Season 2 Episode 5

The Apartment

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Apr 04, 1991 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Jerry helps Elaine get the apartment above his, but later regrets doing so. George's experiment of wearing a wedding band to attract women goes horribly awry.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • George Costanza's character-defining episode

    Although a small amount of hints of George's lovable foibles come out in the first season, this sophomore season of Seinfeld we really start to see George's "loserness"... particularly in the previous "Phone Message" episode, but here in "The Apartment" he takes a stand and opens the floodgates himself: "For I am Costanza, lord of the idiots". Classic.
  • An average episode.

    I watched this episode waiting for something funny to happen or for someone to say something funny. Guess what, it never happened. I didn't find the episode funny at all. It was fairly entertaining, but other than that, it was rather boring. Jerry's plan backfired. George was trying to win gilrs, but failed because of his own stupidity. Elaine was happy to get the apartment over Jerry's. The writing was okay, and the plot was decent, yet I wish there was some better comedy. Overall, it was an okay episode that had average things to watch. I guess I expected more out of it. Thank you.moreless
  • "For i am Costanza lord of the idiots"

    This episode is funny. Not as funny as last weeks episode thow. It had it´s moments,like the part with the wedding ring, " I just lost a lifetime of free guilt sex, so don´t talk. For i am Costanza Lord of the idiots" Just funny, laughed about 2 minutes. But one thing that annoyed me was the apartment deal, near the end it was just repetitive and boring, it has no real twist to it. Kramer still doesn´t have his well deserved air time. They have got to put Kramer in the plots. Kramer and George. Perfect. But Seinfeld and Elaine, being as good as they are, can´t do the whole job. A good episode, but wait for others ahead.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Jerry: You have no idea what an idiot is. Elaine just gave me a chance to get out and I didn't take it. This (pointing to himself) is an idiot.
      George: Is that right? I just threw away a lifetime of guilt-free sex, and floor seats for every sporting event in Madison Square Garden. So please, a little respect, for I am Costanza, Lord of the Idiots.
      Roxanne: (Yelling out the window) You're all winners!
      George: But suddenly, a new contender has emerged.

    • Jerry: Well, I painted my apartment again. I've been living in this apartment for years and years, and every time I paint it, it kinda gets me down. I look around, and I think, well, it's a little bit smaller now. You know, I realize it's just the thickness of the paint, but I'm aware of it. It just coming in and coming in. Every time I paint it, it's closer and closer. I don't even know where the wall outlets are anymore. I just look for like a lump with two slots in it. Kinda looks like a pig is trying to push his way through from the other side. That's where I plug in. My idea of the perfect living room would be the bridge on the Starship Enterprise. You know what I mean? Big chair, nice screen, remote control… That's why Star Trek really was the ultimate male fantasy. Just hurtling through space in your living room, watching TV. That's why all the aliens were always dropping in, because Kirk was the only one that had the big screen. They came over Friday nights, Klingon boxing, gotta be there.

    • Jerry: People don't turn down money! It's what separates us from the animals.

    • Harold: (to Manny) I told you I don't like these sponges -- they're too small! I want a big sponge! You can't pick up anything with these! There's no absorption!

    • Jerry: You know, I used to think that the universe is a random, chaotic, sequence of meaningless events, but I see now that there is reason and purpose to all things.
      George: What happened to you?
      Jerry: Religion, my friend, that's what happened to me.

    • George: I don't think anyone's turned down an apartment because of a weak shower spray.
      Jerry: If they were fanatic about showers, they might.
      George: For that rent, she'd take a bath in the toilet tank if she had to.

    • Jerry: Come in (the coffee shop) for two minutes and sit with me.
      George: I was just in there. It's embarrassing.
      Jerry: Oh, who's gonna know?
      George: They saw me walk out.

    • Jerry: She's right in my building! Right above me! Every time I come in the building, I'm gonna have to sneak around like a cat burglar.
      George: You're doomed. You're gonna have to have all your sex at women's apartments. It'll be like a permanent road trip. Forget about the home bed advantage.
      Jerry: But I need the home bed advantage!
      George: Of course, we all do.

    • Jerry: The problem with talking is that nobody stops you from saying the wrong thing. I think life would be a lot better if it was like you're always making a movie. You mess up, somebody just walks on the set, and stops the whole shot. You know what I mean? Think of the things you wish you could take back. You're out somewhere with people, 'Gee, you look pregnant… are ya?' 'Cut, cut, cut, cut, cut, that's not gonna work at all. Walk out the door, and come back in. Let's take this whole scene again. People, think about what you're saying!'

    • Harold: It's a good thing her rent was overdue. She'd be rotting up there for a month.
      Jerry: She died? Mrs. Hudwalker died?
      Harold: Ninety-four years old. I found her yesterday. She didn't have a wig on… It was horrifying.

    • Kramer: Tell me the truth: have you ever seen a better looking guy?
      Jerry: Looks are so subjective.

    • Roxanne: The marathon is great, isn't it?
      Jerry: Yes, particularly if you're not in it.

    • George: I lie every second of the day. My whole life is a sham.

    • Elaine: She died?
      Jerry: She died.
      Elaine: She died!!

    • Jerry: (to Kramer) You're not normal. I love you, but you're a pod.

    • Kramer: I feel like I've had two lives. My pre-mousse, and now I begin my post-mousse.

    • Kramer: Well, occasionally I like to help the humans.

    • George: I'd like to have a kid … 'course you have to have a date first.

    • Jerry: (about the marathon) Ah, what's to see? A woman from Norway, a guy from Kenya and 20,000 losers.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Jerry: What do you do when a neighbor is making, like, a lot of noise at three o'clock in the morning? I mean, can you knock on someone's door and tell them to keep it down? You're really altering your whole self-image. I mean what am I, Fred Mertz now?

      Fred Mertz is a character from the sitcom I Love Lucy that aired from 1951 to 1957. The role of Mertz was played by William Frawley.