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Season 6 Episode 1

The Chaperone

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Sep 22, 1994 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Jerry gets a date with Miss Rhode Island, a Miss America contestant; when they need a chaperone, Kramer is available. On the date, Kramer gives her advice and becomes her personal coach. Elaine tries to get a job at Doubleday, filling in the shoes once filled by Jackie Onassis; instead she gets a job being the personal assistant of a top executive who likes white socks. Her new job is restricting to her personal life. Meanwhile, George decides that the Yankees need to change their uniforms from polyester to cotton. A good idea at first, until something goes wrong on the field.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Classic bits.

    After watching this episode, I realized why I like this show so much. It is because of the original writing and the funny bits that can't be seen in any other show. Where else can you find George convincing Yankee players to switch to cotton uniforms? Where else can you see Elaine get a job based on her looks similar to a person that was well-known? Where else can you find Jerry and Kramer fighting overa Miss America contestant? The answer is nowhere else. This episode had some great comedy, funny bits, great writing, and great storylines. Overall, a great episode. Thank you.moreless
  • Season 6 begins and doesn't let the fans down on the King of Sitcoms; Seinfeld.

    Seasons 6 begins one of the biggest changes in Seinfeld's run: George gets a job at the Yankees and moves out of his parent's hosue. Elaine lost her job at Pendant Publishing and was evicted from the apartment she's been in since season 2. Elaine's string of misfortunes are curiously resolved in this episode as she finds a job with eccentric tycoon Mr. Pitt (Ian Abercrombie) and a new apartment as this episode feautures at least two consecutive days and she clearly wasn't sleeping in an alley as there's no sign of a bag of cans, if only real problems were fixed that fast.....

    In it; Jerry gets a date with a Miss American contestant (what else is new?) and him and the now high - rolling George stay at Atlantic City to watch the big event.

    Kramer becomes obsessed with taking the contestant under his wing as he's always had a fixation for the show and tags along with the (formerly) happy couple. Meanwhile Elaine's job as Mr. Pit's personal assistant is proving difficult as buying him a pair of socks sees her spending days on it. This is one of not too many episodes of Seinfeld to have a plot twist that effects the ending when usually they're pretty straightforward. I can't give it away but let's just say the orginally title of the episode; "The Birds" is so - called for good reason. At this point of the show, the budget has clearly soared from episodes taking place in one scene and one set for half an hour to many scenes and sets that look great and add depth. This is one of the only episodes to show stock footage of Times Square which is strange that a show based in New York City doesn't show much of it while shows like Friends show so many New York icons it's more of a tourist guide than a sitcom half the time.

    The awkwardness between the four main actors in the early seasons have been blown away and the four of them have nailed their roles and interact with eachother naturally.

    Acting - wise, my only problem with this episode is Miss Rhode Island which is overplayed by the nameless actress who relies more on facial tics than nuances and generally drags the episode down.

    The sub - plot that has George switch the Yankees uniform from polyester to cotton is mainly used as an introduction to George's new career in the Yankees and makes this episode on the verge of being spread too thin.

    All in all a terrific episode.moreless
  • The Chaperone

    Jerry gets a date with Miss America but the can’t go because her chaperone can not make it so Kramer volunteers and becomes her couch for the pageant Elaine get a new job be a assistant for Mr. Pitt. George has the Yankees wear cotton uniforms. I like the over all episode of Seinfeld I thought the stories mixed well with each other and the jokes where funny and the stories where great not a boring episode at all it was never slow are boring. My over all rating for this episode is 9.3 out of 10 that is all the end.moreless
  • Another interesting installment in the Seinfeld series

    Jerry killing the trained doves + Kramer becoming a Miss America dictator + Elaine and her grace (blah!) = Another interesting episode in the greatest series of all time. I wouldn't call it a classic Seinfeld episode because it wasn't. I thought Kramer's Miss America storyline was weak, it brought him out of the great "Kramer-esque" mold.

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • While Miss Rhode Island sings there is an audience shot with Merv Griffin visible in the front row. Merv Griffin is mentioned in other episodes.

    • When Elaine and Jerry are in Yankee Stadium at the beginning of the episode, Elaine is wearing a Baltimore Orioles hat. In "The Letter" (season 3, episode 21), Elaine was thrown out of Yankee Stadium for refusing to take off her Orioles hat.

    • Aside from the pilot; this is the only season opener that doesn't show the coffee shop.

    • Elaine mentions that they are looking for someone to replace Jackie Onassis at Doubleday. That would be a timely reference since Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis died in May of 1994 and this episode aired in September of the same year. Jackie Onassis had worked as an editor for Doubleday since her husband's death (Aristotle Onassis) in 1975.

    • When Jerry tells George about meeting Miss Rhode Island he also mentions that he'll be going to Atlantic City for the weekend (where the pageant will be held). However, later in the episode, George asks Jerry where he's going and Jerry tells him, as if it's the first time, that he's going to Atlantic City.

    • This is the first episode where Jerry uses his famous catch-phrase: "That's a shame." And although Jerry continues to use it as his own through the rest of the series, George is the one who first says it at the end of this episode. Jerry then copies it just seconds later.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Kramer: These doves were murdered.

    • (watching Miss Rhode Island sing)
      Jerry: It's like watching an animal get tortured.

    • Jerry: I'm going out with one of the Miss America contestants. You want to go?
      Kramer: What state?
      Jerry: Rhode Island.
      Kramer: They're never in contention.

    • Jerry: Hot dog?
      Miss Rhode Island: No thanks. I'm watching my weight.
      Jerry: Oh. I'm watching my height. My doctor doesn't want me to get any taller.

    • Announcer: Mattingly just split his pants!
      Jerry: Ah, that's a shame.

    • Kramer: (singing) There she is…Miss Amer-
      Jerry: Oh, shut the f*** up.

    • Announcer #1: And the Yankees take the field!
      Announcer #2: What is with the Yankees? They look like they're having trouble running, they can't move!
      Announcer #1: It's their uniforms, they're too tight, they've shrunk! They're running like penguins! Forget this game!

    • Jerry: So you're Miss Rhode Island? I was almost named Mr. Coffee, they felt I was a little too relaxed.

    • Kramer: Let's try a few more questions, alright? If you were Miss America, and the U.S. was on the brink of a nuclear war, and the only way the conflict could be averted was if you agreed to sleep with the enemy's leader, what would you do?

    • Kramer: Now if I've told you once, I've told you a thousand times: poise counts! It's just as important as the others. Swimsuit! Evening wear! Talent! POISE!

    • (after Kramer has just shouted at Jerry for killing Karen's doves)
      George: What was that all about?
      Jerry: Oh, it was just Kramer. Apparently I killed Miss Rhode Island's doves with the bucket of water last night.
      George: (with 100 percent apathy and insensitivity) Huh.

    • Elaine: I was a great admirer of Mrs. Onasis'...s...s.

    • Elaine: All right, all right. Look. I don't have grace. I don't want grace. I don't even say grace. Okay?!

  • NOTES (0)


    • Jerry: Goodnight Ollie.
      George: Goodnight Stan.

      Reference to early movie comedians Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.

    • Jerry mentions Mr Coffee while sitting in Yankee Stadium. Yankee legend Joe DiMaggio found a second career as spokesman for the Mr Coffee coffeemaker in the late 60s to the early 80s.