In the record store, Kramer is Newman's "coach", whispering to him from behind what to say to the record store owner. In the "The Soul Mate" episode the roles were reversed with Newman coaching Kramer as he talks to Pam.
The trivia item below may give away important plot points.
The old lady (whom Elaine talks to) mentions her romantic affair with Mohandas Gandhi. It is true that Gandhi had several adulterous relationships with many women. This is explained and verified in the book "Gandhi Behind the Mask of Divinity" by Col. G.B. Singh.