Season 7 Episode 10

The Gum

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Dec 14, 1995 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Kramer is active in the re-opening of an old movie theater. He also is keeping an eye on a friend, Lloyd, who's recovering from a nervous breakdown. Lloyd has a pack of Chinese gum that Kramer insists everyone tries. George thinks the cashier short-changed him and meets a former neighbor (who's had a breakdown) and his daughter, Deena. George lets his former neighbor look at his car. Elaine tries to avoid interacting with Lloyd, loses a button from her blouse and reveals herself to Lloyd and Kramer. Because of Elaine's lie, Jerry must wear glasses while around Lloyd. Deena tells George that she thinks he is showing signs of being on the verge of a breakdown. George's car, once owned by "Jon Voight" in "The Mom & Pop Store", catches fire. Elaine shows more to Lloyd. Jerry gets more gum. George keeps trying to convince Deena he's not crazy.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Top 5 all time

    ...Not just of the series, but of TV comedy history. This is comedy writing executed perfectly. The way the pieces of the puzzle fall into place throughout the intertwining storylines was second to none at the time, and really does not have a match to this day. Seinfeld was a blessing to American TV, and its influence is everywhere (whether people want to admit it or not). And The Gum may provide the best example of this.moreless
  • 710

    This is what makes Seinfeld: Seinfeld! All the story lines came together perfectly, I really don't know where to start. From the woman thinking that George had a disorder to Elaine's constant run-ins with Lloyd Braun and making it seem like she wants him without doing anything.

    I loved how Elaine told the man to stop with the hose which was the reason George couldn't get his car's fire to go out. And Jerry having to pretend to wear glasses to go with Elaine's lie which results in him getting one hundred dollars worth of gum.

    We got a fantastic payoff to show for all the random story lines. This episode had everything: great writing, fantastic acting, and an amazingly well-thought out story line. Seinfeld has done it again! Nice to see Seinfeld hasn't lost "it" after seven years of being on the air. Great episode.moreless
  • The Gum

    This was the perfect episode to show somebody just what Seinfeld really is all about. All the storylines being intertwined and coming together at the end, and the dialogue of every scene being oh so important.

    This saw the return of the great character of Lloyd Braun. While he certainly was no Joe Devola, this was still an excellent guest character, one of many, on Seinfeld.

    It may not have been the funniest Seinfeld ever, but this was a perfectly written and perfectly acted episode. Definitely worth viewing in syndication or on TBS. Make sure you see this one, you won't regret it!moreless
  • Hilarious episode.

    This was a great episode. I must say that it wasn't at all boring during a single minute of the show. Kramer wanted to run a movie theater and failed to run it well. At the same time, Kramer's friend was on the recovery from an illness and he wanted to boost his confidence. Jerry ended up buying 100 dollars worth of gum because he was wearing glasses he didn't need to wear. Elaine was in trouble because her shirt got wet and was leading Kramer's friend to believe that she liked him. Overall it was a great episode with some funny bits here and there. Thank you.moreless
  • Elaine accidentally flirts with recently institutionalized Lloyd Braun and Jerry accidentally orders $100 worth of gum that he doesn't even like very much. George is a victim of circumstance and is perceived as crazy.moreless

    One of the most intricate and well-written episodes in the entire series. The viewer is constantly bounced back and forth between storylines that at first seem unrelated but become very intricately woven by the episode's end. This is typical of Seinfeld, however, this episode more than most represents the series. The viewer is continually cracking up immensely due to the continued ways in which George is perceived as crazy. This episode in one in which George steals the show, even if it is named after the gum, involving Jerry, Kramer, Elaine, and Lloyd Braun. Without question one of my all-time favourite episodes in the entirity of the series. Makes you want to stand up and applaud at the episode's end.moreless
Matt McCoy

Matt McCoy

Lloyd Braun

Guest Star

Mary Jo Keenen

Mary Jo Keenen


Guest Star

Eric Christmas

Eric Christmas


Guest Star

Larry David

Larry David

Newspaper stand worker (uncredited appearance)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • George believes that the cashier at Monk's shortchanged him, having given him change for a ten, insisting that he'd given her a twenty. This is the second time we see George in this situation. In Season 3's "The Stranded," George makes the same claim about the cashier at a drugstore.

    • Elaine says that when Lloyd had his nervous breakdown was about the same time that she broke up with him. However, in Season 5's "The Non-Fat Yogurt," the last we hear of Elaine's and Lloyd's relationship is that Lloyd stopped calling Elaine, prompting Elaine to fear that her weight had turned him off.

