Season 3 Episode 17

The Boyfriend (1)

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 12, 1992 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • (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

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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.