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 serial killer. She comes up with names while flipping through a sport-illustrated and suggest the name OJ for him to change his name to - a year before OJ Simpson went on trial for killing his wife and her friend. See more »


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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Strange coincidence
22 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw a rerun of this episode yesterday and noticed something strange. Elaine was talking with her boyfriend about changing his name because he had the same name as a local murderer. She was throwing out suggestions and said OJ for one of them. This episode was taped not long before OJ Simpson killed his ex and her friend (even though he was acquitted of the charges).

I just thought it was eerie that the writers related the name of OJ to a murderer before he even committed the act. I wonder if OJ killed those people after watching this episode and thinking, hey, my name would be a good one to be associated with a murderer.

OR, did the writers of this episode really kill OJ's ex and her friend and set up OJ as the killer?! Makes you think...

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