Season 2 Episode 3

The Jacket

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 06, 1991 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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.

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