Seinfeld (1989–1998)
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The Robbery 

After Jerry's apartment is robbed, Jerry starts to look for other apartments. But Jerry and George both want the same apartment, and Elaine wants the apartment of whoever loses out.

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
Anita Wise Anita Wise ... Waitress
James F. Dean James F. Dean ... Larry
Kimberley Kates ... Diane
Bradford English Bradford English ... Cop
David Blackwood David Blackwood ... Man #1
George C. Simms George C. Simms ... Man #2 (as George Simms)
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Storyline

While Elaine is apartment sitting for Jerry who's off to Minneapolis to work, the place is burglarized. Jerry returns to find his TV, VCR, computer and answering machine missing. Turns out Kramer got distracted leaving the place wide open. Jerry begins to think that George's suggestion that he move to a newer and bigger place may have merit. Elaine would very much like to get her hands on his apartment and away from her singing roommate. Turns out George decides he wants the place as well. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 June 1990 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Jerry's (Jerry Seinfeld) Stand-up Segments:
  • In the opening stand-up segment, Jerry talks about how arbitrary the idea of giving someone the finger is.
  • Jerry talks about how police deal with burglaries.
  • Jerry explains that kids can settle anything by "calling it", and how this simple rule does not apply to adults.
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Goofs

Before leaving his apartment in Elaine's (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) care, Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) tells her that no meat should ever be kept in his fridge. However in the pilot episode, Seinfeld: Good News, Bad News, Kramer (Michael Richards) comes by to take meat for his sandwich and finds some in Jerry's fridge. See more »

Quotes

[a police officer at Jerry's apartment, taking notes of articles stolen]
Cop: Let's see, that's one tv, a stereo, one leather jacket, a VCR, and a computer. Is that about it?
Elaine: Answering machine.
Jerry: *Answering machine*. Boy, I hate the idea of somebody out there returning my calls.
Cop: What do you mean?
Jerry: It's a joke.
Cop: I see. Well, Mr Seinfeld, we'll look into it and we'll let you know if we, you know, if we find anything.
Jerry: Do you ever find anything?
Cop: No.
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Connections

References The Bold and the Beautiful (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

I Hope I Get It
(uncredited)
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Ed Kleban
Performed by Julia Louis-Dreyfus
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Brilliant, just brilliant!
8 November 2007 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

Not that many people would think of making a stand-up routine about giving someone the finger, right? Well, Jerry Seinfeld does so in this episode's opening sequence, explaining how said gesture is ultimately pointless (giving the toe would be much bolder, in his opinion) and thus inducing the first of several laughs that will come over the course of 23 minutes.

This is the one where Kramer's idiocy fully manifests itself: having been asked to watch Jerry's apartment, he accidentally leaves the door open, allowing thieves to get in and steal the TV. The reactions to the event are among the best ever conceived for a comedy show: Jerry entering the apartment and turning on the television only to realize it's gone is funny; Kramer explaining what happened (he was distracted by The Bold and the Beautiful) is funnier; Jerry describing his hyper-safe lock and its only defect ("The door... must be CLOSED!") is genius; the final assertion about everyone's favorite goof-ball ("I'm human" "In your way") is a masterclass in sardonic humor.

But it's not just about Kramer: as usual, George and Elaine get their moment in the spotlight, especially in the second half of the episode, where the former competes with Jerry over getting a new apartment (cue a discussion about coin-flipping) and the latter decides to take the one of whomever loses (the scene where she refers to Jerry's place as "moving from Iceland to Finland" is the best Elaine moment of Season 1). This section also shows the first real glimpse of the series' ground-breaking "no hugging, no learning" mantra: no matter what happens, the characters always end each episode as shamelessly selfish and shallow as they were at the start, even when they come close to disrupting their friendship. This is confirmed by the perfectly timed, instantly memorable closing line, the delivery of which only constitutes further proof of how audacious Seinfeld was and still is.


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