Seinfeld: Season 2, Episode 5

The Jacket (6 Feb. 1991)

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Jerry wears an expensive jacket when he meets Elaine's father, but an argument ensues when Jerry is reluctant to wear it outside during a snowfall.



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Alton Benes
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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 garykmcd

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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 »


[George is singing "Master of the House" from Les Miserables]
Jerry Seinfeld: What is that song?
George Costanza: Oh, it's from Les Miserables. I went to see it last week. I can't get it out of my head. I just keep singing it over and over. It just comes out. I have no control over it. I'm singing it on elevators, buses. I sing it in front of clients. It's taking over my life.
Jerry Seinfeld: You know, Schumann went mad from that.
George Costanza: Artie Schumann? From Camp Hatchapee?
Jerry Seinfeld: No, you idiot.
George Costanza: What are you, Bud Abbott? What are you calling me an idiot for...
Jerry Seinfeld:
George Costanza:
Jerry Seinfeld:
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Featured in Seinfeld: Highlights of a Hundred (1995) See more »


Master of the House
Written by Alain Boublil, Herbert Kretzmer, and Claude-Michel Schönberg
Performed by Jason Alexander
Performed by Lawrence Tierney
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"Pipe down, chorus boy!"
15 November 2007 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Infamous for its off-set incidents, The Jacket is one of the five most memorable episodes of Seinfeld's second year (the other four are The Pony Remark, The Chinese Restaurant, The Revenge and The Deal), featuring some of the best comedic situations of all time.

Plotwise, nothing unusual: the center of attention is a jacket Jerry bought. Only it isn't a normal jacket: first of all, it was very expensive (other people's repeated attempts to figure out the price are superb); secondly, it causes a few problems when Jerry and George (who seems unable to get a certain song out of his head) go to dinner with Elaine's father, grouchy novelist Alton Benes (Lawrence Tierney, of Reservoir Dogs fame), whose volatility is close to putting the whole evening at stake.

That lots of episodes were literally stolen by the supporting characters (especially George and Kramer, the latter proving said theory towards the end of this story) shouldn't come as a surprise; That a guest star managed to hijack the entire 23-minute show with just one scene is startling, and yet such is the power of Tierney's performance. It's a shame it didn't last: Alton was supposed to be a recurring character, much like Jerry and George's parents, but the former tough guy's unstable behavior (he reportedly fooled around with a knife on the set) limited his presence to one episode only. A shame, because he showed a comic timing that's incredibly rare in "serious" actors, making this a truly unmissable Seinfeld episode.

A particularly unforgettable line: "We had a funny guy with us in Korea. A tail-gunner. They blew his brains out all over the Pacific. There's nothing funny about that!". He's certainly right, but there's something endlessly amusing about him saying that the way he does. A real treat.

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