Season 3 Episode 22

The Parking Space

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 04, 1992 on NBC
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The Parking Space
Kramer tells Jerry about something his friend Mike said about Jerry being "a phony." After borrowing Jerry's car, Elaine comes up with a wild story, because the car is now making a strange clanking noise. George gets into a confrontation with Mike about a parking space in front of Jerry's apartment. Everyone one the street debates about parking etiquette.moreless

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  • 322

    Incredibly well written episode of Seinfeld here. We got a lot of great one liners from the entire cast. One of them coming from Elaine as she frantically told a lie of a story while breaking the news to Jerry that she and George had done something to his car.

    The whole episode being revolved around that single parking space was genius. I think only a show like Seinfeld can pull this off. Loved the "phony" scene, as well as Jerry frightening the little boy or when Kramer thought the lady was pregnant. It's those takeaway scenes that made the episode what it was.

    The argument was golden and I loved the fact that the two cops ended up arguing over that certain dilemma. Jerry misses the game in the end, perfect tie in. Overall, solid memorable installment from Seinfeld.moreless
  • Well writen.

    While on the way back from a fly market George his a pot hole and knocks something lose in Jerry’s car which George browed and it starts making a funny noise when the finally get to Jerry’s building George and a friend of Kramer’s named Mike get in to a argument over a parking space in front of Jerry and Kramer’s apartment building mean while a little before they get their Kramer tells Jerry a secret that Mike said Jerry was a phony over all the episode was very funny and I really liked it the different story mix well in this episode and it is well written.moreless
  • For those who don't live in New York City, you don't know what it's like to get a parking space like that. It's a once in a lifetime chance. You'd never give it up once it was in your grasp.moreless

    George borrows Jerry's car and goes up with Elaine to a farmer's market in Westchester County. When he gets back to the city, he has a golden opportunity at a parking space right in front of Jerry's apartament building. He has a conflict with a man who claims he had it first, as he pulled in from the front of his car. The dispute lasts the entire episode, as the two cars are sticking out in the middle of the street. The dispute lasts till the sun goes down. Meanwhile, Kramer knows the man trying to technically steal George's space.moreless
  • A Seinfeld classic.

    This is definitely one of my favorite episodes from Seinfeld. The central conflict is around who deserves a parking space: George or Mike. This is a great example of how the Seinfeld writers were able to take a real-world sceanario and blow it up to epic proportions. The laughter becomes side-splitting as bystanders join in to argue who deserves the spot.

    This episode is also highlighted by an incredible story that Elaine makes up on the spot to distract Jerry from thinking about the damage that George did to his car. All in all, one of the best Seinfeld episodes.moreless
Lee Arenberg

Lee Arenberg

Mike Moffit

Guest Star

Jay Brooks

Jay Brooks


Guest Star

Maryedith Burrell

Maryedith Burrell


Guest Star

Wayne Knight

Wayne Knight


Recurring Role

Larry David

Larry David

Voice of Fight Referee (uncredited)

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Once again, George mentions he has a brother, even though later in the series, it is established several times that he's an only child. The same thing has hapenned to Jerry and Elaine, mentioning unexisting sisters.

    • When Jerry decides to get his car into a garage because the fight starts in two minutes, he leaves the car door ajar yet when we cut back to it an instant later the door is closed.

    • When Kramer hits his head on the blinds in Jerry's apartment, he raises his left hand to his head. In the shot right after that, his right arm is in the air, not the left one.

    • When George gets out of the car to see who steals his parking space, he opens the door and is about half way out of the car when it cuts to the next shot inside. In this shot, he's still sittng there with his whole body in the car.

    • There is a continuity error on a scene where they show George and Elaine exiting the car on a long shot, then they do it again on the close-up.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • George: Nobody drives like me. Nobody. I'm doing things in this car, you have no idea they're going on.

    • Jerry: I'm not saying anything, I'm putting it in the vault, I'm locking the vault. It's a vault!

    • Kramer: Oh, congratulations.
      Maryedith: What for?
      Kramer: Well, you're pregnant.
      Maryedith: What?
      Kramer: You're not pregnant?
      Maryedith: No, I'm not pregnant!
      Kramer: Are you sure you're not pregnant?
      Maryedith: Yes, I'm sure!
      Kramer: That's weird.
      Maryedith: Come on, Matthew.
      Matthew: No.
      Maryedith: Come on, Matthew!
      (She starts to walk away with Matthew)
      Kramer: I thought she was pregnant.

    • Mike: Hey, Jerry. Long time no see.
      Jerry: Hey, Mike. (noticing George's fedora) Indiana.

    • George: You're gonna have to go to the bathroom!
      Mike: You're gonna have to go to work!
      George: I don't have a job!
      Mike: Neither do I!

    • Mike: Hey, pal. You're not getting that space. I mean, I'll sleep in my car if I have to.
      George: I'll die out here.

    • Kramer: What's going on?
      Mike: Hey, will you come on down? This guy's in my space!
      George: IT'S MY SPACE!

    • Sid: (to George) Why don't you start taking the bus?

    • Jerry: What did you do to my car?!
      George: I couldn't help it! Elaine moved the mirror. I got discombobulated.
      Elaine: Oh, like you've ever been "bobulated."

    • Kramer: You know, why didn't they ask me to go?
      Jerry: I don't know. How am I supposed to know?
      Kramer: What, they don't like me?
      Jerry: I don't like you!

    • Elaine: Ouch, my cuticle!

    • George: You don't understand. A garage, I can't even pull in there. It's like going to a prostitute. Why should I pay, when if I apply myself, maybe I could get it for free?

    • George: I really think it looks good.
      Elaine: Ten bucks, how can you go wrong?
      George: All bald people look good in hats.
      Elaine: You should have lived in the '20s and '30s, you know men wore hats all the time then.
      George: What a bald paradise that must have been.

    • Kibitzer: Who are you?
      Sid: Who am I? I know who I am. Do you know who you are?

    • Kramer: Because I'm like ice, buddy. When I don't like you, you've got problems.

    • Newman: Chaos--it reduces us to jungle law.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Due to syndication, an entire scene is missing on TBS:

      George and a woman are talking as Newman approaches and asks if he can try on his new hat. George doesn't want the woman to see he's bald, so he refuses. The two argue and the woman insists nothing is wrong and to let Newman see it. George gets angry, and the woman leaves. Then, George removes his hat screaming, but we never find out if the woman saw that.

      This happens right after Mike says to Newman "What are you asking this guy for?" (when he says this, he is on the left side of Newman), but before Newman puts the hat on (when he does it, Mike's on the right side of Newman). People will see that due to the missing scene, Newman will have the hat and will be on the other side in a second, making it seem like a mistake.

    • Since a good amount of the episode was filmed outside (with a live audience that could not hear the actors), the night effect is actually a matter of the actual time and not part of the script. Additionally, if you look closely around when Jerry is talking to Matthew (the little boy we would see later on in the series) you can see the change from day to night.

    • Seinfeld's college friend Mike Costanza, who served as a partial model of the character (and name) of George Costanza, appears as an angry truck driver in this episode.

    • When Jerry goes back up to tune into the fight, you can hear Larry David's voice doing the K.O. count.

    • Maryedith Burrell is reunited with Fridays stars Michael Richards and Larry David in this episode.


    • Jerry sees George wearing a fedora and calls him "Indiana." This is a reference to Raiders of the Lost Ark's Indiana Jones and his trademark fedora:
      Mike: Hey, Jerry! Long time no see!
      Jerry: Hi, Mike. (sees George in fedora) Indiana.

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