Season 7 Episode 17

The Doll

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 22, 1996 on NBC
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Episode Summary

George is spooked by a doll from Susan's collection that has an uncanny resemblance to his mother. Elaine is desperate to replace an autographed picture of the Maestro's that she ruined in Tuscany. Kramer joins Frank in his new billiard room and tries to help him track down a long lost cousin. Meanwhile, Jerry's interactions with Susan's old roommate spell trouble for his upcoming appearance on the Charles Grodin show.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • The doll was bad.

    What a ridiculously put together episode. I mean that in a good way. It was really funny in terms of stupidity and the plot, but also in terms of the entire basis. George is nuts. Someone needs to slap him upside the head and tell him to wake up and get a grip on his life. He was obsessed with a doll? A doll? It was funny and sad at the same time. The rest of the show was okay. Overall, the episode had decent comedy and writing, but the plot was what made a difference both good and bad. Thank you.moreless
  • One of my favourite Seinfeld episodes

    This is a really funny episode, I couldn't stop laughing in the pool scene, a pool table in a small room is a brilliant idea.All the sub-plots were amazing in this episode. Susan's roommate from collage was really funny and stupid, and she ruined Jerry's material to the Charles Grodin show twice. This episode contains a lot of George, maybe that's why it's so funny. And all the nagging about Jerry's material was hilarious.

    The doll was creepy, and the end when Frank Costanza destroys the doll was great too.

    Season 7 is a really good season, and this is the best episode in it.moreless
  • Good Episode

    The Doll is a season 7 episode and a funny one at that of the TV show Seinfeld with all of the stories being very funny and not dull nor boring at all this episode made me laugh so much I was crying the doll really did spook me as it did look at lot like Georges mom the funniest part of the episode is Franks moment with the doll as he basically ripped it apart the rest of the episode was also very funny and made me laugh my rating for this episode is 10.0 that is all endmoreless
  • Georgie! Quit eating with your hands!

    This is quite possibly my favorite episode. I love the Costanza's anyway. But when George is halucinating about the doll nagging him - that has to be my all-time favorite Seinfeld moment. It gets funnier every time I see it.

    I have to admit, too, maybe too many people won't agree, but I have a thing for Kathy Griffin, and she's in this one quite a bit.

    Pound for pound, the best episode in my opinion. Seinfeld was one of those rare TV shows that actually got better as the years went by. I guess you could say the characters developed. Season 7 is one that I absolutely cannot wait to buy on DVD.moreless
Kathy Griffin (I)

Kathy Griffin (I)

Sally Weaver

Guest Star

Mark Metcalf

Mark Metcalf


Guest Star

Mary Jo Keenen

Mary Jo Keenen


Guest Star

Jerry Stiller

Jerry Stiller

Frank Costanza

Recurring Role

Estelle Harris

Estelle Harris

Estelle Costanza

Recurring Role

Heidi Swedberg

Heidi Swedberg


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Signs in Frank's billiard room:

      If they don't have a pool hall in heaven, then I'm not goin'

      Pool is not a matter of life and death. It is much more important than that.

      The life of the Pool Hustler is Hell... But somebody's got to do it.

      RACK 'EM

      Pool Hall
      Professional & Amateur Hustlers
      Keep your butt and butts off the table!
      Cold Beer Always, Snacks Sometimes

    • Sally mentions that the BBQ sauce she brought him is the pride of Memphis. If you look closely, the box says it is Bull's-eye BBQ Sauce, a product of Kraft Foods, a company founded in Chicago, IL.

    • After seeing George with the doll in Monk's, Deena remarks that he should be in a "sanitarium". She meant "asylum" (a common error). A sanitarium is a convalescent hospital for patients recovering from physical illness, such as tuberculosis, whereas an asylum is for the treatment of mental illness.

    • There is also an episode called "The Doll" in Curb Your Enthusiasm, which is another show by Larry David on HBO.

    • After Elaine gets the third tenor's autograph in the dressing room of "The Charles Grodin Show," she tries to make out the last name by his signature. But if you look closely at the poster when The Maestro opens it up on his desk in the next scene, the last names of all 3 tenors are on the top part of the poster.

    • When we see Kramer, the Maestro and Frank playing pool, we see Kramer wearing boxer shorts. However, there was an episode in which Kramer had fertility problems and said that he hated boxers so much he rather use nothing under his pants.

    • In reference to the above, straight pool is certainly played that way. You may be thinking of 8-ball, perhaps the most commonly played game. Feel free to check out for the rules to straight pool.

    • When Kramer and Frank are playing pool, Kramer asks to play straight pool, later on Kramer is seen sinking a striped ball then a coloured ball, which is not how you play "straight pool".

  • QUOTES (7)

    • (George is showing Jerry the doll that looks like his mother.)
      George: You see? You see?!
      Jerry: (with a disgusted face) Well, it doesn't look exactly like her.
      George: Jerry, come on. If my mother keeps shrinking, this is exactly what she's gonna look like in ten years!
      Jerry: Why don't you just get rid of it, then?
      George: I tried, I almost threw it down the incinerator, but I couldn't do it, the guilt was overwhelming. Susan's so attached to this thing.
      Jerry: (as George is leaving with the doll) Well, where are you going? Don't take your dolly and go home.

    • (George is imagining the doll yelling at him like his mother)
      Doll: Georgie, don't eat with your hands. Why do you eat so fast? You can't even taste it!
      George: Don't tell me how to eat!
      Doll: Still wearing that shirt? You've had it for five years already. Why don't you buy a new shirt?
      George: Because I like this one!

    • (Referring to the picture of the man in Tuscany named Costanza.)
      The Maestro: ...he has something of a reputation of the town idiot.
      Frank Costanza: I STILL say we're related.

    • Kramer: Jerry, why don't you do a bit on Styrofoam?
      Jerry: Like what?
      Kramer: What is all this stuff? Why do need this stuff? And why…do they make them so small?
      Jerry: Where's the punch line?
      Kramer: It's all attitude (makes a funny face)

    • Jerry: What the hell are you doing?!
      Kramer: I'm salvaging the sauce. What's the matter with you?

    • Kramer: Hey, the baton! (lines up shot) I've got a hunch fat man, I can't lose.

    • Frank: We call this, "The place to be."

  • NOTES (2)


    • When Frank travels to Tuscany to visit the man he believes to be his relative, the sign in the background which says "Costanza" has "Import/Export" underneath the name. This appears to be an allusion to previous episodes of the show such as "The Cadillac (2)" and "The Stakeout", in which George uses the job title of importer/exporter for several complex lies.

    • Kramer: "I've got a hunch, fat man. I can't lose."
      When Kramer picks up the baton to use as a cuestick, he says this line, a shortened version of "You know, I got a hunch, fat man. I got a hunch that it's me from
      here on in. One ball, corner pocket. I mean, that ever happen to you?"; a line delivered by Paul Newman to Jackie Gleason in the 1961 film "The Hustler."

    • LH: "The Three Tenors"
      The Three Tenors are Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras