Seinfeld

Season 5 Episode 8

The Barber

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Nov 11, 1993 on NBC
8.2
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George is uncertain about whether his job interview was successful or not, so he decides to go into the office and act like an employee while the boss is on vacation. Jerry is reluctant to dump his old barber even when he is given a real bad haircut. Kramer arranges to get him a clandestine haircut at the apartment of his barber. Newman is charged by Jerry's barber to get a sample of Jerry's hair when he suspects foul play.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Gino Vs Enzo vs Jerry

    4.0
    Enzo was an overbearing, manipulative douche bag. I hate when he suppenly appears at the barber shop, even though it's his day off, and forces Jerry into his chair.
  • Good episode.

    8.0
    It was a fun episode. That is basically all I can say about it. I liked many of the small things in this one, but I have to sy that the best part had to be George's storyline. It was so ridiculous that it really stole the show. I am surprised he got away with his little idea, and I am also very surprised he got the job. Jerry had problems with a barber and Kramer was involved. Elaine had problems with some guy. Overall, this was a good episode with funny moments and a funny storyline for each character. Thank you.moreless
  • One of the best all-time.

    10
    The Barber is in my opinion one of the best episodes of all-time. It is also one of the most funny episodes of all-time. I couldn't believe how much I laughed from this one episode. Especially at George, he is so funny in this episode. I mean, you don't know Seinfeld until you watch this episode and find out what the Pensky file is. I mean everything was so perfect in this episode. Kramer and the bachelor auction was also a very humorous part and of course Jerry and his haircut. I always thought that this episode was one of the best of all-time.moreless
  • I don't think you can see a Penske truck go by and say "Penske File" without having several people chuckle knowing exactly what you are talking about.

    10
    This episode is once again one that has so many other things going on then just the main plot "The Barber". You gotta laugh when you think about Jerry with that haircut. I love how things get so out of control everyone so afraid that the uncle will find out. The actor that plays the uncle is hysterical. Kramer at the charity auction, the bidding starts at $5.00. Elaine trying to make him sound good after the successful businessman, and Kramer with his High School Equivalency. George taking the job and typical George doing nothing for a week but moving the papers into the new folder. This is exactly what I love about this show, all of the subplots that until you watch them in reruns you don't realize it was all one episode. I remembered each plot, but not that they were in the same episode. This show was such a classic series and this was definitely one of the episodes that makes it a classic.moreless
  • A hilarious episode with an opera take-off, and underrated.

    10
    I think this is one of the most underrated episodes in all the Kingdom of Seinfeld. Whereas 'The Bubble Boy' and perhaps 'The Junior Mint' are more talked about, this one was a little more clever, a little more tongue-in-cheek than the others.



    Jerry's little facial expressions are a fundamental part of this episode. When Gino confronts his uncle Enzo that he is indeed planning on cutting Jerry's hair, the puppy-dog expression is a total classic. It was nice to see another 'acting' side of Jerry Seinfeld.



    My only quibble, and this is just a slight one, is the overdone Italian accents, but it does bode well with the fact that it's a play on The Barber Of Seville.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • You can hear someone in the audience yelling "Oh no!" when George is told Mr. Pensky is there to see him.

    • Nitpick: Newman, hiding Jerry's scissors while sitting next to him on the couch, cuts a small sample of Jerry's hair. He then goes around behind the couch and picks up a napkin, opens it and makes sure that the hair is inside. This seems odd. Newman never put a napkin on the floor to catch the hair. And if Jerry happened to have a napkin on the floor (unlikely considering how neat Jerry is known to be), what are the odds that the hair Newman cut would land in that napkin?

    • When Jerry leads Gino out to the fire escape, you can see Jerry's bike in the background not moving. In the next shot, it's swaying back and forth.

    • If I'm not mistaken, it was Jerry himself who took revenge on Newman, not his barber.

      Response: Correct, Jerry is the one who shaves off all of Newman's hair. This is shown when Jerry runs into Newman at the barber shop and grabs the electric shaver.

    • When Newman comes to Jerry's apartment to get a sample of his hair, why would Jerry tell Gino to sneak out through the fire escape outside his bedroom window when only moments later, after Newman has left, Gino is back in the apartment watching Edward Scissorhands with Jerry?

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