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Season 2 Episode 3

The Jacket

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 06, 1991 on NBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Jerry splurges on an expensive new suede jacket, but the colorful inner lining leaves something to be desired. When Elaine does Kramer a favor, Jerry and George get stuck alone with Elaine's intimidating, curmudgeonly father.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • superb

    What I liked: Lawrence Tierney as Elaine's dad, George having that song from Les Miserables stuck in his head, Elaine's dad singing the same song at the end of the episode, Elaine telling Jerry her dad thinks George is gay because he "thinks everyone's gay her dad not letting Jerry wear his new jacket inside out because it was pink, etc.

    Pretty funny episode from the show's second season. I laughed at a lot of things and thoroughly enjoyed it. B+/A- as my final grademoreless
  • Highlight from the Second Season

    In this episode; Jerry buys a classy suede jacket before a big meeting with Elaine's intimidating novelist father. When Elaine doesn't show up; Jerry and George spend a painful amount of time with the scary Alton Benes until it's time to leave up then it starts snowing and with Jerry's jacket being suede.........

    As far as plot goes; this episode is very skeletal with the episode revolving around Jerry and George being stuck with the tough guy until Elaine finally arrives; her story of why she was so late would've made for a fine sub - plot but it was only told through the fleeting words of Elaine as so many of her stories have been in the early seasons.

    The episode is definitely funny with Kramer stealing the few scenes he's in, the running gag of George and the song "Master of the House" but overall watching the triangle of terror between Elaine's Dad, Jerry and George is side - splitting. If none of that appeals to you then you can take time in guessing exactly what the price of the jacket was; their reactions to it should give you some clues.

    This episode is jam - packed with good performances; Jerry and George give convincingly terrified performances (apparently their fear was genuine as Lawrence Tierney was a threatening presence on set) and do a great comedy duo - type routine. Lawrence Tierney appears slightly uncomfortable in the show as comedy was never his thing but after a few minutes you mirror the feelings of Jerry and George. Julia Louis - Dreyfus and Michael Richards are given basically cameo roles but they both light up in them.

    This episode isn't the best of the series or even the second season but it contains hilarious moments and is a breakthrough for the show so can safely be called a classic.moreless
  • …with an unblemished record of staunched heterosexuality

    'The Jacket' is a great episode full of wonderfully written jokes and less emphasis on plot that the previous shows tried. Although still lacking in some areas, and not quite hitting the nail on the head with the gags, the show is nevertheless evolving, taking form into something witty and intelligent.

    The plot of the episode is notably thin, but as a result leaves lots of room for drawn-out uncomfortable scenes where such is needed, which strengthen it as a whole. Perhaps the best example of this is during Jerry and George's meeting with Alton Benes (Elaine's father) in which the two are completely out of their comfort zone; intimidated and frightened by the man's passive-aggressive nature. Jerry and Jason both play the parts wonderfully, being utterly convincing and hilarious in their awkwardness. Tierney completes the triangle and delivers a performance both utterly amusing and yet convincingly threatening all the same.

    The limited scenes with Kramer and Elaine work well, using both characters but I'm starting to get a little tired of Elaine's usual shelving to mere dialogue recaps rather than anything visual. I understand that there simply isn't enough time in one episode to show everything that she talks about, but it's undeniably frustrating when it happens over and over. As usual though both cast members do a great job with what they're given, with Richards as usual stealing any scene that he's in- check out that curious desire for Jerry's old jacket!

    In the end, a strong episode from season two; not quite as funny as some previous episodes, but is certainly memorable and distinct from the rest. With great performances, a wonderful guest character and the lots of Jerry's mundane every-day life philosophy, 'The Jacket' is great entertainment.moreless
  • A great episode showing the stark difference in generations. Elaine's father is old school; strong and gruff; Jerry and George are intimidated out of their skin.

    I love the intimidation of the WW II veteran--a Man's Man--and the metro-sexuals Jerry and George. Great stuff. A great episode showing the stark difference in generations. Elaine's father is old school; strong and gruff; Jerry and George are intimidated out of their skin.

    Jerry and George hiding in the bathroom and being afraid to go back out and encounter the man is super. Wish this character had been in a couple of more episodes. He is right up there with Jack Klupkus but for entirely different reasons. "Pipe down chorus boy" is a great line and it stops George right in his tracks.moreless
  • My all-time favorite episode

    Most started watching "the Show About Nothing" in the series' middle years, but I believe that 'Seinfeld' was at its best in the begining, although it remained the greatest sitcom of all time until its end.

    'The Jacket' is a great example of the overall greatness of the first few seasons. 'The Jacket' is my favorite episode for many reasons. First of all, it introduces us to Alton Benes, Elaine's dad, an imitading presence whose effects are felt by the veiwer as well as Jerry and George.

