The Strike

Season 9, Ep 10, Aired 12/18/97
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  • Episode Description
  • An increase in the minimum wage is enough to finally meet the demands of the striking employees of H&H Bagels, and as such, Kramer announces that after 12 years, he's going back to work. Jerry meets an attractive woman at a party, but when he later tries to date her, she doesn't look nearly as good. Elaine's use of a fake phone number backfires when she loses a card that will entitle her to a free sandwich. George tries to get away with giving away fake donation cards as Christmas gifts at work, and much to his chagrin, his father decides to revive Festivus, a unique holiday he'd invented years earlier.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Michael Richards (I)

    Cosmo Kramer

  • Jerry Seinfeld


  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    Elaine Marie Benes (not in pilot)

  • Jason Alexander

    George Louis Costanza

  • Daniel O'Keefe

  • Fan Reviews (9)
  • "A Festivus for the rest of us!" And for me!

    By El_Schemo, Dec 09, 2006

  • The alternate reality of George's family. The Festivus for the rest of us.

    By Dawnsdinosaurs, Aug 01, 2005

  • Festivus!

    By thefanof, Dec 22, 2009

  • 'Another Festivus miracle!'

    By OnePerCentClub, Sep 10, 2009

  • Good stuff.

    By cactusjack39, Feb 07, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (17)

    • Jerry (surprised): Gwen, what are you doing here? Gwen: Kramer told me you were here. Kramer (excited): Another Festivus miracle!

    • Frank: At the Festivus dinner, you gather your family around and tell them all the ways they have disappointed you over the past year. Kramer: And is there a tree? Frank: No. Instead, there's a pole. Requires no decoration. I find tinsel distracting. Kramer: Frank, this new holiday of yours is scratching me right where I itch.

    • Jerry: Why didn't you ever mention this? Kramer: Jerry, I didn't want you to know I was out of work. It's embarrassing.

    • Kramer: H&H wouldn't let us use their bathroom while we were picketing. It put a cramp in our solidarity.

    • Jerry: When George was growing up, his father hated all the commercial and religious aspects of Christmas, so he made up his own holiday. Elaine: Oh... and another piece of the puzzle falls into place.

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    Notes (6)

    • Jerry Stiller and Estelle Harris (Frank & Estelle Costanza) received the "With" credit.

    • For the first time, a second after the director is credited, the show goes into commercials.

    • For the first time, all the main credits are showed in one scene, instead of usually being separate between scenes.

    • This episode marks Bryan Cranston's final appearance as Tim Whatley on the series.

    • Colin Malone who played the 'Sleazy Guy' in this episode is actually the host of a Public Access TV Show called "Colin's Sleazy Friends"

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    Trivia (8)

    • (introducing himself to Gwen) Jerry: Hi. I'm Jerry. You might not know it to look at me, but I can run really...really fast. This most likely is a reference to Season 6 episode "The Race".

    • "Festivus: The Holiday for the Rest of Us" is the name of a book by Allen Salkin about the celebration of Festivus in the real world.

    • Jerry says that Gwen always looks good when sitting in the back booth at the coffee shop, and that he'll try to always sit there with her. However, the two subsequent times that they eat there, they sit in the booth directly behind the cash register.

    • At the Festivus meal, Mr Kruger recognizes Kramer as Dr Van Nostren. This is a clever reference to "The Slicer," when Kramer, in his butcher coat, poses as a dermatologist doing a cancer screening, to help George get a picture of Kruger with his shirt off.

    • Frank said that for Festivus, everyone tells how the people at the table have disappointed them. However, at the end, Frank is the only one who does this, and they go on to the feats of strength. NOTE: Actually, he says that you gather your family around you and tell them all the ways they have disappointed you -- in other words, it is only the head of the family that has this privilege.

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    Allusions (1)

    • Jerry: Two the "Batman" Villain?
      Jerry mentions that his girlfriend goes through strange changes, Her face gets very dim in certain light, and he parallels this to the Two Face. Two Face is a Batman villain, and this makes sense that he would mention this, being that Seinfeld is a very big Comic Book buff, and Batman is a comic book character.

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