Season 6 Episode 8

The Mom & Pop Store

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • George: For all I know, this guy went out of his way to not invite you. How am I going to feel if I show up with an uninvited, unwelcome intruder?
      Jerry: The way I feel when I go places with you?

    • George: Hey, I've got Jon Voight's LeBaron.
      Kramer: Boss!

    • George: What's so great about a mom and pop store? Let me tell you something, if my mom and pop ran a store I wouldn't shop there.

    • Jerry: (teasing George) Oh look, there's Gregory Peck's bicycle! And Barbara Mandrell's skateboard!"

    • Jerry: You bought a car because it belonged to Jon Voight?
      George: No, no...
      Jerry: I think yes, yes.

    • Kramer: You've got a problem with Woody Woodpecker?
      George: Yeah, what is he, some sort of an instigator?
      Kramer: That's right. He's a trouble-maker.

    • Kramer: You look like a cowboy.
      Jerry: I don't wanna be a cowboy!

    • Elaine: So Mom and Pop's plan was to move into the neighborhood, establish trust for 48 years, then run off with Jerry's sneakers?
      Kramer: Apparently.

    • Jerry: Mom and Pop aren't really a Mom and Pop!
      Kramer: It was all an act, Jerry. They conned us, and they scored big-time!

    • Street Tough: (talking to Jerry about his cowboy boots) Hey cowboy, where's your horse? Yeah, you better run!

  • Notes

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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.