Season 9 Episode 11

The Dealership

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jan 08, 1998 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • The $0.75 cent remark may not have been a mistake, George may have been vying for another quarter.

    • When George complains to the manager about the mechanic that stole his Twix bar, he says that he wants his $0.75 back; however, when George looks to see what number the twix bar is, the price says $0.50.

    • George shares an anecdote about how his father once ended up buying a Le Car. However, he repeatedly pronounces the French word, le as les (pronounced lay). Although they both mean "the", les is plural.

    • Jerry calls Elaine frantically to tell her to get back together with Puddy. She asks, "Who is this?" and Jerry bangs the receiver against the base of the phone. Elaine threatens to "hang this phone up right now" and after hanging up, Jerry messes up his hair in frustration. This is very similar to multiple phone calls in earlier episodes, only George is usually the frantic one and Jerry cool and sarcastic.

    • George claims that the mechanic has a short name and tries repeatedly to remember it. However, the only name tag the mechanic has says 'Saab', the name of the car manufacturer.

    • Regarding the Candy Lineup:

      1) After the mechanic allegedly buys a Twix and gets George's along with it, George returns to find out that there are none left. If that's the case, how did George get more Twix bars, let alone enough to set up an entire 'lineup' of Twix?

      2) How do a bunch of customers get into what Puddy describes as the employees only copy room to eat the candy bars?

    • Early in the episode George asks for money from Jerry to buy a snack from the machine, and says that because he's there to help Jerry, Jerry should pay for his snack. However, he never says that he doesn't have his own money, and when Jerry's dollar doesn't work, he should be able to use his own.

    • It could just be that Rick (the guy driving around with Kramer) was a little out of his mind, but when he tried to fill up the car with gas, the engine was running. Not a wise move.

    • Early the episode, the mechanic is wearing a blue jumpsuit with no name tag. Later, he appears with a Saab patch sewn to the jumpsuit in place of a name tag. Later still, the patch has vanished again.

  • Quotes

    • (Jerry is trying to finalize the deal for his new car with Puddy just after Puddy and Elaine break up again)
      Jerry: Did you two break up?
      Puddy: That chick's whacked, we're history. I just left out a couple of things. Rust-proofing...
      Jerry: Rust-proofing?
      Puddy: Transport charge, storage surcharge, additional overcharge, finder's fee...
      Jerry: Finder's fee!? It was on the lot!
      Puddy: Yeah, that's right. Floor mats, keys...
      Jerry: Keys!?
      Puddy: How ya gonna start it?

    • George: I think I've reached a point in my life where I can tell the difference between nougat and cookie.

    • Jerry: So Puddy, this is a pretty good move for you, huh? No more 'grease monkey.'
      Puddy: I don't care for that term.
      Jerry: Oh sorry, I didn't know.
      Puddy: I don't know too many monkeys that can take apart a fuel injector.

    • George: (about car salesmen) First they stick you with the undercoating, rust-proofing, dealer prep... Suddenly you're on your back like a turtle.

    • Jerry: Slapping hands is the lowest form of male primate ritual.
      Elaine: It's that bad?
      Jerry: What do you think the Nazis were doing? That was the "heil five."

    • Jerry: Alright, alright. Alright, that's enough! Let's get back to my deal. That undercoating, that's just a rip-off, isn't it, David?
      Puddy: Oh, we don't even know what it is.

    • (Puddy is adding up all the extra charges)
      Puddy: Keys.
      Jerry: Keys?
      Puddy: How you gonna start it?

    • Puddy: I can't give you black at that price.

    • George: I have the window!

    • George: Twix is the only candy with the cookie crunch!
      Clerk: What about the 100,000 dollar bar?
      George: Nope, rice and caramel.
      Clerk: Nougat?

    • Salesman: Let's just go for it like "Thelma and Louise"!
      Kramer: They drove to a dealership?
      Salesman: No, they drove off a cliff!
      Kramer: You're one sick momma… I like it!

    • Salesman: So where are we going?
      Kramer: Just a little place I like to call… you'll see.

    • George: (screaming) TWIIIIIIIIIX!!!!!
      (scene changes)
      Elaine: What was that?
      Puddy: Oh, there's a mental hospital near here.

    • Elaine: You're a salesman now - and the high-five is… it's very grease monkey.
      Puddy: What did I tell you about that?
      Elaine: I'm sorry, but the high-five is just so stupid.
      Puddy: (Somewhat hurt) Oh yeah? I'll tell you what's stupid. You. Stupid.
      Elaine: Well, that is really mature.
      Puddy: Yeah? So are you.
      Elaine: Huh?
      Puddy: You're the grease monkey.
      Elaine: (Confused at his attempts at a comeback) Uh.. that doesn't make any sense. I am leaving.
      Puddy: Yeah, if you leave, we're through.
      Elaine: Fine! We're through!
      Puddy: Oh, so you're leaving?
      Elaine: (While leaving) That's right. (Mocking Puddy, she puts her hand up) High-five! (Turns around, putting her hand behind her back like he had done) On the flip side! (As Elaine is leaving, she mutters to herself) Takin' me to Arby's.

    • George: It's wrinkled, it's worthless.

  • Notes

    • The dealership's owner's father can be heard over the Castle Rock logo repeating his line "A nickel!"

    • As Jerry is talking to Elaine on the phone, look in the background. You can see Puddy at his desk just sitting motionless and staring off in the distance.

    • A rare episode in which Jerry's apartment isn't seen. The second of the season.

  • Allusions

    • After his candy line-up is ruined, George screams "Twix" to the sky, in a manner imitative of James Kirk screaming "Khan" in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. George previously imitated this scene in the season 8 premiere, "The Foundation."

    • :
      At the end, Kramer and the salesman look a each other, hold hands, and Kramer steps on the gas pedal. This is obviously a reference to the 1991 film "Thelma & Louise" that are mentioned earlier in the episode.