Season 1 Episode 3

The Robbery

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jun 07, 1990 on NBC
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Episode Summary

When Jerry's apartment gets robbed, he decides to move out. George shows him a great apartment, which he plans to take… that is, until George expresses his own desire for the apartment.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • great one

    Here we get all the great elements, George's childishness, discussions, Jerry cant make up his mind. Kramer causes Jerry to be robbed. Lots of laughter.
  • "The Messages aren´t for him, he´s the crook!! "

    This episode was definatly an improvement, i haven´t got much bad things to say about this episode but some things did bother me, like the couch and the apartment plot i thought it wasn´t that good, and the only thing that saved it was the twist at the end. I liked the stand up " He´s the penguin". So, the show´s getting better being the best episode out of the three but one thhing that i´ve noticed is that the plots don´t go anywhere, like the kramer and the englishmen story, i thing that are just extras, but i know the show will fix that in other season i just hope a big improvement comes on the the next two episodes, so the season can improve. But i know why the show seem´s different to me, it´s because of Kramer, i love the caracter and i want to ssee him more often!!moreless
  • Just okay.

    I was a bit bored by this episode to say the least. Normally I would have not cared to watch the episodes of the first season but I guess I made an exception this time. It wasn't a bad episode. I liked that George was very much undecided on taking the apartment. It was also very funny to watch the interaction with Jerry. The things I didn't care for was the continued slow pace, boring feel of the episode. The comedy was rather dull and I didn't like the setting because it wasn't the typical Seinfeld setting. Overall, not bad but not great. Thank you.moreless
  • "The door has one flaw, it must be CLOSED!"

    Since the first time I saw this episode, I have loved it. It is a fine example of the short lived first season. Starts out with Jerry going away and doing some shows on the road, so Elaine stays at his apartment. When he gets back, he finds that Elaine had went to the store and Kramer left the door open and someone took his stereo, television, etc. So George mentions that he is trying to sell an apartment with two bedrooms, a fireplace and a patio, and Jerry, Elaine and George go over to view it. Jerry decides he likes it, so he wants it. Elaine then claims Jerry's apartment, but George has second thoughts and decides he wants it also. So they flip a coin to decide. They decide that they both don't eant it, so they give it to a Monk's waitress. The end shows Jerry, George and Elaine at the waitress's housewarming party seeing what they are missing out on. One of my favorites!moreless
  • Jerry's apartment is robbed when he's on vacation, even though Elaine is staying there. He decides to move into another apartment, and although he finds one to his liking, he hesitates when George declares his feelings on it.moreless

    Still getting better. This episode is the best one of season one - of course, that doesn't mean it's good. The plots are still growing, the characters maturing, starting to get comfortable being on set. The acting is improving, and as such, leads to better quality episodes.

    I do like this episode. It isn't amongst my favourites, but I don't dislike it. It doesn't compare to later episodes, and it's a miracle the show survived, but it really represents that you should give things a chance. Watch as Kramer's hair grows taller and taller, for the taller the hair, the better the comedy!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Before leaving his apartment in Elaine's care, Jerry tells her that no meat should ever be kept in his fridge. However in the pilot episode, Kramer comes by to take meat for his sandwich and finds some in Jerry's fridge.

    • At the housewarming they are introduced to the waitress's new neighbor, as she walks away George mumbles "Nice meeting you" and shakes the waitress's hand instead of the neighbor's.

    • Jerry wants to sell Elaine his couch before she moves into his apartment. He tells her to "get it out of here" and "take it out the door". If she is moving in, the couch should not be going anywhere.

  • QUOTES (30)

    • Policeman: Well, Mr. Seinfeld, we'll look into it and, uh, we'll let you know if we find anything.
      Jerry: Do you ever find anything?
      Policeman: No.

    • Policeman: Let's see, that's uh, one TV, a stereo, one leather jacket, a VCR and a computer is that 'bout it?
      Elaine: Answering machine.
      Jerry: Answering machine. Oh, I hate the idea of someone out there returning my calls.

    • Jerry: So I move into the center lane, now I get ahead of this women, who felt for some reason I guess, that she thought that I cut her off. So, she pulls up along side of me, gives me the finger. It seems like such an arbitrary, ridiculous thing to just pick a finger and you show it to the person. It's a finger, what does it mean? Someone shows me one of their fingers and I'm supposed to feel bad. Is that the way it's supposed to work? I mean, you could just give someone the toe, really, couldn't you? I would feel worse if I got the toe, than if I got the finger. 'Cause it's not easy to give someone the toe, you've gotta get the shoe off, the sock off and drive, get it up and… (Jerry pretends to drive with one foot in the air, giving the toe.) "Look at that toe, buddy." (He puts his foot down.) I mean, that's really insulting to get the toe, isn't it?

    • Jerry: How late are the stores open? I'm thinking of maybe of buying a new TV and smash it over my head.

    • Diane: How, how could you guys have turned this place down, it's such a great location and it's so close to the park.
      George: We're aware of the proximity to the park, yes.

