Seinfeld: Season 5, Episode 9

The Masseuse (18 Nov. 1993)

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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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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 Jets. See more »

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"It's like going to Idaho and eating carrots"
27 September 2011 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

Season 5, Episode 9, "The Masseuse" "The Masseuse" is one of the weaker episodes in the excellent season 5. Elaine's storyline makes no sense whatsoever, though it does produce a couple of laughs. George's story feels like a particularly depressing episode of Curb You Enthusiasm, but somehow doesn't quite work here.

The main thing that makes the episode memorable is the appearance of two actresses who will become very familiar faces a decade later - Lisa Edelstein and Jennifer Coolidge - as George's and Jerry's girlfriends-of-the-week. Coolidge's performance is quite weak though, so the main thing is to just be amazed at how good she looked back then.


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