Season 9 Episode 13

The Cartoon

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jan 29, 1998 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Elaine is obsessed with a cartoon in the New Yorker and is determined to prove that it doesn't make sense. George finds himself in "weird trouble" when he realizes that his latest girlfriend looks very similar to Jerry. Jerry's comments about how bad of an actress someone is causes him to be the subject of her entire one-woman show. Meanwhile, when Kramer says more than he should too many times, he decides never to speak again.moreless

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  • Kramer barely says a thing... And still makes me laugh

    'The pig says my wife is a slut' has got to be one of the funniest moments this season. Sally Weaver plot was kind of annoying, however, the best part has to be when she's speaking so fast Kramer loses it and starts speaking again.

    George... Strange things happen to him and well, he had to date someone who looks exactly like Jerry. He can't help it and he loses it too :)

    Elaine is so funny. This time she thinks she has actually won something by creating the silliest cartoon but hey, nothing is perfect in this life.

    Good episode, can't get tired of watching this show.moreless
  • It was a good episode.

    Elaine tries to make a cartoon for the New Yorker after seeing them fail with a office cartoon with a cat and a dog. I thought Elaine's cartoon was okay but I loved it when Kramer said "My wife is a slut" for what the pig in her cartoon should say. Hah hah. After Jerry tells a woman she sucks, she puts him as a devil in her act. Then insults him a lot, and then when Kramer stats his no talking policy he tells the woman everything, screwing them up completely. Hah hah. George's girlfriend looks like Jerry, which is funny and he questions his sexuality. So it was a good episode.moreless
  • A cool episode!

    This episode is about Jerry in its itself: after telling his friend that she stinks (well actually Kramer did) Jerry tries to apologize but instead finds himself the target of her jokes, and that makes Jerry go mad. Elaine tries to draw an own cartoon since the current one does not makes any sense, but later she discovers that she had been plaging one. George begins to date a woman that is exactly like Jerry, and Kramer decides to shut up and never talked again. A cool episode!moreless
Paul Benedict

Paul Benedict

Mr. Elinoff

Guest Star

Tracy Nelson

Tracy Nelson


Guest Star

Kathy Griffin (I)

Kathy Griffin (I)

Sally Weaver

Guest Star

Joe Urla

Joe Urla


Recurring Role

Wayne Knight

Wayne Knight


Recurring Role

John O'Hurley

John O'Hurley

J. Peterman

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • When Kramer first tells Jerry that "it's time for silence" George inexplicably yells, "Silence…yes!" This exclamation seems completely out of place, especially considering that it garners absolutely no reaction from either of Jerry or Kramer, and that immediately following making the comment, George begins to listen intently to the conversation.

    • The order of the last scenes is different in syndication. In the original, the epilogue has Jerry and George at Monk's. He has already run out of Janet's apartment and George says, "We...must never ever speak of this again.." That scene has been excised. The aforementioned scene that has Janet and George in her apartment where he sees her with her hair cut, now appears as the epilogue (and frankly is a better ending). In the original it appeared BEFORE the last scene in Jerry's apartment with Jerry, Elaine, and Kramer watching the Sally special on cable.

    • In "The Doll", Sally is a "big executive for FedEx", why/when/how would she become a struggling actress/comic?

    • i noticed this .when jerry and kramer are talking and kramer says one of us should leave ...just before that ..the bottom side of the refrigerator is open and like a couple seconds later it's closed ....

    • Sally tells Kramer in the coffee shop that she had just been recognized for her show; didn't Newman recognize to her when she was in the coffee shop earlier with Jerry?

    • Kramer takes only 16 seconds to shave off his moustache.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • (Kramer insists he is going to stop talking)
      Kramer: Starting NOW! (Suddenly stubs his toe, he cries out in pain then looks at Jerry)!!!

    • Jerry: You ripped off a Ziggy?
      Elaine: It must've seeped into my subconscious. Puddy has Ziggy bedsheets.

    • Janet: I like gum.
      George: I do too. You see, that's what we're about. You don't remind me of anyone and we love gum.

    • Newman: (reffering to Sallys show) It's so great to see a show that's about something.

    • Elaine: Everything with you has to be so jokey.
      Jerry: I'm a comedian.

    • Elaine: He said I could submit some of my own cartoons.
      Jerry: Wow, that's incredible. But you don't draw.
      Elaine: I do too.
      Jerry: What, your sad little horsies? The house with the little curl of smoke? The sunflower with the smiley face. The transparent cube.
      Elaine: It's better than your drawings of naked Lois Lane.
      Jerry: Where did you see that? Those are private!

