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The Hot Tub 

Wilhelm thinks George is cracking under the pressure of working in the big leagues. So he has George entertain a group of visiting baseball officials from the Houston Astros, who are in New... See full summary »



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Wilhelm thinks George is cracking under the pressure of working in the big leagues. So he has George entertain a group of visiting baseball officials from the Houston Astros, who are in New York to discuss inter-league play. George picks up a bad habit from them, who call everyone either a "bastard" or a "son of a bitch". Kramer buys a hot tub from his friend Lomez and installs it in his apartment. At the same time, Elaine is having a marathon runner from Trinidad And Tobago named Jean Paul Jean Paul stay with her as a house guest. Jean Paul was in the Olympics and became famous for having over slept and missed the entire race. She tells Jerry about it, and Jerry meets Jean Paul. Jean Paul reveals that there were separate knobs for the volume and the radio volume. Elaine also gets a severe case of writer's block when Peterman asks Elaine to come up with an idea for the Himalayan Walking Shoes. The previous night, Kramer runs the heat pump too hot and it blows out, reducing his body ... Written by halo1k

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19 October 1995 (USA)  »

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The Houston Astros, who was the National League team portrayed as wanting to do talks regarding inter league play with the Yankees, actually moved to the American League prior to the start of the 2013 season. See more »


Kramer's industrial-strength hot tub heater plugs into a standard 120VAC outlet. It's hard to believe that the industrial-strength heater would plug into standard voltage, something like that would more than likely plug into a 240VAC receptacle, or even more likely, a 120/240VAC combination that can handle heavy current. See more »


George Costanza: You tell that son of a bitch, no Yankee is ever coming to Houston as long as you bastards are running things.
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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 15 October 2015 (2015) See more »


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"All right, adult contemporary!"
8 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

Another great filler. By that I mean that it's one of the episodes that doesn't propel the season's arc (George's engagement) and on this particular one Susan doesn't even appear.

The main story here is Jean Paul Jean Paul. Elaine is letting him stay in her apartment but Jerry is concerned that Jean Paul might oversleep again under Elaine's hospitality. This is kind of a throwback to Elaine storyline with the wake up guy because they do hire one on this episode for Jean Paul. Jerry and Elaine are particular great on this episode, Jerry giving one of his best performances of the season and Elaine getting one of her first assignments as a J. Peterman Catalogue writer. The conclusion of her writer's block is a thing of beauty.

But what I think drags this episode down is the other two stories. Kramer's is the best of the two because it is directly related with Jerry and Jean Paul but nevertheless I have to say I miss the old Kramer. The Kramer that was a eccentric person but with a normal life. On the first five seasons Kramer would never have a story where he would put a hot tub in the middle of his apartment. I'm not saying it isn't funny but it definitely sets him apart from the rest of the gang. And George's story is funny sometimes but it's really dumb. Nothing really happens and George's best moments of the season comes from his arc with Susan and she's not even in this episode.

An entertaining episode nevertheless.

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