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The Parking Garage 

The four get stuck in a parking garage for hours when they forget where they parked.

Director:

Tom Cherones

Writers:

Larry David (created by), Jerry Seinfeld (created by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Jerry Seinfeld ... Jerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Elaine Benes
Michael Richards ... Kramer
Jason Alexander ... George Costanza
David Dunard David Dunard ... Security Guard
Cynthia Ettinger ... Michele
Gregory T. Daniel Gregory T. Daniel ... Man in Corvette (as Gregory Daniel)
Carlyle King ... The Mother
Adam Wylie ... The Kid
Joe Farago ... Man with Woman
Ron Evans Ron Evans ... Bodybuilder
Tucker Smallwood ... Man in Mercedes
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Storyline

Having gone to a mall in Jersey so Kramer can buy a new air conditioner, George, Jerry, Elaine and Kramer find themselves unable to find their car when they're ready to go home. George has an outing with his parents, Jerry is in dire need of a bathroom and Elaine's repeated attempts to get help from other shoppers are a dismal failure. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy

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Trivia

In this episode George (Jason Alexander) is leaning up against a car which has the number plate of 'BIF725'. Seinfeld (Jerry Seinfeld) often refers to George as Biff in the series, which is an homage to Jeff Loman, to whom Jerry compared George in another episode. See more »

Goofs

When Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) and George (Jason Alexander) are walking down the stairway talking about Red China, they are walking side by side. In the next shot after they round the corner, they have switched places. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jerry Seinfeld: It's very hard to find the store that you want in a mall. They have the directory, but the problem with it is even if you figure out where you are and where you wanna go, you still don't really know, sometimes, which way to walk, because it's an upright map. If you had, like, suction-cup feet, then you could just, thp, walk right up on it. Then you could tell. You could just be on it, going, "All right, I'm here. I wanna go to the Gap. That's down there. All right. Now, I'll just ...
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Connections

Featured in Seinfeld: The Finale (1998) See more »

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Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
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Probably my favorite Season 3 episode!
13 April 2008 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

Before this episode aired, all Seinfeld stories involved a set number of locations: Jerry's apartment, a cafè and the club where the protagonist performs as a stand-up. As of this show, however, the writers realized any place can be used to obtain a great comedy. In fact, the more unusual the spot would be for a mainstream sitcom, the better, just like in The Parking Garage.

For the entire episode, we never see the gang leave the eponymous place. The reason is laughably familiar: Kramer can't remember where he left the car. Because of this, the rest of the show is spent looking for the vehicle, which can be anywhere in the multiple-storey garage. Kramer's the one who suffers the most, since he bought a new air conditioner and insists on carrying the heavy box all the time, while Elaine gets to express her contempt for all mankind as no one agrees to give them a hand. What about Jerry and George, then? Oh, they are in a league of their own when it comes to getting out of trouble...

In ancient Greece, it was required that all tragedies be set in one place over a 24-hour period. Respecting those rules in films has always proved tricky (although the first Die Hard achieved it splendidly), while television never seemed to face any problems: Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blue and Deadwood were written so that most episodes would cover a single day, but then again those are drama shows, which means each episode is at least 40 minutes long. Recounting a one-day event is less common in comedies, due to the 22-minute running time, and even when such a thing occurs, there are always several locations. This episode of Seinfeld, however, succeeds in a twofold way: the story lasts an entire day, and there is no other set than the parking garage. The limited space does not decrease the fun, though: Kramer's struggle with the box is a perfect comic mechanism that never once falters, and Jerry and George being arrested for urinating in the garage is one of the show's most outrageous and rewarding stunts.

And the ending? It may have been planned differently, as mentioned on the DVD, but the version that made it onto the air is a lot better - sometimes great moments come along by accident.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1991 (USA) See more »

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4:3
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