While out shopping with Elaine, Jerry comes across the perfect suede jacket. It's pricey, but it fits him like a glove and he decides to splurge on himself. Elaine's father, Alton Benes, is is in town and she wants Jerry and George to join for dinner. They're a bit intimidated with the elder Benes being a well known author. He also a cranky old coot who scares them into silence. When Elaine is delayed, the threesome don't have a lot to say. When they set off for dinner, Jerry is afraid to wear his new jacket in the snow. Meanwhile, George has been to see Les Miserables and can't get one of the show tunes out of his head. Written by
Did You Know?
Alton Benes, played by Lawrence Tierney
, was originally going to be a recurring character like Jerry's and George's parents. But Tierney's notorious volatility terrified the cast and crew and they did not want him back. According to the producers, Tierney took a knife from the set and hid it under his jacket. When Jerry Seinfeld
asked him about it, Tierney pulled the knife and proceeded to imitate the famous shower scene and score from Psycho
(1960). See more
Jerry is dressing for dinner with Elaine's father. He puts on a tie as he talks to George. For a while, Jerry's collar is askew and the tie visible in back. Suddenly, the collar is fixed and the tie no longer visible. See more
If she doesn't show up, we can't possibly have dinner with him alone.
How are we gonna get out of it?
We'll say we're frightened and we have to go home!
Yeah, that's good. He'd clunk our heads together like Moe!
Master of the House
Written by Alain Boublil
, Herbert Kretzmer
, and Claude-Michel Schönberg
Performed by Jason Alexander
Performed by Lawrence Tierney See more