    • Larry: I'm running in the park now, I've lost weight, we're barbecuing every night and the rent is unbelievable.
      George: We're really glad for you.
      Elaine: Couldn't be happier.
      Jerry: It's wonderful.

    • George: I go to visit my grandparents. They're having big brisket sandwiches; I'm sitting here with a carrot!

    • Kramer: Now, I'm gonna go over there, I'm gonna borrow some tea. If I don't get back in five minutes, maybe you'd better call the police.
      Jerry: OK, starting (looks at his watch)…NOW!
      Kramer: Yeah! (runs off)

    • George: (screaming) WHY DID I PUT UP TWO? WHY DID I PUT UP TWO?!!!

    • Elaine: Excuse me, uh, I don't mean to cause any trouble here, but George, if you take it, can I take your place?

    • Jerry: You could take it? You want it?
      George: No, I don't want it. I want it, if you don't want it.
      Jerry: So you do want it.
      George: No I, I want it if you don't want it!
      Jerry: You just said, you wanted it!

    • Elaine: Jerry, you can barbecue back here (points to garden).
      Jerry: They deliver the coal?
      Elaine: Sure, it's… probably the same guy, who delivers the wood.
      Jerry: Oh, than I gotta tip him.

    • Elaine: Look! Look at…look at this! There's a garden.
      George: A garden! I can't believe there's a garden!
      Jerry: Would I have to get a gardener?
      Elaine: Yeah, you can get a gardener.
      Jerry: You tip him?

    • Jerry: How do you get all that wood in here?
      Elaine: They deliver it.
      Jerry: They deliver wood?
      Elaine: Yeah.
      Jerry: What da ya tip a "wood guy"?

    • Jerry: (to Elaine) You would still wanna move in here?
      Elaine: Yes! You don't understand. I'm living with Ethel Merman without the talent.

    • Jerry: (turns around and sees George) How did you get in here?
      George: (does some hand and arm motions)

    • Kramer: Well, I got caught up watching a soap opera… The Bold and the Beautiful.

    • Elaine: You should at least take a look at this place. You shouldn't have to live like this.
      Jerry: Like this? You just said you wanted to live here.
      Elaine: Well, for me it's a step up. It's like moving from Iceland to Finland.

    • Jerry: Two bedrooms? Why do I need two bedrooms? I got enough trouble maintaining activity in one.

    • Elaine: She just got some part in some dinner-theater production of a Chorus Line. So, now all day long she's walking around the apartment singing: (breathless singing) "God, I hope I get it, I hope I get it". (stops singing) She's gonna get it right in her…

    • Elaine: No, I'm staying here for the weekend. I'm getting a break from my roommate.
      George: Oh, the actress-waitress.
      Elaine: No, the waitress-actress.

    • Jerry: The hot water takes a little while to come on. So, the best thing to do is to turn it on, do all your shopping, you come back and take a shower.

    • Elaine: Excuse me, master packer!
      Jerry: Yes.
      Elaine: Just gimme your keys.

    • Elaine: (claps hands) That is the single greatest packing performance I have ever seen.
      Jerry: I am the master packer.

    • Kramer: I said, "I know about the stuff," you know, so he'd take me into his confidence.
      Elaine: What did he say?
      Kramer: "What stuff?"
      Jerry: Oh, case closed.

    • Jerry: (giving house sitting instructions) One last thing, Benes. Regarding sexual activity…strictly prohibited, but, if you absolutely must, do us all a favor and do it in the tub.

    • Kramer: I'm human...
      Jerry: In your way.

    • Response when he realizes his answering machine was taken:
      Jerry: I hate the thought of someone out there returning my calls.

    • Kramer: How can you not have insurance?
      Jerry: Because I spent my money on the Clapco 8000. It's the most powerful lock they make. It has only one design flaw...the door...MUST BE CLOSED!!

    • Jerry: And I cannot overstate this: no soft cheeses of any kind. Is that clear?

  • NOTES (3)

    • This is the first episode of Seinfeld written by someone other than Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David.

    • During his appearence Friday May 15, 1992 on episode #1633 of Late Night with David Letterman, Jerry used a clip from this episode -- the scene in which he says "The door...MUST BE CLOSED!" -- to illustrate 'the secret to acting on TV shows.'

    • Kathleen Tracy's book "Jerry Seinfeld" mentions that this is the first episode featuring Kramer's trademark "entrance" (Kramer zooming into Jerry's apartment without warning). Kathleen states that this was an accident made by Michael Richards who was late on his cue of entering Jerry's apartment, so Michael zoomed into Jerry's apartment to make up for lost time. Michael, playing Kramer, zooming into Jerry's apartment later became a habit, and later became a trademark.


    • Jerry: You would still wanna move in here?
      Elaine: Yes! You don't understand. I'm living with Ethel Merman without the talent.

      Ethel Merman was an American singer/actress who was often referred to as "The Grande Dame of the Broadway stage". She was best known for her musical theatre performances, but Merman also appeared in a number of TV shows from the 1950s to 1980s.

    • Jerry: Where did you come from?
      When Jerry asks George this question, George makes a strange hand-clapping.
      That motion is a reference to the TV-show "I Dream Of Jeannie".