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The Smelly Car 

After dinner, Jerry gets his car back from the valet. He and Elaine get in the car and realize that the valet has really bad B.O.. Jerry goes to great lengths to get the smell out of his ... See full summary »


Tom Cherones


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

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Episode complete credited cast:
Jerry Seinfeld ... Jerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Elaine Benes
Michael Richards ... Kramer
Jason Alexander ... George Costanza
Heidi Swedberg ... Susan Ross
Michael Des Barres ... Restaurateur
Nick Bakay ... Carl
Kari Coleman ... Allison
Taylor Negron ... Hairdresser
Courtney Gains ... Clerk
Raf Mauro ... Car Washer
Viveka Davis ... Mona
Robert Noble Robert Noble ... Salesman
Patricia Place Patricia Place ... Wife
Walt Beaver Walt Beaver ... Husband


After dinner, Jerry gets his car back from the valet. He and Elaine get in the car and realize that the valet has really bad B.O.. Jerry goes to great lengths to get the smell out of his car while Elaine goes to great lengths to get the smell out of her hair. Jerry soon realizes that the smell isn't just a mere odor, but an entity unto itself, and finally decides that he has to get rid of his car. Meanwhile, George gets reacquainted with Susan and discovers that he drove her to lesbianism, and Kramer dates Susan's girlfriend. Written by halo1k

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15 April 1993 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Champagne Video, the video store in this episode, was also used in episode 1.1, Seinfeld: The Stakeout (1990). See more »


In the scene when Jerry and George go to the restaurant to demand that something be done about his car, a woman can be seen standing behind the maitre d' in one shot, but she can not be seen behind him in the other shot. See more »


References Runaway Train (1985) See more »


Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
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"It's the beast!"
18 July 2016 | by juanmaffeoSee all my reviews

Let's just start by saying that The Smelly Car is an immensely entertaining episode with great direction and sharp editing.

We got two stories here. Jerry and Elaine with their BO issue and George and his encounter with lesbianism. Kramer kind of bounces around (like in many episodes). The BO story is extremely funny and find its way to entertain throughout the 20 mins but there's something missing and that is realism. This is the primal story that would fill the majority of the last three seasons of Seinfeld. It's definitely funny but you can't relate to it and that makes it feel out of place in this season. Season 4 is maybe the more realistic season (with 5 around there) and it is not only because of the probabilities of the events that happen but also for the sick attention to detail that Larry David has for human customs. This story has nothing to do with that. Jerry's car gets really smelly and then that smell gets attached to Jerry and Elaine and it just won't come off. And to make it worse we do actually get a human story with George's storyline. So the contrast is even more delimited.

George's story is great. We get more insights on his persona by the way he reacts to lesbianism and we get some funny moments with the video rental store. That's human customs.

So yeah, it's a hilarious episode but a big part of it feels out of place here just as the season opening episode did.

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