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
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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 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 »


Jerry Seinfeld: You boo me? You hiss? You couldn't stop blathering through the whole set?
Toby: Oh, c'mon, I thought you were a pro, that's part of the show.
Jerry Seinfeld: No. Not part of the show. Booing and hissing are not part of the show. You boo puppets. You hiss villains in silent movies.
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3 October 2011 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

Season 5, Episode 19, "The Fire"

Somehow, "The Fire" never stood out for me as a classic Seinfeld episode; partly because the actress playing Toby is quite annoying, and partly because nothing very interesting happens to Elaine or Jerry throughout the episode, and for that matter, not to Kramer either - for the most part.

Two scenes, though, are enough to make the episode memorable. One is George at his girlfriend-of-the-week's (Parker Lewis's Miss Musso!) son's birthday, and his hilarious talk with the firefighters afterwords. The other is Kramer's story of his retrieval of Toby's toe and his busjacking, and that scene itself is one of the best moments in the show's entire run, and enough to make it a classic.

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