The Stakeout

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Quotes (18)

  • Jerry: Y'know I think that even if you've had a relationship with someone, or let's say, especially if you've had a relationship with someone and you try to become friends afterwards, it's very difficult. Isn't this? It's hard. Because, you know each other so well, you know all of each others tricks. It's like two magicians, trying to entertain each other. The one goes, "Look, a rabbit". The other goes, "So? ... I believe this is your card". "Look, why don't we just saw each other in half and call it a night? Okay?"

  • Jerry: This is what I like, see? You come home and your parents are in your bed!

  • Jerry: "Quone"? Helen: …30…31… Jerry: "Quone"? No, I'm afraid that I'm going to have to challenge that. (Jerry picks up the dictionary.) Helen: …32… Kramer: No, you don't have to challenge that. That's a word. That's a definite word. Jerry: I am challenging. Kramer: Quone. To quone something. Jerry: Uh-huh. (Jerry looks up the word.) Helen: I'm not playing with you anymore. Morty: Quone's not a word. Jerry: No good. Sorry. There it is. Get it off. Helen: (to Kramer) Why did you make me put that down? Kramer: Nah, we need a medical dictionary! If a patient gets difficult, you quone him.

  • Jerry: Imagine, spelling "Mom" with two O's.

  • Jerry: (to himself) What's going on here? Gotta be her boyfriend, she's too good to be alone. What's the difference, I can't maneuver anyway with Elaine next to me.

  • Vanessa: Why don't you relax and take your jacket off? Jerry: Oh, I can't. I have a tendency to get chilly. Vanessa: How masculine. Jerry: Plus I'm wearing short sleeves. I don't want to expose my tattoos.

  • Vanessa: How big a tip do you think it'd take to get him to stop? Jerry: I'm in for five. Vanessa: I'll supply the hat. Jerry: (to himself) Uh-oh. What do we have here?

  • Elaine: Hi Pamela, you remember Jerry. Pamela: Yes, we met. Jerry: Hi, happy birthday. Pamela: Ahh, everybody, this is Elaine and Jerry. Guests: Hi! Jerry: I didn't bring anything.

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Notes (13)

  • This episode was nominated for the 1990 Emmy Award for Outstanding Editing for a Miniseries or a Special - Multi-Camera Production.

  • After this episode, Barney Martin plays Morty Seinfeld for the rest of the series. Larry David wanted to reshoot Bruns' scenes with Martin for syndication (as he had done with the two actors that portraying Frank Costanza), but decided against the idea due to the episode with Bruns being too far back, which made the difference in the actor's ages noticeable.

  • This is the only episode where Philip Bruns played Morty Seinfeld.

  • Elaine's character was originally going to be called Eileen.

  • The idea of the episode came from a personal experience from Co- Creater/Ex. Producer/Writer Larry David. He once met a woman and didnt know anything about except where she works so he did had a stakeout there.

  • The evolution of George's favorite alias "Art Vandelay" is as follows: George and Jerry try to invent the name of their "friend" whom they are saying that they are meeting. First, George comes up with "Burt Harr...bin...son." "Burt Harbinson." Jerry says. "Sounds made up." George moves on to "Art Core." Jerry: "Art Core?" George: "...velay." Jerry: "Corevelay?" Later, when the plan is closer to being put into action, George says that he wants to be Art Vandalay. Jerry reminds him that it is Art Corevelay, but when the name is needed, George uses the last name Vandalay, and the alias is born.

  • For part of this episode, Jerry is wearing a red shirt with blue jeans. Red and blue are the colours Superman wears, continuing the reference in every episode.

  • Starting with this episode, the series is retitled "Seinfeld."

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Trivia (11)

  • The song that Helen is humming as the Scrabble scene begins is "I Got Plenty o' Nuthin'" from George Gershwin's folk opera Porgy and Bess. It is appropriate that she is humming it since, as we learn, she indeed has "plenty o' nuthin'" as far as Scrabble tiles are concerned.

  • Monk's was nominated for the 2004 TV Land Award for Favorite Greasy Spoon, and, for the 2006 TV Land Award for Most Happening Greasy Spoon Or Hangout.

  • The show was nominated for the 2004 TV Land Award for Favorite Instrumental Theme Song.

  • First episode of Seinfeld to show a car scene.

  • Jerry tells his parents that he and Elaine didn't have the right physical chemistry. However, in "The Deal" they both agree that the sexual element of their relationship had been quite good. Also, in "The Mango," Jerry is shocked that Elaine had "faked" with him, citing "panting, breathing, moaning, and screaming" to question her claim. It seems from these two episodes that their physical chemistry was more than satisfactory.

  • When George suggests the name "Bert Harbinson," Jerry replies that it "sounds made up." In "The Reverse Peephole," Kramer says the same thing about "Joe Mayo," a real person.

  • The episode begins with Jerry and Elaine browsing through movies at the video store. As a joke, Jerry shows Elaine the box of an adult movie he took from a rack in the adult section. Elaine looks at it, and says that it would make a good gag gift for her friend Pamela's birthday. She then hangs onto it for the remainder of the scene, seemingly planning to buy it for her friend, and she brings a gift wrapped package, about the size of that videotape to Pamela's party. It seems odd that Elaine would be able to buy an x-rated video (or any video for that matter,) right off the shelf from a video store. The movies in video stores are typically for renting, and cannot be purchased simply because the customer wants it.

  • When Jerry comes home, his parents are lying on a bed, presumably a pull-out couch, in the middle of the living room, and Jerry makes a remark about finding his parents in his bed. He also says that he will be sleeping at Kramer's place. However, in later episodes, Jerry has his own bedroom. I deleted the part that says he never uses his sofa as a bed again because he does in "The Raincoats".

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