Season 3 Episode 17

The Boyfriend (1)

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 12, 1992 on NBC
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The Boyfriend (1)
Jerry meets Keith Hernandez and wants to make a good impression. Meanwhile, George is out of time on his unemployment and he works harder than ever on his scheme to get a 13 week extension. He tells the unemployment office he was really close on Vandelay Industries, a company that makes latex products and whose main office is Jerry's apartment. Kramer and Newman hate Hernandez back to a time when they were allegedly spit on by him; however, Jerry supports the "second-spitter theory." Keith asks Jerry about Elaine's status. Keith makes a date with her and breaks a date with Jerry.moreless

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  • In this episode Jerry meets baseball star Keith Hernandez and then Kramer and Newman recall of an event much like JFK and they do a spoff on that.

    My favorite part of this episode is when they do the whole re inactment of JFK movie. It cracked me up and even recorded it because I loved it so much. And also he whole thing with Jerry appearing to be gay was funny. (not that theres anything wrong with that)
  • One of my favorites! Love seeing Jerry in such a reverse role to his normal self-confident self.

    Normally Jerry is the one that dumps the gal... he never worries about losing the girl, or not impressing her enough. In The Boyfriend, Jerry meets and be-friends Keith Hernandez, and well-known ball player on the New York Mets. They hang out, and soon Jerry starts acting as if he's a woman, which always tickles me. I love when Elaine says, "Jerry, he's a guy." She tries to bring him back down to earth, but to no avail. Jerry is totally smitten with the thought of hanging out with a famous ball player. I also found Kramer and Newman's story to be hilarious. Wish we knew what really happened!moreless
  • Jerry meets his sports idol Keith Hernandez and is dying to become friends with him, while Kramer and Newman claim Keith spat on them.

    This is a classic episode, one of those you can't help but watch every time it reruns. It's also interesting because Jerry gets to be as funny as George or Kramer, his very "serious" and "scientific" approach to the now famous "second spitter theory" certainly deserves its spot in TV history.

    Even for a Brazilian woman who has absolutely no interest in American sports for a male target audience, I found Jerry's man-crush on a sport legend completely funny and understandable, I guess guys will be guys anywhere in the world, and this kind of man-crushes is really universal.

    A truthly great episode.moreless
  • Keith Hernandez...

    Vandaley Industries. I love this episode because Jerry seems more sensitive or revealed to everything once he meets Keith. The baseball player. I love the part when he makes the date with Elaine. Jerry seems so vulnerable, the whole JFK parody was hilarious, with the whole spit reference, Kramer did really well in that scene. I love the part when Jerry walks in and George is down on the floor in his underpants grieving over the phone call. "And you wanted me to b your Latex manager" Something like that, I just burst out laughing, one of the best scenes of Seinfeld.moreless
  • The Boyfriend

    Once again Seinfeld finds a way to surprise me. If it isn't having sex with the cleaning lady ("The Red Dot"), it's a contest to see who can go the longest without gratifying themselves ("The Contest"). In this episode we get one of the oddest and best plots in the show's history. Both Jerry and Elaine "fight" over a guy, but not just any guy, former New York Met All-Star and Gold Glover Keith Hernandez. Not only that we get George trying his best to weasel more time out of his unemployment case worker and Kramer and Newman having a problem with Hernandez because they believe he spit on them after a game.

    From the opening moments of Jerry and George meeting Hernandez in the locker room to the "JFK" movie parody with Wayne Knight this episode is definitely a series classic.moreless
Keith Hernandez

Keith Hernandez


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Rae Allen

Rae Allen

Mrs. Sokol

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Richard Assad

Richard Assad


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Larry David

Larry David


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Wayne Knight

Wayne Knight


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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Goof: Kramer's line, "What-delay industries?" is delivered more as a statement than a question.

    • George tells Mrs Sokol that although he interviewed with Vandelay Industries, they wouldn't give him a chance. He then tells Jerry that when she calls, he should say that he's seriously considering George for the job. Well, which is it?

    • When Kramer comes in Jerry's apartment to ask him what he's doing Friday night, we see him swing the door to shut it and we hear it close off-screen, yet when we cut back to the door it is still wide-open.

    • Newman claims the incident occured on June 14, 1987, in a game between the Mets and Phillies. On June 14, the Mets actually defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-3 in Pittsburgh, while the Phillies won 11-6 over the Expos in Montreal.

    • In the pilot episode, Jerry comments that Kramer hasn't left his apartment in 10 years but here we learn Kramer went with Newman to the Mets game in 1987.

    • When George runs out of the bathroom to tell Kramer to say "Vandelay Industries," he falls and drops his paper to the right of where he lies. Then, in the shot from Jerry's view, the paper has moved to George's left!

  • QUOTES (14)

    • (Jerry comes from the bedroom and sees George lying on the floor in his underwear)
      Jerry: (in a condescending tone) And you want to be my latex salesman?

