Season 6 Episode 3

The Pledge Drive

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



  • Trivia

    • 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.

  • Quotes

    • 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

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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.