Season 4 Episode 20

The Junior Mint

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Mar 18, 1993 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Jerry has a date with a woman whose name he has forgotten, but it "rhymes with a female body part." Could it be "Mulva"? Elaine visits an old boyfriend who's in the hospital for an operation; he was once fat, thin she's interested again. Kramer gets an opportunity to witness the operation and he drags Jerry along, while watching they have an accident with a "Junior Mint."moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Dolores?

    Well I really like this episode but I don't like how they leave me hanging in the end. Is her name really Dolores? I would like to know. I mean I wanted to know through the whole episode. The least they can do is give me the name of the person. Anyways the main plot of the episode is when Jerry & Kramer accidentally drop a junior mint in to a surgery. Boy, are these story lines getting complicated or what? Anyways, once e the patient starts getting worse. George buys him a 1900 dollar painting, but then regrets it when he gets better.I didn't understand that because George is very cheap. So that is what was out of character.moreless
  • My favorite episode

    This is my favorite Seinfeld episode. The entire episode is hilarious from the junior mint falling into a man during surgery, to Jerry trying to guess what his girlfriend's name is, to the junior mint saving the man's life. Thinking her name was "Mulva" and the things Jerry does to try to find out her name are clever and the ending when he figures out the name is hilarious. The best episode yet.moreless
  • The Junior Mint

    This was a defining episode of Seinfeld. How many other shows could have an episode about a piece of candy and make it not seem ridiculous? Fellow Larry David laffer Curb Your Enthusiasm is probably the only show that could do such a thing.

    The episode as a whole just worked. It was fast-moving, it was funny and featured some great Jerry/Kramer chemistry, something that disappeared for the most part in the later years of the show. This was also the first appearance of the doctor, who would go on to be a crucial part of this shows storied history.moreless
  • one of my favorites

    In this episode, Jerry and kramer go to watch an operation and while they are watching it, kramer accidently spills a junior mint into his stomach and no one sees. This episode is really hilarious and has alot of the little, clever jokes that make seinfeld the great show it is. One of my favorite moments is when Kramer meets elaines friend and he says how do you do? and kramer goes I do great! Overall this episode is very clever, funny, and definately memorable. Its a fine episode because it really defines what seinfeld is with its style of comedymoreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • When Elaine talks about her friend's condition in the hospital, she says "prognosis negative", which was the name of a movie she and Jerry wanted to go see in "The Dog".

    • Jerry says that the mint bounced off a "respirator thing" and into the patient and we do hear the sounds of a respirator during the surgery but when it shows the patient, it's obvious that he's not on one.

    • This episode aired out of production order. Consequently, while Jerry is seen in this episode playing with his yo-yo, two episodes later, in "The Handicap Spot", Jerry mentions to George that he is considering getting a yo-yo.

    • Spoiler alert!:
      The name "Dolores" was suggested by a woman in the audience during filming and was not in the script.

    • cli-TOR-us is an archaic pronunciation. CLIT-ur-is is the preferred pronunciation. This left many people wondering how they arrived at Delores.

    • Spiler alert!:
      When "Mulva" leaves Jerry's apartment in disgust that he didn't remember her correct name, Jerry mulls it over for a brief moment, and then runs to the window and shouts down to the street, "Dolores!" The time elapsed is only about 4 seconds from when "Mulva" shuts Jerry's door, and Jerry running to the window. It would take much longer for "Mulva/Dolores" to reach the street in front of Jerry's apartment.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • The Doctor: I have no medical evidence to back me up, but something happened during the operation that staved off that infection. Something beyond science. Something perhaps from above…
      Kramer: Mint?
      The Doctor: Those can be very refreshing.

    • Jerry: Y'know I remember when I was a kid growing up, kids would make fun of my name like you wouldn't believe - 'Jerry Jerry Dingleberry', 'Seinsmelled'…

    • George: (explaining why he wants to watch a video at Jerry's place) Because if I watch it at my apartment I feel like I'm not doing anything. If I watch it here, I'm out of the house; I'm doing something.

    • Jerry: Produce section. Very provocative area. A lot of melons and shapes. Everyone's squeezing and smelling…

    • Kramer: Who's gonna turn down a Junior Mint? It's chocolate, it's peppermint -it's delicious!
      Jerry: That's true.
      Kramer: It's very refreshing!

    • (Jerry is in his apartment, obliviously relating the day's events to George.)
      Jerry: Over the balcony, bounced off some respirator thing into the patient!
      George: What do you mean "into the patient?"
      Jerry: Into the patient, literally!
      George: Into the hole?
      Jerry: Yes, the hole!
      George: Didn't they notice it?
      Jerry: No!
      George: How could they not notice it?!
      Jerry: Because it's a little mint. It's a Junior Mint.
      George: W-ca-What did they do?
      Jerry: They sealed him up with the mint inside.
      George: They left the Junior Mint in him?
      Jerry: Yes!
      George: I-I guess it can't hurt him. People eat pounds of those things.
      Jerry: Yes, they eat them. They don't put them next to vital organs in their abdominal cavity!

    • Kramer: We'll open 'em up and saw through the bone...(imitates saw noise) Gneeerrrr! We'll see what's INSIDE bone!

    • Kramer: They're gonna cut him open. His guts'll be all over the place!

    • Elaine: Did you hear that Jerry? He couldn't eat for weeks!
      Jerry: (uncaring) That's terrible...

    • (George is intently watching "Home Alone")
      Elaine: What's with him?
      Jerry: You know, a lot of people have asked that.

    • George: "Interest" - it's an amazing thing, you make money by doing nothing.
      Jerry: I have some friends who base their lives on that very principal.
      George: Really? Who?
      Jerry: No one you know.

    • Jerry: (guessing his girlfriend's name) Mulva?

    • Dolores: Oh, Jerry.

    • Kramer: Come on Jerry hurry I don't want to miss it.
      Jerry: Let me finish my coffee. Then we'll go watch 'em slice this fat bastard up.

  • NOTES (4)

    • A different ending that was never filmed was mentioned in "Notes About Nothing." It featured George selling Roy's artwork to Kramer for a small amount of money. Kramer then states that Roy died, which meant that his artwork was now worth a fortune, and George regrets selling it too soon, knowing that he could've been rich.

    • Jerry noted in an interview that the line, "Let me finish my coffee and we'll watch them slice the fat bastard up" was not in the original script. It was improvised on the day of the taping.

    • For the record, the company from Milwaukee was in fact Miller Brewing Company, of Miller High Life and Miller Lite fame. Second biggest brewer in the country. This is why this case got so much press. He originally won about $25 million in damages, but later had to file for bankruptcy after Miller appealed and the courts threw the case out.
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    • This episode sparked a lawsuit from an employee of a company located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. The employee claims that this company allegedly used the following incident as an excuse to fire him. He discussed this episode with a female co-worker. She didn't get the joke. So he provided a photocopy of a dictionary definition of the body part in question so he wouldn't have to say it.