Seinfeld

The Muffin Tops

Season 8, Ep 21, Aired 5/8/97
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  • Episode Description
  • Upon learning that his stories were used in the Peterman autobiography, Kramer declares himself the "Real Peterman" and begins his own reality bus tour. When George is asked to watch a suitcase for a tourist that never claims it, George begins wearing his clothes, and starts up a relationship with a tourism director. Mr Lippman steals Elaine's idea for a business selling muffin tops, and brings her into the business for her muffin expertise. A shaving mishap leads Jerry to shave his chest.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

  • Andy Ackerman

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • I realize this is not a favorite, but...

    By frockin_boots, May 30, 2006

  • One of the few duds in an otherwise classic show.

    By zone46, Dec 27, 2005

  • Below average, even by the poor standard of series eight.

    By Tristram_ZX81, Nov 09, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (11)

    • George: Where are you meeting these women? When they get off the bus at the port authority? Jerry: Right here, George. In here. (pointing to his chest) Try opening this up. You'll find the biggest dating scene in the world. George: Thanks. Thanks a lot.

    • George: Let me ask you this: Do you know where Walker Street is downtown? I've got a league meeting there. Jerry: Oh right, the new job, how is it? George: I love it. New office, new salary. I'm the new Wilhelm. Jerry:So who's the new you? George: They got a new intern from Francis Louis High. His name is Keith. He comes in Mondays after school.

    • George: All right, let me ask you something: When do you start to worry about ear hair? Jerry: When you hear like a soft russeling. George: It's like puberty that never stops. Ear puberty, nose puberty, knuckle puberty, you gotta be vigilent.

    • (during Kramer's reality bus tour) Kramer: We have a bonus ultra-reality stop today. We're going to be hauling muffin stumps to the local repository. Tourist We're going to a garbage dump? Kramer: And we're off! Jerry: You know, I never thought he'd be able to recreate the experience of actually knowing him, but this is pretty close.

    • Jerry: So you're pretending to be a tourist? George: It's beautiful. She makes all the plans. I'm not from around here, so it's okay if I'm stupid. And she knows I'm only in town visiting, so there's no messy breakups.

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    Notes (8)

    • Wayne Knight receives the "With" credit.

    • Jerry: How did you do any of those things? Jerry wonders how George managed to get an apartment or a job in the first place. He seems to have forgotten that George accomplished both feats in "The Opposite" by doing the opposite of his every instinct. Of course, George seems to have forgotten to do the opposite, so it's only reasonable for others to forget he ever did it.

    • The scenes where they are trying to find a dump which will accept the muffin stumps has several big parallels with the "Wig Master" episode. That episode had a parking lot company called Jiffy Park which was running a prostitution ring out of their unwitting customers' cars. In "The Muffin Tops," one of the dumps they try is called Jiffy Dump. Other big similarities: (1) Jiffy Dump has basically the same sign logo as Jiffy Park did. (2) The dump operator is the same actor as the Jiffy Park attendant. (3) He has the exact same line, a casual "Can't do it." (4) An indignant Kramer later yells off camera, "Maybe I WILL take it up with Consumer Affairs!", which is what the Jiffy Park attendant had suggested to George in the earlier episode.

    • The man taking the Reality Tour, with Jerry, who asks "What is this? Pizza pound cake?" is actually Schlemo, the 'good' truck driver in The Frogger.

    • Rebecca DeMorne also appears again in "The Bookstore" when George goes to the shelter to donate his 'toilet book'.

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    Trivia (2)

    • Elaine suggests to Mr. Lippman that he remove the exclamation point from the name of the store, "Top of the Muffin to You!" and he prefers it as it is. Curiously, in "The Sniffing Accountant," Elaine liberally added exclamation points to Jake Jarmel's book, and Lippman ordered her to remove them, claiming to hate exclamation points.

    • At the end of the episode where Newman is going to eat the muffin stumps, he removes the milk bottles out of his bag but never fills his glass. When he starts eating the muffins, his glass is somehow full.

    Allusions (10)

    • The indignant employee from the homeless shelter (played by Sonya Eddy) is named Rebecca DeMornay...an odd reference to the famous actress, who she in no way resembles.

    • At the end of "The Muffin Tops," Elaine has called upon the services of Newman to make their muffin-stump problem go away. His role is a direct reference to the Winston Wolfe character in "Pulp Fiction," including his mannerisms and choice of words. Newman even unpacks what would be a cleaner's supply of sulfuric acid...except in this case, it's large quantities of milk to help wash down all the muffins he eats.

    • Kramer's claim to be the "Real Peterman," and his Peterman Reality Tour is a reference to Kenny Kramer, the inspiration for the TV character. He claims to be the "Real Kramer" and offers a "Kramer Reality Bus Tour" for $37.50, the exact cost Kramer charges in this episode.

    • Jerry: I've gotta get off this bus. Maybe I´ll go play with that dog.
      When Jerry leaps off the bus because his chest is itching, we see him running through the forest, jumping over logs, all shown in slow-motion. This is clearly a parody of a scene in the 1994 Mike Nicols film, "Wolf," starring Jack Nicholson as a werewolf.

    • At the book signing, it is clear from posters and the book cover that the title of Peterman's book is "No Placket Required", presumably a pun on the phrase "Jacket Required". A "placket" is a slit in a garment (such as a skirt) often forming the closure, but it has several archaic meanings, including "woman".

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