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The Masseuse 

Jerry gets mad when he dates a masseuse. Kramer and George get massages while Jerry doesn't. Meanwhile, Elaine's new boyfriend is Joel Rifkin, an innocent man who shares the same name as one of New York's most notorious serial killers.

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Jerry is desperate for his new girlfriend, a professional masseuse, to give him a massage but every hint or suggestion seems to fall on deaf ears. They go on a double date with George and his new girlfriend and it's obvious that Jerry's girlfriend doesn't like him, which drives George to extremes. Elaine is dating a man named Joel Rifkin - not the serial killer - but he seems oblivious to his name and how people react to it. Her attempts to get him to change his name isn't entirely successful. Kramer comes up with a new idea for a book - a coffee table book about coffee tables. Written by garykmcd

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18 November 1993 (USA)  »

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In the episode Elaine is dating Joel Rifkin who also shares the same name of a serial killer in New York. While in his apartment Elaine gets the idea of trying to get him to change his name so people wouldn't relate him to the real life killer. She comes up with names while flipping through a Sports Illustrated and suggests the name O.J. for him to change his name to - about nine months before O.J. Simpson was arrested for killing his ex-wife and her friend. See more »

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When Elaine and Joel go to the Giants football game, stock footage is shown of the Giants and the Minnesota Vikings. Later, stock footage is shown of the Giants playing the Eagles. See more »

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Featured in Seinfeld: Highlights of a Hundred (1995) See more »

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Half-cooked
18 May 2016 | by See all my reviews

There's no question about this being an enjoyable episode. The thing is it doesn't match the standard levels of Season Five.

There are three main story lines on this one. Jerry has a masseuse girlfriend and wants her to give him a massage, George needs this same woman to like him (just because she hates him) and Elaine is dating a guy with a serial killer name. Kramer just bounces around these stories.

Jerry story line is by far the best of the three. Is the only one that proudly deserves its spot in a fifth season episode. The allegories between sex and massaging are hilarious (they do these kind of mash ups very often, but here is quite on point).

Elaine story line is okay. It's subtle, nothing spectacular, almost half-cooked. It's entertaining and harmless, but it's not really funny.

And George's story is, for me, quite annoying. It reaches a point of neurosis that it's not funny anymore. Definitely the worst of the bunch and the one that drags the episode down.

As I said, it's entertaining as every episode of this season, but it's not quite there with the others.


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