Season 3 Episode 4

The Dog

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Oct 09, 1991 on NBC
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Episode Summary

When a fellow airline passenger is sent to hospital, Jerry gets stuck watching his unruly dog for several days. With Jerry stuck in his apartment, George and Elaine discover they have very little to talk about on their own. Meanwhile, Kramer has difficulty breaking up with his girlfriend.moreless

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  • This is the Series's worst episode.

    The whole thing about Jerry taking care of some strangers dog is way out of character. Where was Gavin Polone when Jerry needed him as a character witness in the Finale? The point of the entire show is that these people, with the possible exception of Kramer, are selfish, uncompassionate and cruel, but humorous. Jerry doesn't seem like much of an animal person either. He kills doves, obviously hates ponies and pony owners. It really seemed like the dog idea was just put in place to get Jerry out of the show in order to bring out the George and Elaine relationship, which was a nice part of the episode. It did a good job of defining the George and Elaine characters' relationship, as being only existant through Jerry. Like Jerry's stand up material, it's just a trivial observation. I think most people, if they thought about it, would see how there's no George and Elaine relationship. But by observing that and then picking at it and adding humor, it becomes really interesting. I also thought Kramer's story didn't make much sense. I'm not sure what was going on I guess, although the jokes were good.

    The Dog would have been a much better episode without the dog, or Gavin Palone. The dog owner is a terrible character, painful to watch, be it horrible acting or just a moronically-written character. I can barely stand this episode.moreless
  • Pretty good... pretty good.

    Okay, so lets go through all the problems: Jerry has to take care of a drunkenmen's dog which suspends him from living life as he usually does, and because of this George and Elaine find out they don't have anything in common when they're alone, and last but not least, Kramer tries to break up with his girlfriend.

    So, basically, it was a weaker episode for season 3's standards and as for Seinfeld, but, if it belonged to season 1 or two, it would have been a great one! Season 3 itself was a huge transitional season. But, nevertheless it wasn't a bad episode, I enjoyed it.moreless
  • George & Elaine, alone...

    This episode was quite interesting because George & Elaine alone wasn't something you could even think of. Through the whole episode they try to see a movie, finally George & Jerry see it without her, I love the end when Jerry finds out the movie is really bad. I like how Elaine & George have nothing to talk about but ending up talking bad about Jerry. Kramer & breaking up with his girlfriend, so harsh! I like how at the end he ended up begging for her forgiveness, also shows a sensitive side of him when he was offended by Jerry & Elaine. A great episode.moreless
  • The dog.

    A lot of people don't like the old episodes of Seinfeld. They do not pick up on the cleverness of the storylines or the far more witty and original lines spouted by the show's iconic cast. That being said, this episode adds some fuel to the fire for their argument as this is probably one of the weakest offerings the show has ever done. Sure, there was some greatness here from the saving movies discussion, to George and Elaine needing a buffer to be together (a very relatable subject), but compare this to some of the classics and it simply doesn't measure up.moreless
  • least favorite episode from my favorite show

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    The Dog would have been a much better episode without the dog, or Gavin Palone. The dog owner is a terrible character, painful to watch, be it horrible acting or just a moronically-written character. I can barely stand this episode. least favorite episode from my favorite show

    least favorite episode from my favorite show

    least favorite episode from my favorite show

    least favorite episode from my favorite show

    least favorite episode from my favorite show

    least favorite episode from my favorite show

    least favorite episode from my favorite show

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Joseph Maher


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Tom Williams (III)

Tom Williams (III)

Bark of the Dog

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Kelly Wellman

Kelly Wellman

Attendant #2

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Larry David

Larry David


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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When George and Jerry are waiting in line at the movie theater, the position of the poster behind them (for The First Power movie) keeps changing between shots although we don't see George and Jerry moving in the queue at all.

    • In this episode George says, "Isn't it more fun using the urinal?" However, in a previous episode he claimed to be a "stall guy."

    • There is no bicycle hanging in Jerry's hallway.

    • When George and Elaine are talking in the cafe Elaine is wearing a bracelet on her left wrist., but it switches to the right wrist in the next shot.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Elaine: Jerry, do you know what they do to dogs at the pound? They keep them for a week and then if no one claims them, they kill 'em.
      Jerry: Really? How late are they open?

