The Race

Season 6, Ep 10, Aired 12/15/94
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  • Episode Description
  • Through his current girlfriend, Lois, Jerry meets an old rival, who suspects that he cheated in a high school race and he wants a rematch with Jerry to prove he was faster. Elaine is put on a "blacklist" for Chinese food delivery and finds out her boyfriend is a Communist. George responds to a personal ad in a Communist newspaper while at work, when Steinbrenner hears about it, he wants to see George in his office. Through his friend Mickey, Kramer becomes a department store Santa, who later spouts out Communist propaganda.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 (5)
  • A wonderfully zany episode of the King (or Rabbi) of Sitcoms; Seinfeld.

    By oceanic6, Mar 10, 2008

  • "I choose not to run!"

    By poinsecurra, Aug 07, 2008

  • Great episode very funny

    By thomdp, Aug 21, 2006

  • Reindeer Name Correction

    By nightshade55, Apr 10, 2007

  • More cleverness from the mind of Larry David.

    By rkenzie, Aug 06, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (17)

    • Kramer: There are no delicatessens under communism. Mickey: Whoa! Why not? Kramer: Well, because the meats are divided into a class system. You've got pastrami and corned beef in one class and salami and bologna in another. That's not right.

    • Elaine: (to her boyfriend) Fine, you want to be a communist, be a communist. Can't you at least look like a successful communist?

    • Kramer: (working as a department store Santa Claus) Eight hours of jingle-belling and ho-ho-hoing. Boy, I am ho'd out.

    • George: (trying to get a date with a communist) Yes, this is a business office, but I'm not a businessman per se. I'm here working for the people. I'm causing dissent, stirring the pot, getting people to question the whole rotten system.

    • George: I can't believe you're really going out with a woman named Lois. Jerry: I know. Finally!

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    Notes (1)

    • This episode was nominated for the 1995 Eddie Award for Best Edited Half-Hour Series for Television. This episode was nominated for the 1995 DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series.

    Trivia (9)

    • When Jerry is racing Duncan at the end of the episode and everyone starts cheering, there is a scene where Elaine is cheering for Jerry, there is a close up of Elaine and the people around her are very different from those standing around her in the far shot. In fact the scene appears to also have been re-used in the "Little Jerry" episode as well. Given the timeline this was probably filmed and then reused the "Little Jerry".

    • Elaine's address is 16 W. 75th St., #2-G.

    • The original airdate, December 15, 1994, was 16 years to the day after the general release date for Superman: The Movie (Dec. 15, 1978) whose theme music is featured in the climactic race scene.

    • On this episode, Mark Christopher Lawrence plays Kramer's boss. In "The Airport", he played the luggage valet working at the airport when Jerry and Elaine ask him how much they should give him for tip.

    • When the man for Hop Sings is on the phone talking to Elaine, you can see behind him a sign that says "Do not deliver list".

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    Allusions (5)

    • Elaine: (to Ned) Just because you're a communist, does that mean you can't wear anything nice? You look like Trotsky. Leon Trotsky was a one of the leaders of the Russian revolution and went on to become one of the first members of Russia's communist governing body. He was a firm believer in the ideas of Karl Marx, who created many of the basic ideas in modern communism.

    • When the child that can't speak English approaches Kramer (as Santa) and he pretends to respond in her language (really gibberish), it alludes to the 1947 film Miracle on 34th Street in which Edmund Gwenn as Kris Kringle responds to a little Dutch girl in her own language.

    • The Chinese food delivery man's insistence that Elaine give him a name to go with the order is a reference to America's "Red Scare" and subsequent hunt for/prosecution of communists.

    • Many lines throughout the episode, such as "Faster than a speeding bullet, Lois," "Jimmy's in trouble, Lois," "Why, I'd have to be Superman to do that, Lois," and several others are clear references to Jerry's favorite comic book character, Superman. The entire Jerry/Duncan race plotline, including the music, includes many references to Superman comic books, the Superman TV series starring George Reeves, and the Superman movies, starring Christopher Reeve.

    • Jerry: "I choose not to run."
      The only reason Calvin Coolidge gave for not running for president of the United States was: "I choose not to run for President in 1928."

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