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The Puffy Shirt 

Kramer and his soft-spoken friend Leslie start a new line of clothing and Jerry accidentally agrees to wear it on the Today show.



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Kramer's new girlfriend is what Jerry calls a low-talker, someone whose soft voice makes her unintelligible. She's a clothing designer and her latest idea is a puffy, pirate-like shirt. What Jerry doesn't realize is that he agreed to wear the puffy shirt on the Today Show. George has moved back in with his parents and his mother is driving him crazy about getting a job. A chance encounter leads him to become a hand model. Suddenly his hands are his main concern until he has an unfortunate encounter in Jerry's dressing room. Written by garykmcd

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23 September 1993 (USA)  »

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The first network appearance of Jerry Stiller as Frank Costanza. Later, for continuity sake in syndication, Jerry Stiller re-shot the scenes featuring his character in the previous season four episode Seinfeld: The Handicap Spot (1993). See more »


When George is eating out with his parents, the point of view over his mother's shoulder shows her holding up the menu, but from George's side her menu is seen lying on the table. See more »


Cosmo Kramer: This pirate trend that she's come up with, Jerry, this is gonna be the new look for the '90s. You're gonna be the first pirate!
Jerry Seinfeld: But I don't want to be a pirate!
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Referenced in Dancing with the Stars: Round Six: Results Show (2009) See more »


Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
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"I don't wanna be a pirate"
1 May 2014 | by (columbus, ohio) – See all my reviews

What starts a great opportunity for Jerry soon becomes a nightmare in "The Puffy Shirt".

Jerry, while helping Elaine with a charity event, is at dinner with Kramer and his new girlfriend Leslie, who is a clothing designer. The chatting goes well... except for when Leslie speaks. Because neither Jerry or Elaine can hear what she says (she is dubbed a "low- talker"). When Kramer leaves to use the restroom, Jerry and Elaine are left alone with Leslie, who asks a question. Jerry and Elaine answer in the affirmative.

Meanwhile, at another dinner, George is with his parents on the first night after he is reduced to having moved back home. Needing to get some air, he runs into a woman, who stops him and presents him with an unexpected opportunity.

"The Puffy Shirt" does start out slowly. George is upset at the turn of events in his life at the beginning, but midway he's hook, line, and sinker in his new profession (maintaining the necessary appearance). The significant moment in this episode comes when Kramer brings over the titular item. Which Leslie has created- and expects Jerry to wear it. Because he's helping to promote Elaine's benefit show to help the homeless- live on the Today Show.

The laughter that will come from this keeps building and building, including a sort-of reference to season four's "The Contest", when the story of the person previously in George's position is told. And the end is one of a few episodes where EVERYONE is directly affected by the outcome- in this case of Jerry's mortifying appearance on the Today Show (with then-cohost Bryant Gumbel as himself).

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