Season 9 Episode 20

The Puerto Rican Day

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM May 07, 1998 on NBC
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Episode Summary

The gang drive from a bad Mets game when they get caught in traffic due to the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade, they go their four ways and encounter odd happenings; Jerry begins a rivalry with a man in a Maroon Golf Car, George sneaks into a cinema in the hopes of yelling out a one-liner during a climatic moment and Kramer pretends to be a tenant in an apartment to use the bathroom. Elaine tries to escape the madness by several means but fails. In the end; Jerry's car is trashed when Kramer burns the Puerto Rican Flag by accident and the gang walks home.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?


    Although it is almost 20 years since this aired The Puerto Rican Day is still officially banned from syndication. As Jerry would say "That's a shame" because it is one of the funnier episodes of Season 9 which had some really forced comedy. This episode feautures CEDRIC AND BOB the homosexual Puerto Rican hoods. They are very funny!! It's banned due to Kramers burning of the Puerto Rican flag (mostly) as I didnt find any dialogue in the I guess Jerry and Larry David just don;t wanto deal with anymore offended groups of you have to pull out the DVD if you want to see this a bitch.moreless
  • The "Banning" - The Laughably Ludicrous Part

    And what is the most ridiculously ludicrous thing about the syndication prohibitions (the "banning") of this episode of Seinfeld?

    Only in the United States! Only in the US would the majority - the VAST majority - grovel and kowtow before the humorless zealots of the minority. Only here. Typical.

    And why do I say "Only in the United States?"

    You have to love the irony here...

    The "ban" is ONLY applied in US television markets. "The Puerto Rican Day" episode is almost always included in the syndicated reruns when this series airs in other countries.

    And what's the most ludicrous part? ...Every major Latino television market in South America that airs syndicated "Seinfeld" reruns regularly includes this episode.moreless
  • It's almost as if someone doesn't want this episode to be seen. I've only seen it once in syndication. Both TBS and FOX skip over it every time they run the ninth season...moreless

    It's almost as if someone doesn't want this episode to be seen. I've only seen it once in syndication. Both TBS and FOX skip over it every time they run the ninth season.

    It was probably the weakest episode of that season but I don't remember it being controversial or anything like that to justify never being aired except I guess to Puerto Ricans.

    I will now repeat myself for people who read from the bottom up. . . . . . .

    It was probably the weakest episode of that season but I don't remember it being controversial or anything like that to justify never being aired except I guess to Puerto Ricans.moreless
  • So this episode was banned in the USA huh?! not in Australia it wasnt.. they played it all the time on TV..

    Just found out that this episode was banned lol-

    Everyone needs 2 lighten up... seriously... and that there were protesters..... Lighten up u jerks... some people e are so uptight... relax

    if people were ok with the contest episode.. this episode is fine.. nothings wrong with it..

    They played it over and over all the time in Australia... and I never heard of people being upset about it...

    It was a pretty funny episode...

    On the way back from a lopsided Mets game, the gang gets caught in a neverending traffic jam complicated by the Puerto Rican Day Parade. The day ends with all four in very compromising situations.moreless
  • The "Banned" Episode!

    I had only seen this once when it was on NBC, until I watched it on the season 9 DVD last night. I forgot how entertaining this episode was. Especialy George with the laser pointer being pointed at him, and Kramer as H.E. Pennypacker. On the DVD, it is interesting to watch the Inside Look feature for this episode to see why this episode was banned. It was actually the fact of the burning of the Puerto Rican flag that upset many Puerto Rican people. I didn't really like the maroon Golf guy though. The same guy appeared in "The Engagement" episode when him and Jerry were walking out of Firestorm.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • You may recognize the actor who played 'Maroon Golf,' he was in the episode "The Engagement" in Season 7, he and Jerry were actually chatting when they were leaving the movie theatre.

    • Jerry uses the Kal Varnson in this episode, he used this name before in the episode "The Boyfriend (1)", he answers as Kal Varnson to pretend to be working for George's "pretend" Vandelay Industries.

