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"The Good Samaritan"
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Season 3
Episode 37
Air Date March 4, 1992
Writer(s) Peter Mehlman
Director Jason Alexander
The Limo · The Letter

“The Good Samaritan” is the 19th episode of Season Three, and the 37th overall. It first aired on March 4, 1992.

It was written by Peter Mehlman and was directed by Jason Alexander.

Plot

While driving and talking on his car phone to Elaine, Jerry sees another driver hitting a parked car and driving off. At Elaine's insistence, he follows the car to confront the driver, only to realize that she is an attractive woman, Angela, whom he ends up asking out. He debates whether or not to turn her in. When Jerry learns that the victim of Angela's hit and run is the beautiful woman from across the street, a woman that Jerry has had a crush on for some time, Jerry goes to her apartment to apologize, and to pay for the damages. The woman, Becky Gelke, thanks Jerry, but thinks he was the one who hit her car. Later, Angela threatens Jerry not to tell anyone about her hitting that car.

Kramer begins having seizures whenever he hears Mary Hart's voice. Meanwhile, Elaine and George go on a "double date" with a couple, Robin and Michael, who Elaine is envious of. She pretends to have dated a matador in the past in order to look impressive. In addition, George says "God bless you" when Robin sneezes, pointing out how Michael wasn't going to do it, which greatly angers the husband, who believes that George did so in a smug way to prove that he was "special". George later receives a phone call from Robin, who says she wants to get together with him. George is wary of meeting with her, after Elaine tells him that she might want to have an affair. George meets with her, and they do end up sleeping together. Elaine gets a call from Michael, who asks to speak with Robin. Elaine says she's not there, not knowing that Robin had used Elaine as her excuse for what she was doing. Michael then angrily asks if she's with Elaine's "bald friend" from the other night, to which Elaine denies. Michael then threatens that he will sew George's "ass to his face."

George, frightened of running into the husband, goes with Jerry on a three week comedy tour. Just before they leave, Kramer bursts in, disgusted with Jerry for apparently hitting Becky Gelke's car. Jerry assures Kramer it wasn't him, at which point Kramer reveals that he has a date with Becky, shocking Jerry. When Kramer goes to Becky's house to pick her up, he begins having another seizure, as she is watching Entertainment Tonight with Mary Hart.

Critical Analysis

A blog dedicated to the legality of the issues that arise in Seinfeld episodes, Seinfeld Law, analyzed whether Kramer could sue Entertainment Tonight for causing him to have a seizure.    

The blog also analyzed whether George was guilty of the crime of adultery for having an affair with Robin.    

Notes About Nothing

  • This is the first and only Seinfeld episode directed by Jason Alexander, or any Seinfeld cast member for that matter.
  • Kramer having a seizure when he hears Entertainment Tonight co-host Mary Hart's voice is based on reality. In 1991 an American woman named Dianne Neale suffered from the condition. Her doctors said that the voice triggered abnormal electrical charges in her brain, which caused epileptic attacks.
  • In “The Finale”, the four break the Good Samaritan Law, but this episode is completely unrelated.

Quotes

  • "I am speechless. Speechless! I have no speech!"—George
  • "I am speechless! I am without speech!"—Elaine
  • "You'll pay? I'm there."—George
  • "God Bless you ... I wasn't gonna say anything but then I could see that he wasn't gonna open his mouth."—George
  • "Oh, my God, an affair. It's so adult. It's like with stockings and martinis and William Holden."—George
  • "[Robin] said she was going to be with you. Is she with your bald friend from the other night? He's finished! I'm going to sew his ass to his face! I'm going to twist his neck so hard his lips will be his eyebrows! I'm going to break his joints and reattach them!"—Michael
  • "Now you listen to me, suck face. You tell anybody anything and I will carve my initials in your brain tissue! ... I'll bash your skull into a vegematic like a bad cabbage, and I'll have a party on your head! ... I'll pluck all your body hairs out with my teeth!"—Angela
  • (Jerry sneezes) "Ah, shut up."—George
Season Three Episodes
The Note | The Truth | The Pen | The Dog | The Library | The Parking Garage | The Cafe | The Tape | The Nose Job | The Stranded | The Alternate Side | The Red Dot | The Subway | The Pez Dispenser | The Suicide | The Fix-Up | The Boyfriend, Part 1 | The Boyfriend, Part 2 | The Limo | The Good Samaritan | The Letter | The Parking Space | The Keys
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