Seinfeld: Season 5, Episode 12

The Stall (6 Jan. 1994)

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At a movie theater's restroom, Elaine, realizing she doesn't have any toilet paper left, asks the woman in the next stall (Jami Gertz) if she has any toilet paper to spare, but the woman ... See full summary »



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At a movie theater's restroom, Elaine, realizing she doesn't have any toilet paper left, asks the woman in the next stall (Jami Gertz) if she has any toilet paper to spare, but the woman refuses, claiming that she "can't spare a square". Elaine pleads with the woman, but she leaves, ignoring Elaine. The woman returns to her seat, and is revealed as Jerry's girlfriend, Jane. Elaine is shown returning to her seat, with her new boyfriend Tony (played by Dan Cortese). The two women tell their dates about what had just happened. At Jerry's apartment, Kramer walks in, asking to use Jerry's phone. Jerry accuses Kramer of using it to call a telephone sex line. Elaine comes into the apartment, and describes to Jerry the incident that occurred at the movie theatre. Jerry realizes that the woman that Elaine was bickering for toilet paper was Jane. He tries to defend Jane, while not letting Elaine know that it was her. Meanwhile, George becomes enamored of Elaine's boyfriend, claiming that "He's ... Written by Tummy AuGratin

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Elaine Benes: [Beginning of the episode, in a restroom stall at the theater] What a dope! Uh... excuse me. Umm... I'm sorry. This is... this is kind of embarrassing but there's no toilet paper over here.
Jane: [From the stall on Elaine's right] Are you talking to me?
Elaine Benes: Yeah. I just forgot to check. So if you could just spare me some.
Jane: No, I'm sorry.
Elaine Benes: What?
Jane: No I'm sorry, I can't spare it.
Elaine Benes: You can't spare it?
Jane: No, there's not enough to spare.
Elaine Benes: Well I don't need much. Just 3 squares will do it.
Jane: I'm sorry. I don't have a ...
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"I don't have a square to spare... I can't spare a square."
27 September 2011 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

Season 5, Episode 12, "The Stall"

What a perfect, endlessly quotable episode. One of the best of season 5 and one of the best in the series overall.

As is often the case with the best Seinfeld episodes, "The Stall" is four stories that are one, and other than the four core cast members, only two "girl/boyfriends-of-the-week" actually make an appearance. For once, George and Elaine are the big stars, and Jerry and Kramer provide the more level-headed players in the story.

"The Stall" is one of Seinfeld's most quotable episodes - almost every line in it is timeless. And Jane and Tony make for two of the most memorable and hilarious one-time characters in the show's run.

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