Season 6 Episode 17

The Kiss Hello

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 16, 1995 on NBC
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Elaine's friend, a physical therapist, whom Jerry must "kiss hello," has an old style hairdo, that Jerry and Elaine want Kramer to comment on. Jerry's grandmother wants him to open a ketchup bottle and she tells a story about some money that Uncle Leo was supposed to give his sister. Jerry's father is anxious to collect the money and interest Leo owes. Kramer puts tenant pictures up in the lobby and soon Jerry is giving every woman in the building, the "kiss hello"; however, when he stops, he becomes unpopular. George gets his arm looked at, misses a follow up appointment and must pay for that visit. The therapist skips out on her patients, including George, and goes skiing with Elaine. After their trip, she drops Elaine off 3 blocks from her apartment. Elaine injures her shoulder carrying her equipment home, and can't get any complementary treatment. Jerry gets proof of his uncle's dishonesty.moreless

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  • A Hair-larious Episode

    Two things really make "The Kiss Hello" stand out. Jerry's reaction to the annoying practice of having to kiss everyone in his building whenever they see him is hilarious. He just doesn't want to do it. And when he lets them know, it's pretty telling about human nature, and very funny to watch their reactions to him. The other thing about this episode is the hilarious, rather nasty character played by Wendie Malick. Her big "high school yearbook" hairdo is one of the great sight-gags of the series. And a classic moment comes when Elaine and Jerry introduce her to Kramer: he compliments her on her hair!moreless
Wendie Malick

Wendie Malick


Guest Star

Billye Ree Wallace

Billye Ree Wallace


Guest Star

Carol Leifer

Carol Leifer


Guest Star

Liz Sheridan

Liz Sheridan

Helen Seinfeld

Recurring Role

Barney Martin

Barney Martin

Morty Seinfeld

Recurring Role

Len Lesser

Len Lesser

Uncle Leo

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • When Jerry discovers his picture has been defaced in the lobby, Kramer says, "don't worry…I made double prints". This is impossible, as Kramer took the original photo with a Polaroid Instamatic camera, which prints out one self-developing photo when a picture is taken. It's impossible to make an actual double print using that type of camera/film.

    • The episode features the first male - on - male kiss on Seinfeld.

    • Both Jerry and Uncle Leo are called over to Nana's house to open the ketchup bottle. When she goes to hand the bottle to Jerry, he and Uncle Leo fight over who will open it, and in the end, Jerry lets Uncle Leo handle it. However, after a few moments, Leo still hasn't been able to open it. He simply hands it back to his mother who sits on the couch trying to open it. It got lost in the discussion of the money from the track, but the whole point of Jerry and Leo being there was to open the ketchup, and that never got done.

    • Kramer emphasizes how much he likes the idea of everyone in the building knowing each other's names, even commenting that that's the type of society he wants to be living in. However, in "The Non-Fat Yogurt", he makes fun of the idea of New Yorkers wearing name tags for that same reason.

    • When you see the picture Kramer took, Jerry is looking from the right side, but when Kramer actually takes the picture, Jerry is turning to his left side.

    • After Kramer implements his reaching out program in the lobby, a tenent walks out from the elevator and says, "Hi, Cosmo." However, Kramer has his LAST name posted on the bulletin. It is possible that they've met before, but in this instance, Kramer is demonstrating the popularity of his new "get to know each other" program.

    • When Kramer takes Jerry's picture for his board, he uses a Polaroid camera, and got an instant Polaroid print. Nevertheless, the picture later shown in the lobby of the building is an ordinary paper print. In addition, if you consider the distance from which Kramer took the picture you can hardly get that face-fit framing unless using some sort of special lens or zoom, a thing I've never known avaliable for Polaroids...

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Jerry: I'll tell you another thing, Cosmo Kramer or whatever you want to be called, the kissing thing is over. There's no more kissing and I don't care what the consequences are!

    • Jerry: I'm going on record right now that was my last kiss hello. I am getting off the kiss program with her.
      Elaine: Why?
      Jerry: Well, frankly, outside of a sexual relationship, I don't see the point to it. I'm not thrilled with all the handshaking either, but one step at a time.

    • George: I love these people. You can't ask them questions. They're so mentally gifted that we mustn't disturb the delicate genius unless it's in the confines of an office. When huge sums of money are involved then the delicate genius can be disturbed!

    • Kramer: You don't rob someone if you know their name!
      Jerry: You're robbing me.

    • Jerry: If you could say touch her breast is part of the kiss hello, then I think I could see the value in it a little bit better.
      Elaine: How about an intercourse hello? How would that be?
      Jerry: Elaine, now you're just being ridiculous.

    • Jerry: You don't flamenco on the first date.

    • George: (to secretary) Will that be cash or check?

  • NOTES (1)


    • (Jerry is being shunned by fellow tenant Mary since refusing to kiss her hello)
      Jerry: Mary… Oh, Mary!

      This is strongly reminiscent of the 1946 classic It's A Wonderful Life in which George Bailey (James Stewart) trys to get his wife Mary (Donna Reed) to recognize him in his alternate reality.

    • Jerry: (to Kramer) I'm like Richard Dawson down there now.

      Richard Dawson was the host of the game show Family Feud. Dawson would frequently kiss the female contestants on the show.