Season 2 Episode 12

The Busboy

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jun 26, 1991 on NBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

George continuously yet inadvertently meddles in the life of a busboy. Elaine has a man come to visit her for a week, we she soon finds is far too long for her liking.

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  • Poverty on Seinfeld

    There's very little VERY funny here. OTOH--the episode is very well written. I love the fact the Busboy lives in a Slum building on (OLD) AMsterdam Ave. that was reality in NYC in 1990's. NO Condo. No . NBC rarely showed poverty in any series. I like the interplay between George and rare consicering how much George Stuck to Jerry for 9 seasons. Some excellent character development. This episode is a category they steered away from as seasons wore on.moreless
  • One of my favorites

    This show is one of my favorite episodes. Gotta Love George! He knows all, acts tough until he faces it. Elaine has nothing on me though. I made it to airport in 45 minutes on a 60 minute drive. I was passing in the emergency lane

  • I Liked It!

    Season finale of seinfeld, althow it isn´t the best season finale, it was good. It has thouching moments like the scene where george finds out he saved the busboy; "Three nights ago, a gas main beneath the restaurant exploded, killing five people in my section, including the busboy who replaced me. If I am not fired that night because of you and your thoughtless, stupid, insensitive remarks, it would have been me." That was Sweet! It also had funny moments, like the scene where elaine tries mike to go on the plane, really like it!

    I am finally starting to really like Elaine, and Kramer finnally appears, althow not with a plot of his own; that i really whould like to see because kramer´s great. All to all, it´s a season 2 classic, a good season finale, and i only give it 8.5, comparing to other episode of this season like; "The Statue", "The Jacket",etc. They finnaly show the best of Seinfeld, eho keeps getting better; it just needs some catchprases, but they will come; Yada, Yada,Yada. I really recommend this one, go watch it right now.moreless
  • The busboy's comin'!

    Again, I don't see what the big deal is with this episode. It's a good twenty minutes yes, but it's certainly not the best I've seen from the series nor is it anywhere near perfect. One thing I did notice however was that the writing at least on a professional and well-considered level is certainly improving. 'The Busboy' is noticeably low on jokes, particularly during the first half, but the way in which plots are used to coincide with each other is used with great effect, leading to a fantastic ending that wraps up all loose ends in a hilarious fashion.

    My problem with the episode stems from Elaine's side-plot which is again shelved to mere dialogue rather than showing any action from it. I felt there was a lot of potential to be had with the flatmate, but unfortunately we don't get to see just who he was. Nevertheless this does not impair a brilliant scene involving Elaine that not only develops her character successfully for the first time but also gives the episode one of its funniest scenes. Julia plays it excellently, flying around the room shouting in a panic and throwing clothes around like a mad woman, all the while being completely convincing and hysterical at the same time.

    George gets a much larger role in this episode, as does Kramer as his assistant, when they track down a busboy that George accidentally got fired, to apologise. Alexander plays the scenes in as awkward a way as possible, keeping true to the character that has been developed thus far. It's not exactly great comedy, but it's still great to watch. I felt however that Richards stole most of the laughs in these scenes by disregarding the social awkwardness that George embodies throughout; a good way to counterbalance and provide comedic relief. Not my favourite storyline with George so far, but it was nice to see him play such a big part in this one nonetheless.

    As was the case with many previous episodes, I found myself laughing most during Jerry's stand-up scenes. I think I chuckled a few times during the other moments, but really didn't find 'The Busboy' to be amongst the funniest of episodes I've seen to date. As I said earlier however, you can see a noticeable shift in writing that I hope will be a good foundation for some clever yet much more humorous stories to come. Kudos to Larry and Jerry for finally establishing some sort of character in Elaine though- She's finally beginning to grow on me.moreless
  • George gets a busboy fired but feels guilty and tries to remedy the situation. Elaine has a very annoying houseguest.

    Love this episode!!!

    It is so well written and well acted. The guest actor who plays Antonio is also great. The episode contains a couple of classic scenes: Elaine in her nightgown retelling her drive to the airport is really Julia Louis-Dreyfuss at her best - enraged, almost psychotic Elaine Bennes who will have similar outbursts in many later episodes.

    What is also interesting about this episode is the scene with George and Kramer in Antonio's apartment (also, great choice of hat for Costanza). Rarely did we have a chance to see these two together and they interacted perfectly. The ending (which is also season finale) is so typically Seinfeld: George and Elaine stuck doing depressing and tedious chores, while Jerry just looks on. Good job!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • According to George, the best public restroom near 65th St & 10th Ave is in Lincoln Center. In Manhattan, there is no such intersection as 65th & 10th. This is because at 59th St, 10th Ave becomes Amsterdam Ave.

