Jerry, George, Kramer, and Elaine leave the comfort of Jerry's building and take to the New York subway. But comedy abruptly ensues as our characters embark on their individual adventures.

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Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer all embark on separate adventures within the New York subway system. Jerry has to go to Coney Island to get his car out of the impound lot. George is on his way to a job interview. Elaine is on her way to be the best man in a lesbian wedding. Kramer is on his way to court to sweet-talk his way out of a number of traffic violations. On the way to Coney Island, Jerry has a hard time finding anyone to go with him, but meets a rather overweight individual who strips down to his waist, and decides to go on the rides with Jerry. George meets an attractive woman who takes him back to his hotel, robs him blind, steals his clothes, and leaves him handcuffed to the bed. Elaine, on her way to the wedding, takes the one train that has the power go out, and curses into oblivion. Kramer, after leaving court, wanders into a betting shop and actually wins lots of money for once. He's on his way back from the betting shop and nearly gets robbed, only to be saved by an... Written by halo1k

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Kramer bets on a horse named "Papa-Nick." It is named after the show's key grip, Pete G. Papanickolas. See more »

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Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer are riding together in a subway car which is clearly marked on the interior as a #5. However, when they step off the train, the exterior shot is of a #6 train. See more »

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Elaine Benes: I'm not a lesbian! I hate men but I'm not a lesbian!
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References Hazel (1961) See more »

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Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
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Way ahead of its time
12 June 2016 | by See all my reviews

Sienfeld has always been about life. It's known for their tackle on everyday situations, things that anyone can relate. To be more specific, Seinfeld has always been about the life of adults in NYC. This has being a key element in the series and a character in its own. But I can't think of a better episode about New York City than "The Subway".

It surely isn't the funniest episode, but there's no arguing it is one of the most clever, boldest and important episodes in its entire run. I believe that this one has three key factors: experimentation, humor and New York.

Experimentation: it may not seem as wild on this day and age, but making a sitcom episode about subway rides was pretty wild. Okay, they made The Chinese Restaurant and The Parking Space before but here there's so much to grab in this location. And it's not only the fact of the location, the writers showed some pretty literal inside of New York's characters (robbers, exhibitionists) not common for a sitcom. And of course, Elaine's story line with the lesbian wedding AND the use of bleeped cursing. They were miles ahead of its time.

Humor: it's phenomenal. From Jerry's reactions to Elaine's outburst, George being the ultimate loser and Kramer's fantastical riding motion show. More than ever, it is incredibly clever. The shifts between stories is relentless and every one is in pair with the other, no overshadowing. And, for our pleasure, the episode makes the full circle: the episode starts and ends at the coffee shop with everyone distinctively changed by the events of the day.

New York: here more that ever it is a character in its own. From the subway trains to every single secondary character: the woman Elaine speaks with, the street artist/cop that saves Kramer, the woman that robs George, the exhibitionist that ends up being friends with Jerry, the two guys that unintentionally give Kramer the tip on Pampernik. It's a beautiful painting about the incredibly diverse set of characters the city has.

One of the best realized episode on the show. Way ahead of its time.


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