Season 4 Episode 9

The Opera

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Nov 04, 1992 on NBC
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Episode Summary

"Crazy" Joe leaves Jerry a message saying he will put the "kibosh" on him. Kramer has tickets for the opera, Pagliacci, and everyone is going including Elaine and her boyfriend "Crazy" Joe. Elaine drops in on Joe's apartment and is she surprised by what she discovers, so she maces him with cherry Binaca and ends their relationship. Susan can't attend, so George tries to scalp her ticket. Joe, a big fan of Pagliacci, comes to the opera in clown garb; Elaine and Jerry attend together not realizing their different estranged relationships with Joe.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • The Opera

    This is without doubt one of my favorite episodes of Seinfeld. So many hilarious gags including one that was so funny that didn't even have a laugh track (Joe Devola beating up three people in the park.)

    Joe Devola was such a brilliant character and they should've figured out a way to bring him in more ala Newman. It was just a waste for such a funny, unique personality to only be on for a few episodes.

    "So what, I'm a comedian of the United States, and I tell you I'm under just as much pressure!"

    9.5/10 Definitely check this one out.moreless
  • The gang has tickets to the opera. Naturally madness ensues. We see the night of the opera through several different points of view.

    So, the gang has tickets to the opera and while George and Kramer try to sell their extra tickets, Elaine and Jerry are being stalked by "crazy" Joe Davola. This episode is a riot. It's one of those episode where the audience gets to follow four different stories. We see Crazy Joe, George, Kramer, and Elaine and Jerry's experiences before the opera starts. The episode a little grim in some parts involving Crazy Joe, but it is no less hilarious. When Elaine maces Joe after getting trapped in his apartment their interaction is great. The whole plot the Crazy Joe is going to put the "kibosh" on Jerry is classic.moreless
  • Crazy Joe Davola returns.

    Well this episode is sort of an after math of the last two episodes. you see Elaine talking to Joe Davola. And now in this episode, she finally finds out he is crazy. And boy is he crazy. I thought he was going to kill Elaine. Jerry finds out that is the Joey that she was talking about and decide to hide out in the opera with Kramer. Turns out Kramer sold the ticket to Joe. Uh Oh! Sort of a cliffhanger, but overall one of the best in the season. I like how George ends up sending his ticket for less than a profit. That was amazingly hilarious!moreless
  • How hilarious.

    I don't like clowns and this was an episode that didn't help the cause. I found this episode to be really good and I liked the fact that it wasn't too difficult to follow. Jerry and Elaine were talking about the same guy the entire time. This guy they were referring to was a complete crazy person. I thought this was an entertaining episode that was well written and well acted with great timing. Norammly, I would say a few things that the show lacked, but I don't feel like it now. This was pretty good overall and I enjoyed it. Thank you.moreless
  • Review

    This is one good episode of the TV show Seinfeld witch is called the opera Larry Charles does a wonder job with crazy Joe and Kramer being afraid of clowns and George scouting Opera tickets which is the best part of this episode of Seinfeld the best scene came in Jerry's apartment where told Kramer to music off witch turned off music that he did not know was in the opera and he and George arguing about their tuxes witch was very funny this is a great funny nice episode of Seinfeld with a good stories in it End endmoreless
Ross Evans

Ross Evans

Mr. Reichman

Guest Star

Hariet S. Miller

Hariet S. Miller

Mrs. Reichman

Guest Star

Bill Saluga

Bill Saluga


Guest Star

Peter Crombie

Peter Crombie

"Crazy" Joe Davola

Recurring Role

Heidi Swedberg

Heidi Swedberg

Susan Ross

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The music from Pagliacci was also heard in "The Keys", when Jerry phones Kramer's mom to ask her about Kramer. She was totally drunk, listening to the music.

    • When Joe Devola is leaving a message on Jerry's machine, he sputters four times because of the hair on his tongue. Yet when Jerry plays the message a while later, we only hear Devola sputter three times, which indicates that this is a slightly different recording or that it was edited somehow.

