Season 9 Episode 1

The Butter Shave

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Sep 25, 1997 on NBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Kramer discovers that butter is far superior to any shaving cream, but things go too far when he starts putting it on his body. George takes advantage when his new employer thinks he's handicapped. Jerry is annoyed when Kenny Bania is experiencing success by always following him. Meanwhile, Elaine has a nightmare of a return trip from a European vacation with David Puddy.moreless

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  • Good episode.

    I thought this episode was ok, George's part was the worst out of the four I think, but it was funny still. Jerry's was pretty good, I think it was ironic as always that iin the end Bainya got the thing on NBC. Kramer's part was cool, the whole thing was funny with the turkey. I loved Elaine's part with vegetable and lasanga guy... and the whole break up thing and at the end with the taxi. So all together it was ok for a season opener (although it is the last... sniff!) I hope the next episode gives some lee way about what happens next!moreless
  • Handicapping this episode!

    Crosmo Krammer like butter so much that he put it on his body. He looks like a turkey. Jerry is jealous of the sucess of Kenny Bania. Meanwhile, Elaine and her boyfriend is spending 22 hours on a plane from Norway. With the time zones and the stopovers, well it probaby be 18 hours. How should I know, I don't fly in planes. I'm saving the best for last. George got a job just because he handicapped! He used a cane to get that job. Later, he's riding a scotter. I only wish that episode could've gone an hour with everything going on in this epsiode. In one episode when George was chased by old people in scotters. It could've been expanded to 15 or 20 minutes, not the five minutes. A classic, but not enough to give a 10. How about a nine?moreless
  • love it

    And then we'll see how he does up there without all the assitence! And george in that little chair! ahahaha o my god this is a funny episode. and wat took puddy so long to come back? just dissapears in seasons 7 and 8? this episode is really good.

  • Back on form!

    As I have stated in most if not every review I did of Seinfeld's eight season, this show jumped the shark in a big way after Larry David left the show. As a result it stopped being very funny. I'm glad to say The Butter Shave, the first episode of the ninth and final season of the 1990s most successful sitcom, returns to the form that made Seinfeld's 1994/95 peak so brilliant. In this episode, George pretends to be disabled so he can keep a job and all the luxuries afforded to handicapped people. This leads to some hilarious scenes involving stair lifts and a motorized buggy. George's is the most memorable storyline although each main character gets some funny and memorable stuff to.

  • This is the episode where Kramer decides to use butter as a tan lotion. And when newman smells kramers buttery smell he starts to halusinate Kramer on all sorts of dishes. Meanwhile George exploits all the benefits of pretending to be handicapped.moreless

    This episode is a work of art. I have rarely seen so many extreamly funny things in one TV episode. This is still (after several years) rakning among my favourite TV episodes of all time.

    Well my favourite part of the episode is when George is racing some old guy down the street in an electric wheelchair.

    And who can forget kramers crazy idea of buttering himself up and then get a tan with newman dreweling all over him.

    There are alot more in this episode as well. Whoever who came up with the story for this episode did a hell of a job. Well done!moreless
Kristin Davis

Kristin Davis


Guest Star

Gordon Jump

Gordon Jump

Mr. Thomassoulo

Guest Star

Everett Greenbaum

Everett Greenbaum


Guest Star

Wayne Knight

Wayne Knight


Recurring Role

Steve Hytner

Steve Hytner

Kenny Bania

Recurring Role

Patrick Warburton

Patrick Warburton

David Puddy

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Goof: When Kramer explains to Jerry why he's started using butter on his face, he keeps waving the stick of butter in his hands around. At the end of the stick you can see something brown-ish, his makeup that has rubbed off. The makeup also rubs off on the slices of bread Jerry smears on his face.

    • The song "My Baby Takes the Morning Train" by Sheena Easton, was also used in the movie "Euro Trip", which was also produced and written by Alec Berg, David Mandel and Jeff Schaffer.

    • Jerry: (As George enters the club with a cane) No more crutches?

      Actually, in the opening scene in Monk's where Jerry and George are sporting moustaches, George has his cane beside him in the booth, so Jerry must have already known that George was no longer using crutches.

    • Although he speaks with an accent the whole episode, "Vegetable Lasagna" clearly has no accent when he delivers the line "I can hear you."

    • How does a flight from Oslo to New York take 22 hours? Even with a stopover in London, the maximum a flight would take would be around 10 hours! It takes 22 hours to fly from the USA to Australia!

  • QUOTES (26)

    • (Newman is sitting in the Coffee shop when the head of a Turkey turns into Kramer's head)
      Turkey Kramer: Hey buddy! (waves wing)
      (Newman panics and bolts from the restaurant)

    • Jerry: You like Bania's act. You're a closet Bania fan!
      George: Maybe I am.
      Jerry: Oh, I'm gonna puke.
      George: Puke! That's a funny word. Puke. (laughing) puke! Don't have to think about that.

    • Elaine: (to Puddy) Please! I took you back. You know it, I know it, vegetable lasagna here knows it.
      Vegetable Lasagna: (apologetically) I don't want to get involved.
      Elaine: Ugh, I hope a giant mountain rises out of the ocean and we just ram right into it and end this whole thing!
      Vegetable Lasagna: Oh god.

