Season 7 Episode 5

The Hot Tub

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Oct 19, 1995 on NBC
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Episode Summary

George picks up a bad habit from some visiting baseball officials. During the time of the New York City Marathon, Elaine has an out of country runner as her house guest. The runner had overslept and missed the big race at the last Olympics and Jerry obsesses with ensuring that it doesn't happen again. Kramer gets a hot tub from his friend Lomez and Elaine has writer's block.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • The Hot Tub

    TBS is showing classic episodes of Seinfeld featuring George Steinbrenner to honor his legacy this week and they do not get much better than this. Definitely a Top 10 episode from Jean Paul Jean Paul to the hot tub to just about anything and everything in between. Having Jerry go crazy to get him up, referencing the past episode where Elaine did it, was a great scene and anytime I hear the numbers 402 or 847 I crack up instantly.

    Few episodes have as many quotable lines as this one and simply put few episodes are as good as this one.moreless
  • I like comedy.

    This was a funny episode of Seinfeld. I must say it was better than I expected it to be the second time around. The main storyline was very good and it was also very entertaining. I found it hilarious to see Kramer fall asleep and forget to wake up Jerry and the runner. I think that the best parts were Kramer forgetting and the runner spilling hot coffee on himself. It was all thanks to Kramer and his ability to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Overall, it was a decent episode and a very nice change. Thank you.moreless
  • This one doesn't get enough credit.

    The Hot Tub is one episode that I have always thought very highly of and is a personal favorite of mine. Not so much for the main story of Elaine watching Jean-Paul while he's in town for a big race but instead because of the side story with George and the reps from the Houston Astros in town to talk about interleague play. The way that the reps talk is so funny but when it gives the idea to George to talk like that is really funny. Then, Jean-Paul gets the idea to say it. This is truly one of the funniest episodes out there.moreless
  • Season 7, Episode 5.

    Wow. Pretty interesting. Also, it's just like an average episode. The Himalayan guy talking to Jerry was annoying. Kramer has a hot tub in the living room. Haha. Jerry criticizes Elaine for showing up late. Haha! I love Elaine's sarcasm! Julia is such a great actress. Not only in this, but also in The New Adventures of Old Christine. I liked the guys that were always saying "son of a **** and "bastard." Haha, drunks are always funny. :) Kramer burns himself in his hot tub, which is like one hundred twenty degrees. Haha, Seinfeld is a comic genius, and I'm glad he created this masterpiece series.moreless
  • An excellent episode that is overshadowed by others

    This episode was one of those Seinfeld episodes that is hidden and overshadowed by other episodes. I have been watching Seinfeld for YEARS and I only saw this episode for the first time the other night. "The Hot Tub" is a true gem and a great Seinfeld episode. I'm actually surprised that it is not shown more on television, too. The overall plot is extremely clever and one that will keep you laughing minute after minute, especially at Kramer's hot tub. I recommend this episode to any Seinfeld fan. The "Hot Tub" was a magnificent find and is truly one of a kind.moreless
Jeremiah Birkett

Jeremiah Birkett


Guest Star

Leon Russom

Leon Russom


Guest Star

Ernie Lively

Ernie Lively


Guest Star

Larry David

Larry David

Voice of George Steinbrenner

Recurring Role

Richard Herd

Richard Herd


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • The winner of the 1995 New York City Marathon was German Silva of Mexico in a time of 2 hours and 11 minutes.

    • Kramer says "water went down to 58 degrees", however in the previous scene the thermometer reads 52 degrees.

    • When Jerry had offered to put up Jean-Paul in a hotel, he responded by saying that he planned to stay with Elaine, and that it would be rude not to. Then, later, while Elaine is wandering the streets searching for Jean-Paul, she hears Jerry's and Jean-Paul's voices repeating in her head. Jean-Paul's says, "I trust Elaine. She is my friend." However, this was not his original response to Jerry, and he never says this in the episode.

    • Wilhelm sends George to meet the reps from Houston where they are going to discuss the possibility of inter-league play. This episode was first aired in 1995 the first inter-league game would not be played until June 12, 1997.

    • Watch when Elaine goes over to her neighbor's apartment to ask her if she has seen Jean Paul. When the neighbor opens her door it almost closes behind her but magically it re-opens without her touching it (obviously by one of the crew).

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Jerry: What happened to your mental alarm?
      Kramer: I guess I hit the snooze.

    • George Steinbrenner: We all get a little cuckoo sometimes, George. I used to be like you. Berating personnel until they cried, calling managers on the field during a game, threatening to move the team to New Jersey, just to upset people. Then I found a way to relax. I've got two words to say to you, George… Hot Tub!

    • George: When you look annoyed all the time, people think that you're busy.

    • Jean-Paul: Why separate knob? Why separate knob!?
      Jerry: Some people like to have the radio alarm a little louder than the radio.
      Jean-Paul: Oh please, man , please!

    • Jerry: What do you want to wake up to? Top 40? Adult contemporary?
      Jean-Paul: Yes, yes, adult contemporary. Whatever man! Just pick one!
      Jerry: Ok...we're going with adult contempo!

    • Elaine: He's Trinidadian and Tobagan.

    • Jean-Paul: Aw, look at the cute little bastard!

    • Clayton: …speak up George, I can't hear you!
      George: You tell that son-of-a-bitch that no Yankee is ever coming to Houston; not as long as you bastards are running things!
      (Mr. Wilhelm walks by right as George curses)

    • Kramer: No I'm telling ya, it's great; I opened up all the windows; the air is cold, the tub is boiling-hot; it's like Sweden, man. Sweee-den!

    • Jean-Paul: This son-of-a-bitch is ICE cold!

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode was nominated for the 1996 Eddie Award for Best Edited Half-Hour Series for Television.

    • Viewer Ryan Huddleston notes this episode is where Kramer first mentions his friend Lomez. While Kyle Westphal seems to have missed this mention, he's noted that Kramer has also mentioned Lomez in the following episodes: "The Package", "The Fatigues", "The Slicer", "The Betrayal", "The Apology".