Season 7 Episode 19

The Wig Master

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Apr 04, 1996 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Jerry uses Elaine to prove that a sales clerk is wrong about his looking at an expensive jacket. Elaine is picked up by the clerk. George has an unwanted house guest, a wig master for the touring company of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." He also has found a parking lot that charges $75 dollars a month; Kramer decides to put his car there. Unfortunately, he leaves his apartment key there. When he can't get his key, he is allowed to borrow a pink Cadillac. Jerry is convinced the clerk is working Elaine. George discovers why the lot is so cheap, he finds a used condom in his car and is asking a prostitute for information, just as Susan approaches. George discovers that he may have an out with Susan; she says she must be able to trust him and have no doubts. Kramer stays at Jerry's apartment. Elaine has a walking stick she lets Kramer have. Jerry tries to return his jacket, but discovers that "spite" isn't a viable reason. Kramer is allowed to borrow the back up "Electric Color Dreamcoat." Jerry is put out, when both sexes assume he isn't in a relationship with the person he is with (Elaine in one instance, the Wig Master in the other). Kramer finds a fuzzy white hat. With all the parts put together, his new ensemble is a sight to behold, just ask the NYPD after he is caught pulling a prostitute out of his borrowed car.moreless

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  • The Wig Master

    Spike Feresten is responsible for writing what many consider to be the best episode in Seinfeld history, The Soup Nazi. While I do not necessarily agree with that sentiment there is no denying that that is an acclaimed episode.

    This episode, also penned by Feresten, was not so great though. The Wig Master was just a really bizarre character and not a particularly funny one. And don't even get me started on that awful Elaine storyline.

    The only redeeming part of this episode was the Jiffy Park scenes, which introduced a hilarious character who would later return in The Muffin Tops.moreless
  • The Wig Master

    Kramer dresses up as a pimp just makes this episode. Seinfeld and its writers find a way to take the zaniest moments and turn them into pure comedy gold. A friend of Susan's (the titular wig master) stays at George's place for a number of days. Jerry tries to buy a crest jacket (callback to the previous episode "The Friars Club") from a store and when he brings in Elaine, the salesman asks her out right in front of him. It's another nutty moment for Jerry. In the end, Kramer gets a number of things and puts together a pimp costume, complete with hat, cane and outlandishly loud coat (and a pink Cadillac). He gets mistaken for a pimp when he finds a prostitute and John in the back of his rental Cadillac. The Wig Master is another one of my favorite episodes of the season. For those brief seconds with Kramer dressed as a pimp, it's totally worth it.moreless
  • Perfect comedy.

    A wonderful mixture of several types of comedy, with every character getting an interesting plot line. For once George is not the irritating, selfish man, but a victim of circumstances, very much in the tradition of French farces. Jerry and Elaine are involved in relationship comedies, with a splash of observation humour. But the highlight is Kramer's end scene. Cleverly built up, executed beautifully, the scene of Kramer strutting through the streets of New York, unaware that he's looking like a pimp, are a highlight of the series. The look of the innocent clown at a police line-up shows the extent of Michael Richards' talent.moreless
  • First Episode of Seinfeld ever seen- Monday, April 30, 2007

    Very funny...To tell u the truth, that was my first episode ever seen of this wonderful show of Seinfeld. A few words I have to say ... Not as funny as the Office but comes awfully close! I know... I have to agree that this show is about absoloutely nothing....This is why I watch it. I mean the the "Wig Master" It has to be great. Jerry Seinfeld has always been there to make people laugh including my self because he is halarious. He is so halarious. And I've watched Thank God You'rer Here from the very beggginging. And Wayne Kngith was on the pilot epsiode. I know he loves comedy and so do I so Wayne Knight is amazing. And Kramer...o my god Kramer. Well all i can say is Nice Hair. But after watching this episode of Seinfeld...I'm gonna watch it againmoreless
  • My part in Seinfeld history.

    I love this episode because my wife and I were extras. We were eating at the outdoor cafe when Jerry and Kramer were with the Wig Master. We got to tour the indoor set and watch them film many other scenes. It was Awesome!!!!!! We were at the same table but they moved us so we could both be in the shot. We were fake eating cold food props and they almost forgot to take the plastic off the food. I only hoped that I would be discovered while I was there but oh well This series is the best ever and I had my own little part in it.moreless
Patrick Bristow

Patrick Bristow

Wig Master (Ethan)

Guest Star

Harry Van Gorkum

Harry Van Gorkum


Guest Star

Gina Mastrogiacomo

Gina Mastrogiacomo


Guest Star

Norman Brenner

Norman Brenner


Recurring Role

Heidi Swedberg

Heidi Swedberg


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Kramer is staying at Jerry's apartment because his keys are at the Jiffy Park, he wants to go to bed early and Jerry is upset because he doesn't want to go to bed yet. After a little bit of arguing, Jerry asks him why he doesn't go sleep at Newmans' and Kramer says because he's "up there with a girl". Newman lives on the same floor as them in apartment 5C.

    • Jerry says that he's interested in buying a crested blazer because he "once wore one" and liked it. It seems odd that he'd refer to his wearing the jacket as "once", considering that it was in the last episode ("The Friars Club").

    • Why Kramer says he doest fit in Jerry's couch?, We know the couch is also a bed when Jerry's parents stayed at his place before, so why didnt just Kramer open the couch and turn it into a bed?

    • George seems to have had a change of heart since "The Parking Space", where he proclaims that he can never bring himself to parking in a lot, because "parking in a lot is like going to a prostitute, why pay for it, when if i apply myself i can get it for free." But seems very enthusastic about parking in the Jiffy Park lot.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Jerry: I'm telling you right now, Elaine, this guy's gonna dangle that dress in front of you like a dirt farmer dangles a carrot in front of a mule.
      Elaine: Well, this is all very flattering…
      Jerry: Like a shark fisherman with a bucket of chum.
      Elaine: Okay.
      Jerry: Like a shrimp farmer…
      Elaine: Okay!

    • Jerry: I'd like to return this jacket.
      Clerk: Certainly. May I ask why?
      Jerry: For spite.

  • NOTES (5)

    • The police officer at the last scene is the voice of Larry David, "I said turn pimp!".

    • At the "Jiffy park," the man working tells Kramer that if he has a problem to take it up with Consumer Affairs, and after talking with the man at the "Jiffy dump" Kramer is seen yelling "maybe I will take it up with Consumer Affairs!"

    • In episode 155 "The Muffin Tops" the name from the parking lot "Jiffy park" returns, but this time it´s a dump called "Jiffy dump" where Kramer wants to dump Elaines garbage from the Muffin top store. Also note that it´s the same man who´s working at the dump as on the parking lot.

    • Susan catches George paying a prostitute. In the episode The Postponement (112) the rabbi Elaine confided to said on his show that George had been wondering whether it was cheating if he'd pay a prostitute to have sex with him.

    • Kramer's mug shot number is NYPD 331781-0404.