Season 6 Episode 3

The Pledge Drive

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Oct 06, 1994 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Jerry comments that a friend was hitting on him and Elaine tries to find out if what was true, but gets the voice of the woman and her current boyfriend confused. Elaine's boss eats his Snickers bar with a knife and fork and idea that soon catches on. George thinks a waitress gave him the finger. Jerry gets caught throwing away a thank you card. Jerry cashes some old birthday checks from his grandmother. Jerry's working a PBS pledge drive and gets George to bring a Yankee to appear with him, while en-route to the studio, someone gives George the finger.moreless

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  • The Pledge Drive

    Thanks to the fine folks at TBS, I am getting the chance to see a plethora of classic episodes of Seinfeld on this Black Friday holiday. This may have been the worst of the bunch, although it was still a really, really good episode of television.

    So many great gags tonight from Jerry's grandmother being confronted in a dark alley by a street tough, only for him to help her with her bank issue, to Uncle Leo asking for the show to be stopped, to George chasing a guy who he thought gave him the middle finger, this episode definitely had its moments. The story, and the one-liners just were not there though and that is why it is not on the same pedestal as some of the other classics.moreless
  • Pledge Drive

    This is a good episode but one of the stories is not funny I did not like it at all it was the guy with the woman’s voice I thought was two far fetch but the rest of the stories are funny like eating a candy bar with a knife and fork was funny and a good story George and Kramer’s stories where really good as well over all the episode was ok but one bad story drags it down very far because of that story the episode gets a 8.1 out of 10 the end of this review End.moreless
  • A guy with a woman's voice? I'm there!

    Another great Seinfeld episode? Not a 10! A 9.5 will suffice. It open with a guy with a woman's voice. It's funny. But Elaine seeing her boss eating a Snickers with a knife and fork. That's why I call "Seinfeld," a comedy about manners. I got plenty of manners. Jerry cashing his grandmother's checks. Just because Krammer told you do, just doesn't means to do it. Finally, at a PBS station Channel 13, Krammer wants a Tote Bag and someone on the line pledge $1500 and it came from Jerry's Granmother. Money makes the world go round and in Seinfeld, money makes everyone go round.moreless
Kelly Coffield Park

Kelly Coffield Park


Guest Star

Billye Ree Wallace

Billye Ree Wallace


Guest Star

Brian Reddy

Brian Reddy


Guest Star

Lauren Bowles

Lauren Bowles


Recurring Role

Len Lesser

Len Lesser

Uncle Leo

Recurring Role

Ian Abercrombie

Ian Abercrombie

Mr. (Justin) Pitt

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Jerry wouldn't have been able to cash those older checks, once checks are six months old they are stale dated and can't be cashed.

    • On the night this episode originally aired on NBC one of the commercials featured Julia Louis-Dreyfus selling Clairol Nice 'n Easy hair coloring.

    • The night this episode originally aired on NBC, it was followed by an episode of the show Madman of the People called "All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Mad Boy" which featured a guest appearance by actor Phillip Baker Hall, better known to Seinfeld fans as Lt Bookman, the Library Cop.

    • Before Mr. Pitt starts eating his chocolate bar, he cuts a single slice but when the camera switches to a wider shot, the chocolate bar is suddenly cut into several slices.

    • Running Gag: Everybody starts eating finger-food with a knife & fork.

    • Kristin claims to be very excited to meet Danny Tartabull, yet later asks the high-talker if he is Danny. If someone was so excited to meet a person, wouldn't they at least know what they look like, or even their skin color?

    • - when Elain is recounting her story to Mr. Pitt, she says "my stupid friend Jerry told my other friend Noreen that she was hitting on him". Obviously, this is not what happened and really doesn't make very much sense.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Jerry: I saw someone on the street eating M&M's with a spoon.

    • Kramer: (volunteering at PBS) Where are the tote bags? I'm not leaving the premises without tote bags. I was promised tote bags and tote bags I shall have.

    • Noreen: Great. I'm going out with a man who sounds like a woman.
      Elaine: Well, he looks like a man.

    • George: Did you just see what happened here? Did you see the way she pointed at the check? She gave me the finger!
      Jerry: That's how waitress-types express derision. They don't want to get their mouths dirty.

    • George: If my parents had a mantle, I might be a completely different person.

    • Kramer: I get a percentage of every pledge I bring in, right?
      Jerry: No. It's not aluminum siding, it's volunteer work.

    • Jerry: (to George) Yea, go do your thing where you lie to everyone.

    • Jerry: Well, I cashed the checks, the checks bounced and now my Nana's missing!
      Kramer: Well don't look at me!
      Jerry: It's your fault!
      Kramer: My fault?!? Your Nana, is missing, because she's been passing those bum checks all over town, and she finally pissed off the wrong people!

    • Jerry: (Slowly realizing what Elaine has done) Wha.....You hung up on my Nana?!?
      Elaine: Um.....well...maybe...
      Jerry: You told my Nana to drop dead?!?!

    • Elaine: (looking at Jerry's second card) Is this little bunny giving you the....
      Jerry:Yes. He is.
      Elaine:You should show that to Georgie.

    • Nana: Hello, I need to speak to Jerry.
      Elaine: (thinks it's Dan) Oh, it's you. We were just talking about you. Listen, Jerry doesn't want to talk to you. Nobody wants to talk to you, so why don't you just drop dead?!

    • Dan: Is Jerry in there?
      Kramer: Well, he can't be disturbed now.
      Dan: Well this situation is driving me crazy. He's all I think about. I can't get him out of my mind.
      Kramer: I'm sorry. I mean, I know what it's like to be in love. Ties you up in knots. And Jerry is a very sexy man.
      Dan: What?
      Kramer: Look, I'm not judging you. In fact, we here at PBS, we have many programs celebrating your lifestyle. Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City: gender bending and swinging in San Francisco.

    • Mr. Morgan: (sees George eating a Snickers with a fork) Uh, what the hell are you doing?
      George: I am eating my dessert. How do you eat it, with your hands?

    • Jerry: (in trouble for throwing a card in the trash) It was a 'thank you' card from Kristin because I'm doing the PBS drive. I mean, how long am I supposed to keep it?
      George: The rule is a minimum of two days.
      Jerry: You making that up or do you know what you're talking about?
      George: I'm making it up.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Lauren Bowles who plays the waitress that apparently is giving George "the finger" is Julia Louis-Dreyfus's sister. She also appeared in "The Big Salad", "The Foundation", "The English Patient", "The Summer of George", "The Reverse Peephole" and "The Bookstore".

    • Viewer Rick Streeter notes that in "The Statue" George says that his parents had this exact statue on the mantle of their apartment, but in this episode he says that if his parents had a mantle when he was growing up he might be a completely different person.


    • Jerry: (during the pledge drive broadcast) … programs like Ken Burns' "Baseball". This is a reference to a real 1994 PBS miniseries called "Baseball" produced by Ken Burns. Burns is most famous, of course, for his 1990 miniseries called "The Civil War".

    • Channel 11:

      This refers to New York (formerly independent but now part of the WB Network) station WPIX, which at the time did indeed air Yankee games and do promotions for the team. When Seinfeld was first syndicated, WPIX used the clip of George saying "Channel 11" in ads promoting the reruns. Around 1999, the Yankees moved to WCBS and the Seinfeld reruns moved to the FOX affiliate WNYW Channel 5.

    • Jerry: There's nothing funny about the financial crisis here at PBS.
      The PBS station, Channel 13 is for real; WNET, New York. It's survival as a television station is dependent upon donations they get from their viewers.