The Pledge Drive

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (14)

  • Jerry: I saw someone on the street eating M&M's with a spoon.

  • Kramer: (volunteering at PBS) Where are the tote bags? I'm not leaving the premises without tote bags. I was promised tote bags and tote bags I shall have.

  • Noreen: Great. I'm going out with a man who sounds like a woman. Elaine: Well, he looks like a man.

  • George: Did you just see what happened here? Did you see the way she pointed at the check? She gave me the finger! Jerry: That's how waitress-types express derision. They don't want to get their mouths dirty.

  • George: If my parents had a mantle, I might be a completely different person.

  • Kramer: I get a percentage of every pledge I bring in, right? Jerry: No. It's not aluminum siding, it’s volunteer work.

  • Jerry: (to George) Yea, go do your thing where you lie to everyone.

  • Jerry: Well, I cashed the checks, the checks bounced and now my Nana's missing! Kramer: Well don't look at me! Jerry: It's your fault! Kramer: My fault?!? Your Nana, is missing, because she's been passing those bum checks all over town, and she finally pissed off the wrong people!

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Notes (2)

  • Lauren Bowles who plays the waitress that apparently is giving George "the finger" is Julia Louis-Dreyfus's sister. She also appeared in "The Big Salad", "The Foundation", "The English Patient", "The Summer of George", "The Reverse Peephole" and "The Bookstore".

  • Viewer Rick Streeter notes that in "The Statue" George says that his parents had this exact statue on the mantle of their apartment, but in this episode he says that if his parents had a mantle when he was growing up he might be a completely different person.

Trivia (7)

  • Jerry wouldn't have been able to cash those older checks, once checks are six months old they are stale dated and can't be cashed.

  • On the night this episode originally aired on NBC one of the commercials featured Julia Louis-Dreyfus selling Clairol Nice 'n Easy hair coloring.

  • The night this episode originally aired on NBC, it was followed by an episode of the show Madman of the People called "All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Mad Boy" which featured a guest appearance by actor Phillip Baker Hall, better known to Seinfeld fans as Lt Bookman, the Library Cop.

  • Before Mr. Pitt starts eating his chocolate bar, he cuts a single slice but when the camera switches to a wider shot, the chocolate bar is suddenly cut into several slices.

  • Running Gag: Everybody starts eating finger-food with a knife & fork.

  • Kristin claims to be very excited to meet Danny Tartabull, yet later asks the high-talker if he is Danny. If someone was so excited to meet a person, wouldn't they at least know what they look like, or even their skin color?

  • - when Elain is recounting her story to Mr. Pitt, she says "my stupid friend Jerry told my other friend Noreen that she was hitting on him". Obviously, this is not what happened and really doesn't make very much sense.

Allusions (3)

  • Jerry: (during the pledge drive broadcast) … programs like Ken Burns' "Baseball". This is a reference to a real 1994 PBS miniseries called "Baseball" produced by Ken Burns. Burns is most famous, of course, for his 1990 miniseries called "The Civil War".

  • Channel 11: This refers to New York (formerly independent but now part of the WB Network) station WPIX, which at the time did indeed air Yankee games and do promotions for the team. When Seinfeld was first syndicated, WPIX used the clip of George saying "Channel 11" in ads promoting the reruns. Around 1999, the Yankees moved to WCBS and the Seinfeld reruns moved to the FOX affiliate WNYW Channel 5.

  • Jerry: There's nothing funny about the financial crisis here at PBS.
    The PBS station, Channel 13 is for real; WNET, New York. It's survival as a television station is dependent upon donations they get from their viewers.