Season 9 Episode 6

The Merv Griffin Show

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Nov 06, 1997 on NBC
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Episode Summary

After Kramer finds the set of the old Merv Griffin Show in a dumpster, he begins to treat his entire life like a talk show. Jerry's new girlfriend has a priceless toy collection that she won't let him play with, with leads him to some questionable behavior. George runs over a squirrel with his car, and he's forced to spend time and money on its recovery. Elaine has to find a way to deal with a new co-worker, whose 'sidling' is both annoying and potentially dangerous to her job.moreless

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  • This episode is absolutely hilarious. The fact Kramer went into the dumpster and found the set was just too much. How did the writers think of this?

    One of my top 5 Seinfeld episodes. The difficulty with Seinfeld, for this episode for example, is that not only did the episode center around the Merv Griffin Show set in Kramer's apartment, but like all episodes, so many different stories take part. As I am typing this I just remembered how Jerry keeps drugging his girlfriend so he can play with her doll collection: scuba steve, EZ bake oven, the electronic football game, and more. I think everyone who has to get another person aspirin in the medicine cabinet thinks about Jerry choosing the medicine with drowsiness. Classic episode.moreless
  • Classic Kramer!

    Kramer is nuts but he is hilarious. Only in his weird mind he would pick up a whole set from a Dumpster and would hook it up in his apartment.

    It's funny to see two immature adults like Jerry and George (well, and then Elaine) playing with the toys like children. And you know, the deal with the pigeons is true! But George is so unlucky that even that goes wrong.

    Elaine has a good time of her own but unfortunately, she gets into trouble, as always. My favorite part has to be Kramer putting up the set and interviewing everyone. I think the plot was very original.moreless
  • Great episode.

    I ahve to say this was a great episode that was really funny and also very entertaining. Kramer hosted his own talk show from garbage he found. Jerry wanted to play with classic toys, but his girlfriend wouldn't let him. George ran over a squirrel and was forced to take care of it. Elaine wanted to get rid of a co-worker who was making her look bad. All their stories eem to mix well and it was funny to watch how unique they were. Overall, this was a great episode that is one of the better episodes of the series. Thank you.moreless
  • In conclusion the Merv Griffin Show is one of those episodes every seris has. I hope you enjoyed my review. And I am looking forward to your comments.

    A very memorable episode that is my personal favorite. This episode really shows how far Kramer is willing to go to have a fun time. The way this episode really seperates itself from any other episode is that most of the episode is in Kramer's apartment! Also none of the episode is filmed in Jerry's apartment! Michel Richards really executes how you think Kramer would feel if he did have the Merve Griffin Show set very well. Bottom line: if you are trying to be a fan of Seinfeld or are trying to introduce your friends to Seinfeld, this is the episode to show.moreless
  • Very funny episode.

    I really liked this episode. It was hilarious. Elaine meets a new person in the office who is a "Sideler" and quickly and quietly comes by her side... hah hah. He really gets on her nerves. George keeps hitting pigeons, and his girlfriend hates him for it. In the end after swerving to affoid hitting a pigeon he hits a squirrel, then after it visits the emergency room, George has to take care of it. Jerry has a girlfriend who has a lot of toys from a collection, and he gets addicted to them. Hah hah. He starts to bring George and Elaine over, (Elaine coming for the baking toy) and drug her with alcohol while making her watch a documentary of Geroge's life. The huge thing in this episode was Kramer's part on the Merv Griffin Show. It was hilarious everything he said, and it was all very well written and witty. Very good episode.moreless
Rick Hall

Rick Hall


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Brent Hinkley

Brent Hinkley


Guest Star

Julia Pennington

Julia Pennington


Guest Star

Wayne Knight

Wayne Knight


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John O'Hurley

John O'Hurley

J. Peterman

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • When Elaine gives the Tic Tacs to her co-worker, every time he walks around, you hear a rattling sound; however, the first time she gives it to him and he walks to the door there is no sound.

    • When Kramer "takes a break" to warn Jerry about his questionable content, the music he plays is the theme music for the pilot of "Jerry" from season 4, episode 24 (The Pilot - Part 2).

    • Kramer plays his pre-recorded theme music as George enters, and eventually, a voice comes on and says "Turn music off". This is the second time this joke has been used. A similar instruction was recorded on the tape of banjo music Kramer used for his "Peterman Reality Tour" in Season 8's "The Muffin Tops".

