Season 4 Episode 18

The Old Man

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 18, 1993 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Newman refers to the record store as "Ron's Records" and the man they refer to as Ron calls it "my store". However, the sign shown on the outside of the store says "Bleecker Bob's Records."

    • It is in this episode that we, as well as George, and possibly Jerry, learn that Newman is a postman.

  • Quotes

    • Kramer: (in Newman's ear) This guy's nothin' but a piece of crap…
      Newman: You are nothing but a piece of crap.
      Ron: Pardon me?
      Kramer: (in Newman's ear) A piece of crap…
      Newman: A piece of crap.
      Kramer: (in Newman's ear) I find you extremely ugly…
      Newman I find you extremely ugly.
      Ron: Do you?
      Kramer: (in Newman's ear) You emit a foul and unpleasant odor…
      Newman: You emit a foul and unpleasant odor.
      Ron: Oh, is that right?
      Kramer: (in Newman's ear) I loathe you…
      Newman: I loathe you.

    • Old Lady: What's bothering you? Is it my goiter?
      Elaine: Goiter? What goiter?
      Old Lady: This football shaped growth jutting out of my neck!
      Elaine: Oh, no…it's distinctive; as a matter of fact I wish I had one!

    • Jerry: The agency sent me.
      Mr. Fields: The agency, what agency? The CIA?

    • George: (to housekeeper) I would like to dip my bald head in oil and rub it all over your body.

    • George: Let me ask you something... What do you do for a living, Newman?
      Newman: I'm a United States postal worker.
      George: Aren't those the guys that always go crazy and come back with a gun and shoot everybody?
      Newman: Sometimes.
      Jerry: Why is that?
      Newman: Because the mail never stops. It just keeps coming and coming and coming. There's never a letup, It's relentless. Every day it piles up more and more, but the more you get out, the more it keeps coming. And then the bar code reader breaks. And then it's Publisher's Clearinghouse day.
      Jerry: All right, all right.

    • Old Man: My teef! My teef!

    • Jerry: I HATE my guy…he's a mean, MEAN guy!

    • George: What are you talking about? How can you sit there and look me in the eye and tell that me you're not worried?! Don't you have any sense?! Don't you have a brain!? Are you so completely senile that you don't know what you're talking about anymore!!?! Wait a second! Where are you going?
      Mr. Cantwell: Life's too short to waste on you.

    • Elaine: You'd think they'd mention that before they send you over there: "Oh, by the way, this woman almost has a second head." But no, no, I didn't get any goiter information.

    • George: What kind of a person are you?
      Jerry: I think I'm pretty much like you, only successful.

  • Notes

    • Bill Erwin was nominated for the 1993 Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for playing "Sid Fields" in this episode.

    • Syd Field is also a well-known authority on screenwriting who has written many books and is undoubtedly known to or by the writers.

    • Viewer Gerry Myerson notes that the other old man was named Ben Cantwell. Baseball trivia buffs recognize this as the name of a pitcher for the Boston Braves, who lost 25 games in 1935. No one has lost that many games in a season since then.

    • Viewer Eric Scheffel notes that old man's name is Sid Fields. This was the name of the landlord on the The Abbott & Costello Show. Which of featured Jerry's two favorite comedians, Bud Abbott & Lou Costello. In fact on 24 Nov 94, instead of an episode of Seinfeld being on, Jerry hosted a one hour special about the duo. The special was called Abbott & Costello Meet Jerry Seinfeld.

  • Allusions

    • Shaggytronico: You got Sergio Mendes, now, come on ! (the man on the records store)
      Sergio Mendes is a Brazilian musician. He played in the Carnegie Hall Bossa Nova Festival, in 1962, in New York.
      He played at the White House in 1967 and has made many albums, both solo and with his groups, always mixing bossa nova with jazz and Brazilian rhythms.