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The Phone Message 

George leaves several awkward messages on a girlfriend's answering machine, then decides to steal the tape.



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After a pleasant first date with with Carol, she invites him up for coffee but George says no thanks - and only laster realizes what she may have meant. He reluctantly decides to call her the next day but embarrasses himself even further by leaving a foolish message. He decides he has to get to her machine and retrieve the messages before she does. Jerry meanwhile goes on a date with Donna but they get into an argument when she says she likes a particular TV commercial that Jerry just hates. Written by garykmcd

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13 February 1991 (USA)  »

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The Nielsen ratings for this episode were so low that the show was put on hiatus and considered for cancellation. It would return two months later. See more »


Donna pours wine into a glass and sets it down next to an empty glass. Even though nobody touches the glasses after that, they go from both being empty, to one being full, to both being full, and ultimately both being empty again. Also, both glasses and the bottle move around on the counter between shots. See more »


George Costanza: I can't stand doing laundry. That's why I have forty pairs of underwear.
Carol: You do not.
George Costanza: Absolutely. Because instead of doing a wash, I just keep buying underwear. My goal is to have over three hundred and sixty pair. That way, I only have to do wash once a year.
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References I Love Lucy (1951) See more »


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"Take it easy"
11 October 2016 | by See all my reviews

Another great episode from the early days. It simultaneously has everything prevalent in the first 2 to 3 seasons: relatable social situations, relationship insights, inconsistent tone and some pretentious writing. I personally like better the early seasons over the latter ones. I am willing to see past its amateur faults because there's a sense of creativity, of doing something unique.

The main plot line isn't all that incredible: the episode revolves around George trying to get some messages out of his girlfriend's phone machine and I believe that's partially the weakness of this episode. The main idea isn't very strong and there is nothing else to complement it. There's a minor storyline involving Jerry's neurosis but Kramer and Elaine don't get to do anything. That being said, the episode has its moments. Jerry's insights on the Cotton Dokers commercial is really funny and the whole third act is amazing.

So yeah, just like the majority of the early episodes, it has good intentions and nice ideas, but they are still finding their tone and style.

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