Season 5 Episode 9

The Masseuse

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

Elaine meets a man who's perfect except his name is the same as a notorious serial killer. Jerry is frustrated when he can't get his girlfriend, who's a masseuse, to give him a massage, even Kramer is a customer. George is obsessed when Jerry's girlfriend doesn't like him, so he tries extra hard to get her to like him, much to his own girlfriend's dismay.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • i only have George's plot written down, maybe Jerry's too...or not.

    George was hysterical when he's obsessed with how Jerry's girlfriend dislikes him for his strange behavior. It was pathetic and funny while watching him with his attempts to get her to like him (This woman hates me so much, I think I'm attracted to her).

    Another great moment about this episode was how angry George's girlfriend was getting because she was getting fed up with him talking about his problem. Eventually, she dumps the poor fool.

    This is why George Costanza is my most favorite Seinfeld character. He's a loser, nobody really likes him, even Kramer doesn't want anything to do with him. He never has anything going for him. George has a big mouth, doesn't care what he says, and he has no idea when to shut up. He's self-centered, doesn't think about other peoples' problems.

    Good stuff.

    I'll continue to watch this re-runned classic.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Goof: When Elaine mentions she has an extra ticket to the Giants game, Kramer says that he'll go and Elaine replies that she'll leave a ticket for him at will call. Later, when Kramer goes to retrieve the ticket, he has no I.D. and the attendant says he would need confirmation from the person who left the ticket.

      If Elaine was the one who left the ticket at will call, they would not have broadcasted Joel's name over the loudspeaker.

    • According to many crossovers, the universes of Cheers and Seinfeld are the same; however, Anthony Cistaro's characters in both shows are different.

    • Kramer is trying to get into the football game but in season 6's "The Label Maker" Jerry said that Kramer only likes Canadian football.

    • In the sence where Joel Rifkin and Elaine are watching the football game, part of the game is shown. The player making the tackle for the Eagles is #99 Jerome Brown. The problem with this is that Jerome Brown was killed in a tragic car accident on June 25, 1992, so when the episode aired on November 18, 1993, there was no way Jerome Brown could have been playing in that game!

    • Jerry tells Elaine that Joel Rifkin strangled 18 people. In actuality, he was only responsible for 17 murders.

    • In "The Dog" Jerry has to stay in with the dog and George and Elaine end up going to the movies together. They start making fun of Jerry and George asks if Elaine has ever seen Jerry throw up. Elaine starts imitating Jerry throwing up, which implies that the answer is yes. But in this episode Jerry says to Elaine that the last time he threw up was June 29th 1980. I don't know for sure but I don't think Jerry even knew Elaine back in 1980.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Karen: Does everybody in the world have to like you?
      George: Yes, yes! Everybody in the world has to like me! I must be liked!

    • Kramer: What about my massage?!
      Jerry: Ask Newman.

    • Kramer: (after Jerry orders him to stay away from his girlfriend) Wait a minute! I need my massages! Can't you see I'm burned out?

    • Kramer: (after getting a massage) Hey! I am looser than creamed corn.

    • Jerry: It's like going to Idaho and eating carrots. I like carrots, but I'm in Idaho… I want a potato.

    • Jerry: You're a massage teaser!

    • Jerry: (about George) He likes a date to see him with a friend so she can get a window into his non-date personality.
      Elaine: I've looked through that window and screamed at him to shut the blinds.

    • George: Jerry, this woman hates me so much. I'm starting to like her.
      Jerry: What?
      George: She just dislikes me so much--it's irresistable.

    • Joel: Remy Rifkin? Should I get a beret?
      Elaine: Oh, Stuart's a lot better! (baby-talk) Little Stuart Rifkin likes to go shopping with his mother!

    • George: She stayed over?
      Jerry: (disappointed) Yeah.
      George: The sex wasn't so good?
      Jerry: (unenthusiastic) No. The sex was fabulous.
      George: So?
      Jerry: I want the massage!

    • Elaine: Hey, how many people did Rifkin strangle? Eighteen?
      Jerry: Yeah. Eighteen strangles.
      Kramer: You know why Rifkin was a serial killer? Because he was adopted. Just like Son of Sam was adopted. So apparently adoption leads to serial killing.

    • Jerry: (monologue) If there's a serial killer loose in your neighborhood, it seems like the safest thing is to be the neighbor. They never kill the neighbor. The neighbor always survives to do the interview afterwards, right? "Oh, he was kind of quiet." I love these neighbors. They're never disturbed by the sounds of murdering, just stereo. Chain saws, people screaming, fine. Just keep the music down.

    • Elaine: Jerry, she gives massages all day. She doesn't want to give them on dates.
      Jerry: (disgusted) Yeah, I know, she just wants to have sex...

  • NOTES (5)

    • The football game footage used is from a Philadelphia Eagles-New York Giants game on September 9, 1990. A giveaway that the footage is obsolete is the visibility of Eagles' #99, DE Jerome Brown, who died in a car crash in the summer of 1992.

    • Jerry mentions his streak of not throwing up, a streak that finally ends a couple episodes later in "The Dinner Party".

    • In this episode Jerry calls George "a bad seed" when his girlfriend is complaining about him. Elaine will refer to George as "a bad seed" again in 804 "The Little Kicks."

    • Elaine dates a man named Joel Rifkin. Out of fear that people might mistake him for the famous serial killer she suggests he change his name. One on her list was "O.J.". Several months later football player O.J. Simpson was accused of murder.

    • On an episode of Love and War that was broadcast on 6 Dec 93, Jerry and Larry David appear in a cameo as themselves.