Season 9 Episode 6

The Merv Griffin Show

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • (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!

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • George: (referring to the coffee stain on Elaine's clothes) Art Garfunkel? Elaine: No, Castro. Art Garfunkle is a singer and actor who became famous as a member of the music duo Simon and Garfunkel. Fidel Castro was a leader in the Cuban Revolution and served as president of Cuba from 1976 to 2008.

    • Elaine: This chair smells like garbage.
      Kramer: Oh, well, a lot of the stars from the 70s, they were not as hygienic as they appeared on TV. Yeah, you can take Mannix for example.

      This is a reference to actor Mike Connors, who played the role of Joe Mannix on the TV detective series Mannix that ran from 1967 to 1975.

    • Spoiler alert!:
      When Celia breaks up with Jerry, Kramer and Newman do their best to whip up the non-existent audience, à la The Jerry Springer Show.