Season 3 Episode 1

The Note

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Sep 18, 1991 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Jerry and George's massages end up being more pain than pleasure when Jerry has a misunderstanding with the masseusse and George gets his massage from a man. Jerry and George get Jerry's dentist friend into trouble when they ask him for doctor's notes for physical therapy. Meanwhile, Kramer is convinced he's seen Joe DiMaggio in a neighbourhood donut shop.moreless

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  • A Claassic!

    In this episode it was really funny because George and Elaine are so surprized when Jerry comes home from a masage and they learn that if Jerry get a note from his friend the dentist he can charge the masage to insurens. Meanwhile at the masage therapist Jerry is being masaged by a woman and she tells him that she has a child and Jerry just to keep the conversation going starts talking about a story he herd about a penzalvania child that was kidnapped by a really crazy guy. Later on Kramer comes rushing into Jerry app. saying he just seen Joe DiMaggio at Dinky Dounuts after a while of Kramer going on and on about seeing Joe DiMaggio at the of the episode Jerry,Kramer,Elaine,George walk into the restrant and se Joe DiMaggio dunk his dounut and Kramer starts hitting the table and making eliphant noies.

  • okay, now this was the beginning of Seinfeld as we knew it.

    Seinfeld had 2 seasons that weren't exactly that hott. What made those two seasons poor? Well, most of the episodes focused on only one problem. So, they used 22 minutes on one problem. Well, in the season finale for season 2, there was a wake up call to the writers that you can't just focus on one little problem. Season 3 was the start of the Seinfeld we know and love.

    Now as for this episode, I thought this episode was pretty funny. George thinks he's homosexual because of the masseuse. Jerry and George get a doctor fired. I thought it was pretty good. It wasn't great, just good. I also liked the female scatting for the theme song. :Pmoreless
  • Not a very good season opener.

    I don't think this was a very good season opener because it didn't really pick up where it left off. The plot was above average, but Elaine & Jerry were supposed to date but then they didn't mention throughout the whole episode, I mean I definitely expected more. Now about the plot, George thinks he's gay after seeing a masseuse, which was a man he thinks his penis moved, another plot, Jerry is confused for an abductor, after he is just trying to make conversation with his masseuse while he tries to get a doctor's note from a dentist to cover insurance, which causes trouble. An eh episode.moreless
  • "Joe DiMaggio is a dunker??"

    This is yet another great episode of Seinfeld.

    Jerry inadvertantly make a woman think he abducts children; George gets a massage from a man and worries that he enjoyed it too much; Jerry goes to his dentist friend, Roy, to get a note for the therapy so insurace will cover it; Kramer thinks he sees Joe DiMaggio in Dinky Donuts; and Roy becomes the suspect of investigation for insurance fraud.

    This was one of those episodes where I just could not stop laughing. Anyways, great episode right here.

  • An amusing episode with some very good stand up observations littered throughout.

    The first two seasons of Seinfeld made for light, breezy comedy entertainment. In series three it started to really hit its stride as an above average sitcom. It's still not perfect: George hasn't quite made his journey from the likeably neurotic Woody Allen type New Yorker of the early shows to the full blown rage-a-holic of the classic seasons that were to come, but the seeds are beginning to form here. Nor has the writing hit the masterstrokes of season four scripts like The Contest or The Outing, but you can see Larry David and his writing team are getting closer. An amusing episode with some very good stand up observations littered throughout.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • When this episode premiered, people did not understand why Jerry and Elaine's reuniting [as a couple] had not been an issue in the third season. On the season 3 DVD, it says that Larry David thought it might not be a good idea for the series. Also, it says that whenever Jerry Seinfeld went to do stand-ups during the summer, when he asked if Jerry and Elaine's newly-reunited relationship should be continued during season 3, the audience gave an overwhelming "No".

    • The song played during the closing credits is Les Brown's "Joltin' Joe DiMaggio" sung by Betty Bonney.

    • Very bad cut from when Jerry and George go to the Physical Therapist and George sees Raymond. He begins to turn to Jerry, but then there's a cut to his head already 45 degrees ahead of where it was before.

    • George unbuttons his pants a first time when he's lying on his stomach, then later when the masseur asks him to take them off, George stands up and his pants are buttoned again.

    • In the final scene, as Jerry asks Kramer, "Did he say anything?" you can clearly see Jerry's left hand is empty at the left side of the screen. In the next shot, a blue container mysteriously appears in his left hand.

    • In the final scene of the episode at Monk's, where the four are watching Joe DiMaggio dunk his donuts, when Kramer starts to bang on the table and yell Julia Louis-Dreyfus almost loses it as she's laughing so hard. If you watch closely she actually looks right into the camera as she is trying to keep herself from laughing too much. She is probably thinking the scene will get cut for a re-take.

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  • NOTES (5)

    • Roy's name was originally "Lloyd" in the script and due to an error, it remains "Lloyd" in the closing credits.

    • Dialogue from two scenes were reused as audition scenes in Season 4's "The Pilot (1)". George's initial confession of getting a massage from a man was read by Michael Barth, who eventually got the role of George. And Kramer's exclamation that he saw Joe DiMaggio a second time was read by Kramer himself, posing as Martin Van Nostren.

    • The masseusse's son is played by Jerry's real-life nephew.

    • The theme music in this episode is supplemented with background vocals. It never returned after this episode.

    • George says "I think it moved" again in The Mango, after eating a piece of Kramer's mango.