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Seinfeld

Season 9 Episode 20

The Puerto Rican Day

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

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  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • Kramer mentions the Death Star, this is a reference to the space station in "Star Wars" saga (Episode's IV and VI).

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