Season 3 Episode 15

The Suicide

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jan 29, 1992 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • When Jerry slams the door of his apartment after leaving the garbage in front of Kramer's door, you see the wall shake indicating that it's not a real apartment.

    • Jerry said that George's parents are bald. Later, they will be played by Estelle Harris & Jerry Stiller, who aren't bald.

    • This is the latter of two episodes where George Costanza mentions having a brother. He is never seen and never mentioned again.

    • While Kramer is in Martin's room, in order to get his vacuum back, he tells him, 'My mother's coming to visit me, she sees that rug, she's going to kill me!' But Kramer says in "The Switch," 'I haven't talked to my mother in five years.'

  • Quotes

    • Kramer: The carpet sweeper is the biggest scam perpetrated on the American public since one-hour martinizing.

    • Jerry: Let me ask you a question. If you named a kid Rasputin do you think that would have a negative effect on his life?
      Elaine: Nah.

    • George: So how was it?
      Kramer: George, I would like to thank you for the greatest four days I ever spent in my life. They were shooting the Sports Illustrated swim suit issue right in the hotel pool.
      Jerry: Whoa. (hits George)
      Kramer: Not only that but at the hotel they opened up this area on the beach for nude bathing and all of the Sports Illustrated models went down there.
      Jerry: Wow! (hits George)
      Kramer: I was on the next blanket from Elle McPherson
      Jerry: Oh! hits George)
      Kramer: We played Backgammon in the nude.
      Jerry: Oh! (hits George)
      Kramer: She's a sweet kid.
      Jerry: Nude backgammon with swimsuit models! (hits George)
      Kramer: Oh, you know what? The second day I was there I stepped on a jellyfish. Now it kind of stung my foot. That's probably what Rula was trying to warn you about.
      George: Yeah, you gotta watch for the jellyfish.

    • Elaine: And there it was, mountains of duck. And not fatty duck either, but juicy tender breasts of duck.

    • Elaine: How do we know that dog food is any good? Who tastes it?
      Jerry: She's really hungry.

    • Gina: Come, you walk me to a cab.
      Jerry: Well, uh, I uh, I don't want you to get upset or anything but uh, with Martin and all, well maybe it's not such a good idea for us to be seen together in the building, because, you know, he had a lot of friends here.
      Gina: You're still afraid. You are not a man.
      Jerry: Well then what are all those ties and sport jackets doing in my closet?

    • Gina: I do not like your toothbrush. There are no bristles.
      Jerry: You can say what you want about me but I'll be damned if I'm going to stand here while you insult my toothbrush.

    • Elaine: It's really bad for the fetus. Do you know that.
      George: Elaine, she's a psychic. She knows how the kid's going to be.

    • Kramer: Did you hear about Martin?
      Jerry: Yeah, I heard.
      Kramer: I can't believe he's in a coma. He's got my vacuum cleaner. You know I loaned it to him. He never returned it. The carpets are filthy. What am I going to do?

    • Gina: Come on.
      Jerry: In my pajamas? I better get my robe.
      Gina: We don't have enough time.
      Jerry: It'll take two seconds.
      Gina: There is no time.
      Jerry: We don't have two seconds?
      Gina: All right. Go ahead.
      Jerry: Nah, forget it.
      Gina: No, go ahead.
      Jerry: Nah. I'll just wear the pajamas.
      Gina: Will you just get it.
      Jerry: Are you sure?
      Gina: Forget it. Come on.
      Jerry: Nah, I'll go get the robe.

    • Jerry: Hey, do me a favour will ya? Throw out my garbage for me.
      George: Yeah, right.
      Jerry: Come on, it's just down the hall.
      George: Give me two bucks. I'll do it for two bucks.
      Jerry: I'll give you 50 cents.
      George: There's no way I touch that bag for less than two dollars.

    • Jerry: The thing I don't understand about the suicide person is the people who try and commit suicide for some reason they don't die and that's it. They stop trying. Why? Why don't they just keep trying? What has changed? Is their life any better now? No. In fact it's worse because now they've found out one more thing you stink at. Okay, that's why these people don't succeed in life to begin with. Because they give up too easy. I saw, pills don't work, try a rope. Car won't start in the garage, get a tune up. You know what I mean? There's nothing more rewarding than reaching a goal you have set for yourself.

    • Jerry: I can't commit to a woman. I'm not committing to an airline.

    • George: A plane crash? A heart attack? Lupus?! Is it lupus?!

    • Kramer: What kind of a man are you? The guy is unconscious in a coma and you don't have the guts to kiss his girlfriend?
      Jerry: I didn't know what the coma etiquette was.

    • Jerry: You know I don't get that whole suicide machine. There's no tall buildings where these people live? They can't wrap their lips around a revolver like a normal person?

    • Gina: A man is lying here unconscious and you're afraid of him? What kind of a man are you?
      Jerry: A man who respects a good coma.

    • George: Hey, I'm all set. I got the ticket. I'm going to the Cayman Islands this Friday.
      Jerry: I don't get you. Who goes on vacation without a job? What, do you need a break from getting up at 11:00?

    • Elaine: Hey, have you ever fasted?
      Jerry: Well, once I didn't have dinner until, like nine o'clock. That was pretty rough.

    • Jerry: It's not like a Sonny Von Bulow coma.

    • Jerry: Let me ask you something. How long do you have to wait for a guy to come out of a coma, before you can ask his ex-girlfriend out?
      Kramer: Gina? Why wait? Why not just call Dr. Kevorkian?

    • Elaine: I wonder what Gandhi ate before he fasted.
      Jerry: I heard he used to polish off a box of Triscuits.
      Elaine: Really?
      Jerry: Oh yeah, Gandhi loved Triscuits.

    • Newman: Is that Drake's Coffee Cake?

    • Jerry: Hello Newman.

  • Notes

    • This episode marks the first time we see Jerry kiss a woman on screen.

    • This episode marks the first on-screen appearance of Newman, as played by Wayne Knight.

    • Two versions of this episode were made: the Original Network version and the Revised Syndicated version. Both versions are included on the Season 3 DVD.

    • According to viewer Ben Houghton, Jason Alexander's mother makes a cameo in this episode sitting on a bench next to Elaine.

  • Allusions

    • Jerry: Hey, let me ask you something. How long do you have to wait for a guy to come out of a coma before you can ask his ex-girlfriend out?
      Kramer: What, Gina? Why wait? Why not just call Doctor Kevorkian?

      Dr. Jack Kevorkian was a former pathologist who famously stood up for patients' right to die via euthanasia. Kevorkian claims that he assisted in at least 130 suicides, and he spent 8 years in prison after being convicted for murder.

    • Jerry: That's not too bad. It's not like a Sunny von Bulow coma. The doctor said he should snap out of it any time.

      Sunny von Bulow was an American socialite/heiress who spent 28 years in a coma. Her husband was accused of injecting her with insulin, but was acquitted after experts determined that her coma was the result of a prescription drug overdose. She died in 2008.

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