Season 4 Episode 12

The Airport

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Nov 25, 1992 on NBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

When their flight home gets canceled, Jerry & Elaine gets on another flight, the latter gets cramped into coach and Jerry parties in 1st class with a model. George and Kramer go between JFK and La Guardia to pick them up. When they settle on an airport George meets a convict and Kramer sees a man who owes him $240 from years ago.moreless

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  • One of the best episodes of season four.

    Well this episode was one of the best episodes of season four. you know why, because I love the simple episodes of Seinfeld, they really pull it off, no joke. I love Elaine in coach, Elaine wants to escape coach. While Jerry has been having a great time with a model in first class. I love how Kramer & George go looking for Elaine & Jerry going from airport to airport. And then Elaine's luggage ends up being shipped to Hawaii. Also the people on the plane were so rude, but I guess that is what made the episode hilarious & funny.moreless
  • Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer all go through different encounters off and on a plane. This does the series justice and is probably the best episode ever.

    Jerry and Elaine are returning from one of Jerry's gigs in Saint Louis. George is supposed to pick them up at Kennedy airport. The two are forced to switch to a different flight, one that arrives at Laguardia. Elaine suffers a series of degradations in the coach section of the airplane, while Jerry is pampered in first class, and enjoys the company of a sexy model. George and Kramer dash from airport to airport to meet the flight, which is eventually re-routed back to Kennedy. George also has a run - in with a psychotic con and Kramer tries to track down a guy who allegedly stole money off him 20 years ago. The episode borrows from Shakespeare how different stories are indiviudally developed throughout before tying together at the end and for a sitcom having such a method is astounding. Strictly speaking; this episode doesn't have any jokes but rather many subtely funny occurences which work just as well as the "ba bum chhhh" moments usually found on the show. The actors really have to hold up the episode themselves as there're not many prominent guest stars to share the load. All four of the performances are great and each character gets to express their traits firmly although Jerry is often a little too comfortable. Jennifer Lynn Campbell stars as Jerry's fellow model passenger and Lenny Rose as Elaine's slobbish neighbour and both of them make for an effective guest star combination. Aside from the cinematic finale; this episode really exploits the show's budget the most with many scenes and detailed Airport and Airplane sets and not to mention the tonne of extras. Although it's mandatory to mention the absense of the Coffee shop and Jerry's apartment, it hardly matters. The Airport is an excellent Seinfeld installment and really progresses it from a TV show to a way of life.

    Watch for: Just why Kramer should never be allowed in an Airport again.moreless
  • Seinfeld Episode

    In this season 4 episode of Seinfeld called The Airport Jerry & Elaine are flying back from a trip while George and Kramer try and pick them up at the airport Jerry & Elaine’s 1st flight is cancelled so where one of them get a nice 1st class seat while the other get a bad and couch seat mean while the plane gets redounded that has George and Kramer going to airport to airport because Jerry & Elaine where going to land at JFK but the new plane has them going to La Guardia then back to JFK while running between airports George has a conflict with a convict and Kramer thinks he sees someone who owes him money form a long time ago I like this whole episode I thought it was very funny Jerry & Elaine’s story was funnier then George and Kramer because of the different both the carters had while on the flight was good my rating is 9 out of ten.

    The End of Reveiw.moreless
  • haha.. airport humor

    i really like this episode.. its my faourite from seinfeld. i love anything that has to do with planes or airports.. i love travelling.

    i love george\'s subplot when he gets mangled at the end by that convict. to tell the truth, this episode made me read TIME magazine.. i remember the time when i tried to find the one with the cover just like in this one (the convict), and i tried to find the blurb with george in it.

    ho boy i wanna try to get into that airplane. but i hope i get into first class.

    the storyline and the subplots made this episode my favourite from seinfeld.

    what was the name of that airline?

Jennifer Lynn Campbell

Jennifer Lynn Campbell


Guest Star

Scott Burkholder

Scott Burkholder


Guest Star

JM J. Bullock

JM J. Bullock

Attendant #1

Guest Star

Annie Korzen

Annie Korzen

Passenger #2

Recurring Role

Deck McKenzie

Deck McKenzie

Security Guard

Recurring Role

Larry David

Larry David

Voice of Man ordering the leftover kosher meal (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • As Kramer is running outside of the plane to catch Grossbard, he's shown running next to a Southwest plane which is the plane Jerry's on. Jerry is sitting in first class but Southwest doesn't offer first class. They must have just spliced in another shot.

