Season 7 Episode 16

The Shower Head

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 15, 1996 on NBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Elaine gets a physical for a pending trip with Peterman to Africa. Her physical test results show positive for opium, so Peterman fires her. Jerry parent's are in seclusion in New York while biding time until they can move back to Florida. George tries to convince his parents to move to Florida. The shower heads in Jerry's building are being replaced with a new low-flow model; Newman finds a source for black market shower heads. The Seinfelds tell the Costanzas that there is no room for them in Florida that gives Frank all the incentive he needs to move. George is delighted. Elaine finds the cause of her opium addiction and finds a donor for her next physical. Jerry makes a joke on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at the expense of Uncle Leo and he pays the price for making fun of the family.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • The Costanzas think about moving to Florida.

    "But a different sort of trader still lurked about..."

    Season 7 is regarded as one of the best of the series. While I prefer the earlier years to the later, this was a strong episode of Seinfeld during the bastardization of character-driven comedy to its cheap-shotted concluding weeks.

    Any episode that gives Uncle Leo deserves a strong rating. Len Lesser's portrayal of the annoying relative deserved an Emmy and continues to get him work even to this day. The conversations with Jerry at the diner show just what Seinfeld is all about.

    I didn't like the shower head storyline, although it did produce some funny moments. The salesman in the back of the van was great, and the idea of Newman and Kramer showering with the same equipment elephants use is hilarious. Elaine's storyline sucked, and that dropped this episode's rating from the 9's to the 8's.

    Frank Costanza yelling at Morty Seinfeld on the phone is yet another classic moment from the show.moreless
  • Low flow shower heads? I don't like the sound of that.

    After seeing this in syndication this past month, I could not stop watching it on tape. I like the way Jerry, Kramer, and Newman look like after taking a shower. Also when Jerry picks on Uncle Leo on TV. I also think that the opium threat from Elaine and the way J. Peterman reacts is hilarious. Also the way George gets excited about his parents moving away and decided not to is beyond funny. That's George. And at the end where Kramer tries his new shower head, boy, did he think right.moreless
Jay Leno

Jay Leno


Guest Star

Ron West

Ron West

Dr. Strugatz

Guest Star

Tim de Zarn

Tim de Zarn


Guest Star

Wayne Knight

Wayne Knight


Recurring Role

John O'Hurley

John O'Hurley

J. Peterman

Recurring Role

Barney Martin

Barney Martin

Morty Seinfeld

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • In the final scene where Kramer is being blasted by his new shower head, he is never really in the stream of water. Michael Richards would have been game, I'm sure, but they probably did it that way to keep the camera from getting hit with reflected spray.

    • When Mrs. Seinfeld is trying to pick a glass for Elaine's urine sample, we get a close-up view of Jerry's cereal boxes. All identifiable labels are of Post cereals (Honey-Combs, Grape-Nuts, Post Bran Flakes, etc.). Clearly, Post Cereals paid for these product placements.

    • When Jerry picks up the phone to talk to his Dad, the antenna is down but in the next shot it's up.

    • By the end of the show, when Elaine and Jerry's mother are trying to choose a cup to place the urine, you can clearly see the reflection of a TV and what appears to be a cameraman on the cupboard glass.

    • There's a Comedy Central magnet on Jerry's refrigerator.

    • Mr. Peterson tells Elaine that her urine sample showed that she was menopausal because she used Jerry's mom's urine. He then says that she has the urine of a 68 year old woman; however, menopause usually occurs in women between the ages of 42-56.

    • In "The Puffy Shirt" George tells Jerry that is mom, Estelle, has never laughed, ever. Then later in the episode the point is proven when Jerry tries to tell her a joke and she's not interested.
      But in "The Shower Head" Estelle laughs at Jerry's joke: "Actually I'm drunk."
      Maybe this is her first time laughing ever.

    • In this episode, Kramer offers some chicken to Elaine, and she eats it. In "The Stranded" she said that the only meat she will eat is fish.

