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The Muffin Tops 

Elaine opens a new bakery that sells only the tops of the muffins.

Director:

Andy Ackerman

Writers:

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

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Seinfeld ... Jerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Elaine Benes
Michael Richards ... Cosmo Kramer
Jason Alexander ... George Costanza
Wayne Knight ... Newman
John O'Hurley ... J. Peterman
Richard Fancy ... Lippman
Rena Sofer ... Mary Anne
Melinda Clarke ... Alex
Chaim Jeraffi ... Jiffy Dump Guy
Sonya Eddy ... Rebecca
Barry Kramer ... Bag Guy
Elayn J. Taylor ... Book Fan (as Elayn Taylor)
Paige Moss ... Girl
Viola Kates Stimpson Viola Kates Stimpson ... Old Woman
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Storyline

While promoting Peterman's book, Elaine runs into Mr. Lippman, her former boss. She tells him about an idea to sell only the tops of muffins. Lippman does, and Elaine is shocked to see the store. But then Lippman gives Elaine a cut of the profits, and she tells him how to improve the business. Kramer learns that Elaine put her stories in Peterman's book anyways (see episode "The Van Buren Boys"), but when Peterman won't give Kramer a cut of the profits, Kramer starts the Peterman Reality Bus Tour. When Elaine has a hard time getting rid of the muffin stumps, she asks Kramer to take the bus to haul the trash to the dump, but the task is easier said than done. George is asked to watch a guy's suitcase on the street and is mistaken for a tourist. He then gets a date with the head of the New York tourist bureau and decides to run with it. But then the girl meets Steinbrenner and she thinks that George is working two jobs, and George ultimately gets traded to Tyler Chicken in Little Rock, ... Written by halo1k

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 1997 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

No garbage dump would refuse to take the muffin stumps and the sanitation department would have no problem picking them up either. See more »

Quotes

Alex: Wow! Is that a Mexican hairless? I *love* thoooose! Oh! Hairless. This is where it's at. It's so much smoother & cleaner.
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Connections

Spoofs La Femme Nikita (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
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Worst episode of a great show
8 November 2012 | by snellingSee all my reviews

I give this episode a try every now and then, and it still stinks as badly as the first time it aired. Every story was a loser. Jerry shaving his chest hair? It makes no sense that he would do that and then hide it from a woman he will obviously be in bed with, so she will see him naked eventually and see the stubble of new chest hair growing. Kramer has a bus for tours of the city? Nobody would pay $37.50 to see the life of a nobody. Even Peterman himself wasn't that well-known to warrant a tour. And Kramer sure got a lot of paying customers rather quickly. Elaine spends the show trying to dispose of muffin stumps? Lippman wants a Muffin Top shop so he has one up and running the next day. I don't even have to say that it's stupid and impossible that all the dumps near Manhattan would (or could) refuse them as garbage. Kramer could have tossed them on the side of any road he was on. George pretends he's an NYC tourist to get a girlfriend? So preposterous and unfunny, even before he gets traded to a chicken company in Little Rock, Arkansas for some fermented chicken drink. Ugh. The whole thing would be laughable if it wasn't so virtually free of actual laughs.


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