Season 8 Episode 7

The Checks

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Nov 07, 1996 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Jerry receives countless 12-cent royalty checks for a clip of him used in a Japanese TV show. Kramer befriends a group of Japanese tourists, which leads George to try to revive the pilot of "Jerry" to air in Japan. Meanwhile, Elaine deals with a boyfriend who's obsessed with a furniture designer and the song "Desperado."moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • great humor

    Jerry makes fun of the japanese, and how small their hotels are. Kramer is awsome in this episode. And they make fun of japanse tv commercials. Incredible.
  • Fast paced, but good.

    This episode was rather fast paced for me. I mean if you miss any part of it you're completely lost (well I think so at least). Jerry keeps getting 12 cent royalty checks from Japan I think and his hand is in pain but seriously in the end he pretty much loses them all and wastes it. Poor him. Cramer is hosting an event for three Japenese guys. Gah, wow. They sleep in drawers. How can they breathe? Well, whatever. George is trying to host "Jerry" again. I mean seriously, he needs to stop with that. Elaine well, she is dealing with a guy who is obessed with the song Desperado. The ending made me laugh, the doctor is obsessed with Witchee Woman. Ha. Well, nice, fast paced, episode.moreless
  • Good morning Mr. Oh, I gotta make up the drawer. *Unh...* Come back in half hour!

    There are so many things going on in this episode, you can't miss one segment of it at all. The furniture plays an important role in this one, but you only get to see the one set of drawers. BTW, I wouldn't mind having a set of drawers that large myself.

    Kramer enjoys the Japanese folks lifestyle but doesn't know the first thing about Yen. He takes the boys in with some very comedic results as well as letting them visit George at Yankee stadium. Jerry has his own problems with misunderstandings with Elaine's boyfriend who seems to really be in love with Carl Farberg. Here's a little tip for all those future royalties, put the checks in a plastic bag before you head to the bank. Make sure it's not raining either.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • After their meeting with the Japanese TV execs, George mentions the female exec in the same way he'd talked about Susan after their previous NBC meeting. Notice that the female Japanese exec seems to be wearing an outfit identical to the one Susan wore when they met in the season 4 episode "The Pitch".

    • When Jerry leaves to cash the checks he says "Konichiwa" to Kramer which actually means "how are you" in Japanese.

    • The Urban Sombrero makes a cameo in this episode.

    • Jerry tells the umbrella salesman on the street that he's doing 'the twirl' too quickly, as it'll disorient the customers. However, in the very next scene, when demonstrating the twirl for George, he twirls the umbrella far faster than the salesman had.

    • If you watch carefully, it's clear that Jerry's version of 'the twirl' is different from that of the umbrella salesmen. They twist the shaft with their fingers, whereas Jerry spins the handle with his whole hand.

    • Elaine should have known that it was "boogeyman" instead of "boogetyman." Especially since in "The Gymnast" she heard Kramer say, "You ever dream in 3-D? It's like the boogeyman is comin' right at you."

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Jerry: (to Kramer) That's a lovely little bureau and breakfast you're running.

    • Jerry: You have them sleeping in drawers?
      Kramer: Jerry, have you ever seen the business hotels in Tokyo? They sleep in tiny stacked cubicles all the time. They feel right at home.
      Jerry: This has international incident written all over it.

    • Kramer: (talking to Jerry) Here you're just another apple. But in Japan, you're an erotic fruit. Like an orange, which is rare there.

    • Jerry: So you're angry that this bizarre carpet cabal made no attempt to abduct you?
      George: They could've at least tried.
      Jerry: You know, maybe they thought you look too smart to be brainwashed.
      George: Please.
      Jerry: Too dumb?

    • Kramer: That's the funny face that greets you at the beginning of the Super Terrific Happy Hour.
      Japanese tourist: Oh, Super Terrific!
      Kramer: Yeah, that's him.
      Japanese tourist: What is he doing?
      Kramer: Well, I don't know, but something Super Terrific, I'm sure.

    • Kramer: Everybody laughs at Jerry here in America.

    • (Jerry picks up the phone)
      Jerry: Yeah?
      George: (panicked and rushed) Jerry! The Japanese guys had sake in the hot-tub! You gotta get 'em outta the drawers and get 'em down here, or I don't have a focus group to sell the pilot to Japanese TV!
      Jerry: (kidding) Uncle Leo?
      George: JERRY!
      (George begins hammering the phone against the kiosk and Jerry lifts the phone away from his ear at the noise)
      Jerry: All right, all right. I'll wake 'em up.

    • George: Who buys an umbrella anyway? You can get them for free in the coffee shop in the metal cans.
      Jerry: Those belong to people.

    • Elaine: What's with the claw?
      Jerry: Super terrific carpal tunnel syndrome.

    • George: He's giving you furniture? Who is this guy?
      Jerry: Who are any of her losers?
      George: You're on that list.

  • NOTES (1)


    • After being apparently brainwashed by Sunshine Cleaners, Mr. Wilhelm tells George that his name is Tanya. This was the same name newspaper heiress Patty Hearst took after her 1975 kidnapping/brainwashing.