    • The main credits have now a new format. The "Produced By", "Written By" and "Directed By" credits are shown in the second scene, and the rest in the first. The weirdest thing is that the "Producer" and "Produced By" credits are shown by separate.

    • Wayne Knight (Newman) received the "With" credit.

    • The theme from The Merv Griffin Show plays over the Castle Rock logo at the end of the episode.

    Trivia (5)

    • When Elaine gives the Tic Tacs to her co-worker, every time he walks around, you hear a rattling sound; however, the first time she gives it to him and he walks to the door there is no sound.

    • When Kramer "takes a break" to warn Jerry about his questionable content, the music he plays is the theme music for the pilot of "Jerry" from season 4, episode 24 (The Pilot - Part 2).

    • Kramer plays his pre-recorded theme music as George enters, and eventually, a voice comes on and says "Turn music off". This is the second time this joke has been used. A similar instruction was recorded on the tape of banjo music Kramer used for his "Peterman Reality Tour" in Season 8's "The Muffin Tops".

    • an entire scene cut from syndication: Kramer asks Jerry about the fact that he didn't have a G.I. Joe when he was younger... in the syndication, it cuts right to a scene of all of them just sitting; the real scene involves Jerry saying 'yeah I had an Army Pete; he'd welt up when it'd rain'; Kramer then replies '...and we all know how painful that can be!'.

    • Not really a goof, but in the scene where all four of our heroes are featured in Kramer's apartment 'on set', George has just joined them and is telling them how he ran into a flock of pigeons, Kramer says "OK let's take a break!" and proceeds to scoff down some chips and Diet Coke. To watch him do this as the others watch on is absolutely hilarious and I think he burps slightly. At this point, watch George very closely as Jason Alexander can't hold back the laughter anymore! It's quick, but it's there!

    Allusions (3)

    • George: (referring to the coffee stain on Elaine's clothes) Art Garfunkle? Elaine: No, Castro. Art Garfunkle is a singer and actor who became famous as a member of the music duo Simon and Garfunkel. Fidel Castro was a leader in the Cuban Revolution and served as president of Cuba from 1976 to 2008.

    • Elaine: This chair smells like garbage. Kramer: Oh, well, a lot of the stars from the 70s, they were not as hygienic as they appeared on TV. Yeah, you can take Mannix for example. This is a reference to actor Mike Connors, who played the role of Joe Mannix on the TV detective series Mannix that ran from 1967 to 1975.

    • Spoiler alert!: When Celia breaks up with Jerry, Kramer and Newman do their best to whip up the non-existent audience, à la The Jerry Springer Show.

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