Seinfeld: Season 3, Episode 13

The Subway (8 Jan. 1992)

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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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Episode complete credited cast:
Naked Man
Barbara Stock ...
Scam Woman
Woman With Elaine
OTB Patron
Chris Latta ...
Thug (as Christopher Collins)
Barry Vigon ...
Horse Player #1
Joe Restivo ...
Horse Player #2
Blind Violinist / Cop (as Daryl Roach)
Chet Nelson ...


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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Julia Louis-Dreyfus was visibly pregnant at this time. Throughout this episode, Elaine carries a large present in front of her stomach, concealing Louis-Dreyfus' pregnancy. See more »


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 »


Naked Man: I'm not ashamed of my body.
Jerry: Exactly. That's your problem. You should be.
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References Hazel (1961) See more »

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One hell of an afternoon
13 November 2008 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

For the first time since The Chinese Restaurant, not a single scene of a Seinfeld episode takes place in one of the usual locations (Jerry's apartment, the café, Elaine's office, the comedy club, yada yada yada). In fact, there are no buildings involved at all: the gang's misadventures are all linked to a fateful subway ride.

Each of the protagonists has to go someplace important, but as is often the case, the journey is more interesting and fun than the destination. Therefore we get Jerry meeting an overweight exhibitionist, Kramer hearing tips about a horse race, George skipping a job interview because he meets a woman and, most hilarious of the lot, Elaine missing a lesbian wedding due to a series of delays.

The key to the episode's success is, typically enough, the dialogue, like when Jerry talks to his fellow passenger ("You have something against a naked body?" "I have something against yours!") or George makes a brilliant statement about how he identifies certain women: "I can always feel when lesbians are looking at me. They see me and think "That's why I'm not a heterosexual!"". This time, however, it's Lulia Louis-Dreyfus who steals the show with an outrageous combination of physicality (her exasperated facial expressions) and voice-over, the latter predating Arrested Development by eleven years for its use of bleeped cursing. That scene most certainly qualified as a shocker back in 1991, and it still stands out as a textbook moment of unsurpassed small-screen comedy.

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