    • Elaine: Do you want something to read?
      Puddy: Nah.
      Elaine: Well, are you going to take a nap or --
      Puddy: Nah.
      Elaine: You're just going to sit there staring at the back of a seat?
      Puddy: Yeah.

    • George: Well, I was buttering myself up for a nice shave-
      Jerry: Oh no, not you too?
      George: I must have dripped some on the floor and I slipped and...
      Jerry: You know what's good for that? Relish.

    • Kramer: Oh man, I think I cooked myself.

    • Elaine: (to flight attendant) Hey, you gonna bust out that drink cart or what?

    • (Newman smells food in the air and thinks it's coming from Jerry's apartment)
      Newman: You know, old friend, sometimes I ponder this silly gulf between us, and I say 'why?'. Are we really so different...
      Jerry: I'm not the one doing the cooking, Newman.
      Newman: Damn you Seinfeld. You're a useless pustule.

    • George: I love that bathroom. It's got that high-high toilet. I feel like a gargoyle perched on the ledge of a building.

    • (Kramer starts rubbing a stick of
      Jerry's butter across his face)

      Jerry: Wait a minute. Do I have to ask?
      Kramer: Well, I ran out of butter, so I had to borrow yours. Anything else, Mr. Nosey?
      Jerry: Why are you buttering your face?
      Kramer: I'm shaving with it.
      Jerry: Oh, Moses smell the roses!

    • George: (commenting on his mustache) I feel like an out-of-work porn star.

    • Puddy: What's going on over there with you and, uh, vegetable lasagna?
      Elaine: This guy? He's an idiot. He doesn't mean anything to me.
      Passenger: I can hear you.

    • Jerry: (doing is act) And what's the deal with people getting sick? What's the deal with cancer?
      Man in Audience: Hey, I have cancer!
      Kramer: Uh oh, tough crowd.

    • Jerry: (after George gets a scooter by faking a handicap) It must be comforting to know you'll be going straight to hell at no more than three miles an hour.

    • George: Bania is the voice of a new generation; my generation!
      Jerry: We're four months apart!

    • Kramer: I'm fried.
      Jerry: Technically, you're sautéed. So, what are you doing for that?
      Kramer: Well, I just gotta keep my skin moist so I don't dry out.
      Jerry: Is that what the doctor said?
      Kramer: No, I read an article in Bon Appetit magazine

    • (George enters Jerry's on a scooter)
      George: Well, you're not gonna believe what happened.
      Jerry: You mugged Stephen Hawking?

    • (Phone rings, Jerry answers.)
      Jerry: Hello? Yeah, this is Jerry Seinfeld. What? No. No! No! No!! NO!!! Thank you. (hangs up) I don't believe this. They've added Bania to the network showcase and he's going on right after me.

    • (after hitting the senior's mobile scooter)
      George: What's that the four volt? I did you a favor.

    • Bania: Hey, Jerry, did you see me up there? I was killing, Jerry, killing. I killed!
      Jerry: Killed?
      Bania: Killed! I'm gonna go pick up some chicks, Good looking ones too. Hey, what's your name?

    • George: What is Holland?
      Jerry: What do you mean, what is it? It's a country right next to Belgium.
      George: No, that's the Netherlands.
      Jerry: Holland is the Netherlands.
      George: Then who are the Dutch?

    • Jerry: They think you're handicapped? How can you do this?
      George: Jerry, let's face it. I've always been handicapped. I'm just now getting the recognition for it. Name one thing I have that puts me in a position of advantage, huh?! There was a guy that worked at the Yankees...NO ARMS. He got more work done than I did! Made more money. Had a wife, a family. Drove a better car than I did!
      Jerry: He drove a car with no arms?!
      George: Alright I made up the part about the car, but the rest is true. He hated me anyway!
      Jerry: Do you know how hard it's getting just to tell people I know you?

    • Kramer: Stick a fork in me Jerry, I'm done.

    • Jerry: You've gotta get a job.
      George: Dammit!

    • (Jerry and George discuss Elaine's getting back with Puddy)
      Jerry: (wisecracks) I guess she's batted around, and she's back at the top of the order.

    • Kramer: Boy, a month in Europe with Elaine. That guy's coming home in a body bag!

  • NOTES (4)

    • Wayne Knight receives the "With" credit.

    • The Sheena Easton hit "My Baby Takes the Morning Train", which plays during George's handicapped/work montage, was also used in "The Bizarro Jerry" as Kramer made his way to work.

    • Jerry refers to Bania as a time-slot hit. This is an obvious reference to the fact that whatever show aired following Seinfeld was considered a time-slot hit.

    • This episode was dedicated "In Memory of Our Friend Brandon Tartikoff." Tartikoff was a former president of NBC who was responsible revitalizing the network in the 1980s. It was he who believed in Seinfeld from the beginning and was responsible for keeping the show alive during the early days of low ratings. He died of Hodgkin's Disease a month before this episode aired.