Seinfeld (1989–1998)
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The Busboy 

George tries to apologize to a busboy after one of his comments got him fired, but he only makes things worse. Elaine tries to get one of her male friends out of her house.


Tom Cherones


Larry David (created by), Jerry Seinfeld (created by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Jerry Seinfeld ... Jerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Elaine Benes
Michael Richards ... Kramer
Jason Alexander ... George Costanza
David Labiosa ... Antonio
Doug Ballard ... Eddie
John Del Regno John Del Regno ... Manager


While eating out, Jerry, Elaine and George stamp out a menu that has caught on fire at a nearby table. George casually mentions that the busboy had just put it on the table. He cringes however however when the busboy is summarily fired. He obsesses over the incident to the point where he feels he has no choice but to track the busboy down and apologize in person. He manages to find him only to let the man's cat out the door and it promptly disappears. Meanwhile, Elaine has a friend staying with her for a week and he's driving her mad. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

26 June 1991 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the last scenes holds an important place in Seinfeld history: The fight between Eddie (Doug Ballard) and Antonio (David Labiosa), though it happens off-screen, was the first time two different stories collided at the end of a Seinfeld show. This 'dovetailing' of storytelling , would become a Seinfeld trademark for years. See more »


When Elaine is making her speech, she brushes her hair out of her face. When it cuts away to Jerry and George and back to Elaine, her hair is back across her face. See more »


George Costanza: [about Seattle] It's the pesto of cities.
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Alternate Versions

In the Spanish dubbed version, the dialog between Kramer and the busboy in which he asks how do you say a word in Spanish was overdubbed with this dialog: George: "He is a friend of mine" Kramer: "Do you have any friends?" Busboy: "Yes." Kramer: "Have you ever been told that you have a great personality?" See more »


Featured in Seinfeld: Highlights of a Hundred (1995) See more »


Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
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THE Elaine episode of Season 2
31 January 2008 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

As the second series of Seinfeld comes to its end, Julia Louis-Dreyfus shows her full potential by stealing the entire show with just one scene. And she isn't even part of the main story! No, that bit of the episode involves George, who inadvertently got a busboy fired from a restaurant and tries to apologize with Kramer's "help", only to make the matter much worse. Meanwhile, Jerry just stays in his apartment listening to everybody's problems, particularly Elaine's attempts to get an annoying boyfriend out of her apartment.

It is the latter event that marks the comedic high point of The Busboy, all thanks to Louis-Dreyfus' hilarious desperation (used to great effect in subsequent seasons as well) and ace line-delivery (the most inventive list of excuses since John Belushi's monologue in The Blues Brothers). In one brief moment, she shows exactly how self-absorbed and shallow she can get, and audiences love her for that.

That single sequence nearly sucks all the energy out of the episode; fortunately, that is not the case, with George and Kramer's encounter with the busboy being a milestone in the show's "awkward situations" list. It is a memorable event especially because it contains two firsts on Kramer's CV: it's the first time he's out of his apartment (after 15 years, if we are to believe Jerry's words in the pilot), and also the first time he speaks Spanish, a recurring joke that enabled Michael Richards to combine his astounding physicality with astute wordplay, spawning a lot more classic scenes.

A little thing worth noticing: technically, this isn't the season finale (it's The Deal, but the last four shows of Season Two aired in the wrong order), but it doesn't really matter; Seinfeld remains unmissable nonetheless.

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