Season 8 Episode 6

The Fatigues

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Oct 31, 1996 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Kramer and Elaine say that they aren't Jewish but Michael Richards and Julia Louis - Dreyfus, who play them, are Jewish.

    • Although Kramer has immense trouble making Jewish delicacies in this episode, he had no problem making African delicacies back in "The Truth".

    • In recounting his story about the Korean war, Frank seems to say, "I was the best crook Uncle Sam ever saw" instead of "the best cook".

    • Jerry and Elaine are enjoying the food at the singles function, and Jerry asks, "Have you tried the Hamantashen?" Elaine responds, "I can't get off the kishkas." Although 'Hamantashen' are a Jewish food, they are small pastries that are unlikely to be eaten together with the other dishes, and certainly wouldn't be eaten with a knife and fork. Also, the name of the dish Elaine likes is called 'kishka' (without the 's').

    • Jerry claims not to like duck, but in "The Couch" he orders special ducks for him and Elaine at Poppies.

    • When Frank decides he's tired of Estelle's cooking he yells, "Give me that spatula!" He then grabs an egg, but no spatula.

    • Right under the huge banner reading "WELCOME JEWISH SINGLES", there are two crosses hung on the wall. Pretty funny.

    • George says that he put Risk Management Expert on his resume for the job with the Yankees. However, he gave them his resume when he was doing "the opposite" of everything in 5-22, and it's unlikely he would have lied. In fact, when he has the interview in that episode for the job, he is completely honest about all his other experience.

    • Not really a goof, but a interesting reuse of a former joke. In The Red Dot, Jerry and Elaine ask Kramer to drink for them to see if they can smell the alcohol on them. Jerry pours Kramer a glass of Hennigans scotch, that his uncle gave him 2 years ago, and Jerry had been using it as a paint thinner. In The Fatigues, when Kramer goes to the Costanzas to ask Frank to cook, Frank pours a glass of scotch from a bottle of Hennigans.

    • In this episode, a big deal is made out of the fact that Frank hasn't cooked since Korea. But in "The Doorman" (season 6, episode 18), George had complained about his father making kishka.

  • Quotes

    • Jerry: So, I finally met the mentor.
      George: What's she like? Impressive?
      Jerry: Oh yeah, she's dating Bania.
      George: Bania?
      Jerry: Yeah. I had to spend two hours at dinner last night with that specimen.

    • Kramer: (Handing Jerry and Elaine a flyer) Check it out.
      Jerry: "Jewish Single Night"
      Kramer: I expect you both to be there.
      Elaine: I'm not Jewish.
      Kramer: Well, neither am I.
      Jerry: Then why are you going?
      Kramer: I'm not going; I'm running it.

    • Abby: I don't think I wanna date a mentor whose protégé is a hack.
      Jerry: I don't think I wanna date a protégé whose mentor is a Costanza.

    • (Bania reading Jerry's joke)
      Bania: Why do they call it Ovaltine? The mug is round; the jar is round… they should call it Roundtine. (pauses) That's gold Jerry, gold!

    • Eddie: Well. I'm not married to it.

    • Kramer: You know, Frank, you could take a break.
      Frank: No breaks! I feel reborn. I'm like a phoenix, rising from Arizona.

    • Eddie: It's hard to keep your shoes dry when you're kickin' in a skull.

  • Notes

    • According to the Inside Look on the DVD; Writer's Andy Robin and Gregg Kavet based this story on their experiences as being mentors and protégés at the studio.

    • This episode won the 1998 WGA Award (TV) for Episodic Comedy.

    • The music playing in the background when Frank has his flashbacks is Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings." More specifically, the piece by Samuel Barber (1910-1981) was originally the "String Quartet op. 11" (1936), from the second movement ("Molto adagio - attacca"). But, within two years, he arranged it for string orchestra and entitled that simply "Adagio for Strings". It has since become an unofficial American anthem of mourning.

  • Allusions

    • Jerry: (to George, as he throws a peanut to wake him up) Hey, Copernicus?

      This is a reference to Nicolaus Copernicus, the first astronomer to hypothesize that the universe does not revolve around Earth. Many consider his work the beginning of modern astronomy.

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