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"Seinfeld" The Puffy Shirt (TV Episode 1993) Poster

(TV Series)

(1993)

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The puffy shirt from this episode is now part of the collection of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
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The first network appearance of Jerry Stiller as Frank Costanza. Later, for continuity sake in syndication, Jerry Stiller re-shot the scenes featuring his character in the previous season four episode Seinfeld: The Handicap Spot (1993).
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This episode marks the utterance of Jerry's (Jerry Seinfeld) famous line "But I don't wanna be a pirate!" It was later modified in several subsequent episodes ("I don't wanna be a cowboy!" in Seinfeld: The Mom and Pop Store (1994); "I don't wanna be Switzerland!" in Seinfeld: The Label Maker (1995); and "I don't wanna be a 32!" (in pants size) in Seinfeld: The Sponge (1995)).
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This Seinfeld episode is one of the three Emmy Award-Winning episodes of season 5.
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Jerry's (Jerry Seinfeld) bicycle in this episode is blue and silver. In previous episodes, it had been green.
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A doll-sized replica of the puffy shirt was included with the fifth season DVD set.
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Throughout the run of the series, Kramer (Michael Richards) rarely says "Yes". Nearly all of his positive responses are slang variations ("Yup", "Yeah!", "Giddyup", et cetera). Five episodes where he does actually say "Yes" are this episode, episodes 3.13, Seinfeld: The Subway (1992), 5.4, Seinfeld: The Sniffing Accountant (1993), 8.11, Seinfeld: The Little Jerry (1997), and episode 8.17, Seinfeld: The English Patient (1997).
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This is one of the few episodes that doesn't contain any scenes at Monk's.
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The hand model client says "master of his domain" and George says that he once won a competition for "holding out the longest". Both are references to episode 4.11, Seinfeld: The Contest (1992).
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Jerry Seinfeld flew to New York to film his scenes with Bryant Gumbel. Seinfeld was usually filmed in California.
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There must have only been one puffy shirt made for this episode since not both of the homeless men in the final scene are wearing them. The man Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) gives money to is, but the other one is only wearing a loose-fitting collarless shirt that is only similar.
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An identical puffy shirt was worn by Niles Crane (David Hyde Pierce) on the Frasier: A Mid-Winter Night's Dream (1994) episode of Frasier (1993).
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This episode's plot is a little different to others, in that the story mainly revolves around Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) and George (Jason Alexander). Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and Kramer (Michael Richards) are only supporting characters in this episode, whereas most other episodes contain a story line for each main character.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In this episode George (Jason Alexander) tells Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) that his mother, Estelle (Estelle Harris), has never laughed, ever. Later in the episode the point is proven when Jerry attempts to tell her a joke and she's not interested. But in episode 7.15, Seinfeld: The Shower Head (1996), Estelle laughs at Jerry's joke: "Actually I'm drunk." Maybe this is her first time laughing ever.
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This episode states for the fist time that George was the actual winner of "the contest".(s4,ep11).
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