Seinfeld (1989–1998)
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The Cigar Store Indian 

Jerry is deemed a racist when he purchases a Native American statue for Elaine. Kramer tries to get Elaine's company to publish his coffee table book. Elaine runs into a really creepy man ... See full summary »


Tom Cherones


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




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Seinfeld ... Jerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Elaine Benes
Michael Richards ... Cosmo Kramer
Jason Alexander ... George Costanza
Estelle Harris ... Estelle Costanza
Jerry Stiller ... Frank Costanza
Richard Fancy ... Lippman
Kimberly Guerrero ... Winona (as Kimberly Norris)
Sam Lloyd ... Ricky
C.K. Steefel ... Sylvia (as Carissa Channing)
Ralph Manza ... Gepetto
Al Roker ... Al Roker
Veralyn Jones ... Renee
Lisa Pescia ... Joanne
Benjamin Lum Benjamin Lum ... Mailman


Jerry is deemed a racist when he purchases a Native American statue for Elaine. Kramer tries to get Elaine's company to publish his coffee table book. Elaine runs into a really creepy man on the subway who steals Frank's TV Guide and follows her to the Costanza's house. Meanwhile, George gets grounded when he has sex with a woman in his parents' bed. Written by halo1k

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Did You Know?


Richard Fancy is the second actor to portray Mr. Lippman. Harris Shore initially played him in episode 3.5, Seinfeld: The Library (1991). See more »


Elaine does grab the bowling bag, at 5 mins 14 seconds, on her way out of the subway car. See more »


[first lines]
Jerry Seinfeld: You can always tell what was the best year of your father's life because they seem to freeze that clothing style and just ride it out to the end, don't they? And it's not like they don't continue shopping, it's just they somehow manage to find new old clothes. Every father is like this fashion time capsule, you know what I mean? It's like they should be on a pedestal with someone next to 'em goin', "This was 1965." To me, the worst thing is shopping for pants. I hate dressing and ...
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References The Lucy Show (1962) See more »


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"I hope prune juice is all right"
28 July 2016 | by juanmaffeoSee all my reviews

My God, what a great episode. The Cigar Store Indian is without a doubt one of the strongest episodes of the season. It may be one of the best episodes that connects and relates every single story in a suitable and seamless way (taking into consideration how different they are to one another).

Jerry's is the main story line here and it may be the funniest. From getting the Indian to him trying to avoid the "racist" phrases, it's funny throughout. This is the one that connects the four stories.

George's storyline is just as good as Jerry's. Again, having him back into his parents house is a golden idea and it is a big part of why Season 5 rocks. The chemistry between the three of them is beyond believe. Here George has the house for himself and decides to bring a girl over (a girl actually very different from the type that usually appears in Seinfeld, but with a fully realized personality) and having the both of them in George's parents house creates comic gold.

Elaine story is maybe the weakest but it does a big deal in tying the other stories together. It links her with Jerry through Winona, it ties her with George through the TV Guide and it connects her with Kramer through the coffee-table book. The only thing that I don't like about her story is the freak of the subway. It adds nothing to the story and resolve into nothing.

Kramer story is actually the only one that will continue through the season. Being serious, the idea of the coffee-table book is gold. A lot of times, the other three members of the gang have their own story and Kramer just bounces around these and on this episode he kind of does but in a way that couldn't feel more effortless. Elaine gives him the Indian so that connects him to Jerry and then he sells it to Mr. Lippman and that connects him back with Elaine. The way this things tied up is incredibly real.

To sum up, a fantastic episode that reminds us of what Seinfeld is able to accomplish and what an astounding set of characters it has in its power.

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9 December 1993 (USA) See more »

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