- The Statue
Infobox Television episode
Title = The Statue
Series = Seinfeld
Caption = George and Kramer fight over the statue.
Season = 2
Episode = 11
April 11, 1991
Episode list = List of "Seinfeld" episodes
Season list = Infobox Seinfeld season 2 episode list
"The Statue" is the eleventh episode of "
Seinfeld". The episode was the sixth episode for the show's second season. It aired on April 11, 1991.
Jerry receives some old possessions of his grandfather. Among them are a hat that reminds Kramer of
Joe Fridayof "Dragnet", so he takes it. The next object Kramer takes out of the box is a statue that looks just like one George's family had, until George broke it. Jerry promises that George can have it, but leaves it in his apartment for a few days. Jerry later has his apartment cleaned by the boyfriend ("Ray") of Elaine's client ("Rava") and is very impressed by the quality of the cleaning.
Jerry and Elaine go to Ray's apartment, where Jerry sees the statue. He calls Kramer to see whether or not it is missing from his apartment. It is, and the group believes that Ray stole it. Kramer urges Jerry to do something about it, but Elaine argues against this, afraid that Rava will no longer let her edit her book. Elaine and Rava do get into an argument, which results in her being removed from editing Rava's book.
Kramer chooses to go to Ray's apartment, dressed as Joe Friday, and pretends to be, as he said, "a cop, a good cop, a DAMN GOOD COP!!" Ray falls for it, and Kramer retrieves the statue from the apartment. Kramer returns the statue to a grateful George, but George winds up dropping it when Kramer gives him a friendly slap on the back.
In an interview used for the Season 1&2 DVD set,
Michael Richardsstated that episode was the one that truly defined the Kramer character.
Up until this point (production order), Kramer has been depicted as dumb and behind the group. This is the episode which changes Kramer completely by bringing the more bizarre side and also playing in disguise so Michael Richards go up to Larry David, Larry Charles and Jerry Seinfeld and say "We should keep going that way. It's bringing me out." After this episode, he plays more smart and over the top wacky neighbour which works well along the rest of the cast.
Julia mentions "There's Ray. Late as usual." as one of the early catch phrases.
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