Season 5 Episode 1

The Mango

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Sep 16, 1993 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Joe bans Kramer from his store for trying to return a bad piece of fruit. However, in Season 2's "The Ex-Girlfriend," Kramer told Jerry that Joe accepts returns on bad fruit.

    • La Boîte en Bois", the name of the restaurant George and Karen go to, means "The Wooden Box" in English.

    • If you pause and look at the tapes on Jerry's shelf when Elaine comes to return Jerry's things, the titles of the tapes are:The TtG, Love Chain, Amnesia, Boxing, Gunfight, Lipstick

    • The sign on the wall in Joe's Fruit Shop reads, "Prices subject to change according to customer's attitude."

    • just a comment-yes in this episode, a blue and silver Cannondale is hanging in the hallway-usually, there is a green Klein bike is there.

    • At one point, in a discussion of giving a woman an orgasm, Jerry says that no one really knows how to do it. However, in "The Fusilli Jerry", he has a detailed sequence of moves that he says has never failed him.

    • In this episode, Kramer says that he only carries hundred dollar bills, but in "The Reverse Peephole" he considers a five dollar bill a large bill.

    • Later, in "The Dinner Party", Kramer tells George that he never carries any cash at all. Instead, George has the hundred dollar bill.

    • When Jerry begs Elaine for "another shot," she refuses, on the ground that it would ruin the friendship. However, in episode 14 ("The Deal") they had already had another shot, and it clearly hadn't ruined the friendship.

  • Quotes

    • Kramer: (admiring Elaine's ability to fake it) You know, I heard her screaming from my apartment. She woke me up a few times.

    • Jerry: Nobody knows what to do. You just close your eyes, you hope for the best. I really think they're happy if you just make an effort.

    • George: I think I'll have a chocolate malted here!

    • George: You're very good. Very good with the moanings and the gyrations. You really had me going there for a minute.
      Karen: You think I was faking?
      George: Come on: 'Oh George, oh Geeeooorge!' Come on! Not that I don't appreciate the effort that was put into it.

    • George: I don't want any mango.
      Kramer: Come on, take some. It's good.
      (George tries a piece)
      George: Very good. Juicy. Ripe. This Joe's got some terrific fruit.
      (George looks a little weird)
      Jerry: What?
      George: I feel like I got a B12 shot. This is like a taste explosion!
      Kramer: I told you.
      (George stands still)
      Jerry: What is it?
      George: I think it moved. Oh my god, I think it moved. Yeah, give me the big piece. I'll see you later.
      (Elaine enters the apartment)
      Elaine: Hi George.
      George: I'm back, baby, I'm back!

    • Joe: Whaddaya want me to do?
      Kramer: I want restitution
      Joe: Oh, you want restitution? How about this? You're banned!
      Kramer: You're banning me?
      Joe: That's right! Banned!
      Kramer: But what am I going to do for fruit?!

    • Jerry: How did she do it? She's like Meryl Streep this woman. And I know how to work the equipment. I'm not unskilled, I'm in the union.

    • Kramer: So she faked 'em, so what?
      Jerry: The woman had an orgasm under false pretenses…that's sexual perjury!

    • George: She gave me the hook.
      Jerry: You got the hook?
      George: It's like the manager coming out to ask you for the ball.

    • Elaine: What about our friendship?
      Jerry: Oh friendship. Friendship schmiendship.

    • Jerry: What about the panting, the moaning, the groaning, the screaming?
      Elaine: Fake, fake, fake, fake.

    • George: That reminds me you owe $47.50 for the fruit.
      Jerry: I don't have any cash.
      Kramer: I've only got hundreds.

    • George: Well if Houdini couldn't do it, what chance do I have?!?

    • Jerry: What, are you upset now?
      Elaine: Yes, I'm upset! Can't you tell?
      Jerry: No, maybe you're faking.

    • Elaine: Jerry, we have to have sex to save the friendship.
      Jerry: save the friendship? Well, if we have to we have to.

    • Jerry: Oh that Meryl Streep, she's such a phoney-baloney.

    • Kramer: The supermarket! That's impossible, they don't have a decent piece of fruit at the supermarket. The apples are mealy, the oranges are dry, I don't know what's going on with the papayas!

  • Notes

    • This episode won the 1995 WGA Award (TV) for Episodic Comedy. This episode was nominated for the 1994 DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series. This episode was nominated for the 1994 Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing in a Comedy Series.

    • For the first four seasons, Jerry had an electric stove. Beginning this season, he has a gas range. In this episode, Kramer lights a cigar off the stove, so the switch might have been made simply to accommodate that scene.

      It is also possible that the stove was changed for reasons of product placement. In Season 5, with the popularity of the show, we begin to see familiar products prominently displayed. Kramer lighting the cigar may simply have been to draw attention to the fact that Jerry's stove is gas.

    • The way George says "Im back, baby" is the same way his father says it in "The Fatigues" after he tries his wife's eggs

    • The co-writing credit for the teleplay that was credited to Buck Dancer, is changed to Larry David in the syndicated reruns. Larry must have decided to use a pseudonym for the original broadcast. Buck is also the first name George would use if he was a porn star, the full name being Buck Naked.

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