    • As Elaine leaves the car in the beginning, Jerry says "You can't just leave the group!" to which Elaine replies "I've been trying to leave this group for ten years." In some syndications, this line is cut, and after Jerry says the line, she immediately says "Vaya con dios!"

    • After George gets his sunglasses, Jerry raises the potential of the laser beam to go in through the side of the glasses, saying, "Wouldn't it just bounce back and forth between the cornea and the mirror?" There is no mirror on the inside of sunglasses; if there was, people would not be able to see out through them!

    • Wouldn't a sparkler cause a flag to smolder instead of bursting it into an open flame?

    • Anyone notice that in syndication they cut out the whole subplot about Elaine's "sunday weekend windown routine"? There is only one reference to it when they are going under the bleachers, and it seems oddly out of place.

    • They say a joke isn't funny if you have to explain it. But the "con dios" reply was hilarious if you understand Kramer's wacky, not a renaissance-man type humor. I was roaring when I heard the joke. "Vaya con dios!" Kramer wrinkles his nose "Con dios? That was rude" Get it? He thinks it means something that it doesn't. That's the joke. It has nothing to do with the writers thinking no one will understand spanish. Quite the opposite, they think the viewers WILL understand that phrase.

    • I love Seinfeld, but the first scene, with the four driving down the freeway, was not incredibly well done. The major flaw occurs when Jerry cuts off Maroon Golf, and the group continues to stare at him to the right of Jerry's car. If they cut the man off, he should now be behind them. Not too realistic.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • George: (about laser pointers) This thing can't hurt me, can it? I mean, it is a laser. What if it hits my eye?
      Jerry: I don't know.
      George: I can't be blind Jerry, the blind are courageous.

    • Kramer: It's like every Puerto Rican in New York City is out today!
      Puerto Rican: Well, it is our day.

    • George: (Yells out) That's gotta hurt! (Audience stops laughing) It's… gotta hurt! Hurt! Because.. Aaarrrrrgh! Damn you, laser guy! You had to grab it all with your lowbrow laser shtick! You're just a prop comic! Where's the craft?!

    • Kramer: Okay, here's the deal. He wants you to acknowledge that you cut him off with an "I'm sorry" wave.
      Jerry: What's that?
      Kramer: You raise the hand, lower the head-- "I'm sorry, I'm sorry. The buttons are really big on the car. I don't understand it. I haven't read the manual. Ooh!" You get my drift.

    • Elaine: Look! No one knows how long this parade is gonna last! They are a very festive people!

    • Kramer: Varnsen!
      Jerry: Pennypacker!
      Kramer: Vandelay!
      George: Pennypacker, Varnsen!
      Jerry: Vandelay!

    • Jerry: (trying to covertly tell Kramer and George that no one is posting sentry at the car) If you're here, then who's watching the Saab factory?

    • Kramer: It's like this every day in Puerto Rico.

  • NOTES (7)

    • This was suppose to be a gathering episode for the all of the writers of the "Post Larry David era" considering that would be the last episode they would write.

    • And now Jerry Balsam tells me that laser pointers have come under attack with legislation in NYC to make it misdemeanor to improperly use one. This is probably a good idea, since laser light can cause harm if pointed into the eyes.

    • In this episode Kramer uses the name H. E. Pennypacker which he also used in "The Millennium".

    • We learn that Elaine went to Tufts University (the archetypal safety school).

    • One of the characters is named Christine Nyhart, presumably after Seinfeld's script supervisor.

    • Here Jerry uses his alias, Kal Varnsen, again, he used is previously in "The Boyfriend (1)". The name Kal is the first name of Jerry's real life father and is also part of Superman's real Kryptonian name "Kal-El", another Superman reference for the series.

    • The episode caused a bit of stir in the Puerto Rican community, causing NBC to issue an apology and never showing the episode on the network again. The controversy involved Kramer and the flag-burning sequence. This episode is the only episode that was not initially included in the syndication package. In the summer of 2002 the episode has started appearing, with the flag-burning sequence intact. So if you missed it when it aired the first time, you will now have a chance to see it again.