Season 1 Episode 5

The Stock Tip

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jun 21, 1990 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Jerry and George invest based on an insider stock tip, but then lose touch with their inside source. A nervous Jerry lets the declining stock ruin his weekend away with Vanessa, while George decides he's all in.

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  • George makes money

    For once George is lucky in stock market and Jerry is not. Jerry also has a nightmare date weekend in Vermount. Great episode.
  • Based on an inside tip,George & a reluctant Jerry invest in Centrax,Kramer intoduces us to his idea for a roll-out tie dispenser,Jerry heads to Vermont with Vanessa & Elaine is allergic to her boyfriend's cats.moreless

    I really enjoy these early episodes and I reckon that 'The Stock Tip' is one of my favourite episodes in the entire Seinfeld canon.

    Basically 'The Stock Tip' is a series of vignettes tied loosely together with a common thread. From the opening scene at Monks where George & Jerry discuss whether Superman was funny,Elaine recounts her search for a lost grape & her allergic reaction to Robert's cats and George talks Jerry into investing in Centrax,based on a hot tip,to the closing scene,again at Monks,where George is triumphant about his win on the Stock Market & Elaine concedes defeat to Robert's cats & Jerry to Vanessa's perfume.

    In the middle there are some memorable scenes in Jerry's apartment with Kramer explaining his latest idea (a roll-out tie dispenser!) & Elaine contemplating hiring a hitman to rub out Robert's cats as well as a riotous scene at the dry cleaners and the none too succesful weekend away in rainy Vermont.

    Plus there are three very clever stand-up pieces with Jerry musing on 'the check',how dry is it at the dry cleaners & the perils of investing in the Stock Market.

    All in all a top of the range episode with a few hints as to where Seinfeld will head in the ensuing Seasons.moreless
  • The Stock Tip

    In this episode Jerry and George invest some money in a stock but when it begins to fall Jerry gets out but he weekend with his girlfriend is still ruined with bad weather while George stays in on the stock I thought this episode was very funny and I liked it when Kramer in the episode I thought it was very funny when Jerry is checking and re checking the stock page even looking in different newspaper which I thought that was very funny my ratting for this episode is 9.4 that is what mostly what I have to say about this episode.moreless
  • Jerry and George decide to go in a stock market together. Jerry quits while he's losing but George decides to stick with it. Meanwhile, Jerry goes on a trip with his girlfriend, which to George is a "relationship killer."moreless

    This episode marked some more points in "Seinfeld's Shows." This episode shows that even the "loser" character (George) can sometimes have something good happen to them. That shows that you really never know what WILL happen on this show... Will the next episode have a positive solution, negative solution, or not solved at all? With this episode alone, i think it was good because it focused more on a relationship with one of the main characters and a woman. So far in this show, 1 episode's main plot was between Jerry and a woman. This episode also included everybody in the series: Jerry, George, Kramer, AND Elaine. "The Stock Tip" was a good episode and entertaining to watch, but not the absoulete best.moreless
  • The Stock Tip sets up character development on all fronts... the shallowness of Jerry, George, and Elaine, and the quirkiness of Kramer.

    I liked The Stock Tip a lot. It's funny seeing how obsessive Jerry and George get over their stock. Although it's somewhat unrealistic, how fast it goes up and down, it still makes for lots of laughs. I like how Jerry totally screws things up with Vanessa too (Gawd, she was way too good for him!). Even after getting out of the bad stock, Jerry is still obsessed. It's funny how things end up working out for George, rather than Jerry. I feel that if this episode happened later, George would have been the anxious one that sells early. Actually, he probably would have been too cheap/stingy to even go in on the stock to begin with! The bit with Kramer and his ties was just plain weird. Still, I did enjoy it.moreless
Lynn Clark

Lynn Clark


Guest Star

Ted Davis

Ted Davis

Dry Cleaner

Guest Star

Jill C. Klein

Jill C. Klein


Guest Star

Larry David

Larry David


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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • In the beginning when George, Jerry, and Elaine are first talking at Monk's about the stock, George's drink fluctuates from cut to cut from half full to full.

    • At the end of the episode, George is smoking in the restaurant but in another episode, Kramer gets kicked out of the restaurant for smoking.

    • George smokes a cigar when he is telling Jerry about the profit he made in stocks. It has been established in the episodes, The Wallet and The Invitations, that George doesn't smoke and he gets "nauseous" when he smokes cigars.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Elaine: What evidence is there that cats are so smart anyway? What do they do? Because they're clean? I'm sorry. My uncle Pete showers four times a day and he can't count to 10 so don't give me hygiene.

    • Dry Cleaner: (to Jerry) May I help you?
      Jerry: Yeah. I picked up this shirt here yesterday. It's completely shrunk. There's absolutely no way I can wear it.
      Dry Cleaner: When did you bring it in?
      Jerry: What's the difference? Look at it! Do you see the size of this shirt?
      Dry Cleaner: You got a receipt?
      Jerry: I can't find the receipt.
      Dry Cleaner: You should get the receipt.
      Jerry: Look, forget about the receipt, all right? Even if I had the receipt- look at it! It's a hand puppet. What am I gonna do with this?
      Dry Cleaner: Yes, but how do I know we did the shirt?
      Jerry: What do you think this is a little scam I have? I take this tiny shirt all over the city conning dry cleaners out of money? In fact, forget the money. I don't even want the money. Just once, I would like to hear a dry cleaner admit that something was their fault. That's what I want. I want an admission of guilt.
      Dry Cleaner: Maybe you asked for it to be washed.
      Jerry: No! Dry-cleaned!
      Dry Cleaner: Let me explain to you something, okay? With certain types of fabrics, different chemicals can react, causing --
      Jerry: You shrunk it! You know you shrunk it! Just tell me that you shrunk it!
      Dry Cleaner: (looks around making sure not too many people are listening) I shrunk it.

    • Jerry: I think Superman probably has a very good sense of humor.
      George: I never heard him say anything really funny.
      Jerry: But it's common sense. He's got super strength, super speed… I'm sure he's got super humor.

    • Vanessa: I said the market fluctuates. Remember?
      Jerry: Look, Vanessa, of course the market fluctuates. Everybody knows that. I just got fluctuated out of four thousand dollars!

    • Elaine: What do you think a hit man would charge to rub out a couple of cats?
      Jerry: Well, it couldn't be too expensive. $13, $14 a cat?
      Elaine: You want to make $28?

    • George: ...a robot butcher.

  • NOTES (1)

    • The same Asian man who runs the grocery store in which Jerry asks if they have a certain item in "puffs," in this episode is also the mailman in "The Cigar Store Indian" that Jerry offends by asking where a Chinese restaurant is.


    • Elaine: My apartment is the Actors Studio.

      The Actors Studio is a membership organization teaching method acting to professional actors. Founded in 1947 and located in New York City, it aims at developing and refining the actors' skills in an experimental environment. A subsequent television program was derived from it, called "Inside the Actors Studio" and providing in-depth interviews with actors, directors and other artists.