    • Lloyd offers to introduce Jerry to the gum importer so that he can get the gum whenever he wants. However, when they go to get more, Lloyd runs in and leaves Jerry in the car.

    • While in the park, George claims, "She stole $20 from me!" But he claims that he paid with a $20 and only received change for a ten; therefore, he was only cheated out of $10.

    • When George first pulls up and gets out of his car to visit his parents, Pop comes over and greets him. He asks if he can look under the hood and George allows it. George never pops the hood, however, Pop is still able to open it.

    • When George is at the cashier in the coffee shop there's a no smoking sign but earlier in the episode Kramer was smoking a pipe.

    • At the beginning of the episode George says to Lloyd "I don't chew gum". so why at the end, just before discovering his mistake about his bill, he's about to buy a pack of gum?

      I think George was just saying that to Lloyd because he was trying to get his spirits down by turning him down. When George first confronts the cashier and Lloyd appears again, I think George said that he didn't chew gum again because he didn't want to change his story.

    • When George first gets the "Jon Voight" car in "The Mom and Pop Store", he says that it's an '89 LeBaron. Yet in this episode, he tells Deena's father that it's an '83.

      I believe George says I went with an 89 LeBaron. Instead of a Volvo.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Kramer: Now see, this is what the holidays are all about. Three buddies sitting around, chewing gum.

    • Lloyd Braun: We've really gotta get that Elaine a boyfriend.

    • Jerry: (to Elaine) Well, if it isn't Chesty Larue!

    • George: That cashier is riding horses on my money.
      Jerry: Well, here's what I propose. Go down to the stables, snoop around, see if any high-flying cashier's been throwing twenty-dollar bills around with big lips.

    • Kramer: (giving a tour of the theatre) She was built in 1922 during the golden age of movie palaces. Minor restorations in 1941, 47, 52, 58, 63, and currently to our present period of time.

    • Jerry: I think I finally figured out what the flavor is in this gum. It's a little lo-meiny.

    • (George wants Deena's father to pay for the damages to his car)
      Deena: And I suppose Lloyd Braun had something to do with it too?
      George: No, not Lloyd Braun, but the cashier.
      Deena: What cashier?
      George: You remember the woman on the horse? She wanted my spot.
      Deena: To park her horse?
      George: No, she wasn't on the horse.

    • (In his car, George is waiting for the engine to warm up. Another car is waiting for him to pull out of his spot, and impatiently sounds the horn)
      George: All right, all right.
      (The horn sounds again)
      George: Hang on, it's warming up!
      (The horn sounds several more times. Fed up, George angrily gets out of his car)
      George: Oh, you mother…
      (He walks over to the car)
      George: Hey, what is your problem?!
      (The driver rolls down the window and reveals herself to be the cashier)
      George: Oh, hello! It's you! Listen, lady, I got six minutes left on that meter, and I'm not budging until you admit you stole my twenty dollars. Heh-heh-heh. You're not so tough when you're not on your horse, are you, Ruthie?
      Cashier: Your car's on fire.
      (Her windshield reflects the flames erupting from George's car, and he dashes off back toward it)
      George: Ah! Fire!
      Cashier: Merry Christmas.

    • George: The whole time that I was growing up, all I ever heard from my mother was, "Why can't you be more like that Lloyd Braun?"
      Jerry: And in the end, Lloyd Braun became more like you.

    • George: Do you think she's happy?
      Jerry: Who?
      George: The cashier.
      Jerry: Ruthie Cohen?
      George: You know her name?
      Jerry: Sure.
      George: I don't think I've ever spoken to her.
      Jerry: Maybe that's why she's happy.

    • Kramer: (to Elaine) Yeah, well I'm sorry. The Alex is a family theater, not one of your "swing-joints"!

    • Kramer: Why go to a restaurant when you can just throw something in the microwave? Why go to the park and fly a kite when you can just pop a pill?

    • Larry David: (as the street vendor) I'm sorry your majesty, but we don't accept bills with lipstick on the president.

    • George: Don't you see? He was wearing glasses to fool Lloyd Braun!

    • George: (Looking at his car after it caught on fire) The Jon Voight car is no more…

  • NOTES (5)


    • Haarwood: (to Kramer, referring to the king costume) Well, I'd love to lend it to you, but I doubt if it would fit a man of your impressive, Raymond Massey-like physique.

      Raymond Massey was an actor who starred in numerous films from the 1920s to 1960s. Some of his roles included Abe Lincoln and Sherlock Holmes. Massey was known for his tall, gaunt appearance.