    • While Jerry and Elaine race through the airport to get to their flight on time they run around a corner and past a sign that reads, " Gates 24-40". They run forward down a passageway until they are out of camera range, then the next scene shows them running around the opposite corner by the same sign, and then down the same passageway. Not only that, some of the same extras are walking through both passageways!

  • QUOTES (34)

    • Jerry: I hate rental cars. Nothing ever works: the window doesn't work, the radio doesn't work… and it smells like a cheap hooker.

    • George: (from outside the plane, we don't hear him but he is saying…) KRAMER!!!!

    • Jerry: I got my bags. I'm ready to go.
      Elaine: Yeah, you got your bags!
      (scene goes to Honolulu International Airport where we see Elaine's luggage going around the baggage terminal)

    • (the plane lands, Jerry looks out the window and sees Kramer running)
      Jerry: (to himself) Nah, couldn't be.

    • Kramer: Listen, I didn't do anything wrong. That guy owes me 240 bucks!
      Security Guard: Now, you're in big trouble.
      (Kramer breaks free from his arms and runs off)

    • (approaches to the guy that was sitting next to her as he is sleeping)
      Elaine: HEY!!
      (the man wakes up in surprise)

    • Jerry: What is all the racket back there? You know, you're trying to relax on the plane and this is what you have to put up with. (to attendant) What is going on?
      Attendant: Sir, this woman tried to sneak into first class.
      Jerry: Oh, you see, that's terrible. The problem is that curtain is no security. There really should be a locking door.

    • George: You bought non-refundable tickets, you idiot!
      Kramer: She talked me in to it. She said it was the best deal.

    • Attendant: More anything?
      Jerry: More everything!

    • Elaine: You're eating my food!!

    • Attendant: Well, the only meal left is a kosher meal.
      Elaine: Kosher meal? I don't want a kosher meal. I don't even know what a kosher meal is.

    • Attendant: You're not supposed to get up during the food service.
      Elaine: Well, nobody told me that!

    • Attendant: And today we're featuring wines from the Tuscany region.
      Jerry and Tia: Tuscany!

    • Jerry: Tia, did you see all the flowers in that bathroom? It's like an English garden in there.
      Attendant: They're gardenias, mostly.
      Jerry: I thought I smelled lilac.
      Attendant: Yes, there are a few of those, too.
      Tia: It's almost overwhelming.

    • George: No-no-no, Kramer. Kramer! Kramer! You cannot abandon people in the middle of an airport pickup! It's a binding social contract. We… we must go forward… not back.

    • Attendant: Would you care for some slippers?
      Jerry: Sounds lovely! (To Tia) May I?
      Tia: Please! (puts slippers on her)
      Jerry: Why, It's a perfect fit. You must be Cinderella.

    • Elaine: (To herself, loudly to the guy next to her) Wake up, you human slug! Wake up! Wake up!!

    • George: But you are, blanche. You are in the shackles!
      Prisoner: You son of a… (gets taken away)
      George: (happily) Oh, I can't wait to read my Time magazine. Last copy too. Maybe I'll read it tomorrow, in the park! It's supposed to be a beeyoouutiful day! Have a nice life, sentence that is! Oh, you miserable…

    • George: You don't understand, there's a blurb about me in this magazine!
      Prisoner: A blurb?! You're a blurb! Check out the cover, idiot!
      Guard: All right, let's go.
      (George checks out the cover shot which shows a picture of the aforementioned prisoner with the caption "Caught!" written below.)

    • George: They're not here! You cost me fifty bucks!
      Kramer: Look at you! You run like a girl! Run like a man! Lift your knees!

    • Elaine: (to a woman next to her) Yeah, make a little more noise with your gum; that's helpful.

    • Elaine: Oh, look at this. He's sleeping and I have to go to the bathroom. Maybe he'll wake up soon. What if my kidneys burst? Is it worth it not to wake this man up to damage a major organ?

    • Kramer: (stuck in traffic) How does it look on your side? (George just stares at him angrily) We'll get there.

