Seinfeld (1989–1998)
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The Mom and Pop Store 

George buys a convertible he thinks was once owned by Jon Voight. Kramer tries to save a small shoe-repair business. Elaine answers a radio quiz, enabling Mr. Pitt to participate in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Meanwhile, Jerry tries to solve the mystery of whether or not he's invited to Tim Whatley's annual Pre-Thanksgiving party.


Andy Ackerman


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

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Seinfeld ... Jerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Elaine Benes
Michael Richards ... Kramer
Jason Alexander ... George Costanza
Jon Voight ... Jon Voight
Ian Abercrombie ... Mr. Pitt
Elsa Raven ... Mom
Mike Robelo ... Pop
Bryan Cranston ... Tim Whatley
Tom Wright ... Morgan
Ken Thorley Ken Thorley ... Car Salesman
Dan Frischman ... Guy On Phone
Rick Fitts ... Dentist
Nancy Balbirer Nancy Balbirer ... Woman At Party
Pat Asanti ... Electrician


Kramer decides to help out a small mom and pop shoe repair shop by sending business their way. As part of his project, he cleans out Jerry's closet and sends all of his sneakers to them for repair. Kramer's suggestions for repairs in the shop send the old couple into bankruptcy. George has been looking for a new car and makes his choice buying a car that was supposedly once owned by Jon Voight. It turns out that Elaine knows quite a bit about big band music and her correct answer in a radio contest lets her boss Mr. Pitt do something he has always wanted: hold the giant balloon of Woody Woodpecker in the Macy's Thanksgiving parade. Jerry isn't sure what to do when he seems not to have been invited to a Thanksgiving-eve party. Written by garykmcd

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17 November 1994 (USA) See more »

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This episode is inspired by true events. The same thing happened to Seinfeld writer Tom Gammill who was certain that he was driving Jon Voight's former vehicle. It's Gammill's real car, the Voightmobile, used throughout the episode. The actual Volvo George (Jason Alexander) almost buys belonged to his writing partner, Max Pross, who, in real life, never believed the LeBaron belonged to Voight. George and Jerry's (Jerry Seinfeld) arguments about this were directly taken from Pross and Gammill's own debates. Furthermore, the episode was conceived as a way to actually settle this argument once and for all. Incredibly, Voight agreed to do a cameo in the episode. When the writers finally asked him if he used to drive Gammill's LeBaron, he said he had never ever seen that car before in his life. See more »


George states that the car is an '89 LeBaron, but the version he is driving couldn't be any newer than a 1986 model. See more »


Tim Whatley: Hey! who invited you anyway? you're a troublemaker
[Jerry starts laughing like Woody Woodpecker]
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References Deliverance (1972) See more »


The Sliding Mr. Bones
Music by Malcolm Lockyer
[Named "Next Stop, Pottersville" in the episode]
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"Oh look, there's Gregory Peck's bicycle! And Barbara Mandrell's skateboard!"
4 October 2011 | by itamarscomixSee all my reviews

Season 6, Episode 8, "The Mom and Pop Store"

"The Mom and Pot Store" is an excellent episode, one of season 6's best. All four cast members are at their best - Elaine is especially terrific in her scenes with Mr. Pitt (Ian Abercrombie), and George is hilarious throughout.

Two things make the episode especially noteworthy. One is the cameo by Jon Voight; Voight was one of the biggest stars to ever make an appearance on Seinfeld, and his brief, wordless cameo on this episode is incredibly surprising and weird - consider how overdrawn all the celebrity cameos were on Friends, and how much guts it took to get Voight for this very short part. The other one is the first appearance of a bearded and barely recognizable Bryan Cranston (of Breaking Bad and Malcolm in the Middle fame) as jerkass dentist Tim Whatly, who'll prove himself several times later as one of the series' best recurring supporting actors.

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