Seinfeld (1989–1998)
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The Pledge Drive 

Kramer finds Jerry's old birthday checks from his grandmother and insists he deposits them, which puts Nana in unexpected debt. Elaine accidentally tells the high talker a secret. Mr Pitt eats a Snickers bar with utensils.


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
Len Lesser ... Uncle Leo
Ian Abercrombie ... Justin Pitt
Kelly Coffield Park ... Noreen (as Kelly Coffield)
Billye Ree Wallace Billye Ree Wallace ... Nana
Brian Reddy Brian Reddy ... Dan
Rebecca Staab ... Kristin
Danny Tartabull Danny Tartabull ... Danny Tartabull
Tom Wright ... Executive
James Reynolds ... Banker
Lauren Bowles ... Waitress
F.J. Rio ... Street Tough


Jerry hosts the annual PBS pledge drive and asks George to get some of the Yankee players to appear on the show. George comes through and gets Danny Tartabul to appear on the show. Kramer discovers that Jerry has been getting some birthday cards from his Nana with money inside. He cashes them in and suddenly Nana's bank account is overdrawn. Nana then goes missing. Jerry gets in trouble with Elaine's friends (one of whom has an unusually high voice) when Elaine starts a rumor that the wife was hitting on Jerry. George thinks everybody is giving him the finger and decides to follow one offender while driving Danny Tartabul to the pledge drive. Kramer volunteers to become a phone-answerer for PBS and Elaine discovers that Mr. Pitt eats his candy bars with a knife and fork, starting an unusual trend. Written by halo1k

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6 October 1994 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


One day after the episode first aired, Ian Abercrombie (who plays Justin Pitt) was having lunch in a restaurant; while he was waiting for his coffee, the waiter put a plate with a Snickers bar on his table. Apparently, the whole restaurant was in on the joke. See more »


Ian Abercrombie cut one slice of chocolate, but when we see a wider shot of the scene the chocolate has been cut into several slices. See more »


Elaine: Um, what does Nana sound like?
Jerry: Like a grandmother, why?
Elaine: Well...
Jerry: Oh, you hung up on my Nana?
Elaine: I don't know, maybe.
Jerry: You told Nana to drop dead?
Elaine: It's possible.
Jerry: Yes, it is!
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References Sesame Street (1969) See more »


Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
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My favourite episode
7 March 2008 | by SDockorockertySee all my reviews

This episode is without my favourite. This episode packs so much in that its impossible to not like it. It contains my favourite line when Elaine tell's Jerry's grandmother to drop dead over the phone as well as the line Kramer says about his grandmother passing "bum" checks all over town. The Mr Pitt Snicker's story line is also a major winner. The interconnecting stories make Seinfeld the best sitcom ever created and this episode is cream of the crop.

This is quite possibly the best 20minutes in sitcom history. Go Seinfeld! .

Have to use 10 lines for reviewing one episode of a TV show...sheesh.

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