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Season 5 Episode 20

The Fire

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM May 05, 1994 on NBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Kramer is dating one of Elaine's co-workers, a woman who drives her crazy. Kramer brings her to one of Jerry's shows, where she heckles him relentlessly; unfortunately there is a national magazine critic in the audience. George panics when there is a fire at his girlfriend's apartment, during her son's birthday party. Jerry decides to get revenge by heckling the woman where she works. She runs out of the office onto the street and loses her pinkie toe. Kramer finds the toe, takes a bus to the hospital and saves the passengers from a gunman. Inspired by Kramer's tale, George tries to confront his feelings of cowardice.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Very silly.

    George has had coward issues all his life. This was no different. He ran away like a girl who runs away from bugs. To be honest, I would have hunted him down and punched him in the face for being so cowardly and selfish. Jerry was actually very funny in this one. JKramer was his unusual self and with his girlfriend with him, it made for a funny arc. Elaine was actually funny to with her storyline. Overall, this episode had some really funny comedy, not to mention some good writing and a silly set of plots. I say that it was good. Thank you.moreless
  • Fire sale!

    Hot foots, bozos and Hecking are the fun on today's "Seinfeld." Kramer brough his date down to the comedy club where she heckle him. Ten years later Michel Richards was heckled by a couple of people. It made national headlines. I show a clip of that episode on TV. George is debating Bozo the clown with another clown. One very funny scene. another funny scene occured when Geroge panics and flen the room leaving everybody behind. "How Can you live with yourself?" someone ask George. He replied "It's not easy." And I'm not going to live with myself without giving "Seinfeld" another 10.moreless
Veanne Cox

Veanne Cox


Guest Star

Dom Irrera

Dom Irrera


Guest Star

Jon Favreau

Jon Favreau


Guest Star

Jerry Stiller

Jerry Stiller

Frank Costanza

Recurring Role

Estelle Harris

Estelle Harris

Estelle Costanza

Recurring Role

Larry David

Larry David

Comedy Club Emcee (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Jerry's jokes are about men and women watching TV. They were also the opening act for the season 2 episode "The Baby Shower".

    • An almost running gag of this episode was Jerry saying "Baby", which is George's catchphrase. What wasn't noticed, was that at one point, he said "It's gold, baby". "It's gold" is Kenny Bania's catchphrase.

    • When George is sitting in the back of the ambulance after fleeing the fire, the children yell at him for leaving them behind. However, you can see that several of the children are smiling.

    • Annoyed that Toby got the promotion because of her pinkie-toe, Elaine rants about how stupid and useless the pinkie-toe is. However, only a few episodes earlier, in "The Conversion," Elaine tells her podiatrist boyfriend how much she loves feet and the pinkie-toe in particular.

    • The character Ronnie (played by Dom Irrera) wears a Boston Bruins jersey with the name "Irrera" written on the back.

    • When Jerry gives George the magazine with his review inside, we see Jerry flip through the magazine and land on a page with a black background, with the left page facing up. However, in the next shot, he hands the magazine to George with a white sheet facing up on the left side of the magazine, and in the shot after, George is miraculously reading on the right page of the magazine without flipping the magazine over!

    • Jerry asks George if he knocked over Robin when he was knocking down everyone, trying to get out of the apartment. George claims that he did knock her down...but when George runs out the door, you can clearly see Robin run in from the bottom right corner of the screen in a red sweatshirt, showing that she never was knocked down by George.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Jerry: There's no precedent, baby!
      George: What, are you using my babies now?

    • Jerry: (after Toby heckled him) Booing and hissing are not part of the show. You boo puppets. You hiss villains in silent movies.

    • Kramer: (talking about Toby) Oooh, she's a package full of energy.
      Elaine: Yeah, she's a package full of something.

    • George: Go fold your little balloon animals, Eric. Eric… What kind of name is that for a clown?

    • Toby: Look, I have goose bumps. Touch! Touch them!

    • Jerry: Men don't care what's on TV, men only care what else is on TV.

    • George: You did all this for a pinkie toe?
      Kramer: Well, it's a valuable appendage.

    • Kramer: Then, everybody is screaming because the bus driver is passed out from all the commotion. The bus is out of control! So I grab him by the collar, take him out of the seat. I get behind the wheel and now I'm driving the bus!
      George: You're Batman.
      Kramer: Yeah, yeah I am Batman. Then the mugger, he comes to and he starts choking me. So I'm fighting him off with one hand, and I kept driving the bus with the other, you know. Then, I managed to open up the door and I kicked him out the door, you know. With my foot, you know, at the next stop.
      Jerry: You kept making all the stops?
      Kramer: Well, people kept ringing the bell.

    • Ronnie: I heard you went down to somebody's office and heckled them?
      Jerry: Damn right! We've been lapdogs long enough!
      Ronnie: How could you do that? I mean, everybody's talking about it.
      Jerry: Well, it's about time one of us drew a line in the sand.
      Ronnie: Jerry, you're like Rosa Parks. You opened the door for all of us. I can't wait till the next time someone heckles me.

    • Robin's Mother: (at George) That's the coward that left us to die!

    • Fireman: How do you live with yourself?
      George: It's not easy.

    • Kramer: (about Jerry) After he heckled Toby, she got so upset she ran out of the building. And a street sweeper ran over her foot, and severed her pinkie toe.
      George: That's unbelievable!
      Kramer: Yeah, then after the ambulance left I found the toe. So I put it in a Cracker Jack box filled it with ice, and took off for the hospital.
      George: You ran?
      Kramer: No, I jumped on the bus. I told the bus driver 'I've got a toe here buddy, step on it!'

    • George: How can you call yourself a clown and not know who Bozo is?
      Eric: Hey man, what are you hassling me for? This is just a gig, it's not my life. I don't know who Bozo is. What, is he a clown?
      George: What? Is he a clown? Are you kidding me?
      Eric: Well, what is he?
      George: Yes, he's a clown!
      Eric: Alright, so what's the big deal? There's millions of clowns. You're livin' in the past, man! You're hung up on some clown from the '60s, man!

    • Jerry: Bozo the Clown. I mean, does he really need "the Clown" in his title, as clown? Are we gonna confuse him with Bozo the District Attorney? Bozo the Pope? There's no other Bozo.

    • George: She should be commending me for treating everyone like equals.
      Jerry: Well, perhaps when she's released from the burnt center she'll see things differently.

    • Jerry: So you feel women and children first, in this day and age, is somewhat of an antiquated notion?
      George: To some degree.
      Jerry: So basically, it's every man, woman, child, and invalid for themselves...
      George: In a manner of speaking.

  • NOTES (0)


    • (Jerry has turned the tables on a heckler by going to her place of work to heckle her)
      Prop Comic: Jerry, you're like Rosa Parks. You opened the door for all of us.

      Rosa Parks was the black woman who in 1955 refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man. Her action inspired the civil rights movement and brought about important changes in legislation.