    Second of all, who hasn't been able to relate to Jerry's story about getting something new and not being able to put it down or take it off?

    Now, this is a sitcom, so comedy plays an important part in this as well. It's full of funny moments, both obvious (like George's constant singing, another relatable story) and subtle (like Geroge grabbing Jerry's sleeve, only to have it yanked away). Kramer's story plays a part in the main story in typical 'Seinfeld' fashion, and the ending is just hilarious.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • This episode originally had a reference to executed serial killer Gary Gilmore's last words of "Let's do it" until the scene was changed during the final shoot. In the deleted scenes from the episode Jerry is trying to decide upon buying "The Jacket" when he finally remarks to Elaine: "Well, in the immortal words of Gary Gilmore 'Let's do it'".

    • This episode has the only mention of Elaine's mother on the show.

    • This episode introduces the running gag of George trying to restrain Jerry by pulling on his sleeve which Jerry responds to by yanking his arm away.

    • When Jerry and George are in the bathroom, George dries his hands with a paper towel, even though he never washed them.

    • On hearing George's obsessive singing of "Master of the House" from Les Miserables, Jerry tells him that composer Robert Schumann was driven mad by hearing a note, possible A, over and over in his head. "Master of the House" is in the key of A (minor in the verses, major in the chorus).

    • As Jerry and George are walking out of the restaurant with Elaine and her father, George starts singing. Elaine's father tells George to quiet down. After this, George's glasses are gone that were present in the previous shot. Then, in the next shot, they reappear.

    • George pours himself a glass of water from a single serving bottle and he puts the empty bottle back in the fridge.

    • When Jerry and George meet up with Elaine's father at the hotel, they escape to the bathroom.... Jerry goes, then George. When they switch to the Bathroom, Jerry is washing up, takes a towel and dries his hands & face while they talk.

      As they leave, George throws his paper towel into the trash can on the right. Jerry throws his paper towel into the trash can on the left, but misses... The paper towel lands on the floor.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Mr. Benes: Are you working?
      Elaine: Yeah, I'm reading manuscripts for Pendant Publishing. I told you ten times.
      Mr. Benes: Pendant, those bastards!

    • Jerry: I had a leather jacket that got ruined. Now, why does moisture ruin leather? I don't get this. Aren't cows outside most of the time? I don't understand it. When it's raining do cows go up to the farmhouse, "Let us in, we're all wearing leather. Open the door! We're gonna ruin the whole outfit here!" "Is it suede?" "I am suede, the whole thing is suede, I can't have this cleaned. It's all I got!"

    • George: And I'll tell you something else, I'm not even going to ask you. I want to know. But I'm not gonna ask. You'll tell me when you feel comfortable. So what was it? Four hundred? Five hundred? Did you pay five hundred for this? (Jerry coyly ignores George's questions, while George grows increasingly serious.) Over six? Can't be seven. Don't tell me you paid seven hundred dollars for this jacket! Did you pay seven hundred dollars for this jacket? Is that what you're saying to me? You are sick! Is that what you paid for this jacket? Over seven hundred? What did you pay for this jacket? I won't say anything. I wanna know what you paid for this jacket! Oh my God! A thousand dollars? You paid a thousand dollars for this jacket? All right, fine. (George heads for the door) I'm walking outta here right now thinking you paid a thousand dollars for this jacket, unless you tell me different. (Jerry remains silent) Oh, ho! All right! I'll tell you what, if you don't say anything in the next five seconds, I'll know it was over a thousand.

    • George: I just wanted to tell you that I really enjoyed Fair Game. I thought it was just brilliant.
      Mr. Benes: Drivel.
      George: Maybe some parts.
      Mr. Benes: What parts?
      George: The drivel parts.

    • Jerry: This jacket has completely changed my life.
      George: Can I say one thing to you? And I say this with an unblemished record of staunched heterosexuality. It's fabulous.

    • Mr. Benes: We had a funny guy with us in Korea. Tailgunner. They blew his brains out all over the Pacific… There's nothing funny about that.

    • George: (singing) Master of the house, doling out the charm…
      Mr. Benes: (singing) Master of the house, keeper of the inn…

    • George: (mocking Alton Benes) He's in the bathroom.

    • Jerry: How are we going to get out of it?
      George: We'll say we're frightened and we have to go home.

    • Mr. Benes: Pipe down, chorus boy.

    • Elaine: My father thinks George is gay.
      Jerry: Because of all the singing?
      Elaine: No, he pretty much thinks everyone is gay.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Laurence Tierney, who played Elaine's father, was never brought back for another episode (though the writers had considered him possibly coming back) for several reasons. For one, he stole a knife from the set, and two, almost everyone was afraid of him. The crew was generally terrified and could not stand to have him back. For further information on this, check the season 1 & 2 DVD's.