Seinfeld

Season 2 Episode 6

The Statue

2
Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Apr 11, 1991 on NBC

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  • Trivia

    • Kramer: (trying on Jerry's grandfather's old clothes) Hey, I'll look like Joe Friday in Dragnet.

      Later in the episode when Kramer impersonates a police officer to get the statue back from Ray, his yelling and ranting is somewhat similar to Sargent Joe Friday from Dragnet.

      A second, subtle reference to Joe Friday occurs later in the series. Lt. Bookman, the library detective who appears in "The Library" (Season 3, Episode 5), also has a style similar to Sargent Friday.

    • When Jerry gets caught calling Kramer from Rava and Ray's apartment, he pretends that he was reminding his mother how to make French toast. Since his mom wouldn't know Jerry was at their apartment, he would have had to call her. Rava and Ray don't question him about it, and they don't seem to mind that he made a long distance call from their phone, even though Jerry mentions his that mom lives in Florida.

    • This is the first time the name of the coffee shop (Monk's) is said.

    • Before the statue goes missing, George tells his parents to expect a "big suprise," but doesn't mention the statue specifically. Then, after it gets stolen, George is shown on the phone trying to explain the situation to his mother. He says that his mother feels like the statue was broken all over again. Why was it necessary for him to tell his mother about the statue once it was already stolen?!

    • When Ray is meeting Jerry at Monk's, a plate of French toast suddenly pops up on his side of the table at one point of the conversation. Then a little while later a cup of coffee also appears, whose position randomly changes from being on his right to being in front of him.

    • George said that the statue his parents had was sitting on the mantle in his apartment when he was 10 years old…but in "The Pledge Drive", when George and Jerry are talking about a mantle to hold greeting cards, George says "if my parents had a mantle, I may have been a completely different person."

      This was said about his apartment mantle but the parent's (and presumably George as he has a room there) live in a house in Queens where there's no mantle.

    • Rava is not a Finnish name. Also, her accent sounds Russian which is way different than what most Finnish people sound like speaking English.

  • Quotes

    • George: (to Jerry about Ray) Remember, don't take any crap.

    • Jerry: (to Rava) So, where's this boyfriend of yours? I can't wait much longer. I've got a flight.
      Elaine: Oh, probably caught in traffic.
      Rava: Or maybe he's dead.
      Jerry: So what do you write, children's books?

    • George: Students can't clean. It's anathema. (explaining) They don't like it.
      Jerry: How long have you been waiting to squeeze that into a conversation?

    • George: When I was ten years old, my parents had this very same statue on the mantle of our apartment. Exactly, and, one day, I grabbed it, and I was using it as a microphone. I was singing, "MacArthur Park", and I got to the part about, "I'll never have that recipe again," and it slipped out of my hand and it broke. My parents looked at me like I smashed the Ten Commandments. To this day, they bring it up. It was the single most damaging experience in my life, aside from seeing my father naked.

    • Ray: Greetings, greetings and salutations! I beg your forgiveness, my tardiness was unavoidable. And you must be Jerry, Lord of the manor. My Liege, a pleasure to serve you. Your palace shall sparkle like the stars in the heaven upon your safe arrival, Sire.

    • Man on Elevator: Will you put that cigarette out?!
      Rava: Maybe I put it out on your face!

    • Kramer: (shouting) And today's your lucky day, junior. Because I'm gonna let you off with just a warning! Any more of this criminal activity and you'll be sorry! You got me?
      Ray: Got you? I don't know what the hell you're talking about!
      Kramer: (slightly nervous) Good, good. Let's, uh, keep it that way.

    • Jerry: Well, perhaps we can take comfort in the knowledge that in the next world, Ray will be the recipient of a much larger and more harsh brand of justice.
      George: Yeah, he'll have my parents.

    • George: There's just no justice. This experience has changed me! It's made me more cynical, more bitter, more jaded!
      Jerry: Really?
      George: Sure, why not…

    • Jerry: My mother. (chuckling) She forgot how to make French toast. You know how mothers are.
      Rava: My mother left us when I was six years old--all seven of us. We never heard from her again. I hope she's rotting in an alley somewhere.
      Jerry: My mom's down in Florida.

    • Jerry: Hey, you know, you owe me one.
      George: What?
      Jerry: The Ink-A-Dink. You were "It"!
      George: "It"'s bad?
      Jerry: "It's" very bad!

    • Ray: Hey, hey, are you a cop?
      Kramer: Yeah, I'm a cop, I'm a good cop, I'M A DAMN GOOD COP!

    • Kramer: Just make love to that wall pervert.

  • Notes

    • George states that this experience has changed him for such reasons as "more cyncial, more bitter, more jaded". This actually seems to be more than George just saying this, as it is indeed the truth as the series progresses.

  • Allusions

    • Jerry: (to Kramer, as he rounds up George and Elaine to show them the statue) What's the big hubbub, bub?

      This is a phrase used on a number of classic cartoon shorts of the 30s, 40s, and 50s, used by such characters as Bugs Bunny, Droopy Dog, and a short man from the draft board trying to catch Daffy Duck for service during WWII.

    • "Ok, break it up you knuckleheads!" - This is a line frequently said by Moe of the Three Stooges. Jerry, George and Kramer were at the moment imitating the Stooges -- Kramer with the wild hair like Larry; George bald like Curly; and Jerry the 'sane sensible' leader of the group like Moe.

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