Seinfeld: Season 2, Episode 4

The Baby Shower (16 May 1991)

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Kramer convinces Jerry to get illegal cable. Elaine holds a baby shower for a former girlfriend of George, on whom he wants revenge for a callous incident.



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Episode complete credited cast:
George C. Simms ...
Marla Frees ...
Stewardess (as Marla Fries)
Don Perry ...
Party Guest
Audrey Frantz ...
Party Guest


Jerry is going to be out of town for the weekend and Elaine gets his OK to use his apartment to host a baby shower for an old college friend, Leslie. George remembers her all too well as they had been out on a disastrous date two years before. He always regretted not telling her exactly what he thought of her. Kramer meanwhile has been after Jerry to get an illegal cable hook-up from his Russian friends. Jerry reluctantly agrees - but he has visions of the FBI descending upon him. When Jerry returns home unexpectedly after bad weather cancels his trip, he arrives in the middle of the baby shower as do the oafish Russians to install the cable. George gets his chance to tell Leslie what he thinks of her - if he can get the courage to do so. Written by garykmcd

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JERRY GIRLFRIEND COUNTER: #4-Mary Cantarti See more »


When Kramer enters Jerry's apartment during the baby shower and Elaine asks him Who's this guy, the camera cuts to another angle and you see Kramer in the background talking, but the audio is of Elaine speaking, not Kramer. See more »


References Rosemary's Baby (1968) See more »

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Jerry the cable guy
30 January 2008 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

George at his most pathetic, Kramer at his most determined, Jerry at his most... well, Jerry - all of this in The Baby Shower, one of the funniest episodes of Seinfeld's early years.

The story's title derives from Elaine's decision to hold a baby shower for a friend of hers. Unfortunately there are two problems: first of all the event will be held in the less than happy Jerry's apartment; secondly, the celebrated mother, Leslie, used to date George and supposedly ruined his shirt, something he wants revenge for. And just to make things easier, Kramer keeps insisting Jerry should get illegal cable TV.

All these absurd situations are deftly intertwined and eventually combined in the epilogue, spawning several memorable moments. The best are of course those featuring George, from his description of Leslie ("She deserves a baby monsoon, she deserves Rosemary's baby!") to his inevitably embarrassing confrontation with her. Rarely has selfish stupidity been more entertaining, and writer Larry Charles exploits the Costanza factor to the max, while still giving Jerry a couple of classic scenes, like the fantasy bit where the feds bust him for the illegal cable, or the excruciating encounter with a former date who calls the comedian a "useless piece of dust". The show, on the other hand, is anything but, as it keeps amusing audiences all over the world.

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