Seinfeld

Season 6 Episode 18

The Doorman

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 23, 1995 on NBC
9.3
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The doorman in Mr. Pitt's building, cause's trouble for Jerry who was only trying to be nice. Kramer robs George on the street for some German tourists. George's father is living with him and when he removes his shirt, George and Kramer see that he has breasts. So, Kramer develops a new undergarment for males ("The Bro" or "The Manssiere") that will alleviate this problem. Jerry offers his soiled couch to replace the one that was stolen while he was "on duty."moreless

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  • The Doorman.

    9.3
    This is another perfect example of how Seinfeld truly is a show about nothing. How many other sitcoms could have an episode solely about avoiding a doorman, and make it really funny?



    As always, Seinfeld perfectly uses its guest stars and stand-up icon Larry Miller was the excellent fit as the snarky, awkward doorman for Mr. Pitt's building. His scenes with Jerry were truly outstanding.



    This episode was stolen by Kramer's performance with such ideas as the bro, a bra for men, and pretending to mug George to give German travelers a thrill.



    Great episode, still holds up after all of these years.moreless
  • The Doorman

    9.1
    The Doorman in a funny episode of Seinfeld Tom Gammill and Max Pross do a good job writing the episode the story of the episode is Jerry make a Doorman mad and he causes him Trouble and to make up for it he stands in for the doorman but leaves and the couch in the lobby is stolen George give the building his couch so his father would move out of his apartment Kramer pretends to rob George to give some German tourists a story to tell for the rest of the lives that is what I have to say about this episode of Seinfeld.moreless
Larry Miller

Larry Miller

Doorman

Guest Star

Patrick Cronin

Patrick Cronin

Farkus

Guest Star

Reni Santoni

Reni Santoni

Poppie

Guest Star

Deck McKenzie

Deck McKenzie

Delivery Man

Recurring Role

Jerry Stiller

Jerry Stiller

Frank Costanza

Recurring Role

Estelle Harris

Estelle Harris

Estelle Costanza

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • George is shocked to see that his dad has breasts but he says that he saw him naked in "The Statue", so he should already know.

    • George is worried that he may develop breasts because he has seen his father's. After speaking with Jerry he is worried it may be passed down from his grandmother. However then proceeds to ask Estelle about his grandmother who obviously would talk about her mother who is not related to Frank.

    • In the scene where Kramer and Frank are discussing the name for the "bro", George walks in. He throws his key(s) onto the small table and we hear a clanging noise. In the next shot, a vase is shown on the table. Why would they have a vase as a key container? They'd be fumbling around with it all the time.

    • The replacement couch that was initially soiled by Poppie is completely different than the couch soiled in "The Couch."

    • Here's a small editing goof: When Jerry is waiting for the elevator to come, in the first minute of the episode, we see the doorman standing behind him with the paper in both hands and smiling. Then Jerry talks to the doorman about the Knicks and as the doorman answers he lets his paper down and changes his expression. A few seconds later, as Jerry turns back to the elevator, he's back in the same pose with the paper in both hands and the same smile. It's obviously the same scene as before.

  • QUOTES (13)

  • NOTES (1)

    • Larry Miller and Jerry Seinfeld worked together before, Larry was a performer in Jerry's very first TV special, and was also in Jerry's "I'm Telling You For the Last Time" HBO special. Jerry was also in the 1999 movie "Pros & Cons" with Miller.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The German Tourists: "That's Him, Stop Him, (etc. etc.)"
      In the 1976 film, "The Marathon Man" starring Dustin Hoffman and Sir Laurence Olivier, there is a scene late in the movie that appears to be the basis for a scene in this Seinfeld episode. In "The Marathon Man", Olivier's character is recognized by New York Jewish immigrants as having been a Nazi torturer in a concentration camp in WWII. They follow him as he hurries along a New York City sidewalk and call for him to stop, crying his name out. I feel almost sure this scene is the inspiration for the Seinfeld scene where the German tourists chase Kramer down the streeet as he carries what they believe to be a stolen record player. They're calling out for someone to stop Kramer because, having seen him pull a fake hold-up on George, they think he's a criminal.

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