Season 9 Episode 16

The Burning

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Mar 19, 1998 on NBC
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Episode Summary

George devises a new plan to end every conversation on a "high note" and "leave them wanting more". Kramer and Mickey take jobs acting out diseases for medical students. Elaine discovers that Puddy is religious, and becomes angry when she learns he doesn't care about her soul. Meanwhile, Jerry is intrigued when he learns that his current girlfriend has a secret "tractor story" she hasn't told him.moreless

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    "The Burning" is a very late episode of Seinfeld, but it turns out to be one of the better episodes of the season and an episode that grows on you the more often you watch it, which thanks to TBS can be quite a lot.

    Puddy's lines were hilarious and it was another great appearance by him. But there were a number of good things tonight. George was very out of character with some weird rants, but there were a lot of humorous ones in there. Kramer was his usual entertaining self, and they had a bizarre, but good Jerry storyline tonight too.

    A little goofy, scratch that, very goofy, but a very good episode overall.moreless
  • It was a pretty good episode, better than the last (I think.)

    George's part was pretty good, it was funny at the end. Kramer's part was also funny with diarrea and stuff, I loved his story and how he got it twice in a row. Elaine noticed that all of Puddy's music is Christian Rock, and she does the switcharoo( hah hah George j k) and he finds out that he is religious, and he keeps stating that Elaine is going to hell. I loved when their with the priest, and in the end they both make fun of hell and the devil. I also like how Jerry's tractor story with his girlfriend leads to diarrea again. So it's funny-licious.moreless
Daniel Dae Kim

Daniel Dae Kim

Student #1

Guest Star

Daniel Von Bargen

Daniel Von Bargen


Guest Star

Cindy Ambuehl

Cindy Ambuehl


Guest Star

Patrick Warburton

Patrick Warburton

David Puddy

Recurring Role

Danny Woodburn

Danny Woodburn

Mickey Abbott

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Although Puddy is revealed to be religious in this episode; back in "The Face Painter" he not only threatened a priest but painted the devil on his face.

    • At the start of the episode, when Elaine pulls away from the curb in Puddy's car, Puddy disappears from the background. This is because stock footage was used for the scene out the car's back window, as opposed to shooting new footage including Puddy.

    • In this episode, Elaine says, "That's about right," in reference to Kramer's fake ailment. In Episode 73, The Masseuse, Jerry says the same thing in reference to Elaine.

    • When Elaine is asking Puddy if he's religious, he has his hands on the couch; however, in the next shot his arms are at his sides.

    • The picture in Puddy's apartment of the large-haired women is the same one used in Elaine's apartment in "The Voice".

    • Very early in this episode where George,Elaine and Jerry are talking,you can see whenever they have a shot of Jerry he has mustard and ketchup right by him,but when it goes to George he doesn't have it in front of him.And then when Elaine enters they have a longer veiw of the table and you can't see the mustard and ketchup next to Jerry.Mabye this is just the camera angeling,but I'm pretty sure they messed up.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Puddy: You stole my Jesus fish didn't you?
      Elaine: That's right I'm the devil! (makes her fingers like horns and gaggles at Puddy)

    • Sophie: My boyfriend said I got gonnorhea from riding the tractor in my bathing suit.

    • Elaine: Is it a problem that I'm not really religious?
      Puddy: Not for me.
      Elaine: Why not?
      Puddy: I'm not the one going to hell.

    • George: Pull the old switcheroo.
      Jerry: I think that's 'What's good for the goose is good for the gander.'
      George: What the hell is a gander anyway?
      Jerry: It's a goose that's had the old switcheroo pulled on her.

    • Kramer: I'm going to make people feel my gonorrhea and feel the gonorrhea in themselves.

    • George: (going out on a high note) Alright, that's it for me! Be good everybody!

    • George: I'm against all 'It's me's'. It's so self-absorbed and egotistical, like those hip musicians with their complicated shoes.

    • Mickey: Bacterial meningitis... Jackpot!
      Kramer: Gonnorhea? You wanna trade?
      Mickey: Sorry buddy, this is the Hamlet of diseases. Severe pain, nausea, delusions... It's got everything.

    • Jerry: You prefer dumb and lazy to religious?
      Elaine: Dumb and lazy I understand.

    • George: I had 'em Jerry. They loved me.
      Jerry: And then?
      George: I lost 'em. I can usually come up with one good comment during a meeting, but by the end it's buried under a pile of gaffes and bad puns.
      Jerry: Showmanship, George. When you hit that high note, say goodnight and walk off.

    • Jerry: She said there's some tractor story that she hasn't told me about.
      George: Whoa, back it up, back it up. Beep, beep, beep. Tractor story?
      Jerry: Beep, beep, beep? What are you doing?

    • (Mickey starts the fight with Kramer about the both of them getting gonorrhea and are fighting on the floor.)
      Student: (points to Kramer) Um, cirrosis in the liver and (points to Mickey) PCP addiction.

    • George: Hey, so, did you give that radio the old switcheroo?
      Elaine: I did.
      George: And the Christian rock?
      Elaine: Resurrected! And look what I pried off of his bumper… a Jesus fish!

    • (Kramer walks in on Jerry, Geeorge, and Elaine)
      Kramer: Well, I've got gonorrhea.
      Elaine: That seems about right.

    • Jerry: Hi, Sophie. It's me.
      Sophie: Hey, Rafe.
      Jerry: (to George) She thinks it's someone named Rafe.
      George: Go on, go on. Let her think it.
      Jerry: (disguising his voice) So, uh, what's going on?
      Sophie: Not a whole lot.
      George: (whispering) Ask about you! Ask about you!
      Jerry: So, how are things going with Jerry?
      Sophie: Oh, I really like him. But I still haven't told him the tractor story.
      Jerry: Right, right, the tractor story.
      Sophie: Are you sick, Rafe? You sound kinda funny.
      Jerry: I sound funny?
      George: (whispering) Abort! Abort!
      Jerry: Yeah, I better get to a doctor. Bye.

    • George: Maybe she stole a tractor.
      Jerry: No one steals a tractor, it a five mile-an-hour getaway!

    • Jerry: Tractor!

    • George Costanza: Don't you even care? This is your company. It's your name on the outside of the building. Speaking of which, the "R" fell off and all it says now is K--uger.
      Mr. Kruger: K-uger? That sounds like one of those old time car horns, huh? (pretends to honk a horn) K-oogah! K-oogah! (snickers)
      George: Ohh! Ohh! You are too much Mr. Kruger. Too much!
      Kruger: Thank you George, you've been great. (gets up and leaves on a high note)
      George: What? No, no, you're not going out on a high note with me, Mr. Kruger.
      Kruger: It's K-UGER!

  • NOTES (3)

    • Elaine discovering that Puddy is religious was spawned when writer Jennifer Crittenden found her husband's car radio was tuned to a Christian rock station.

    • The Just Shoot Me! episode, "The Kiss" which aired immediately before this episode, contained a Seinfeld reference. In that episode, someone said that he was "Kessler from 5B". Of course, Kramer's character was originally to be called Kessler, and 5B is Kramer's apartment number.

    • This episode was dedicated "In Memory of Our Friend Lloyd Bridges" who had died since the last new episode aired. Lloyd of course played the hilarious "it's go time" character of Izzy in last season's episode "The English Patient" and this season's "The Blood."