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:
Keith Hernandez ...
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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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This episode was originally titled "The New Friend." When this episode was rerun on NBC, Seinfeld appeared in an introductory segment calling it "The New Friend" as well as his favorite episode at the time. See more »


When George is lying on the floor, the newspaper he was holding is lying on his right. In the next cut, where George is shown from Jerry's point of view, the newspaper is on his left and neatly folded. In the next cut, the newspaper is again on George's right. See more »


Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 16 April 2014 (2014) See more »

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This 2 part episode is just brilliant in how it plays off all the characters involved with funny quotes galore and then plays off an actual event to illustrate how absurd the original event was. It does this without creating controversial waves. Jerry does have one of his best moments in the series with a long complicated monologue recreating the spitting on Kramer & Newman episode.

According to Jerry on the DVD he did this incredible monologue on the very first take. "Then the spit bounces off Kramer, pauses, in mid-air mind you, turns right, then left, then right & buries itself into Newmans armpit causing him to drop his baseball cap. That is one loaded luggie!" This sequence & the way he is telling it to Elaine, who with her glasses over her nose looks astounded, is priceless. This episode is when the show came of age in my mind. After this episode, things only got better, but this is one brilliant & screwball moment in the history of American sitcoms.

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