    • After replacing Kramer's shower head to the low flaw kind, Kramer tries taking a bath as if it's his first time.
      Kramer feels disappointed and disguisted by the concept of bathing.
      On the other hand, on a former episode "The Wife" Kramer clearly states that he takes bath instead of showering.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Frank: (to Jerry's dad) This is Frank Costanza. You think you can keep us out of Florida? We're moving in lock, stock and barrel. We're gonna be in the pool. We're gonna be in the clubhouse. We're gonna be all over that shuffleboard court. And I dare you to keep me out!

    • Newman: Now here's the lowdown. Through a certain connection, I've been able to locate some black market shower heads. They're all made in the former Yugoslavia. And from what I hear, the Serbs are fanatic about their showers.
      Jerry: Not from the footage I've seen.

    • Kramer: If I don't have a good shower, I am not myself. I feel weak and ineffectual. I'm not Kramer.

    • Jerry: (about his parents) You see this? Any thought pops into their head, they're calling me because it's a local call now. I'm used to a 1200-mile buffer zone. I can't handle this. Plus, I've got the dinners, I've got the pop-in's. They pop-in! It's brutal.

    • Uncle Leo: Move back with Lydia???
      Jerry: Come on, you're lucky to have anybody!
      Uncle Leo: Last week you told me I was in my prime, I should be swingin'!
      Jerry: Swinging?!? What are you, out of your mind? Look at you, you're disgusting! You're bald, you're paunchy, all kinds of sounds are emanating from your body 24 hours a day! If there's a woman that can take your presence for more than ten consecutive seconds, you should hang on to her like Grim Death! Which is not far off, by the way.
      Uncle Leo: But she's an anti-Semite!
      Jerry: Can you blame her???!!?

    • Peterman: Oh, Elaine…the toll road of denial is a long and dangerous one. The price-- your soul.

    • Estelle Costanza: We're moving to Florida.
      George: What?! You're moving to Florida? That's wonderful! I'm so happy!!! (pauses) For you!!!

    • Jerry: (on phone) Hey, listen to this -- Uncle Leo broke up with his girlfriend because of the bit I did; she thought it was funny, so he accused HER of being an anti-Semite, they had a huge fight, and now he's moving back into his apartment! You know what this means? My parents are gonna go back to Florida! … What? … What number is this? … Oh, I'm terribly sorry. (hangs up)

    • Kramer: Elaine I need the good stuff!

    • George: My parent's are moving to Florida!!! Do you know why?
      Jerry: Why?
      George: To spite your parents!
      Jerry: To spite my parents? Your parents are crazy!
      George: They're out of their minds!

    • Kramer: I just took a bath, Jerry. A bath!
      Jerry: No good?
      Kramer: It's disgusting. I'm sitting there in a tepid pool of my own filth. All kinds of microscopic parasites and organisms having sex all around me.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Julia Louis-Dreyfus was again unable to control her laughter in a scene with Michael Richards. During the scene where Peterman throws Kramer out of Elaine's office and slams the door on his head, Julia kept her eyes locked on the file cabinet by the door to avoid distraction from Michael's antics.

    • The discussion between Estelle and Frank and Morty and Helen about the availability of condos at Del Boco Vista is purposely reminiscent of Jerry's conversation with the Maestro about the available homes in Tuscany.

    • On 19 Feb 96 as part of the Late Show With David Letterman: Video Special II, Jerry and Jason appear doing a scene about sandwiches. David Letterman interrupts their dialog and put his two cents in, then Paul Shaffer arrives and takes Dave back to their show. After they leave Jerry quips to Jason, "What the opposite of Must See TV?" He then points to where Dave and Paul were standing.


    • Jerry: (to Uncle Leo, after he complains that the cook must be an anti-Semite because his hamburger was overcooked) Anyway, the point I was making before Goebbels made your hamburger is a man like you could be dating women twenty years younger.

      This is a reference to Joseph Goebbels, a German politician and Nazi propaganda leader during World War II. Goebbels was one of Adolph Hitler's closest associates and a well-known anti-Semite.

    • Kramer and Newman buying black market shower heads, all laid out on a cloth, is reminiscent of the movie Taxi Driver (1976) in which Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) buys hand guns in the same fashion.