Season 3 Episode 9

The Nose Job

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Nov 20, 1991 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Jerry's brain and penis play chess against one another to decide whether he should keep dating a vacuous model with whom the "sex is great" but not anything else. George is dating a woman with a big nose, Kramer tells her it like it is and she gets a nose job; however, there is a complication. Kramer gets Elaine to help him retrieve the jacket.moreless

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  • Eh.

    Wasn't as good as my regular Seinfeld potential but I guess that's just me because I think this episode was sort of stupid. Penis vs. Brain bid did not make me laugh at all, it seemed just so boring. Kramer continues trying to get the jacket which is that final last story to this three-part arc. He finally gets the jacket back. As for the nose job plot, I think was better than the other plot but it was a bit predictable, the only unexpected part is when she starts dating Kramer. George is so shallow, glad that chick dumped him. Eh episode.moreless
  • Well, okay...

    Problems: George's new girl friend is very beautiful. The only one thing about her is that she needs a serious nose job. Her nose is huge! One day, George, Jerry, Elaine, and Kramer are talking to her. She says how she is kind of pretty, but nothing compared to all the other girls. Kramer, being brutally honest, slurs out, "you're very beautiful, you just need a nose job." She decides to get one, but the job turns out horrible. George slowly drifts off from her. But, Kramer fixes her up, and she ends up falling for Kramer.

    This was probably one of the weakest episodes of Season 3. It was kind of way too slow to watch. The problems were all tied together, and it wasn't that much of a Seinfeld episode. But, maybe I'm just wrong.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Kramer takes the number from Jerry he tears it 3 times. When he throws it up in the air in another scene there're many more pieces than before.

    • George says to Jerry that the penis "wins until your forty" but Jerry Seinfeld was nearly 40 at the time of the episode.

    • While Elaine is looking through the closet, Kramer strikes another match and begins to light his already lit pipe. When the landlord starts talking to him, the match is gone and he puts his hand in his pocket!

  • QUOTES (11)

  • NOTES (5)

    • This episode features one of the first scenes which Julia Louis-Dreyfus had the hardest time getting through without laughing. She continually burst into giggles at the sight of Michael Richards as Kramer stuffing his pipe with tobacco, and he was displeased with her inability to get a grip, insisting that she was throwing off his concentration. Her giggly fits would interrupt filming of many later scenes throughout the show's run, much to Michael's annoyance.

    • In the scenes where Jerry's brain and penis play a metaphorical game of chess, the penis is represented by Seinfeld wearing a combat helmet (of the style worn by the US military from the 1940s to the '80s).

    • This is the first episode where Kramer uses Dr. Von Nostrand. He uses it to pretend his is the fiancé of Elaine, Elaine is pretending to be a guy's daughter to get Kramer's jacket back. Kramer uses this alias in a few other episodes including; "The Package" and "The Slicer."

    • In this episode George mentions he is from Long Island, whereas in other episodes he states that he grew up in Queens. Technically Queens (and Brooklyn) are located on the western end of Long Island. According to some New Yorkers saying that you are from Queens and saying that you are from Long Island are entirely different things. It must be one of those social things, like being "from the other side of the tracks."

    • While his brain is playing his penis in a chess game Jerry says, "One for all the marbles." Kramer uses the exact same line later in "The Betrayal."


    • Jerry: My nose, my nose, my kingdom for nose.

      This is an allusion to Shakespeare's play "Richard III" in which the eponymous character speaks the immortal line: "A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse."