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When Jerry is tying his tie, the collar of his shirt is disheveled in the back. Without moving his hands, the collar is corrected in the next shot. The dialogue continuity prevents an appropriate editing timeline for the collar correction.
Actor Michael Richards' name appears twice in the opening credits.
This episode also features the only reference to Kramer's father.
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.
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.
George, while talking to the patient next to him in the hospital, says he has never been to the doctor all his life except to get his tonsils out when he was a kid. In the next scene, while at the holistic place, he tells Jerry he has been going to the hospital all his life.
Larry David (creator;executive producer;writer) plays the screaming B-movie actor on Jerry's TV at the beginning of the episode.
This episode marks Kramer's first mention of his friend, who is never seen, Bob Sacamano.
You can see Jerry begin to crack up after George calls him a "Jerk off".
Jerry was afraid that the joke might've been about Johnny Carson and/or The Tonight Show, which is where Jerry Seinfeld made his TV debut in real life, according to "The Seinfeld Story".
Goof: When Kramer comes into Jerry's apartment to give her the bench, he leaves the door open, as can be seen when he's talking to Jerry. However, after cutting to Jerry and back to Kramer, the door behind him is closed. Then, the camera cuts back to Jerry, and when it goes back to Kramer, the door is open again.
Goof: In the store, when George is suggesting gifts for Jerry to give Elaine, he picks up a picture frame and suggests getting it for her. George continues to hold the frame while they joke about putting someone else's picture in it, and the camera cuts to Jerry. When it cuts back to George, the frame is back on the counter. Seems it's a case of poor editting.
When Jerry and Elaine are in Elaine's apartment and he starts to button his shirt, he buttons the second button from the top. The shot goes to Elaine and when it comes back to Jerry, the previously buttoned button is undone.
At the end of the previous episode, Elaine and Jerry were still together; now, they're not.
CFH notes: The opening stand up bit in this episode by Jerry about "Men hunt and women nest" is used again in the actual show in an episode during Season 5 called "The Fire".
After Jerry bets Elaine $50 to eat food off a strangers table she tries offering them $25 speaking through her teeth with a smile on her face the whole time. Afterwards the group starts to ask each other what she said. If you listen you can make out Larry David (co-creator of the show and co-writer of this episode)'s voice.
Jerry, George and Elaine are not the only ones have trouble getting a table. Norman Brenner (Michael Richards' stand-in) can be seen sitting by the door waiting for a table when the gang enters; he is still waiting there when the gang walks out.
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long running show, Classics, observational humor, grown up kids, feel good comedy