    • an entire scene cut from syndication: Kramer asks Jerry about the fact that he didn't have a G.I. Joe when he was younger... in the syndication, it cuts right to a scene of all of them just sitting; the real scene involves Jerry saying 'yeah I had an Army Pete; he'd welt up when it'd rain'; Kramer then replies '...and we all know how painful that can be!'.

    • Not really a goof, but in the scene where all four of our heroes are featured in Kramer's apartment 'on set', George has just joined them and is telling them how he ran into a flock of pigeons, Kramer says "OK let's take a break!" and proceeds to scoff down some chips and Diet Coke. To watch him do this as the others watch on is absolutely hilarious and I think he burps slightly. At this point, watch George very closely as Jason Alexander can't hold back the laughter anymore! It's quick, but it's there!

  • QUOTES (22)

    • (George swerves to avoid a pigeon on the road)
      George: Did you see that? The pigeon didn't move!
      Miranda: (upset) What pigeon? You just hit that squirrel! (Exits the car)

    • Jim Fowler: (appearing on Kramer's set) Where are the cameras?

    • Elaine: I am going to sidle the sidler.
      Jerry: You sidle? You stomp around like a Clydesdale.
      Elaine: Not with these honeys... Wrestling Shoes.
      Kramer: Only in New York!!

    • Kramer: It's the Merv Griffin set.
      Jerry: How did you get this in here?
      Kramer: You just bring it in sideways and hook it.
      Jerry: So where are you gonna sleep?
      Kramer: Backstage.

    • Elaine: There's this creepy new guy at work. He just comes out of nowhere and he's right next to you.
      Jerry: So he just sidles up.
      Elaine: That's right. He's a real sidler.

    • Elaine: It happened as I was making cup-a-soup, singing that song from "The Lion King."
      Jerry: 'Hakuna Matata'?
      Elaine: I thought I was alone.
      Jerry: That doesn't make it right.

    • Although it's cut from syndication, this conversation appears right at the beginning of the episode.

      Kramer: We're like Cain and Abel.
      Jerry: You know Cain slew Abel.
      Kramer: No he didn't. They were in business together...drywall or something.
      Jerry: The way I remember it, Abel worked all summer harvesting his crops, while Cain just played in the field. Then when winter came, Abel had all the nuts. Cain had no nuts. So he killed him.
      Kramer: See, the way I remember it, Cain - he was a successful doctor, but when he took this special formula, he became Mr Abel.
      Jerry: You broke my blender, didn't you?
      Kramer: Yeah, I was trying to make gravel, and it just, didn't work out.

    • Vet: You have 30 minutes.

    • Vet: The special tiny instruments arrived just in time.

    • Kramer: Jerry Seinfeld! Welcome to the show!

    • George: Don't we have a deal with the pigeons?
      Jerry: Of course we have a deal. They get out of the way of our cars...we look the other way on the statue defecation.

    • Jerry: Why were you making gravel?
      Kramer: Well, I like the sound it makes when you walk on it.

    • Kramer: It was a grind having to fill 10 hours a day. I'm not sure I was ready to have my own talk show set.

    • Celia: (to Jerry) If you think you can drug me and play with my toys you've got another thing coming buddy!
      Newman: Go Girl!

    • Elaine: He's a real sidler!

    • George: (about the squirrel he has to care for) It's not a pet. It's a wild invalid. And it knows that I tried to kill it. As soon as it gets better, it's gonna gnaw my brain out in my sleep.

    • Elaine: Kramer, what is wrong with you?
      Kramer: What do you mean?
      Elaine: Well for starters, you're looking at note cards.

    • Kramer: Jerry, Now what you do with your personal life is your business but when you're on my set, you clean it up mister!

    • Doctor: It's by the pound, so about 80 cents.

    • Newman: Lately I've been eating the generic brand of wax beans. I rip off the label and, I can't tell the difference…
      Kramer: Well we've officially bottomed-out. Who's our next guest?
      Newman: We've got no one!
      Kramer: We need a new foremat. We should shut down and re-tool.
      (Kramer pulls the plug and the show goes dark)
      Newman: What about a guest-host?
      Kramer: I'll pretend I didn't hear that.

    • Kramer: What is this? Amateur hour?

    • George: It's like the pigeons are ignoring me!
      Jerry: Just like everyone else does!

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