Season 8 Episode 1

The Foundation

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Sep 19, 1996 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Myanmar is 10 and a half hours ahead of New York City so there's no way it can be light in both places when Elaine is talking to Peterman on the phone.

    • At Kramer's Karaté Dojo there's a picture of martial artist Jackie Chan hanging on the wall.

    • Jerry slightly misquotes the movie "Star Trek II". The actual quote from "Wrath of Khan" was "He's not dead, not as long as we remember him." not " as long as we find a way to remember" as Jerry says.

  • Quotes

    • Elaine: (to Jerry) Between you and me, I always thought Kramer was a bit of a doofus. But, he believed in me. You did not. So, as I see it, he's not the doofus. You are the doofus.

    • Mr. Ross: It's a terrible tragedy when parents outlive their children.
      George: Yes, I agree. I hope my parents go long before I do.

    • Elaine: You've never felt remorse.
      Jerry: I know. I feel bad about that.

    • Kramer: Karate. It's a lifetime pursuit of balance and harmony.
      Jerry: But with punching and kicking.

    • Peterman: No apples. No pears. No bananas. Where's my pineapple?!

    • Jerry: (about the catalogue) How's it look?
      Elaine: (muffled, as she's smoking a cigar) It's a peach.
      Jerry: What's that?
      Elaine: I say, it's a peach.

    • George: I was free and clear. I was living the dream. I was stripped to the waist eating a block of cheese the size of a car battery.
      Jerry: Before we go any further, I'd just like to point out how disturbing it is that you equate eating a block of cheese with some sort of bachelor paradise.

    • Jerry: You're fighting children!
      Kramer: We're all on the same skill level, Jerry.

    • Kramer: What's wrong?
      Elaine: Peterman ran off to Burma, and now he wants me to run the catalog.
      Kramer: Where?
      Jerry: Myanmar.
      Kramer: The discount pharmacy?

    • Peterman: You there, on the motorbike! Sell me one of your melons!

    • J. Peterman Catalog Writer: So I pressed through the rushes, and there below me -- the shimmering waters of Lake Victoria.
      Peterman: Oh, for the love of God, man, just tell me what the product is!
      Writer: It's a... a... washcloth.
      Peterman: No washcloths!!

  • Notes

    • This episode was dedicated "In Memory of Our Friend Marjorie Gross." Marjorie died from ovarian cancer earlier this year at the age of 40, in previous seasons, Marjorie was one of show's producers and writers. She was responsible for "The Secretary", "The Fusilli Jerry", "The Understudy" and "The Shower Head." During her battle early in 1996 she wrote an article titled "Cancer Becomes Me" for The New Yorker magazine on what it is like to be dying from the disease. Thanks to Jerry Balsam, Vince Gargiulo and Kenny Kramer for the information on Marjorie's article. Marjorie also wrote some episodes of the early 1980's comedy Square Pegs.

  • Allusions

    • Kramer: (Referring to the children who beat him up) …those tiny little fists of fury!

      This references the 1971 film, Fists of Fury, starring karate icon Bruce Lee.

    • Kramer: …that something within you that says, 'Yes, I can!'
      Jerry: Sammy Davis Jr. had it.

      Reference to Sammy Davis Jr.'s autobiography entitled Yes I Can.

    • George: (With face and fists skyward) "KHAAAAAAAANN!!!"
      In one of several references to a "Star Trek" film (1982's "Wrath of Khan"), George bellows this villain's name after the eulogy Jerry stole from the film has mushroomed into a charitable foundation that will consume George's every free minute. In the actual film, Admiral James Kirk lashes out at Khan and his evil deeds with the same overwrought fury. Jason Alexander is a big fan of William Shatner and this scene was likely his homage to the actor.

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