Seinfeld: Season 3, Episode 17

The Boyfriend: Part 1 (12 Feb. 1992)

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In the first hour-long episode, Jerry hooks up with Keith Hernandez at the gym. He tries to meet with Keith only to be shunned because Keith is infatuated with Elaine. George tries to keep ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
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Richard Assad ...
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In the first hour-long episode, Jerry hooks up with Keith Hernandez at the gym. He tries to meet with Keith only to be shunned because Keith is infatuated with Elaine. George tries to keep his unemployment money coming in when he tells the unemployment officer that he got a job with "Vandelay Industries", a company that manufactures latex. Kramer and Newman recall an incident in which Keith spit on them after a really bad Mets game. The details of the incident strangely mirror that of the JFK assassination. Written by halo1k

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When Jerry demonstrates the path of the "Magic Loogie" on Newman, it is a parody of the "Magic Bullet" scene from JFK (1991). Wayne Knight, who plays Newman, appeared in that scene in which the path of the bullet was demonstrated on him. See more »


Kramer and Newman claim to have been a spat on by Keith Hernandez on June 14, 1987, when the Mets lost to the Phillies. The Mets lost to the Phillies at home only once in 1987, and it was a 5-3 loss on September 7th. On the date in question, the Mets beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-3. See more »


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"And you want to be my latex salesman..."
2 December 2008 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Baseball, spitting, the JFK assassination: those are just a few of the ingredients that make two-part episode The Boyfriend an essential dish in Seinfeld's third year. On my personal list, it ranks right after The Parking Garage and The Fix Up as the absolute best of the entire season. It's silly, inspired and downright hilarious. Translation: a classic.

Premise: Jerry has a casual run-in with Mets player Keith Hernandez and the two become friends, quite unexpectedly. The situation takes an ugly turn, however, when Keith shows an interest in Elaine. George, on the other hand, has to come up with a scheme in order to keep collecting his unemployment checks, and tells the concerned people he has found a job at a latex-manufacturing firm, Vandelay Industries (what else?). Oh, and Kramer and Newman claim Hernandez spat at them once after a game.

This episode marks the first time that a celebrity appears as himself in a slightly self- spoofing mode, something that has since become a tradition of sorts in NBC sitcoms. Hernandez, whom I had never heard of before watching the show (partly because I'm not into sports, partly because I'm not American), does a superb job, especially when he shares scenes with Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Jason Alexander is equally memorable in the now immortal Vandelay scene, which involves a phone, Kramer, underwear and an iconic ad-lib on Jerry's part.

The real gem, though, is the Simpsons-worth parody of JFK's "magic bullet" moment, with Jerry reconstructing and subsequently destroying Kramer and Newman's recollection of the spit incident. The whole thing is made exponentially funnier by the fact Wayne Knight jokingly recreates his own role from Oliver Stone's movie. Proof, if any was ever needed (probably, given crap like Scary Movie has branded the genre in a bad way), that when a spoof is done correctly, with intelligence and wit, no film is too sacred.

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