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Seinfeld

Season 7 Episode 8

The Pool Guy

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Nov 16, 1995 on NBC
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The Pool Guy
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Elaine has tickets for a historical clothing exhibit and realizes that she has no female friends; Jerry suggests that she ask Susan. Kramer suggests that is the wrong move and that George's worlds will collide. Jerry meets his pool guy outside a movie, and then he can't get rid of him. George is worried by Elaine wanting to get to know Susan, then he finds out it was Jerry's idea. Kramer's new phone number is similar to a film information line. When Kramer keeps getting wrong numbers, he begins giving out the information for movie show times a la "Moviefone."moreless

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  • When worlds collide....

    8.5
    .... "The Pool Guy" is a very memorable episode for George and Kramer's storylines - not for the one for which it is named.



    Jerry's difficulties with the pool guy, Ramon, definitely pay off in the end with Jerry and Newman trying to weasel their way out of giving the guy mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, but this storyline takes a while to go anywhere.



    But Kramer's storyline, revolving around his getting calls from people misdialing for "Moviefone," and George's storyline, revolving around his girlfriend Susan becoming one of Elaine's friends (and thereby one of the group), are absolutely hilarious. George has one of his most hilariously explosive freak-outs of the series ("worlds are colliding!") and, well, you won't want to miss Kramer becoming the voice for "Moviefone." The episode comes to one of the highest points of the entire "Seinfeld" series when George and Kramer's storylines intertwine over the telephone....moreless
  • The Pool Guy

    9.5
    Too many classic moments and lines here to recount. Love? Yeah, love. Hello, and welcome to Moviefone. What's filk? I'm a pool guy again.



    Just a brilliantly done episode that featured great storylines for all four of the central characters. The George storyline is actually very relatable. Everyone has their core group of friends and then their family and loved ones and they do in fact act differently around each one. Kramer would do something so stupid as to look up movies for people. And the friend that gets angry when you try to "break" up with him? While they already did that with Hornick, it was still great to see here.moreless
  • Three for Chunnel, two adults, one child.

    9.5
    Elaine needs someone to go to the met but can't find anyone. Jerry and George don't wanna do it so George thinks of an idea of bringing Susan along but realize that it could be a bad idea. Jerry picks up George's idea which makes Elaine think that she doesn't have a female friend but she can tag along with Susan. So Elaine calls George to talk to Susan and they hook up



    Jerry has enrolled in a pool center and has a guy named Ramon who wants to be with him. So they hang around but Jerry isn't comfortable because he thinks he's obsessed with him which turned out ugly. Meanwhile Kramer is getting a new phone number which ends up being the same number as Moviephone so Kramer has the time to tell people on the phone when a movie starts



    George on the other hand is concerned about Elaine and Susan's friendship that he thinks his "worlds are colliding" because his friends are getting into contact of his relationship to Susan. So after seeing all of his friends at Monk's with Susan, he goes to Reggie's....by himself lol



    Meanwhile, Ramon gets really upset at Jerry and both fight in the pool which results to Newman arriving at the pool for a swim and knocks Ramon out. After the incident, Jerry and Newman are banned from being a membership of the pool. So Jerry, Elaine, and Susan go to the movies which concerns George once again after reading a note that was left as his apartment so he finds out what theater they went to...instructed by Kramer. Susan realizes that Jerry and Elaine talk a lot, even during the movie, and decides that she'll just leave. But George is in trouble as he gets kicked out of the theater disrupting people Kramer is in trouble for being "Moviephone" lol



    This is one of those underrated episode that is just hilarious and is so Seinfeld!moreless
  • Oh my freakin gosh this was funny.

    9.8
    Ok, the reason this episode didn't get a perfect score is because of Jerry's part, I mean it was funny but the least funny overall over the other three. I liked the part where Elaine called Jerry a child when they got tickets to the movie (I wonder how that worked out). George's whole thing was making me practically spit out whatever I was eating gosh it was horribly hilarious. Elaine and Susan...wow. I thought they actually made pretty good friends, at least until the end of the episode. It's too bad they had to see a movie of all things together. And last but not least Kramer's story, which I also found un believably hilarious, escpecially when George called. So, very nice episode.moreless
  • The Pool Guy

    10
    This episode begins with the Jerry and Kramer going to a movie while their Jerry runs in to the pool guy at his health club and he wants to be friends with jerry but jerry does want to Elaine figures out that she has no female friends and Jerry think Susan would be perfect but George does not think so Kramer new phone number is mistaken for the moviefone and begins looking up times for movies for people. This is one of my favorite episodes of Seinfeld all of the stories are really funny my rating for the episode is 10 out of 10.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • When Jerry and Elaine enter the coffee shop, Susan is sitting with Kramer, and excitedly says, "Look who I bumped into!" However, we see from other episodes that Susan doesn't like Kramer. (An example would be when Kramer burnt down her father's cabin.) It's odd that she would be sitting and talking with him alone and excited that she'd bumped into him.

