Seinfeld: Season 5, Episode 19

The Fire (5 May 1994)

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George dates a woman who has a son. She invites him to her son's birthday party. While at the party, a fire breaks out in the kitchen. George screams "FIRE!!!" and knocks down the kids and ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Eric the Clown
Patience Cleveland ...
Old Lady
Lawrence LeJohn ...


George dates a woman who has a son. She invites him to her son's birthday party. While at the party, a fire breaks out in the kitchen. George screams "FIRE!!!" and knocks down the kids and the old lady as he cowardly tries to make his escape. The clown (not Bozo) puts out the fire with his big shoe. Meanwhile, over at Pendant Publishing, Elaine learns that she's up for a very nice promotion. But her main competition, Toby, is working with Kramer on his coffee table book. The three head over to the comedy club where Jerry is doing an important set where a writer from Entertainment Weekly will be present to do a review of the show for the magazine. Toby heckles Jerry. After Jerry gets the magazine and sees the mostly negative review of his show, he decides to do something unheard of - heckle the heckler. After he goes to Toby's office to heckle her, Toby gets so distraught that she leaves the building and a street sweeper severs her pinkie toe. Kramer gets the toe and hijacks a bus to ... Written by halo1k

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Veanne Cox, the actress that plays Toby, starred as Calliope, one of the step sisters in Rogers and Hammersteins TV adaptation of Cinderella. Jason Alexander was also in this version, playing the king. See more »


George Costanza: Go fold your little balloon animals, Eric. Eric. Ha ha. What kind of name is that for a clown?
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References The Price Is Right (1972) See more »

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One of the best Seinfeld episodes
1 May 2014 | by (columbus, ohio) – See all my reviews

Some Seinfeld episodes are more famous than others; for instance, "The Contest" with the foursome engaging themselves with self-withdrawal, "The Soup Nazi", "The Yada Yada", and "The Strike", which brought forth a new holiday. But one of my favorites is "The Fire", which I will discuss here.

Jerry is trying out new material and has a set with a magazine reporter in his audience, and he wants to do well. Elaine's co-worker, an exuberant woman named Toby, goes to the show with Kramer. Kramer promises that they'll be cooperative audience members, and in spite of making Jerry a little nervous, all should go well. Except when Jerry gets to a part describing how men and women use the remote, Toby heckles Jerry.

Meanwhile, George attends the birthday party of the son of the comedy club waitress Robin. After arguing with a clown named Eric (played by Jon Favreau), George goes to check on the burgers on the stove, which is producing a little more smoke than usual... and then yells out FIRE! Naturally, everyone panics, and despite he being one of the only two adult males at the party, George races to the front door of the apartment.

One to the best moments in Seinfeld is when George tries to justify his actions and later on after when Jerry gets his revenge on Toby in her workplace, leading to a surprising conclusion which affects Elaine, and that's after Kramer has come to the rescue for Toby.

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