“The Jimmy” is the 105th episode of Seinfeld (and its title character); it was the 19th episode of Season Six. It aired on March 16, 1995. It was written by Gregg Kavet and Andy Robin and was directed by Andy Ackerman.
Jerry, George and Kramer are playing a game of basketball with Jimmy, a man who always refers to himself in the third person. Jimmy is wearing special training shoes which supposedly improve vertical leap, and George wants a pair. George says he shouldn't have exercised because, even though he took a shower, "it wouldn't take"—he's a "human heat pump" and will be sweating later at an important meeting. Jerry and Kramer are scheduled to see Dr. Tim Whatley, a dentist ("The Mom and Pop Store").
At the New York Yankees meeting, Mr. Wilhelm informs there have been a series of escalating burglaries, and he thinks it's an "inside job." George is sweating heavily. While Jerry waits to see Tim Whatley he notices there are Penthouse magazines in the waiting room.
Back at the apartment, Elaine has tickets to a benefit for the Able Mentally Challenged Adults (AMCA) featuring Mel Tormé, "the Velvet Fog". Elaine also says she wants to meet a handsome blonde guy from the health club, but Jerry and George claim to have no idea who she is talking about because they "can't find beauty in a man." Jerry is disgusted about the magazines he found in Whatley's dental office, although he did take a peek. Kramer, on the other hand, can't wait for his appointment. George says he and Jimmy will make good money by selling the special shoes. Kramer tastes some Kung Pao and finds it too spicy.
At the health club Elaine tries to get the attention of the blonde man but ends up talking with Jimmy, mistaking his own declarations of interest in her for that of the blonde man because of Jimmy's peculiar way of talking about himself in the third person. Elaine thus agrees to a date with Jimmy.
Kramer visits Tim Whatley's office. Later at the health club, because of the novocaine, Kramer is drooling water all over the floor and speaking awkwardly. Kramer tells Jerry that Whatley has a new "adults-only policy" for his office. Then, because of the water, Jimmy slips while demonstrating some "new moves"—"Jimmy's down!"—and severely injures his leg—"Jimmy's got a compound fracture!"—and promises revenge—"Jimmy's gonna get you, Kramer! Jimmy holds grudges!" On the street, Kramer is still wearing the silly-looking training shoes and, still suffering from the effects of the novocaine, is mistaken for an "Able Mentally Challenged Adult". Kramer shares a taxicab with Arnold Deensfrei, the organizer of AMCA, who mistakes his novocaine-induced condition for that of an able mentally challenged adult and invites him to the event.
Without Jimmy, George fails to demonstrate the value of the training shoes to people at Foot Locker. At the apartment, Kramer says he is invited to the benefit as the guest of honor; Jerry and Elaine realize the confusion because of the novocaine and the shoes.
At a second appointment with Tim Whatley, Jerry is put to sleep with nitrous oxide. Jerry notices that his regular assistant Jennifer has been replaced by Cheryl; Tim, with a knowing grin, tells Jerry she's at Dr. Sussman's office because "we find it fun to swap now and then." George eats Kung Pao at work and is again sweating when individually questioned by Mr. Wilhelm about the stolen goods - who has walked in while George is on the phone with Sports Wholesalers talking about lots of shoes..."beautiful athletic gear." Wilhelm accused George of being a terrible liar. George starts talking in the third person: "George likes his chicken spicy." When Jerry wakes up he has blurred vision but sees Whatley and his nurse dressing up. At Monk's Jerry discusses with Elaine that he may have been violated while asleep. Elaine says she has a date with Jimmy; after Jerry's description of his way of talking she realizes she is going with the wrong guy. George enters, talking again in the third person saying he must answer before Steinbrenner for the stolen equipment.
Elaine meets Jimmy again at the health club. She learns that Hank, the man she liked, is gay, begins to find Jimmy's manner of speech interesting, and decides to remain with him, declaring that she once tried to "convert" a gay man ("The Beard") but will not try that again. At the benefit, Kramer is no longer under the effect of drugs. However, Jimmy arrives and starts fighting with him; Kramer's lip becomes swollen and he once again looks and speaks as if he is mentally challenged. While facing Steinbrenner George starts talking in the third person; this confuses Steinbrenner, who ends up blathering about his lunch. At the benefit, Mel Tormé dedicates the old standby song, “When You're Smiling”, to Kramer.
In the last scene Kramer and Jerry walk down the street. Kramer buys a candy bar for Jerry and a Penthouse for himself. Jerry stays in shock when Kramer starts reading a "true story" in the magazine about a doctor who had fun with his sedated patient.
- Jerry: Is this guy a dentist...or Caligula?
- Elaine: Okay, so you were violated by two people while you were under the gas. So what? You're single.
- Jerry: But I'm damaged goods now.
- Elaine: Join the club.
- Elaine: I'm gonna go see Mel Tormé with him?
- Jerry: Jimmy's gonna put the moves on Elaine.
- Jerry: I don't know how you can eat that spicy chicken.
- George: George likes spicy chicken.
- Jerry: What's that?
- George: I like spicy chicken.
- Jerry: No, no, you said, "GEORGE likes spicy chicken."
- George: No, I didn't!
- Elaine: Yes, you did. You said, "George likes spicy chicken."
- Jerry: You're turning into Jimmy!
- George: (irritated) George is getting upset!!
- George: You wanted to see me, Mr. Steinbrenner?
- Mr. Steinbrenner: Yes, George, come in, come in. You know, George, I've been your biggest supporter around here and that's why I was so disappointed to hear that you've been pilfering the equipment.
- George: George would never do anything like that.
- Mr. Steinbrenner: No, why would I? I own it.
- George: Right.
- Mr. Steinbrenner: So what are you saying?
- George: Why would George steal from the Yankees?
- Mr. Steinbrenner: He wouldn't.
- George: Of course not.
- Mr. Steinbrenner: Exactly.
(George gestures: so there you are.)
- Mr. Steinbrenner: (mumbles to himself) I really don't know what the heck's going on here.
- George: Sir?
- Mr. Steinbrenner: Nothing.
- George: Well, I say it's about time for George's lunch!
- Mr. Steinbrenner: Yes, it is. (picks up brown bag) All right, let's see what I have today. Darn it, it's ham and cheese again - and she forgot the fancy mustard. I told her I like that fancy mustard, you know you could put that fancy mustard on a shoe and it would taste pretty good to me. Oh, she made up for it with a cupcake, though. Hey, look at this, you know I got a new system for eating these things, George. I used to peel off the chocolate. Now I turn it upside down, I eat the cake first and save the frosting for the end. It's almost a dessert dessert.
Notes About Nothing
- George's line, "George is getting upset!!", would be said again by George in the 7th-season episode, "The Pool Guy". He would also continue to refer to himself in the third person in the following episodes: "The Sponge," "The Foundation," "The Junk Mail," "The Cartoon," and "The Maid."
- The Jimmy was played by Anthony Starke.
- Penthouse magazine is also referenced in "The Dinner Party," "The Tape."