Despite being a sitcom that claims to be all about nothing, there are a ton of hilarious (and bizarre) situations where Jerry and his friends find themselves in the middle of things throughout. Seinfeld. Throughout its 180-episode run, Jerry, Elaine, George, and Kramer somehow charmed audiences everywhere despite being horrible people at times.
While there are a ton of basic running gags that almost everyone knows about, there are a small handful that are just diehard Seinfeld fans will recognize because of their subtlety. Here are some of the more notable jokes that appear in more than one episode throughout Seinfeld.
8 Kramer’s friend Bob Sacamano
Between all the crazy antics Kramer finds himself in, it can be easy to lose sight of all the little details. Kramer, being the social butterfly that he is, always manages to have a friend he knows personally who has a story that, in some weird way, connects to any topic of conversation.
However, viewers might not have noticed the small detail that most goofy stories come from the same friend: Bob Sacamano. Kramer’s friend Bob is mentioned several times throughout the series and even had a short run-in with Jerry when Kramer and Jerry moved apartments; however, Bob remains elusive and mysterious as he has forever remained an unseen character throughout the series.
seven False identities
Almost all of the group’s problems would be easily solved if they had simply told the truth about their situation instead of planning a convoluted big lie. But where would the fun be in that?
One of the more subtle little jokes the show continued was the fake group identities they would take out when needed; in particular, George and Kramer’s alter ego architect, Art Vandelay, and dermatologist, physician and professor, Van Nostrand.
While Kramer turned to his identity as Van Nostrand (sometimes just using the surname Nostrand) when he was drawn into an elaborate scheme by the others, George was a bit more calculated with his alter ego. George primarily used his Art Vandelay (from Vandelay Industries) to fulfill his lifelong dream of being an architect.
6 George speaking in the third person
In one particular episode, the group befriends a man named Jimmy who had a peculiar way of speaking as he always referred to himself in the third person. While Jerry was a little put off by the idea, George admired Jimmy and his athletic skills and eventually warmed to the speech pattern and adapted it himself.
George referring to himself in the third person seemed like a fun joke for the episode, but surprisingly he continued to pop up occasionally in later episodes. In particular, George would interrupt third-person speech when he felt angry and do “George gets pissed!” a staple Seinfeld same.
5 Jerry doesn’t want to be a pirate
The puffy shirt is one of the most iconic references (and episodes) in the entire show, but many fans might not be familiar with the running little joke about Jerry and that particular line. While many fans know Jerry’s hilarity “I don’t want to be a pirate!” line, he uses a similar plaintive tone/delivery to exclaim the same thing about not wanting to be a cowboy (when forced to wear his only pair of shoes which happened to be a pair of cowboy boots -boy), Switzerland (when forced to be the neutral ground for Kramer and Newman’s game of Risk), and a size 32 (when caught lying about his pants size).
Who knew there were so many things that Jerry was so upset to identify with.
4 George’s love for velvet
There were a few instances where George had mentioned his love for velvet; one of which is him declaring that he wishes to drape himself in the beloved cloth if society would allow it. Not only does George finally allow himself to finally live out his dream and wear an all-velvet tracksuit in one episode, but he’s also going one step further.
In one episode, George dates a woman named Bonnie who shares a beautiful apartment with a man named Scott who looks a lot like George himself. Although George is excited that Scott is finally moving out and leaving Bonnie and her coveted velvet sofa behind, he eventually finds out that, unfortunately, the soft velvet sofa was Scott’s property all along.
3 “Who is this?”
Strange as it may seem, there have been more than a handful of times George has found himself in a sticky situation, reaching out to Jerry for help during a desperate call on the phone. Jerry, being the comedian he is, can’t just help George or ask for more details about his situation in a genuine attempt to be a helpful friend; he has to play with him first, of course. Thus, the “who is it” running gag was born.
Whenever frantic George is on the line, quickly explaining what’s going on and what he needs from Jerry, he instead encounters a very sarcastic Jerry. Jerry isn’t that bad, he ends up trying to help George in the end!
2 Jerry being a Germaphobe / Clean Freak
It’s well known that Jerry is a picky dater and always manages to find a reason (or rather an excuse) to call things off and inevitably re-enter the dating scene to search for his next flame. However, one of the most consistent excuses Jerry uses for breaking up with a woman is his strong sense of cleanliness.
Jerry’s finicky attitude is at his strongest when it comes to hygiene and broke up with his girlfriend Jenna over the toothbrush and toilet incident and eventually called things off with his girlfriend, Audrey , because he refused to try Poppie’s pizza after overhearing Poppie leaving. in the toilet without washing their hands. While both are reasonable things to push back, Jerry could have easily remedied them once again by telling the truth instead of keeping his disgust a secret instead!
1 The many cinematic references of the series
For all Seinfeld fans who weren’t movie buffs back in the 70s-90s era, this little detail can pass quite easily. Seinfeld repeatedly paid tribute to tons of popular movies at his time; often playing full scenes, mimicking the atmosphere, framing, lighting, and sometimes even the script.
Some of the most notable films the series has paid homage to are The Godfather, The Fugitive, JFK, Marathon Man, In The Line Of Fireand of course Primary instinct which featured Newman actor Wayne Knight in the movie!
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