Seinfeld

Season 8 Episode 10

The Andrea Doria

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Dec 19, 1996 on NBC
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George is excited about the new apartment he is going to move into. Elaine is on a blind date, now called a "set-up." Jerry takes Kramer to his self-storage where they discover that Newman has been hiding bags of mail. George finds out he can't get his apartment because the tenant association is going to give it to an Andrea Doria survivor. Elaine is told her date won't be making it because he's been stabbed. She is aroused by the situation. Kramer's cold is getting bad and he's not going to the doctor, they botched his vasectomy, he's more potent now than ever. Jerry tries to get Newman to get rid of the mail; however, he's not interested because he didn't get the transfer to Hawaii. Kramer finds a dog with a cold that he volunteers to take to the vet, so he can get medicine for their colds. Elaine meets her blind date who gets coffee thrown in his face from another ex-girlfriend. She discovers his problem is that he is a "bad breaker upper." George confronts his rival for the apartment and decides to wage war. Elaine's blind date breaks up with her and tells she has "a big head." From a suggestion by Jerry, George asks for a hearing with the association and tells them the story of his life. Jerry forms "an alliance" with Newman that will hopefully get him out of his life forever. Jerry tries to get Kramer to take his medication. He discovers that Kramer is taking dog medication and beginning to exhibit the signs of being a dog. The big head comment begins to hold true for Elaine and she makes a comment about jamming "a fork in his forehead." Jerry tries to take Kramer to a real doctor. After Kramer bites Newman's ankle, Jerry offers to deliver the rest of his mail. He is too efficient for the post office. Elaine meets up with her blind date and makes good on her promise. Kramer saves the day. George and the survivor don't get the apartment.moreless

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Tom Gallop

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Alan

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Ray Stricklyn

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Clarence

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Diana Bellamy

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Mrs. Ricardi

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Wayne Knight

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Newman

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Estelle Harris

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • When George recounts the unfortunate events of his life to the rental board, he tells them about real on-screen events from "The Subway" (season 3), "The Limo" (season 3), "The Hamptons" (season 5), "The Rye" (season 7), and "The Invitations" (season 7).

    • George reveals to be 34 even though he gave his age as 33 in "The Heart Attack" which was 6 years ago.

    • When George is telling the tenants committee the story of his life, he mentions "the water I had been swimming in was very cold, and when I dropped the towel… there had been… significant shrinkage". This is obviously a reference to "The Hamptons", in which Rachel (then Jerry's girlfriend) walked in on him naked. BUT as you may remember, he hadn't dropped the towel; he took off his swimming trunks! Oops! But then again, I'm sure (owing to the fact that George is a whopping liar) that he just built that story for effect and didn't put any effort into going into true details.

    • Elaine eats more bread before seeing her stabbed boyfriend. She also does this in the episode when she has more Juji Fruits before going to the hospital to see her boyfriend.

    • Kramer says that a doctor botched his vasectomy. In "The Chinese Woman," our friend Cosmo is concerned about preserving the Kramer name. If he was the last male Kramer, why would he go for a vasectomy? Kramer got a vasectomy for Pam in "The Soul Mate". If you remember, he walks out at the end of the episode and looks as though he is in considerable pain. As a result, Jerry and Newman run out of the surgery.

    • When George is in his new apartment at the beginning of the episode the door says it is apartment number 608. When the head of the tenant association comes down to talk to him she says that Mr. Eldridge from Apt. 8C is getting the aparment. I grew up in NYC apartment buildings and I have never heard of a building using two ways to number their apartments.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Elaine: A bird ran into my giant freak-head.
      Jerry: What giant freak-head?
      Elaine: The one that sits atop my disproportionately puny body. I'm a walking candy apple!

    • Alan: (to Elaine) You've got a big head. It's too big for your body.

    • George: (about Mr. Eldridge) Even if he did suffer, that was, like, forty years ago! What has he been doing lately? I've been suffering for the past thirty years up to and including yesterday!

    • Newman: Hawaii... The most sought-after postal route of them all. The air is so dewy-sweet you don't even have to lick the stamps.