    • Kramer: What do I need to talk for, huh? What, to blab to the neighbors about how George has a new femme Jerry friend? To tell everybody at the coffee shop how George is all mixed up in a perverse sexual amalgam of some girl and his best friend? See now, I've done all that. Now it's time for silence.
      George: Silence, yes!

    • Kramer: C'mon George, relax. Just because they look alike that doesn't mean you're secretly in love with Jerry.

    • Kramer: (to Jerry) You know what woman I always thought you looked like? Lena Horne.

    • Kramer: (to Jerry) Hey, you got some messages. Yeah, uh... George, George, Elaine, George again, Elaine... Newman, but that was a crank call.

    • Elaine: Some people should just give up. I have.
      Jerry: What did you want to be?
      Elaine: I don't remember, but it certainly wasn't this.

    • Elaine: (Reading what Kramer wrote for the comic) The pig says: "My wife is a slut"?
      Jerry: Now that's a complaint.

    • Elaine: I'm gonna get to the bottom of this!
      Jerry: I think we're at the bottom!

    • (Seeing Sally on TV in his apartment)
      Jerry: Get outta my house!!

    • (immediately upon arriving at work)
      Peterman: Elaine, I'm afraid I've incurred yet another flat tire. … Chop chop!

    • Sally: (seeing the silent Kramer at the coffee shop) Hey, you're Jerry's friend. You're kooky. Mind if I sit? My show is going really well. Have you seen it yet? You should, everybody else has. And you know what? I got recognized the other day! How weird is that? I know, at first I liked the attention, but it's like, 'Whoa, take three steps back, get a life, OK?' But then there wouldn't be a Sally Weaver without the fans, know what I mean? But who am I, anyway? I mean, there's Sally Weaver the woman, Sally Weaver the artist, Sally Weaver the person--
      Kramer: (abruptly) Now, you got to shut up!

    • Jerry: (to Susan's friend Sally, in an effort to fill an awkward pause) So, Susan's dead.

    • George: Maybe it's got something to do with that 42 in the corner.
      Elaine: That's the page number.
      George: Well, I can't crack this one.

    • Jerry: (on Sally's quitting the business) She does stink and she should quit. But I don't want it to be because of me. It should be the traditional route; years of rejection and failure till she's spit out the bottom of the porn industry.

  • NOTES (5)

    • The tv clip of Sally's show that Jerry watches has the actual WWOR-TV Ch 9 logo in the corner. Generally shows just make up logos so as not to have to pay to use the real one.

    • Newman's comment about Sally's show being about "something" is to counter the fact that Seinfeld's show is the show about "nothing".

    • Jerry mentioned how he'd never had a cable special. He finally gets a special that was aired soon after the series finale, "I'm Telling You for the Last Time" on HBO.

    • Dave Antonoff asks if the character Mr. Elinoff was named after production assistant, Jed Elinoff?

    • Viewer Jason Diersman notes that in Kathy Griffin's real life HBO comedy special she had a bit about how Jerry Seinfeld was rude to her when they were taping the first episode she appeared on, "The Doll". This is possibly the genesis for the premise of this episode?


    • Kramer: (to Jerry) You know what woman I always thought you looked like? Lena Horne.

      Lena Horne is a singer and actress. She performed primarily with jazz musicians, earning several Grammy awards in her career. She has also appeared in numerous movies, primarily in the 1940s and 50s.

    • Jerry: So you're saying UNICEF is a scam?
      Kramer: It's the perfect cover for a money laundering operation. No one can keep track of all those kids with the little orange boxes of change.

      UNICEF (United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund) was founded in 1946 to provide aid to children in countries that suffered damage in World War II. Today, UNICEF provides assistance to mothers and children in developing countries. The orange boxes that Kramer mentioned are Trick-or-Treat donation boxes that UNICEF hands out around Halloween time.

    • Newman says that it's nice to see a show about something, refering to the content of Sally Weaver's show actually having a consistent subject. This is a reference to Jerry Seinfeld's act, and well as "Seinfeld" itself, in the sense that they are often regarded to be about nothing.

    • A number of times in this episode two characters say "The New Yorker?" "Yes, the New Yorker." The phrase 'The New Yorker? Yes, the New Yorker' was the advertising slogan of "The New Yorker" magazine at the time of this episode's filming.