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"Seinfeld" The Puffy Shirt (1993)

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Original Air Date:
23 September 1993 (Season 5, Episode 2)
Kramer and his soft-spoken friend Leslie start a new line of clothing and Jerry accidentally agrees to wear it on the Today show. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Episode Crew
Directed by
Tom Cherones 
Writing credits
Larry David (created by) &
Jerry Seinfeld (created by)

Larry David (written by)

Produced by
Larry Charles .... supervising producer
Tom Cherones .... supervising producer
Larry David .... executive producer
Tom Gammill .... producer
Tim Kaiser .... coordinating producer
Suzy Mamann-Greenberg .... associate producer (as Suzy Mamann Greenberg)
Peter Mehlman .... co-producer
Max Pross .... producer
Jerry Seinfeld .... producer
George Shapiro .... executive producer
Nancy Sprow .... associate producer
Joan Van Horn .... line producer
Howard West .... executive producer
Original Music by
Jonathan Wolff 
Cinematography by
Wayne Kennan (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Janet Ashikaga 
Casting by
Marc Hirschfeld 
Brian Myers 
Production Design by
Thomas Azzari  (as Tho. E. Azzari)
Set Decoration by
Mel Cooper  (as Mel Cooper Fischer)
Makeup Department
Robin LaVigne .... makeup artist
Audrey Levy .... hair stylist
Production Management
Jeffrey Stott .... executive in charge of production
Joan Van Horn .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jason Saville .... second assistant director
Joan Van Horn .... first assistant director
Art Department
Stan Ascough .... property master
Suzanne Feller-Otto .... set designer
Sound Department
Charlie McDaniel .... post-production sound mixer
Craig Porter .... post-production sound mixer
Pete San Filipo Sr. .... sound mixer (as Peter San Filipo)
Dennis Kirkpatrick .... boom operator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jim Marcos .... gaffer
Jeff Miller .... camera operator
Ed Nielsen .... camera operator (as Edward Nielsen)
Pete G. Papanickolas .... key grip (as Pete Papanickolas)
Herb Roberts .... camera operator
Charles R. Young .... camera operator (as Charlie Young)
George La Fountaine Jr. .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charmaine Nash Simmons .... costume supervisor (as Charmaine Simmons)
Editorial Department
David J. Downing .... on-line editor (as David Downing)
Tom Sartori .... colorist
Other crew
Carol Brown .... production staff
Jeff Bye .... production staff
Ron Hauge .... program consultant
Darin Henry .... production staff
Bruce Kirschbaum .... creative consultant
Carol Leifer .... program consultant
Eugene Lew .... auditor
Andy Robin .... program consultant
Charlie Rubin .... program consultant
George Sledge .... production staff
Brady Thomas .... production staff
D. Owen Trainor .... technical coordinator (as David Owen Trainor)
Coby Turner .... script supervisor
Kristen Vigrass .... production staff
Karen Wilkie .... production staff
Jeffrey Yerkes .... production staff
Carol Leifer .... story editor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

23 min
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (video rating)

Did You Know?

This episode marks the utterance of Jerry's famous line "But I don't wanna be a pirate!" It was later modified in several subsequent episodes ("I don't wanna be a cowboy!" in The Mom and Pop Store; "I don't wanna be Switzerland!" in The Label Maker; and "I don't wanna be a 32!"(in pants size) in The Sponge).See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Estelle Costanza:Georgie, would you like some Jello?
Frank Costanza:Why do you put the bananas in there?
Estelle Costanza:George likes the bananas!
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Movie Connections:
Seinfeld Theme SongSee more »


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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A series of excellent story lines mesh together so well, 2 December 2015

It is often said to be one of the best episodes of the entire series, "The Puffy Shirt" is the first episode to feature Jerry Stiller in the role of Frank Costanza. In this episode, George is told by a woman that he has the most beautiful hands, and that he may have a job in the hand modeling industry! Jerry is forced to wear a puffy shirt on the Today Show, designed by Kramer's extremely quiet talking girlfriend and George must also bear the troubles of moving back in with his parents.

The scene between Frank and Estelle, where she claims to have always admired his hands, was excellent and George's obsession with keeping his hands in the condition that they are was perfectly in line with his character- obsessive and pathetic.

"The Puffy Shirt" is every bit as good as "The Mango", putting its characters in the most bizarre of places. A puffy shirt and hand modeling is all that is needed to make this episode the work of brilliance that it is. The acting is terrific, as per usual, and even Jerry Seinfeld himself is more than good in the role.

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