    • Tia: So, he says, "squeeze your breasts together," and I say, "I thought this was an ad for shoes." (Tia and Jerry both laugh)
      Jerry: Oh my…

    • Kramer and George: (singing) I like to stop at the duty free shop. I like to stop at the duty free shop. I like to stop at the duty free shop.

    • Tia: Excuse me; I think you're in my seat.
      Jerry: Oh, sorry. My mistake. (to himself) Thank… you!

    • Jerry: Bon voyage, Lainey!

    • Elaine: Well, what about George? He's supposed to pick us up at Kennedy.
      Jerry: We'll call him.
      Elaine: There's no time.
      Jerry: No time? (to ticket lady) Is there time?
      Ticket Lady: There's no time.
      Jerry: There's no time.

    • Jerry: You see? Never be late for a plane with a girl. Because a girl runs like a girl, with the little steps and the arms flailing out. You wanna make this plane, you've gotta run like a man! Get your knees up!

    • Jerry: It smells like a cheap hooker. Or is that you?
      Elaine: Give me ten bucks and find out.

    • Tia: This ice cream is really nice.
      Jerry: Oh you know what, they've put the fudge at the bottom of the ice cream. That way you can control your fudge distribution as you eat it.
      Tia: I never knew a man who knew so much about nothing.
      Jerry: Thank you.

    • Kramer: Listen to the bell, tolls for thee.

    • (After Jerry selfishly takes the lone first-class seat available he confronts Elaine about the issue)
      Jerry: Elaine, have you ever flown first-class?
      Elaine: No.
      Jerry: All right then. See, you don't know what you're missing. I've flown first-class. I can't go back to coach. I can't, I won't.
      Elaine: We flew here coach.
      Jerry: Yeah, that's true.
      Elaine: Oh, alright. If the plane crashes, everyone in first class is going to die anyway.
      Jerry: Yeah, I'm sure you'll live.

    • Elaine: Do you realize the people back here are getting cookies!?

  • NOTES (6)

    • This episode was nominated for the 1993 Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or a Special.

    • As they are driving to the airport in St. Louis, Jerry mentions that Elaine got to see her sister on this trip.
      This ties in with a later episode (The phone message) where Elaine mentions that she has a brother-in-law.

    • When Larry David does his uncredited "Voice of Man ordering the leftover kosher meal" the voice he uses he will later reuse as the voice of George Steinbrenner.

    • A St. Louis based viewer, Randy Canis notes that Jerry and Elaine are not at the real Lambert Field. I wouldn't expect them to be, that would be too expensive to film and only viewers familiar with the airport would ever notice.

    • Viewer Paul Brackett, who must work in the airline industry, notes the following:

      "They were flying from St. Louis to JFK, then to LGA. Only TWA flies these routes non-stop. They showed 2 ground shots of the aircraft, and both of the ground shots were of a Southwest airlines Boeing 737. Then they showed the plane in flight a couple of times, both shots were of a McDonnell Douglas DC-9. Then they showed the interior of the coach section, in which the colors of the seats and the configuration resembled the interior of a Delta coach plane, with 3-3 seating. Both the 737 and the DC-9 are 3-2 seating. Then they showed the interior of the first class section, which looked like the interior of a Continental DC-10 First class section, based on seating arrangements and color of the seats. Also, the plane is clearly a SWA jet on the outside, but Southwest has never had a first class section. One would think that folks in the TV industry would fly enough to notice these things!"

    • Seinfeld writer Larry Charles makes a cameo appearance as the guy who stinks up the bathroom before Elaine goes in. Thanks to Greg Gattuso for this tidbit. Greg is the author of the book The Seinfeld Universe.


    • Kramer said "Listen to the bell, Grossbard. It tolls for thee". It's an allusion to the poem "Meditation XVII" by John Donne, the novel "For Whom the Bell Tolls" by Ernest Hemingway, and, the 1985 song "For Whom the Bell Tolls" by Metallica.

    • George: But you are, Blanche. You are in the shackles!

      From the classic film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
      Blanche: You wouldn't be able to do these awful things to me if I weren't still in this chair.
      Jane: But cha AAH, Blanche, ya AAH in that chair.