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Who is Ruthie Cohen?

Ruthie Cohen is a cashier at Monk's Cafe, played by actress Ruth Cohen, and seen in more episodes than any other character, besides the main four. The character of Ruthie is normally an unspeaking, uncredited extra, but she received credit for her appearances in Seinfeld: The Gum (#7.10) and Seinfeld: The Foundation (#8.1).

Believe it or not, George isn't at home Please leave a message at the beep! I must be out, or I'd pick up the phone, Where could I be? Believe it or not, I'm not home! It is sung to the tune of "Believe It or Not", the theme song from the TV show The Greatest American Hero.

It was long touted that, since there was no year 0 in the AD system of Dionysius Exiguus, that the new millennium would start on 1 January 2001.

However, the calendar turning over to 2000 became the popular celebration of the millennium, so the popular New Year's Eve celebration was 31 December 1999. So Newman's party would be technically right on time, at least according to the previous conventional wisdom, if the hotel made his "Millennium New Year" reservation on 31 December 2000. Thus Newman's reservation does not conflict with the party Kramer is planning for 31 Decemeber 1999, but will be perceived as one year late and "quite lame" according to Jerry, as the majority of people will be celebrating the new millennium on 31 December 1999. Jerry's "one year late" remark was simply to annoy Newman by showing him that his reservation doesn't match his expectations.

Alternative explanation:

Newman believed the millennium to commence 1/1/2000, as he told Kramer: "...he's out of my life, starting in the year 2000. For me, the next millennium must be Jerry-free!" Furthermore, it was established that Kramer's Millennium party was scheduled for 12/31/1999, and Kramer becomes upset upon learning that Newman's party is on the same date. Thus, the invitations for Newman's party indicated 12/31/1999, but his hotel reservation is for 12/31/2000, one year later.

Summary:

1. If Newman's party is on the ACTUAL millennium (1/1/2001), that's a year late because most of the world ended up celebrating 1/1/2000.

or

2. Newman's party was scheduled for 1/1/2000 (see the part about the invitations, above) but his hotel reservation is for 1/1/2001.

In Seinfeld: The Finale (#9.22) the four observe a robbery and do nothing. They are arrested for violating a Good Samaritan Law.

Good Samaritan Laws are often confused with a duty to rescue. In the U.S., there is generally no duty to rescue. Good Samaritan Laws refer, instead, to "protecting from blame those who choose to aid others who are injured or ill. They are intended to reduce bystanders' hesitation to assist, for fear of being sued or prosecuted for unintentional injury."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Samaritan_law

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duty_to_rescue

The gang is arrested in Massachusetts - see Massachusetts exception in Duty to Rescue link. This law creates a duty to report, but not a duty to aid. Chapter 268, section 40 provides "Whoever knows that another person is a victim of aggravated rape, murder, manslaughter or armed robbery and is at the scene of said crime shall, to the extent that said person can do so without danger or peril to himself or others, report said crime to an appropriate law enforcement official as soon as reasonably practicable." "These laws are also referred to as Good Samaritan laws, despite their difference from laws of the same name that protect individuals that try to help another person. These laws are rarely applied, and are generally ignored by citizens and lawmakers." --Wikipedia.

Larry David said, on the Season 9 DVD featurette "The Last Lap," that the germ of the idea for the Finale came from a law he heard about in France. Clearly, the philosophical and legal concepts of a duty to rescue someone to whom you have no special relationship vary around the world. This is a very interesting area of philosophy and law; however, the Finale does not portray an accurate representation of U.S. law, in particular because a police officer was on the scene the entire time.

No. Some viewers have thought that this is so because in many episodes there is a Superman magnet on Jerry's refrigerator and/or a Superman figurine on his bookshelf. However, the first Superman reference was in "The Stock Tip", the fifth episode of Season 1, the magnet did not appear until the episode "The Shoes" in Season 4 and the figurine did not appear until later, so most episodes from the first 3.5 years of the show have no Superman references at all.

Jerry is based on himself. George is based on co-creator Larry David. Kramer is based on Larry David's old neighbor, Kenny Kramer. It was rumored that Elaine is based on comedian Carol Liefer, who wrote for the series and who Jerry Seinfeld dated. However, this was denied. According to Jerry Seinfeld's biography, Elaine was based in part on Susan McNabb, who was dating Seinfeld when the character was created, as well as Monica Yates, who Larry David once dated. Some of the peripheral characters also have real-life counterparts. Jackie Chiles is based on famed attorney Johnnie Cochran; the Soup Nazi was based on the real-life owner of a soup kitchen in New York; J. Peterman and George Steinbrenner are caricatures of their real-life counterparts.

Jerry and George met in high school and became best friends. Jerry and Elaine began dating in 1986, shortly after Jerry moved into his apartment and after Elaine moved to New York. It is unclear how they met. Jerry and Kramer met after Jerry moved into his apartment across the hall from Kramer. It is suggested that Jerry's off-handed remark that "what's mine is yours" provoked Kramer's subsequent mooching.

Jerry is Jewish.

It was hinted that Elaine was raised Catholic, but now seems to be at least agnostic or even atheist. She detested David Puddy's devout religious beliefs, though she does seem to believe in hell.

George's religious beliefs were never explicitly mentioned, though it appears he comes from a mixed household. His father belongs to a Catholic fraternal organization, and his mother in seen consulting a Rabbi for spiritual guidance in the final episode. Regardless, he is clearly not devoted to any religion, as he once converted to Latvian Orthodox for a woman.

Kramer's religious beliefs are anyone's best guess, though he once mentioned that he is not Jewish.

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