Kramer was called "Kessler" because the real Kramer (Kenny Kramer, not Michael Richards) did not want his name to be in the show. After the pilot, Jerry said to Larry that the name had to be Kramer, because it just sounded funnier, so after a lot of work it finally became Kramer.
The coffee shop in which Jerry and George are was not intended to be implied [by viewers] as "Monk's". It has been said that Monk's and Pete's are two totally different shops. That explains why we never see the waitress, Claire, again. (Taken from "Notes About Nothing")
The character of Elaine was not cast as of this episode. After the pilot NBC said to Jerry and Larry that they could make four more episodes, but only if they bring in a female character into the cast.
Notice that when Jerry's door is open in this episode, there is no door or apartment for Kramer across the hall. It's just a wall with a Cuba picture.
Correction to the microphone wire goof, that cannot be a microphone because if it was he would have a big thing in the back of his pants like they do on talk shows. They use boom mics that go above the actors in tv sitcoms.
A note on the white lab, I don't think that's Jerry's dog because Kramer takes responsibility for it. When it goes into the bathroom, Kramer says, "Ah, he's getting a drink of water," as if it's his or he's watching it for somebody. Plus, Kramer is with the dog when it enters Jerry's apartment.
It was reported that this episode was the least/lowest watched (rating wise) episode in all of NBC's television history.
Response to Kramer: Chances are Jerry was making a joke, but when Jerry actually make that comment, Kramer becomes a little uneasy, as if Jerry believes that it's true, but Kramer knows otherwise.
In an early episode, George mentions that he has a brother. In later episodes, he mentions that he is an only child.
[fou_original] In the first scene, pay attention to Jerry's shirt. Albeit consistently unbuttoned, the top part of his shirt subtly opens and closes between takes.
Monk's was nominated for the 2004 TV Land Award for Favorite Greasy Spoon, and, for the 2006 TV Land Award for Most Happening Greasy Spoon Or Hangout.
The show was nominated for the 2004 TV Land Award for Favorite Instrumental Theme Song.
First episode of Seinfeld to show a car scene.
When George suggests the name "Bert Harbinson," Jerry replies that it "sounds made up." In "The Reverse Peephole," Kramer says the same thing about "Joe Mayo," a real person.
When Jerry comes home, his parents are lying on a bed, presumably a pull-out couch, in the middle of the living room, and Jerry makes a remark about finding his parents in his bed. He also says that he will be sleeping at Kramer's place. However, in later episodes, Jerry has his own bedroom. I deleted the part that says he never uses his sofa as a bed again because he does in "The Raincoats".
In the opening scene, two women walk past Jerry and Elaine in the video store.
If you look closely you could see the two women stepping off the set.
In this episode Jerry's parents are at his house and he tells them that this is the first time Elaine as seen him flirt with another girl before and was feeling a bit awkward to ask her for the girls number. This indicates that Elaine and Jerry are not dating but in "The Pen" Jerry's parents think that Elaine and Jerry are still dating when they arrive at their condo in Florida.
Before leaving his apartment in Elaine's care, Jerry tells her that no meat should ever be kept in his fridge. However in the pilot episode, Kramer comes by to take meat for his sandwich and finds some in Jerry's fridge.
At the housewarming they are introduced to the waitress's new neighbor, as she walks away George mumbles "Nice meeting you" and shakes the waitress's hand instead of the neighbor's.
Jerry wants to sell Elaine his couch before she moves into his apartment. He tells her to "get it out of here" and "take it out the door". If she is moving in, the couch should not be going anywhere.
For the majority of the series, Jerry's apartment number is 5A (and is shown at least once as 3A). This apartment number is indicated in black letters and numbers on the apartment door. However, in this episode, Jerry's apartment number is 411, indicated in gold-colored metal numbers next to the door. Something else, also gold-colored metal, is mounted on Jerry's door instead.
In Jerry's kitchen there is no shelf dedicated to all of his cereal like there is in later episodes. There is just a space between the rest of the cupboards.