Seinfeld

Season 6 Episode 23

The Face Painter

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM May 11, 1995 on NBC
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George and his girlfriend discuss toilet paper and he is in love. Elaine's boyfriend paints his face and his behavior at a hockey game disturbs Jerry, Elaine and a passing priest. A monkey throws a banana peel at Kramer, when he throws it back, the monkey becomes depressed and the zoo demands an apology. George tries to tell his girlfriend that he loves her, but her reaction surprises him. Jerry refuses to give the "necessary" follow-up courtesy thank you for the hockey tickets and Kramer is outraged.moreless

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Katy Selverstone

Katy Selverstone

Siena

Guest Star

Mark DeCarlo

Mark DeCarlo

Alec Berg

Guest Star

Raye Birk

Raye Birk

Mr. Pless

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Patrick Warburton

Patrick Warburton

David Puddy

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • This is the second time George has dated a woman who is hard of hearing in one ear. The first time was in Season Four's "The Implant" (Megan Mullally).

    • The character name of Alec Berg is borrowed from a writer on many Seinfeld episodes.

    • In this episode George says that the only time he said "I love you" was to a dog. However, in episode 201 "The Ex-Girlfriend" he tells Jerry that he was forced to say "I love you" to Marlene.

    • During the hockey game, Puddy shouts "You stink, Messier" as two players crash into the boards right in front of him. The Rangers player is wearing jersey No. 13; Messier wears No. 11.

    • At the playoff game between the New York Rangers & the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. When the Devils score and (New Jersey Devils fan) Puddy goes wild. In the background you can hear a siren going off signaling a goal being scored. This was a "home" game for the Rangers and they would NEVER set the siren off when an opponent scores...especially during a playoff game!!

    • The Rangers and Devils didn't play at this time in 1995. They faced off in the 1994 Eastern Conference Finals, won 4-3 by the Rangers. But they didn't play in '95 playoffs.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Kramer: Jerry, you're a smart guy right?
      Jerry: No doubt about it.

    • Jerry: There's plenty of time for him to call and give us the tickets.
      Kramer: You stubborn, stupid, silly man!

    • Jerry: Who are these nitwits that get on a plane with nothing to read? You know who these people are?
      Elaine: Who?
      Jerry: These are the people that want to talk to you. They got nothing else to do, why not disturb you?
      Elaine: I will never understand people.
      Jerry: They're the worst.

    • Jerry: Kramer, you threw a banana peel at a monkey??
      Kramer: Well, he started it!

    • George: You can't have a relationship where one person says 'I love you,' and the other one says 'I'm hungry, let's get something to eat.'
      Jerry: Unless you're married...
      George: Now she thinks I'm one of these guys that loves her. Nobody wants to be with somebody that loves them!
      Jerry: No, people hate that.

    • George: I saw Sienna again.
      Elaine: Sienna?
      Jerry: Yeah, he's dating a crayon.

    • Mr. Pless: (about the monkey) Mr. Kramer, he's an innocent primate.
      Kramer: So am I!

    • Puddy: (to the priest) We're the Devils!

  • NOTES (3)

    • Finally, Josh Tomel notes that 36-year-old Puddy would have been 20 years old when the Devils moved to New Jersey in 1982 from Colorado. So he couldn't have been watching them as a kid and it is not very likely that he would have been a fan of the Colorado incarnation of the team.

    • Story writer Fred Stoller appears in an uncredited cameo as one of the fans behind the gang and the face painter at the hockey game. Sitting next to Fred wearing a Rangers jersey is the "real" Kramer. Viewer Jerry Balsam noticed that there is a character in this episode named Alec Berg, which also happens to be the name of a one of the show's writer-producers. Coincidence? Also there is a visual reference to the fictional company called Gramercy, that Katy Selverstone worked for in a popular series of commercials that she appeared in.

    • Alec Berg was the name of the one of the writers of Seinfeld during this period. Since Larry David is credited for this episode, its possible he thought the name was "a great John Houseman name" and put it in this episode as an inside-joke among the cast and crew.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Jerry: Alec Berg is a great John Houseman name.

      John Houseman was a famous writer/director/producer/actor. In the 1973 movie The Paper Chase (as well as the 1978 television series of the same name) he played Professor Charles W. Kingsfield Jr. who would address students in a distinctive, intimidating way. Jerry effectively imitates Houseman when saying the name "Alec Ber-r-rg".

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