Season 3 Episode 13

The Subway

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jan 08, 1992 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Everyone has an uncommon experience while going their separate ways on the subway. George meets a beautiful woman who distracts him from his intended destination, a job interview. Jerry falls asleep and then wakes up across from a fat naked man and winds up discussing with him, the New York Mets & Coney Island. Elaine's train stops in the middle of a tunnel on her way to be best man at a lesbian wedding. Kramer overhears a hot tip on a horse on his way to pay $600 in traffic violations.moreless

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  • About this episode.

    It had wonderful editing.
  • Jerry must go to Coney Island to pick up his car which has been impounded; George has to go to a job interview and meets a woman on the subway; Elaine is the "best man" at a lesbian wedding; Kramer has to go pay some parking fines.moreless

    When one is watching this episode, they might become dissapointed once they find out that Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer all have separate storylines and hardly interact with each other in this half-hour. If they continue to watch the episode, they\'ll find that this is truly one of the best episode of the series which features hilarious plotlines for each character and superb acting by all. Some of Michael Richards\' best physical comedy is in this episode! Also, featuring Julia Louis-Dreyfus at her best - when she\'s talking to the woman on the subway about the lesbian wedding. Great episode.moreless
  • Several different yet funny storylines all involving the subway

    No, not the sandwich shop. I'm talking about the subway where our heroes are traveling on. It all starts with the 4 of them on one subway train, then they split up and the episode then consists of 4 different storylines.

    [b]First off, Jerry[/b]. The police found his stolen car and he has to go to the impoundment. He sits across from a rather fat guy with a newspaper. He's a bit tired so he takes a nap. When he wakes up, the dude is butt-naked. The only thing he's wearing is boots. Then he and Jerry get into this rambling conversation about nakedness probably Jerry's desperate attempt to keep him from sitting up. They eventually get to the pier where Jerry has to pick up his car. But then he and the other guy (who now has his clothes back on) decide to go on the rides. They do, but the impoundment is closed by the time Jerry gets there. Oh well, he'll come back next long as they don't "pound" the car lol

    [b]Elaine's story.[/b] She is the best man at a lesbian wedding. Yeah...a woman who's the best man at a lesbian wedding. Fancy that. Unfortunately, the train is packed and eventually it breaks down and loses power. Elaine starts panicing and cursing (MOTHER-) Eventually the train starts up again but then breaks down again. Elaine never makes the wedding. Wonder how it turned

    [b]Kramer's story[/b] This was the part of the episode that I absolutely loved. Kramer has a horrible time trying to find a seat and is flailing all over the place. Eventually, he does find a seat next to a fat guy. When he gets to the next station, he goes to a betting store right next to it and bets on a horse that the guy behind him says doesn't do well in mud. But Kramer tells him that he is a mudder. In fact "his mother was a mudder!" Kramer makes the bet and even though the track was all muddy, his horse still ended up winning! Kramer's happy, but one disgruntled gambler isn't. He attacks Kramer, chasing him to the subway where he runs into an FBI agent posing as a blind guy. The mugger gets mugged. It's no wonder they had an applause track in that scene. That was awesome. [b]George's story[/b] Elaine and Jerry seemed to have bad luck in this episode, but George had the worst luck ever. He was to go to a job interview, but he never makes it. On the subway, he runs into an attractive girl who George decides to follow to her apartment. It turns out she's a scam artist posing as a prostitute. Objective: Suduce the bunghole, steal his money.

    George only has $8, he's left handcuffed to the bed and the woman steals his clothes and wallet. Poor George....

    Afterwards, everyone meets at Monk's. The episode ends with George entering the cafe a complete wreck and Kramer leaving a tip: a bunch of random singles.moreless
  • This was a great episode.

    I really liked this episode. Especially because they separated in one moment, and from that moment, each character had it's own story. I personally liked Elaine's story the most. Ha ha ha, especially the part where she was about to explode because they just couldn't keep on moving in the subway, and the one where she had to admit to the woman that she was actually going to the lesbian wedding. Jerry's story was... not really interesting, because as a character he isn't really special to me. OK, George's story was funny, luck can never be with him. And, Kramer's story was just fine.moreless
  • One subway, four stories

    "The Subway" is another great Season Three episode. By the time Season Three of Seinfeld came around, the show was just waking into what would later become one of the top shows on TV. Episodes like The Subway helped it achieve this.

    In this episode, the foursome meet briefly at Monk's then take a subway to all go off on their own adventures. George meets a beautiful woman and gets tangled up in a mess, Jerry meets a streaker, Elaine gets stuck on her way to a lesbian wedding, and Kramer goes to the track.

    It's all absolutely perfect. Another great installment indeed.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • The key holding situation changes between this episode and "The Keys". George asks Jerry if he still has his spare keys. If Jerry had George's keys, Kramer wouldn't have had to ask for his back from Jerry after being stripped of Jerry's set. So he wouldn't have given them to George and received his in exchange, which would only happen by George getting them back from Elaine. That could only be possible by returning her spare set to her so that she could give them to Jerry because she had his.

    • Ernie Sabella (the naked man) also worked with Jason Alexander (George) in a few episodes of House Of Mouse.

    • Elaine has several outbursts of profanity which were bleeped in the original and syndicated airings, but remain bleeped in the DVD release as well.

    • When Kramer is being chased by the man from the OTB, they are first on the 1 Train to South Ferry. Then they cut to them on the 5 Train to Utica Avenue. Then, when the undercover cop catches the robber, they are on the 1 Train to 207th Street. The 5 Train doesn't run to Utica Avenue, and the 1 and 5 Train do not have any common stations.

    • At the beginning of the episode everyone is in the coffee shop before they get on the subway. The coffee shop is on the upper west side and the first subway they are all on is the #6. The 6 runs on the east side, not the west side so it doesn't make sense for them to be on the 6. Then, when they reach Times Sq. (which the 6 does not go to) the train conductor says you can change to the "D, N, RR, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, C, E, and F". The problem is, the 4, 5, C, D, E and F do not stop at Times Sq.

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    • Throughout the episode, Jerry mentions going to Nathan's for a hot dog. In 1916, a Polish immigrant named Nathan Handwerker opened a hot dog stand on the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues on Coney Island. Nathan used a special hot dog recipe developed by his wife Ida's grandmother. Since then, people such as Al Capone, Carey Grant, Barbara Streisand, Mayor Rudy Guiliani, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Queen Elizabeth have all enjoyed what has gone down in history as the world's most famous hot dog. Today, the restaurant falls back into the spotlight every summer when ESPN televises the annual hot dog eating contest.