The Note

Season 3, Ep 1, Aired 9/18/91
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  • Episode Description
  • Jerry and George's massages end up being more pain than pleasure when Jerry has a misunderstanding with the masseusse and George gets his massage from a man. Jerry and George get Jerry's dentist friend into trouble when they ask him for doctor's notes for physical therapy. Meanwhile, Kramer is convinced he's seen Joe DiMaggio in a neighbourhood donut shop.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Michael Richards (I)

    Cosmo Kramer

  • Jerry Seinfeld


  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    Elaine Marie Benes (not in pilot)

  • Jason Alexander

    George Louis Costanza

  • Larry David

  • Fan Reviews (5)
  • A Claassic!

    By finderp, Aug 16, 2005

  • okay, now this was the beginning of Seinfeld as we knew it.

    By whoaitsconner, Jan 23, 2008

  • Not a very good season opener.

    By Canogaparkcindy, Aug 20, 2008

  • "Joe DiMaggio is a dunker??"

    By thebestoftv, Nov 06, 2005

  • An amusing episode with some very good stand up observations littered throughout.

    By Tristram_ZX81, Dec 18, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (16)

    • Raymond: (massaging George's hamstring) How did you do this? George: (VERY tense) Do what? Raymond: How did you hurt your hamstring? George: (quickly) I dunno… Raymond: You don't know? George: I dunno… Raymond: Okay, where did this happen? George: (Quickly again) Korea. Raymond: Korea? George: Korea. Raymond: You hurt yourself in Korea? George: I dunno.

    • George: A man gave me a massage. Jerry: So? George: So he had his hands and, uh, he was… Jerry: He was what? George: He was… touching and rubbing.

    • George: I can't get a massage from a man.

    • George: (talking about getting a message from a man) What if it feels good? Elaine: It's supposed to feel good. George: I don't want it to feel good!

    • George: Men have been popping into my sexual fantasies. All of a sudden, I'll be in the middle. Elaine: Of what? Oh. George: And a guy will appear from out of nowhere. I say "Get out of here! What do you want? You don't belong here!"

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    Notes (5)

    • Roy's name was originally "Lloyd" in the script and due to an error, it remains "Lloyd" in the closing credits.

    • Dialogue from two scenes were reused as audition scenes in Season 4's "The Pilot (1)". George's initial confession of getting a massage from a man was read by Michael Barth, who eventually got the role of George. And Kramer's exclamation that he saw Joe DiMaggio a second time was read by Kramer himself, posing as Martin Van Nostren.

    • The masseusse's son is played by Jerry's real-life nephew.

    • The theme music in this episode is supplemented with background vocals. It never returned after this episode.

    • George says "I think it moved" again in The Mango, after eating a piece of Kramer's mango.

    Trivia (6)

    • When this episode premiered, people did not understand why Jerry and Elaine's reuniting [as a couple] had not been an issue in the third season. On the season 3 DVD, it says that Larry David thought it might not be a good idea for the series. Also, it says that whenever Jerry Seinfeld went to do stand-ups during the summer, when he asked if Jerry and Elaine's newly-reunited relationship should be continued during season 3, the audience gave an overwhelming "No".

    • The song played during the closing credits is Les Brown's "Joltin' Joe DiMaggio" sung by Betty Bonney.

    • Very bad cut from when Jerry and George go to the Physical Therapist and George sees Raymond. He begins to turn to Jerry, but then there's a cut to his head already 45 degrees ahead of where it was before.

    • George unbuttons his pants a first time when he’s lying on his stomach, then later when the masseur asks him to take them off, George stands up and his pants are buttoned again.

    • In the final scene, as Jerry asks Kramer, "Did he say anything?" you can clearly see Jerry's left hand is empty at the left side of the screen. In the next shot, a blue container mysteriously appears in his left hand.

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