    • While Jerry, George and Elaine are talking in the opening scene at the restaurant, we see Antonio the busboy walk out in the background and start setting the table behind them. When Elaine is talking we can see his hands just to the left of her adjusting something; then the camera immediately switches to George and he turns to look at the table. When he looks, Antonio is suddenly gone and the menu is already on fire, too impossibly quick for him to have set the menu and exit the scene. Obviously bad editing.

    • The week this episode originally aired, NBC aired a promo to announce the change in broadcast day.

      (Jerry and Julia are sitting on a couch.)
      Julia: The pilot was on Wednesday…
      Jerry: …then we were on Thursday…
      Julia: Yea…
      Jerry: …then we moved to Wednesday for the war…
      Julia: …uh huh…
      Jerry: …and then we moved back to Thursday for the peace.
      Julia: Oh. So….what's happening now?
      Jerry: One guess…
      (Jerry reaches over to grab the lamp beside him as the couch starts to move, and we see a moving man push it and them off camera.)

      Announcer: Seinfeld mooooves to Wednesday. Forever. Wednesdays on NBC.

      'Forever' would last until 2/4/93 when the show would move back to anchor NBC's Thursday night line-up for the rest of its run.

    • At the end of the episode Elaine, George, and Jerry are sitting in the coffee shop and the ketchup moves from inside by Jerry to the outside of the table when Elaine's to-go order is put on the table.

    • When George gives Antonio his business card he tells him that he is in real estate, but of course he quit that job in the episode 'The Revenge'. Of course this due to the shows being aired out of production order; still it comes across as confusing.

    • George starts his fascination(on the series) with bathrooms by telling Jerry he knows where the best bathrooms are located throughout New York City.

    • When the busboy enters Jerry's apartment at the end, the apartment number on Jerry's door is 3A....not the normal 5A.

    • I just watched the episode. Elaine is also in a different apartment. That's why Jerry WAS in 3A. Aparently after the second season they changed all of the sets.

    • There is no green 'Klein' bicycle in the hallway; there's a shelf there. Also, there was a gray couch in the opening scenes, and then later it was black with blue pillows.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Kramer: Cats run away all the time. You know, my aunt, she had a cat. Ran away. Showed up three years later. You never know. They've got things in their brains where they remember where they're from. Unless, of course, somebody else starts feeding him. See, that's what you've gotta worry about.

    • Jerry: Anywhere in the city?
      George: Anywhere in the city - I'll tell you the best public toilet.
      Jerry: Okay… Fifty-fourth and Sixth?
      George: Sperry Rand Building. 14th floor, Morgan Apparel. Mention my name - she'll give you the key.
      Jerry: Alright… Sixty-fifth and Tenth.
      George: (Scoffs) Are you kidding? Lincoln Center. Alice Tully Hall, the Met. Magnificent facilities.

    • Elaine: I never knew I could drive like that. I was going faster than I've ever gone before, and yet, it all seemed to be happening in slow motion. I was seeing three and four moves ahead, weaving in and out of lanes like an Olympic skier on a gold medal run. I knew I was challenging the very laws of physics. At Queens Boulevard, I took the shoulder. At Jewel Avenue, I used the median. I had it. I was there. And then, I hit the Van Wyck. They say no one's ever beaten the Van Wyck, but gentlemen, I tell you this… I came as close as anyone ever has. And if it hadn't been for that five-car pile-up on Rockaway Boulevard, that numbskull would be on a plane for Seattle right now instead of looking for a parking space downstairs.

    • Elaine: If I don't get this guy on a plane to Seattle and out of my life, I'm gonna kill him, and everyone who tries to stop me.

    • Jerry: Are you still using that same old alarm clock?
      Elaine: Oh no no, I bought a new one today. It's got everything! You oversleep more than ten minutes, a hand comes out and slaps you in the face.

    • Elaine: He's a wonderful guy, but I hate his guts.

    • Jerry: They'll probably kill his family over this.

    • Eddie: Watch where you're going.
      Antonio: Hey! Why don't you watch where you're going, okay?

    • Antonio: Who left the door open?

    • Jerry: Look I feel sorry for him too, but he'll get another job. I mean let's face it, it's not a profession in which you embellish your resume and undergo a series of gruelling interviews.

  • NOTES (1)

    • This episode was noted by the supporting cast in an interview used for a DVD set as the first sign that Jerry would be a generous writer, being very good about including his co-stars into story lines. In fact, Jerry doesn't even have a story line. The episode is the first to show George and Kramer alone together, Elaine without Jerry, and a scene not including Jerry.