"The Pool Guy" is the eighth episode of Season Seven, and the 118th episode overall. This episode first aired on November 16, 1995. It was written by David Mandel and was directed by Andy Ackerman.


Elaine befriends Susan, much to George's chagrin. Jerry meets his pool guy Ramon (Carlos Jacott) outside a movie, and then he can't get rid of him. Later, while swimming at Physique, his health club, an irritated Jerry pulls Ramon into a pool. Unaware anyone is in his way, Newman dives into the pool, injuring and knocking Ramon out. Both Newman and Jerry get their memberships revoked from the club because neither of them bothered to revive Ramon.

George is worried by Elaine wanting to get to know Susan ("The two worlds collide!"). Kramer's new phone number (555-FILK) is similar to a film information line (555-FILM). That film information line is Moviefone. When Kramer keeps receiving calls meant for the other number, he begins giving out the information for movie show times posing as the Moviefone man. George then goes to meet Jerry at Monk's, but when Jerry arrives he sits down with Susan, Kramer and Elaine at a separate table. When George arrives, it proves the "worlds are colliding" phrase. Susan, Elaine and Jerry then go to a movie, and George arrives to look for them, using Kramer's information. He hung up the phone before Kramer could tell him that the movie is playing at two theaters; he shows up at the wrong theater and starts yelling for them.

At the end of the episode, George is pulled out by security and Kramer is busted by the real Moviefone man.

Notes About Nothing

  • The episode won for Best Episodic Comedy at Writers Guild of America Awards 1996.
  • The end credit states "In Memory of our Friend Rick Bolden". Rick Bolden was one of the musicians who worked on the show's theme song.
  • Playwright/performing artist Danny Hoch was originally cast as the Pool Guy in this episode. According to Hoch he objected to what he felt was ethnic stereotyping in the way his character was written: a stereotype of a "crazy Hispanic named Ramon." After Hoch unsuccessfully tried to have the character changed, he said that Jason Alexander and Julia Louis-Dreyfus were supportive of him, while Michael Richards told him he would be fired if he didn't play the role as written. Hoch then returned to his hotel room, and shortly afterwards received a phone call telling him he was being replaced and he should fly home as soon as possible. He told this story on a 2005 television documentary Race Is the Place and in his one-man show Jails, Hospitals & Hip Hop.
  • The real Moviefone man, Russ Leatherman, is not the gentleman who knocks on Kramer's door during the closing credits. However, it is Russ that you hear in the voice-over. He says, “Hello and welcome to your worst nightmare. I know you’re in there. Cosmo Kramer, Apartment 5B, you’re in big trouble NOW. You’ve been stealing my business. If you would like to do this the easy way, open the door NOW, or please select the number of seconds you’d like to wait before I break this door down. Please select NOW.”
  • "Two world collide" is a frequently used phrase in movie advertisement.
  • Behind Kramer, in his apartment, several of his pasta sculptures ("The Fusilli Jerry") can be seen.
Season Seven Episodes
The Engagement | The Postponement | The Maestro | The Wink | The Hot Tub | The Soup Nazi | The Secret Code | The Pool Guy | The Sponge | The Gum | The Rye | The Caddy | The Seven | The Cadillac, Part 1 | The Cadillac, Part 2 | The Shower Head | The Doll | The Friar's Club | The Wig Master | The Calzone | The Bottle Deposit | The Wait Out | The Invitations