    • Kramer: No doctors for me. A bunch of lackeys and yes-men all towing the company line. Plus, they botched my vasectomy.
      Jerry: They botched it?
      Kramer: I'm even more potent now!

    • Jerry: Did you find out who stabbed him?
      Elaine: Yeah, it turns out it was his ex-girlfriend.
      Jerry: Well, you're not going near this hooligan anymore.
      Elaine: Well, I don't know. I mean, think about it, Jerry. There must be something exciting about this guy if he can arouse that kind of passion. I mean, to be stab-worthy. You know, it's kind of a compliment.
      Jerry: Yeah, too bad he didn't get shot. He could have been the one.

    • Jerry: (about Elaine's blind date) They like to call it a set-up now. I guess the blind people don't like being associated with all those losers.

    • Jerry: (about George's new apartment) So, it's a two-bedroom one-bath make-your-friends-hate-ya?

    • Elaine: All I have to do is call him up, and sit with him, and show him that it doesn't bother me. You know, laugh it off. Or jam a fork into his forehead.
      Jerry: Either way.

    • Newman: You can't deliver mail!
      Jerry: Well, why not?
      Newman: I guess you're right. It's just walking around putting it into boxes.

    • George: That's my apartment. I earned it with 34 years of misery.
      Alan: Tough luck, chinless!

    • Jerry: I've been trying to jam stuff in the box, like you told me, but sometimes it says, "Photographs - Do not bend."
      Newman: "Do not bend?" (laughs) Just 'crease, crumple, cram'; you'll do fine.

    • Jerry: What happened?
      Newman: Kramer bit me!

    • Elaine: I found out he's a bad breaker-upper.
      Jerry: Bad how?
      Elaine: Well, you know when you break up, how you say things you don't mean? Well, he says the mean things you don't mean, but he means them.
      Jerry: I follow. So, what are you going to do?
      Elaine: Dump him. I can't be with someone who doesn't break up nicely. I mean, to me, that's one of the most important parts of a relationship.

    • Kramer: 51 people died.
      George: 51 people? That's it?! I thought it was like a thousand!
      Kramer: 1060 survivors.
      George: Thats no tragedy! How many do you lose on a regular cruise? 30? 40?!

    • George: In closing, these stories have not been embellished because they need no embellishment. They are simply, horrifyingly the story of my life as a short, stocky, slow-witted bald man. (George gets up to leave and adds, almost as an afterthought) Oh, also… my fiancée died from licking toxic envelopes that I picked out.

    • George: The Stockholm may not have sunk ya, but I will!

    • George: Ahoy, Mr. Eldridge. I understand you were on the Andrea Doria.
      Mr. Eldridge: Yes, it was a terrifying ordeal.
      George: I tell ya, I hear people really stuff themselves on those cruise ships. The buffet, that's the real ordeal, huh, Clarence?
      Mr. Eldridge: We had to abandon ship.
      George: Well, all vacations have to end eventually.
      Mr. Eldridge: The boat sank.
      George: According to this, it took ten hours. It eased into the water like an old man into a nice warm bath, no offense.

    • Jerry: Elaine, Newman is my sworn enemy, and he lives down the hall from my home. My home, Elaine! Where I sleep; where I come to play with my toys.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Lassie:

      The scene where Kramer is trying to tell the police officers about Elaine stabbing Alan at the Old Mill Restaurant is a spoof of Lassie. Often in Lassie episodes someone—usually Timmy—would get into trouble by, for example falling down at the old mill. Lassie would then run to someone for help but being unable to speak, would find it difficult to explain the situation much as Kramer did while coughing.

      Also, Kramer takes dog medication in this episode and exhibits other canine behavior further facilitating his transformation into Lassie.

    • Jerry: Elaine, Newman is my sworn enemy, and he lives down the hall from my home. My home, Elaine! Where I sleep; where I come to play with my toys.

      Don Corleone says this in the 1974 film, "The Godfather, Part II", although it is worded slightly differently. He says it is where his wife sleeps and where his children come to play with their toys. The Don is referring to being shot at in his own house.

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