Season 9 Episode 1

The Butter Shave

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Sep 25, 1997 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • (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

    • 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.

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