Seinfeld (1989–1998)
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The Masseuse 

Jerry gets mad when he dates a masseuse. Kramer and George get massages while Jerry doesn't. Meanwhile, Elaine's new boyfriend is Joel Rifkin, an innocent man who shares the same name as one of New York's most notorious serial killers.


Tom Cherones


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Episode complete credited cast:
Jerry Seinfeld ... Jerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Elaine Benes
Michael Richards ... Kramer
Jason Alexander ... George Costanza
Lisa Edelstein ... Karen
Jennifer Coolidge ... Jodi
Anthony Cistaro ... Joel
John Bishop ... Ticket Man (as John Glen Bishop)
Hiram Kasten ... Michael
Lisa Pescia ... Lisa


Jerry is desperate for his new girlfriend, a professional masseuse, to give him a massage but every hint or suggestion seems to fall on deaf ears. They go on a double date with George and his new girlfriend and it's obvious that Jerry's girlfriend doesn't like him, which drives George to extremes. Elaine is dating a man named Joel Rifkin - not the serial killer - but he seems oblivious to his name and how people react to it. Her attempts to get him to change his name aren't entirely successful. Kramer comes up with a new idea for a book - a coffee table book about coffee tables. Written by garykmcd

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18 November 1993 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) brags that he hasn't vomited "in thirteen years" since June 29, 1980, longer than the eight-year stretch of Elaine's (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) boyfriend--who happens to have the same name as serial killer Joel Rifkin. Rifkin himself was finally apprehended June 28, 1993: Thirteen years less a day from Jerry's last upchuck. See more »


It was Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) who left the ticket for Kramer (Michael Richards) at the stadium, not Joel (Anthony Cistaro). So it would have been Elaine who was summoned over the loudspeaker rather than Joel. See more »


Lisa: Hi, we just saw your boyfriend at a bus stop.
Elaine Benes: Oh, yeah?
Lisa: Yeah. What's his name?
Elaine Benes: Joel...
Lisa: Joel what?
Elaine Benes: Uh... Rifkin.
Michael: Rifkin? Joel Rifkin?
Elaine Benes: Yeah. It's just a coincidence obviously.
Michael: Guess you better keep on his good side.
Elaine Benes: Very funny. That's very funny.
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18 May 2016 | by juanmaffeoSee all my reviews

There's no question about this being an enjoyable episode. The thing is it doesn't match the standard levels of Season Five.

There are three main story lines on this one. Jerry has a masseuse girlfriend and wants her to give him a massage, George needs this same woman to like him (just because she hates him) and Elaine is dating a guy with a serial killer name. Kramer just bounces around these stories.

Jerry story line is by far the best of the three. Is the only one that proudly deserves its spot in a fifth season episode. The allegories between sex and massaging are hilarious (they do these kind of mash ups very often, but here is quite on point).

Elaine story line is okay. It's subtle, nothing spectacular, almost half-cooked. It's entertaining and harmless, but it's not really funny.

And George's story is, for me, quite annoying. It reaches a point of neurosis that it's not funny anymore. Definitely the worst of the bunch and the one that drags the episode down.

As I said, it's entertaining as every episode of this season, but it's not quite there with the others.

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