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 ?

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)

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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.