"The Parking Garage" is the sixth episode of Season Three, the 23rd overall. It originally aired on October 30, 1991. It was written by Larry David and directed by Tom Cherones.


Kramer purchases an air conditioner at a shopping mall. Unfortunately, no one can remember where the car was parked. After carrying the air conditioner for some time, Kramer decides to leave it behind one of the parked cars and tries to memorize the number of the parking space. Elaine fears that her new goldfish will die in the airtight bag before they can arrive home, while George must meet his parents by 6:15 to take them out to celebrate their anniversary. Also, Jerry has to urinate real bad.

While the gang searches for the car, Elaine desperately begs people in the parking garage to offer them a ride around the building to find their car, but no one is willing to help or has any sympathy for the goldfish. As for Jerry, he is eager to urinate, with Kramer encouraging him to do so in a dark corner without being seen. After Jerry does so, he is spotted by a security guard and is held in the security guard's booth. Jerry tries to talk his way out of a ticket by making up a story about the fictional disease uromisitisis, but the officer is not unconvinced. Later, George is also caught by the security guard in the act of urinating. Jerry and George are both fined and released.

After finding Elaine, Jerry convinces George to ask an attractive woman, whom they saw earlier in the episode, to offer them a lift around the garage. After the woman accepts without hesitation, the trio hop into the woman's car and drive off, but they are kicked out only moments later after George says something to the woman that makes her explode in anger (the viewer is not told exactly what George said to the woman, but it involved L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology). By sheer luck, they are dropped off right by Kramer's car. However, Kramer has the keys and is still lost somewhere in the garage. Hours pass by as George, Jerry, and Elaine wait. Finally, Kramer shows up, having gone on his own hunt for the air conditioner after forgetting where he had left it. Elaine's goldfish has not survived and George is well past the deadline to meet his parents. To make matters worse, the engine fails to start.

Notes About Nothing

  • Custom parking garage sets were made for this episode.
  • "Uromisitisis Poisoning" is not, in fact, a real medical complaint.
  • The producers maintain that no goldfish were harmed in the making of this episode.
  • You can see Michael Richards actually hit his head on the air conditioning box as he puts it into the car trunk. In the last few shots of the episode he has a noticeable fat lip.
    • The accident might not have been so bad had Richards not insisted the prop air conditioning box be filled to the correct weight.
  • Larry Charles, a writer for Seinfeld, has a cameo in this episode. He is the man with the long beard that Elaine asks for help, who just keeps on walking.
  • The car was supposed to start at the end of the episode but did not and you can notice George start to laugh as Kramer tries to start the car.
  • David Dunard as the parking garage guard reappears in “The Finale”. He also plays a different role in Season Nine'sThe Apology”.
  • The exterior shots of the parking garage in this episode is Newport Centre Mall in Jersey City, New Jersey. The inside of the mall is never seen.
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