"The Doodle" is the 106th episode of the hit NBC sitcom Seinfeld. This was the 20th episode for the 6th season. It aired on April 6, 1995. It was written by Alec Berg and Jeff Schaffer and was directed by Andy Ackerman
Jerry and George are having dinner with their new girlfriends, Shelly (Dana Wheeler-Nicholson) and Paula (Christa Miller). George met Paula at Elaine's drawing class. George whispers to Jerry that he is eating pecans that were in Shelly's mouth. Jerry spits them out and exclaims his disgust, which annoys Shelly. When leaving the restaurant George finds a doodle that Paula drew of him.
Another day at Monk's, George complains to Jerry about the doodle Paula drew, finding it an ugly caricature. Elaine enters and sees the doodle, thinking it's Mr. Magoo. Elaine reports that her friend, Judy, recommended her for a job at Viking Press. In order to stay at the company's suite at the Plaza Hotel she let Viking Press think that she is coming from out of town, and gave Jerry's parents' address in Florida as hers. Jerry says his parents are coming to town at the same time. George, behaving as a High School student, implores Elaine to find out if Paula really likes him.
At his apartment Jerry is scratching desperately. Kramer enters eating a "Mackinaw peach" from Oregon which are ripe only two weeks a year. Jerry realizes he has flea bites just when his parents arrive.
At the drawing class, acting like schoolgirls, Paula confesses to Elaine that she likes George, adding, "Looks aren't that important to me." The exterminator at Jerry's apartment confirms the flea infestation, and has to close down the apartment for 48 hours to fumigate. Jerry convinces Elaine to give the hotel suite to his parents so they have a decent place to stay. George enters, asking about Paula's interest in him. Elaine says Paula really likes him but, without thinking, repeats Paula's comments about not caring about physical appearances. George becomes upset, declaring that Paula must think he is ugly, and states that he would prefer to be hated and handsome rather than liked and ugly.
The Seinfelds arrive at the Plaza and marvel at the suite. After meeting with Judy, Elaine realizes she has to go back to Jerry's apartment to retrieve a manuscript sent from Viking Press for her to read. Outside the apartment Jerry warns her that it's impossible to enter because it has already been fumigated; an instant later Kramer walks out out, having been unaware of the gas. Once informed, Kramer worriedly says he spent an hour and a half in the apartment engrossed with a manuscript. Holding her breath, Elaine frantically searches inside, even flipping over the couch cushions but only finds "Chunky" candy bar wrappers. Seeing the wrappers, Jerry realizes that it was Newman who gave him fleas and goes to confront him. Newman first attempts to deny it, suggesting that Jerry must keep his apartment in a "state of disrepair" and "squalor" but soon succumbs to Jerry's torturous description of how badly flea bites itch, breaks down, and admits to having fleas.
At the Plaza, Morty, Helen, Uncle Leo and Nana lavishly use room service, pay-per-view movies, and food at great expense. Meanwhile, George confronts Paula on the street about her indifference towards looks; she confirms her feelings and states that George can drape himself in velvet for all she cares. George perks up at this notion. At Monk's Elaine gets Kramer to summarize the manuscript, which he does in a typically eccentric fashion, leaving Elaine to despair. Suddenly, Kramer notices that he is unable to taste food due to the fumigation exposure.
Jerry is staying at Shelly's apartment but has forgotten his own toothbrush; Shelly insists that he use hers. On the street, Kramer discovers with dismay that he cannot even taste a Mackinaw peach, to which Newman heartlessly responds that Kramer should then give them all to him. Elaine has her interview at Viking Press and repeats Kramer's manuscript interpretation, of which the publisher approves. Back at the Plaza, the Seinfelds lay nearly comatose, satiated from excessive food and movies.
George arrives at Monk's wearing a velvet sweatsuit, now very happy with his relationship with Paula. Jerry reports that he has been thrown out of his girlfriend's apartment for refusing to use her toothbrush and is now stuck staying with the "Velvet Fog" ("The Jimmy"). Back at her job interview Elaine is questioned about the astronomical room charges at the Plaza, including adult films and room damages. At Monk's, George enters finishing off a Mackinaw peach, discarding the pit on the table. When Paula casually pops the discarded pit into her mouth to suck out the remaining flavor, he gags with revulsion. Kramer's tastebuds return just in time for the last peaches; however, Newman has beaten him to it, finishing off the last one. Kramer exacts revenge by siccing a bulldog on him.
In the final scene Elaine visits the messed up hotel suite, Uncle Leo sees her and, confused, states that he was expecting an Asian woman ("The Chinese Woman").
- Jerry: (upon examining the candy wrappers found under his couch) Oh, I know the chunky that left these chunkies...NEWMAN!
- George: You know, Jerry, I've been searching for someone a long time. Well, the search is over.
- Jerry: And now the search for the right psychiatrist begins.
- When George whispers to Jerry that he put a discarded pecan in his mouth, Paula isn't seated at the table. In the next shot, she is.
- After Elaine talks to Judy, she is wearing a watch. When she approaches Jerry in the next scene, she isn't wearing her watch.
Notes About Nothing
- When Elaine finds some candy wrappers in Jerry's sofa while looking for the manuscript, Jerry realizes that the wrappers belonged to Newman, as Newman ate the same candy during "The Big Salad".
- Newman's apartment number is accidentally labeled as 5F; his apartment number is 5E.
- Christa Miller, who played Paula, previously appeared as the boss of Sid Farkus in "The Sniffing Accountant".
- The Mackinaw Peach was a fictional variety until 2019.
|Season Six Episodes|
|The Chaperone | The Big Salad | The Pledge Drive | The Chinese Woman | The Couch | The Gymnast | The Soup | The Mom and Pop Store | The Secretary | The Race | The Switch | The Label Maker | The Scofflaw | The Highlights of 100, Part 1 | The Highlights of 100, Part 2 | The Beard | The Kiss Hello | The Doorman | The Jimmy | The Doodle | The Fusilli Jerry | The Diplomat's Club | The Face Painter | The Understudy|