    • In the scene in which George is standing in front of the movie while it's playing and he starts yelling for Jerry, Elaine, and Susan; if you listen very closely you will notice that Larry David is the narrator of the movie. It's most noticeable when he says a phrase that includes the word "France."

    • Kramer says his new phone number is 555-3455, or FILK. But Jerry says that he must be getting calls for 555-FILM, which is the same number. But on a standard telephone, 5 represents the letters JKL, and 6 is MNO. So, unless all these people are dialing the wrong number (555-3456), then Kramer's new phone number is incorrect.

      Well, he says his new number is 3455, which IS FILK. If someone were dialing 3456, which is FILM, they could possibly hit the 5 a second time accidentally before hitting the 6, which would dial Kramer's new #.

    • A viewer notes that Ramon shows up at Jerry's door, 8 seconds after Jerry buzzes him up. He notes that from episode #6 we learned that Jerry's elevator is real slow. [ Editor's note: Unless the writers filled up the elevator time with something else, this sequence could never occur in real-time. Julia's post-Seinfeld real-time sitcom experiment Watching Ellie didn't work for the viewers. When that show reappeared in the Spring of 2003 it was absent of the real-time element. ]

    • A viewer notes that when Kramer tries to give Jerry the phone with his right hand, his left hand is empty. Then all of a sudden his left hand is holding a newspaper.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Kramer: I'm getting a new telephone number.
      Jerry: How come?
      Kramer: Chicks, man. Too many chicks know my number.

    • Kramer: This world here, this is George's sanctuary. If Susan comes into contact with this world, his worlds collide!

    • Kramer: There's nothing more pathetic than a grown man who's afraid of a woman.

    • George: You're killing "Independent George"! You know that, don't you?
      Elaine: George I don't even want to get...
      George: You know what word Susan used last night? Huh? "Vault"!

    • Elaine: Hi, three for Chunnel. Two adults… (looks at Jerry) one child.

    • Susan: Anyway, I thought we'd all go to a movie on Friday.
      George: We'd all go to movie on Friday?
      Susan: Yeah.
      George: This is not good. Worlds are colliding! George is getting upset!

    • Kramer: Why don't you just tell me the name of the movie you've selected?!

    • George: I have relationship George, but I also have independent George. That's the George you know, the George you grew up with: movie George, coffee shop George, liar George, bawdy George.
      Jerry: I love that George.
      George: Me too, and he's dying, Jerry! If relationship George walks through that door, he will kill independent George. A George divided against itself cannot stand!

    • George: (on Susan's friendship with Elaine) Worlds are colliding!

    • Jerry: What else did you two do?
      Elaine: Ah, you know, girl stuff.
      Jerry: Flower shows, shopping for pretty bows, and then back to her place strip down to bra and panties for a tickle fight?
      Elaine: That's really what you think girls do, isn't it?
      Jerry: Yes, I do.

  • NOTES (5)

    • This episode won the 1997 WGA Award (TV) for Episodic Comedy.

    • This is the 2nd episode this season where the movie "Firestorm" is mentioned in passing. Kramer mentions Jerry had seen it (which he did in "The Engagement"). Later "Firestorm" comes up again in "The Rye" when George is trying to make conversation with Susan's father.

    • When Kramer is acting as the MovieFone guy, you will notice a few little statuettes being him. These are models made out of pasta; a reference to "The Fusilli Jerry" in which Kramer makes a statue of Jerry out of Fusilli, which is particularly disturbing that Kramer still has Fusilli Jerry considering where he's been!

    • Danny Hoch refused the role of Ramon. He did not want to contribute to the stereotypical view of Latinos.

    • This episode was dedicated as follows:

      In memory of our friend Rick Bolden.

      Rick was one of the musicians who worked on the Seinfeld theme. Thanks to Sam Bowen for this information.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Jerry: (to Elaine, referring to George) Who do you think would win in a fight between me and Gorgeous George here?

      "Gorgeous George" (George Raymond Wagner) was a wrestler in the 40's and 50's who had long, platinum blonde hair and wore outrageous outfits. He is said to have been instrumental in popularizing televised wrestling.

    • George: A George divided against itself cannot stand!

      This references the Bible, the Book of Mark, verse 3:25: And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.

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