Elaine Marie Benes (not in pilot)
George Louis Costanza
In this episode, one of the NBC execs says he really liked a bit by Jerry about a parakeet flying into a mirror. The episode "The Dog" closes with Jerry actually doing this bit over the credits.
The expiration date on the milk in Jerry's fridge was September 3rd. If we're thinking in real-time (since this episode aired on September 16th), the milk would have been one day shy of two weeks old.
If you look closely after Kramer calls Newman "Mojambo", you can see Jerry laughing, then trying to get to keep a straight face.
Continuity goof: When Jerry and George are in the waiting room before their first NBC meeting, we see in the large shot that Jerry has one leg propped up on his thigh but in the next medium shot his legs are both uncrossed.
The posters on the wall of the studio's reception area are all promotional posters for NBC series for the 1992/1993 season.
Just as Kramer at first objected to being a character in the show about "nothing", Larry David's neighbor, Kenny Kramer, originally objected to having a character named after him in the Seinfeld series.
Newman: (to Kramer) You gave me a defective detector! Jerry?
Jerry: Buyer beware.
Newman: I want my helmet back! You give me back my helmet, and you're gonna pay for that ticket!
Kramer: Oh, yeah, yeah. You better think again, Mojambo.
George: Why don't they have salsa on the table?
Jerry: What do you need salsa for?
George: Salsa is now the number one condiment in America.
Jerry: You know why? Because people like to say "salsa." "Excuse me, do you have any salsa?" We need more salsa." "Where's the salsa? No salsa?"
George: You know, it must be impossible for a Spanish person to order seltzer and not get salsa. "I wanted seltzer, not salsa!"
Jerry: "Don't you know the difference between seltzer and salsa?! You have the seltzer after the salsa!"
George: I can't do this, I can't do this.
George: I can't do this, I can't do it. I've tried, I'm here, it's impossible.
Jerry: Hey, this was your idea.
George: What idea? I just said something. I didn't know you were gonna listen to me!
(He smacks Jerry's forehead)
Jerry: Don't worry about it. They're just TV executives.
George: They're men with jobs, Jerry! They wear suits and ties! They're married, they have secretaries!
Joe Davola: You're under no obligation to shake my hand.
Jerry: You want to go with me to NBC?
George: Yeah, I think we really got something here.
Jerry: What do we got?
George: An idea.
Jerry: What idea?
George: An idea for the show.
Jerry: I still don't know what the idea is.
George: It's about nothing.
George: Everybody's doing something, we'll do nothing.
Jerry: So, we go into NBC, we tell them we got an idea for a show about nothing?
Jerry: They say, "What's your show about?" I say, "Nothing."
George: There you go.
(A moment passes)
Jerry: (nodding) I think you may have something here.
Jerry: (to George) I don't even want to talk about it anymore. What were you thinking? What was going on in your mind? Artistic integrity. Where, where did you come up with that? You're not artistic and you have no integrity. You know, you really need some help, and a regular psychiatrist couldn't even help you. You need to go to, like, Vienna or something. You know what I mean? You need to get involved at the University level, like where Freud studied, and have all those people looking at you and checking up on you. That's the kind of help you need. Not the once a week for eighty bucks, no. You need a team, a team of psychiatrists working around the clock, thinking about you, having conferences, observing you, like the way they did with the Elephant Man. That's what I'm talkin about, 'cause that's the only way you're gonna get better.
Jerry: This is a pretty bad deal for Kramer. You know a radar detector is worth much more than that helmet. I think you're cheating him.
Newman: Don't say anything.
Jerry: All right.
(Kramer enters the room)
Jerry: Hey, you know you're getting gypped over here.
George: I can't do this Jerry. I can't do it. I tried, I'm here, it's impossible!
George: Look, you do all the talking, OK?
Jerry: Relax! Who are they?
George: Yeah, they're not better than me.
Jerry: Of course not.
George: Who are they?
Jerry: They're nobody.
George: What about me?
Jerry: What about you?
George: Why them? Why not me?
Jerry: Why not you?
George: I'm as good as them.
George: You really think so?
Kramer: We had a deal! There's no guarantees in life!
Newman: No, but there's karma, Kramer!
Russell: Well, why am I watching it?
George: Because it's on TV.
Russell: (pausing) Not yet.
Telemarketer: Hi, would you be interested in switching over to TMI long distance service.
Jerry: Oh, gee, I can't talk right now. Why don't you give me your home number and I'll call you later.
Telemarketer: Uh, I'm sorry we're not allowed to do that.
Jerry: Oh, I guess you don't want people calling you at home.
Jerry: Well now you know how I feel.
George: I think I can sum up the show for you with one word: Nothing.
This is Wayne Knight's favorite episode because he got the chance to see how Newman's mind worked.
The character of Russell (Dalrimple) is based on NBC executive Warren Littlefield. This is a role Bob Balaban was born to play as he did show in the late night talk show wars movie called The Late Shift.
Originally broadcast as part of a 60 min episode.
When George and Jerry are in the coffee shop discussing the show about "nothing", their back and forth banter is reminiscent of Abbot and Costello's classic "Who's on First" routine.
When Jerry says "Give my best to Hinckley", this is a reference to John F. Hinckley, Jr. who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in an attempt to win the love and approval of actress Jodie Foster.
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