    • When Elaine and Jerry are in his kitchen and he says he's looking forward to meeting her new boyfriend, a jar of pickles suddenly appears on the counter when Elaine replies that she's got to go.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Jerry: (to a police officer) But officer, he threatened me. I don't understand, that's not right. What if it was the President of the United States, I bet you'd investigate. Well, so what? What's the difference? I'm a comedian of the United States. And I'll tell you, I'm under just as much pressure.

    • Jerry: I don't like the opera. What are they singing for? Who sings? You got something to say, say it.

    • George: Do you know the last time I wore this thing? Six years ago, when I made that toast at Bobby Leighton's wedding.
      Jerry: Oh, that was a bad toast.
      George: It wasn't that bad.
      Jerry: I never heard anybody curse in a toast.
      George: I was trying to loosen 'em up a little bit.
      Jerry: There were old people there, all the relatives. You were like a Redd Foxx record. I mean, at the end of the toast nobody even drank. They were just standing there, they were just frozen! That might have been one of the worst all time toasts.
      George: Alright, still her father didn't have to throw me out like that, he could have just asked me to leave. The guy had me in a headlock!

    • Jerry: The hardest part about being a clown, it seems to me, would be that you're constantly referred to as a clown. "Who was that clown?", "I'm not working with that clown, did you hire that clown?", "The guy's a clown!". How do you even start into being a clown, how do you know that you want to be a clown, I guess you get to a point where your pants look so bad, it's actually easier to become a clown than having the proper alterations done. Because if you think about it, a clown, if there isn't a circus around them, is really just a very annoying person. You're in the back seat of this guy's Volkswagen, "What, you're picking somebody else up? Oh man!"

    • (Loud thump is heard from the door)
      Jerry: Who is it?
      Kramer: It's me!
      Kramer: Why are you locking the door now?

    • Elaine: Oh, dammit, you know I just remembered I gotta go. I left something on, the gas, the lights, the water in the tub. Something is on somewhere so I¹m just gonna get the uh…

    • Elaine: You left your door open.
      Joe Davola: I know, I like to encourage intruders.

    • Jerry: The idea behind the tuxedo is the woman's point of view that men are all the same, so we might as well dress them that way. That's why a wedding is like the joining together of a beautiful glowing bride, and some guy. The tuxedo is a wedding safety device created by women because they know that men are undependable. So in case the groom chickens out, everybody just takes one step over and she marries the next guy. That¹s why the wedding vow isn't "do you take Bill Simpson", it's "do you take this man."

    • Elaine:You know, it's so sad that all you know about high culture comes from Bugs Bunny cartoons.

    • Joe Davola: Hello, Jerry. It's Joe Davola. (spits) Sorry, I had a hair on my tongue. But, of course, you should know; you put it there. I know what you said about me, Seinfeld. I know you bad-mouthed me to the execs at NBC; put the kibosh on my deal. Now I'm gonna put the kibosh on you. You know I've kiboshed before, and I will kibosh again.

    • Jerry: I like this opera crowd; I feel tough.

    • George: We'll take it.
      Kramer: No.
      George: No, are you crazy?
      Kramer: Let me handle this.
      George: That's $500 that's a great deal.
      Kramer: Man, you're blowing it, the guy's a pigeon.
      George: This is not a Metallica concert, it's an opera. A little dignity, a little class.

    • Elaine: Are you alright? You don't seem like yourself
      Joe: Who am I?
      Elaine: Good question..very existential. Who am I?..well obviously (looking at wall of photos of her)

    • Joe: Are you still afraid of clowns?
      Kramer: Uh-huh...

    • Ticket Taker:A crazy clown is after you? Oh, that's rich!

  • NOTES (1)


    • Jerry: (to George, referring to Kramer) It's bad enough I've got to go
      to the opera, I've got to sit next to Ozzie Nelson over here.

      Ozzie Nelson was an entertainer who starred The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, a TV series based on a radio show of the same name. Kramer dresses like Ozzie.

    • The song Jerry sung; "Overture, curtain, lights/this is it, we'll hit the heights/and oh, what heights we'll hit/on with the show this is it!"; was the theme song used for the Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show Saturday mornings on CBS in the early 70s and various Warner Brothers cartoon packages since then.