Season 6 Episode 8

The Mom & Pop Store

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Nov 17, 1994 on NBC
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Episode Summary

A salesman convinces George to buy a convertible once owned by "Jon Voight." Kramer tries to save a small shoe-repair business, but his good intentions affect Jerry in a big way. Elaine wins tickets for Mr. Pitt, who's always wanted to participate in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.moreless

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  • George was stupid.

    I thought this was a funny episode of Seinfeld. It was a bit ridiculous in some areas, but for the most part it was decent. I thought that the really ridiculous part was George and his car plot. If he thinks that Jon Voight would by a car like that at that time, he must have been really out of it. I also thought that Elaine and Jerry were funny as well. Kramer was trying to save a small business but then was left cold by Mom and Pop. Overall, this was a good episode that was fairly entertaining and nice. Thank you.moreless
  • Probably containing more than the average number of interconnected gags, none really rise to the higher standards of the series.

    Elaine helps her boss in a radio contest, Kramer aids an old neighborhood shoe repair business, George buys "Jon" Voight's car.

    I put this episode in the same category as the "Kramerica oil-filled bladder" and the "Phil Rizzuto plastic bobblehead" episodes as ending with a a scenario a little too ridiculous to match the tone of the series. At the same time, the other subplots are not among the series' best, a car belonging to Jon Voight is just not top drawer and generally all the Elaine/Mr. Pitt stories never get off the ground. Still, Elaine has the best spots here, it's funny how she pretends to hear Tim Watley at his party and her delivery of the lines about how "Mom and Pop" moved into the nighborhood and established trust for almost 50 years just so they could steal Jerry's sneakers is good. The "Mom and Pop" shoe store needs more focus in general.

    By the time it all comes together at the end (and it does), it's just not one of the standout episodes of "Seinfeld" in most of the ways that define the comedy style of the program.moreless
Jon Voight

Jon Voight


Guest Star

Elsa Raven

Elsa Raven


Guest Star

Michael Robello

Michael Robello


Guest Star

Ian Abercrombie

Ian Abercrombie

Mr. (Justin) Pitt

Recurring Role

Bryan Cranston

Bryan Cranston


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • When Elaine asks Mr Pitt why he wants to man the Woody Woodpecker balloon in the parade, he explains that as a child he wasn't allowed to participate in the parade in any way. But then when Jerry asks Elaine the same question she says that he "finds his laugh intoxicating." Mr Pitt never said this on-screen. But even if we're to believe that he said it off-screen, this reason implies that his interest is specifically in Woody Woodpecker, but we know from the reason he gave Elaine that he would have been equally interested in any other balloon.

    • George tells Kramer that he has Jon Voight's Le Baron, but never tells him about there being any doubt that Jon Voight owned it, or about the pencil with the bite marks. However, when Kramer sees Jon Voight, and then gets bitten by him, he is very excited to help George find out if Jon Voight actually did own the car.

    • Kramer encourages Jerry to wear the cowboy boots telling him that he looks like a cowboy. Jerry responds by whining "I don't wanna be a cowboy!" This is a variation of a line from Season 5's "The Puffy Shirt." In that episode, when Kramer tells Jerry that by wearing the puffy shirt on tv, he'll be the first pirate in the new trend, Jerry's whiny response is "I don't wanna be a pirate!"

    • When Jerry enters his apartment with George, after Jerry steps in gum, he is already holding his shoes when he opens the door. Did he walk from the car with socks?

    • When Jon Voight bites Kramer's arm, you can see clearly that the bite is in the wrist area; however, Kramer shows George the bite around the elbow.

    • When the party is taking place at Tim's apartment you can see out the window that it's nightime, however, in the next scene when Jerry & Kramer watch the giant Woody Woodpecker balloon deflating on TV you can clearly see it's daylight out side. So did Jerry pop the balloon at night and it started to deflate at morning time?

  • QUOTES (10)

  • NOTES (3)

    • This was the last Seinfeld to use the 1989 Castle Rock Entertainment Television logo.

    • On 24 Nov 94, instead of an episode of Seinfeld being on, Jerry hosted a one hour special highlighting his two favorite comedians, Bud Abbott & Lou Costello. The special was called Abbott & Costello Meet Jerry Seinfeld.

    • This is the first episode to feature Tim Whatley (Bryan Cranston), the dentist. He returns in 4 other episodes.


    • There are a lot of allusions to the 1969 movie Midnight Cowboy, starring Jon Voight:
      -"Everybody's Talking at Me" by Fred Niel (the theme song from the movie) is heard playing twice.
      -Jerry wears cowboy boots during the episode.
      -The ending of this episode, with Kramer suffering a nosebleed and Jerry comforting him in the back of a bus, mirrors the ending of the movie.

    • Superman:

      After Elaine says: "So, Jerome, I did a little snooping around for you."
      Jerry responds: "Ah! What'd you find out, Lois?"

      By Lois, Jerry means Lois Lane.