Seinfeld

Season 5 Episode 2

The Puffy Shirt

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Sep 23, 1993 on NBC
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George thinks he's made it big when, shortly after moving in with his parents, he gets work as a hand model. Elaine arranges for Jerry to appear on The Today Show to promote a charity benefit. However, when out to dinner with Kramer and his new "low talker" girlfriend, a misunderstanding has Jerry agreeing to wear a ridculous, pirate-style puffy shirt on TV.moreless

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  • George gets a job as a hand model; Jerry wears a puffy shirt on live television.

    10
    This episode was so funny. It was very entertaining and it had a good storyline. It was also very well written. The writers are very talented. They are very creative. I really loved the ending. It was so funny that only Kramer seen the beauty in his hands, besides the modeling agency. I loved that everyone was making fun of the puffy shirt. It was especially funny when George kept making fun of the shirt and the lady pushed him into the iron and his hands weren't so "beautiful." This episode is yet another great installment to this amazing series, and another installment to an especially excellent season.moreless
  • "I don't want to be a pirate!"

    9.3
    The fifth season continues going strong with another classic installment "The Puffy Shirt". Kramer's girlfriend, a "low talker" gets Jerry to wear a puffy pirate shirt on his appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno; but Jerry doesn't know what he's agreed to do. This is another example of Seinfeld taking the most mundane and ridiculous (at the same time) topic and turning it into a great piece of television. This episode also features George becoming a hand model and unfortunately losing this new "job" when he meets an unfortunate accident. I love this episode. It's another classic Seinfeld episode. The puffy shirt and the "I don't want to be a pirate" line are classic.moreless
  • The Puffy Shirt is one of the most memorable episodes ever if not at least for this season.

    10
    When Kramer invites a low talker to dinner with him, Jerry and Elaine things get a little out of audible control when she talks to them over dinner but can't be heard. Georgie becomes a hand model and is questioned slightly about being the master of his domain.



    The actress who played the soft talker did a great job at conveying someone who is less than comfortable to be around at times. As always the cast pulled another rabbit out of the bag with this excellent installment for season 5.



    Overall its without a doubt hilarious with scenes like, Jerry screaming on set at the Today show about how terrible the Puffy shirt is while its being broadcast live. Just before Kramer's girlfriend screams in anger at him, revealing shes not always a low talker. Great performances all round.moreless
  • George gets a job as a hand model; Jerry wears a puffy shirt on live television.

    10
    This episode was so funny. It was very entertaining and it had a good storyline. It was also very well written. The writers are very talented. They are very creative. I really loved the ending. It was so funny that only Kramer seen the beauty in his hands, besides the modelling agency. I loved that everyone was making fun of the puffy shirt. It was especially funny when George kept making fun of the shirt and the lady pushed him into the iron and his hands weren't so "beautiful." This episode is yet another great installment to this amazing series.moreless
  • Hand Jive!

    10
    This is one of the best episode of the series and I had fun with that episode too. George becomes a hand model and tryimng to keep his hands away from any harm. Krammer girlfriend designs cloathes and wants Jerry to wear her puffy shirt on a Today show interview. He accepted only because she has a low voice. In the final five minutes of that epsiode, everything will colide. I can't give you the ending, but it will be very funny. George's hands and the puffy shirt will play itself out and it became a classic episode of the series.moreless
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Wendel Meldrum

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David Brisbin

David Brisbin

Client

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Bryant Gumbel

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Himself

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Estelle Harris

Estelle Harris

Estelle Costanza

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Jerry Stiller

Jerry Stiller

Frank Costanza

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (8)

    • When the low-talker pushed George towards the iron board the face of the iron is a dark colour. However, when George is holding the iron and screaming the face of the iron is silver.

    • Jerry says that his dad has "never thrown anything out. Ever". But we see him throw a wallet in the bin back in "The Watch".

    • When the gang see a couple of homeless guys using the puffy shirts, you can hear a woman from the audience (between the laughs) screaming "Oh my god!".

    • George says to Kramer that Jerry doesn't even let anyone use his bathroom; however, George uses Jerry's bathroom in many episodes.

    • George tells the modeling executives that "he won a contest", alluding to Season 4's "The Contest". However, in that episode, it was never revealed who won.

    • There must have only been one puffy shirt made for this episode since not both of the homeless men in the final scene are wearing them. The man Jerry gives money to is, but the other one is only wearing a loose-fitting collarless shirt of some kind.

    • A mini-sized replica of the puffy shirt was included as an extra in the 'Seinfeld Seasons 5&6 DVD gift set', released in November 2005.

    • The same silver and blue Cannondale that is seen in this season's previous episode, The Mango, is hanging on the wall in Jerry's apartment. This silver and blue bike might appear in other episodes this season. In most episodes a green Klein bike is hanging on the wall. I know in episode 7 this season, The Non-Fat Yogurt, the green Klein bike is in Jerry's apartment. I suppose at the beginning of this season the green bike was not available for some reason.

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  • NOTES (8)

    • This is the first official appearence of Jerry Stiller as Frank Costanza.

    • Two months after this episode was aired, The Nanny in the episode "The Nuchschlep" featured both Fran and Maggie wearing the puffy shirt.

    • The "Puffy Shirt" would later appear as part of Niles's pirate costume in the Frasier episode, "A Midwinter Night's Dream".

    • The Today Show interview segment was videotaped rather then filmed in order to imitate the live morning show's look.

    • For his performance in this episode Jerry Seinfeld received a 1994 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Larry David also received an Emmy nomination in 1994 for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Comedy Series.

    • The Puffy Shirt worn in this episode was placed in the Smithsonian in 2004.

    • Rare episode in which a scene doesn't take place at Monk's Coffee Shop. They are many episodes without Monk's, but most of those do not take place in New York City("The Hamptons", "The Trip", "The Parking Garage" for example). There are 2 scene in a different restaurant instead: the scene where George is with his parents, and the last scene after George burned his hands on the iron in Jerry's dressing room.

    • This episode marks the beginning of three related quotes. In this episode, Jerry says "But I don't wanna be a pirate!" Then, in 607 The Mom & Pop Store, Jerry says "But I don't wanna be a cowboy!" A few episdoes later, in 613 The Scofflaw, Kramer says "I wanna be a pirate!"

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