    • Kramer: (to Ellen) I must've been out of my mind! Look at you. Why don't you do something with your life? You sit around here all day. You contribute nothing to society. You're just taking up space. How could I be with someone like you? I wouldn't respect myself.

    • Kramer: (on breaking up with his girlfriend) Oh yeah! The sooner the better. I can't wait to do it. You know how there's some people you worry about whether or not you're gonna hurt their feelings? With her, I'm looking forward to it. Boy, I'd like to get it on video. Watch it in slow motion and freeze frame it!

    • Jerry: (doing stand-up) I had a parakeet when I was a kid, that was the only pet that I really enjoyed. We used to let him out of his cage, and he would fly around and my mother had built, one entire wall of our living room was mirrored. She felt this gives you a feeling of space. Have you ever heard this interior design principle that a mirror makes it seem like you have an entire other room? What kind of a jerk walks up to a mirror and goes, "Hey look, there's a whole other room in there. There's a guy in there looks just like me." But the parakeet will fall for this, you'll let him out of his cage, he flies around the room, BANG! With his little head, he would just go 'click' Ohh! And I'd always think, even if he thinks the mirror is another room, why doesn't he at least try to avoid hitting the other parakeet?

    • Elaine: Hello? No, who's calling? Oh my god, the dog guy. Where have you been? Yeah, well you better pick up your dog tonight or he has humped his last leg.

    • Jerry: Talk amongst yourselves, I'm gonna go to the bathroom.
      George: Uh Jerry, how long will you be in there?
      Jerry: I don't know, regular human time?
      George: Uh why don't you wait then go in the movies?
      Jerry: Why shouldn't I go here?
      Elaine: Well, you know, I mean, sometimes it's good to get there and make sure you get your seats and then go to the bathroom.
      George: And isn't it more fun using the urinal?
      Elaine: Yeah.
      Jerry: Oh yeah, urinals are fun. Can I go?!

    • Jerry: You can't tell someone how you feel about their girlfriend until after they stop seeing them.
      Kramer: I tell you.
      Jerry: You. I'm talking about people.

    • Jerry: You got together with George?
      Elaine: I wanted to talk about how we had nothing to talk about.

    • Elaine: This is not Seinfeld you're dealing with! When I'm through with you you'll be begging to go to the pound!

    • Jerry: What'd we say that was so bad?
      Elaine: I believe I referred to her personality as a potential science exhibit.
      Jerry: I said I was surprised no one killed her yet.

    • Gavin: Do you have any pets?
      Jerry: Just a next-door neighbor.

    • Jerry: Great. Two hundred seats on a plane, and I gotta get stuck next to Yukon Jack and his dog, Cujo!

    • George: Lemon Lift

    • Jerry: One more day Farfle and you are pound bound!

    • George: Prognosis Negative!

  • NOTES (3)

    • Extended ending:
      Gavin Polone comes back to confront Jerry about Farfel being increasingly violent since his illness, and threatens to sue Jerry for the "damages" inflicted against the dog. Mocking Polone's alcoholism, Jerry then says to Elaine "Inside of two months, doctors will rename cirrhosis of the liver as "Palone's Palsy"". Kramer enters to retrieve his pot and reveals that he has given Farfel his aunt's Turkish delight, which led to Farfel acting disobedient.

    • Farfel's barks are fake. Tom Williams performs the dog's vocals.

    • The dog owner's full name is "Gavin Polone". That is the name of Larry David's manager.


    • Jerry refers to the dog as Cujo. This is a reference to the dog in the Stephen King novel and 1983 film of the same name.

    • The dog Jerry is minding is named "Farfel". While discussing the dog with Jerry (and the dog is barking), Elaine is making chocolate milk. "Farfel" was a dog puppet famous for his Nestle Quick commercials.

    • One of the films mentioned in the episode is called "Ponce de León.". Although during 1991 (the year when the episode aired) there was no current film playing in movie theatres with that name, there was another real film released that year called "Cabeza de Vaca." The names of the films refer to Juan Ponce de León, Spanish conquistador, and Álvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca, a Spanish explorer, both of whom participated in the colonization of the Americas by Spain in the 16th century. Considering all of these similarities, the "fake" film then seems to be a veiled reference to the real film.