    • Jerry: I'm Vandelay Industries?
      George: Right.
      Jerry: And what is that?
      George: You're in latex.
      Jerry: Latex? And what do I do with latex?
      George: You manufacture it.

    • Jerry: I'm going to hire you as my latex salesman?
      George: Right.
      Jerry: (chuckling) I don't think so.

    • Kramer: Hey you know this is the first time we've ever seen each other naked?
      Jerry: Believe me, I didn't see anything.
      Kramer: Oh, you didn't sneak a peek?
      Jerry: No, did you?
      Kramer: Yeah, I snuck a peek.
      Jerry: Why?
      Kramer: Why not? Hey, what about you George?
      George: Yeah, I ... I snuck a peek. But it was so fast I didn't see anything. It was just a blur.
      Jerry: I made a conscious effort not to look. There's certain information I just don't want to have.

    • Keith Hernandez: Who's this chucker?

    • Newman: June 14, 1987.... Mets Phillies. We're enjoying a beautiful afternoon in the right field stands when a crucial Hernandez error to a five run Phillies ninth. Cost the Mets the game.
      Kramer: Our day was ruined. There was a lot of people, you know, they were waiting by the player's parking lot. Now we're coming down the ramp... Newman was in front of me. Keith was coming toward us, as he passes Newman turns and says, "Nice game pretty boy." Keith continued past us up the ramp.
      Newman: A second later, something happened that changed us in a deep and profound way front that day forward.
      Elaine: What was it?
      Kramer: He spit on us.... and I screamed out, "I'm hit!"
      Newman: Then I turned and the spit ricochet of him and it hit me.

    • Jerry: The sad thing is, we'd never know the truth.

    • George: I am not a chucker! I Never have chucked! Never will chuck! No chuck! Kramer, am I a chucker?
      Kramer: Oh, you're a chucker, buddy.

    • Elaine: Jerry, he's a guy.

    • Jerry: I'm not drivin' him to the airport!

    • Jerry: That is one magic loogey!

    • Kramer: Hernandez spit at us.

    • Jerry (on Keith Hernandez): Yeah, he's a real smart guy too. He's a Civil War buff.
      George: I'd love to be a Civil War buff. What do you have to do to be a buff?
      Jerry: So Biff wants to be a buff? Well, sleeping less than 18 hours a day would be a start.

    • Jerry: Vandelay Industries. Kal Varnsen speaking. How may I help you?

  • NOTES (9)

    • This is the only episode where its title appears on-screen.

    • During his appearence Friday May 15, 1992 on episode #1633 of Late Night with David Letterman, Jerry used a clip from this episode -- the scene in which he uses the golf club to track the spit -- to illustrate 'the secret to acting on TV shows', and creating (in Dave Letterman's words) 'a comedy vortex.'

    • Jerry's line "And you want to be my latex salesman," when he sees George laying on the floor with his pants down, was ad libbed.

    • When the episode was aired as a double again, after its original broadcast, Jerry appeared to present a little introduction to it. Interestingly, he calls the episode "The New Friend", perhaps to appease some viewer's delicate sensibilities?

    • According to the "Notes about Nothing" on the new DVD release, Jerry's made-up name is "Kel", not "Kal" (and it sound more like "Kel" also). So this is NOT a Superman reference.

    • The Season 3 DVD contains "The Boyfriend" in its original hour-long version, instead of listing both parts seperately.

    • This is not the first time a famous baseball player is mentioned in the show. In "The Note," Kramer believes he saw Joe Dimaggio in Dinky Donuts. Derek Jeter also appears in "The Abstinence."

    • Originally broadcast as part of a 60 min episode. The name Vandelay is used again, this time as a company. Devoted Internet fans of the show decide the company's name will be used for their electronic mailing list.

    • Jerry's alias Kal Varnsen is used here for the first time. He'll use it again later in "The Puerto Rican Day". Here he uses when he answers the phone on George's behalf. The name Kal is the first name of Jerry's real life father and is also part of Superman's real Kryptonian name "Kal-El", another Superman reference for the series.


    • While George is talking to Mrs. Sokol at the unemployment office, he does an impression of Jose Jimenez.

      Jose Jimenez was a fictional character that comedian Bill Dana created on The Steve Allen Show in 1959. The character was popular in the 1960s, but Dana eventually stopped performing the character after many Hispanics found the impersonation offensive.

    • The entire "Magic Loogie" sequence is a direct reference to Wayne Knight's appearance in "JFK," in which he played a very similar role.

    • George rambles on about the likelihood of a plane crash killing off a whole baseball team. This has happened to at least 2 college teams. Wichita State and Marshall both lost their football teams in separate crashes, in 1970. Also, the football team at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo was killed in a plane crash in 1960.

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