The Doll (Seinfeld)


The Doll (Seinfeld)

Infobox Television episode
Title = The Doll
Series = Seinfeld


Caption = The doll resembling Estelle Costanza.
Season = 7
Episode = 127
Airdate = February 22, 1996
Production =
Writer = Tom Gammill & Max Pross
Director = Andy Ackerman
Guests = Kathy Griffin & Mark Metcalf
Episode list = List of "Seinfeld" episodes
Season list = Infobox Seinfeld season 7 episode list
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"The Doll" is the 127th episode of NBC sitcom "Seinfeld". This was the 17th episode for the 7th season. It aired on February 22, 1996.

Plot

While performing in Memphis, Jerry meets Susan's old roommate, Sally Weaver (played by Kathy Griffin), who gives him a package that she wants him to deliver to the soon-to-be-married George and Susan, telling him to be careful with it. While on the plane, Jerry, because he has to be careful with the package, is forced to put his own bag in the overhead compartment and, in the process, a bottle of barbecue sauce in his bag is broken. Upon his arrival in New York, Jerry reveals to his friends that the bottle was decorated with a picture of a man who looked like Charles Grodin, on whose television show he would be appearing, and that he had planned to present Grodin with the bottle on the show. He also gives George the "delicate" package, which turns out to be a welcome mat. Meanwhile, Frank Costanza turns George's old bedroom into a billiard room and Kramer challenges him to a game of billiards, only to discover that the space is a bit tight. Frank later invites the Maestro to get a picture of a man who might be his cousin in Tuscany. Once there he plays with them and shows them an old conductor's trick: he takes off his pants when he sits down so he doesn't put a crease in the pants during his performance. After he leaves for the bathroom, he leaves his conductor's baton which Kramer then uses as a pool stick to win the game. At the Costanza/Ross residence, Susan unpacks her doll collection, including one that looks exactly like George's mother. While Susan denies the resemblance, George struggles with the image of his mother and eventually begins to imagine it talking to him. Sally is coming to New York, so Jerry asks her to bring him a bottle of the barbecue sauce to replace the one that was broken. When she arrives, however, she brings him a case of a different barbecue sauce, claiming that this sauce is much better, leaving Jerry with nothing still to present on his appearance on Grodin's show.

Also, Elaine returns from Tuscany with "the Maestro", trying to replace an autographed picture of "the other guy," his favorite of the Three Tenors, that was damaged while they were in Tuscany. She discovers that he will be appearing on "The Charles Grodin Show" and decides to accompany Jerry to the show. She gets his autograph but must lug that and an Oro-Dent electric toothbrush put in a large box given to her by Jerry across town. She gets battered and coffee spilled on her but she makes it and gives the Maestro the poster. He loves it and wants to meet her after his performance, but after he leaves Elaine picks up the Oro-Dent box, knocking over a wine bottle and ruining the autograph yet again. Then at the Maestro's concert, his performance is ruined because his conductor's baton is broken in two after Kramer used it to play pool. So now the orchestra doesn't know what to play and his career is ruined. Meanwhile in the dressing room, with nothing to say on the show, Jerry has an idea: have George bring a picture of Estelle, along with the doll. Unfortunately, the only person at home when he calls is Sally, who is visiting Susan in New York. She agrees to bring the doll, but arrives shortly thereafter with the wrong doll, saying it is much funnier. The Third Tenor meanwhile wipes off his mouth of spaghetti sauce with Jerry's pants after he took then off doing the trick he learned from Kramer. Jerry receives his cue to go on stage, with no material and no pants. Later, Frank stops by George's place to show him a picture of a man in Tuscany he believes to be his cousin. When Frank sees the doll, he begins to hear his wife's voice and goes crazy, beheading the doll and leaving George saying, "I told you it looked like her."

Trivia

* The working title for this episode was "The Doormat." Originally, the doormat that George receives from Sally was to play a larger part in this episode's plot, but as the script was rewritten, the focus changed to Susan's doll collection, and the episode was renamed accordingly.
* The classical piece that is played during the no-pants-billards scene is Piano Concerto No. 1 (Tchaikovsky)
* Events on the set of this episode led to stories in Kathy Griffin's stand-up routine about Jerry Seinfeld being hard to work with. This conflict led to Sally Weaver's second appearance on "Seinfeld," "The Cartoon," in which Jerry learns that Sally has become a comedian whose act is based around defaming him.
* Frank Costanza's supposed Italian cousin Carlo is seen sweeping the sidewalk outside a store emblazoned with the sign "Costanza Import/Export." George's favorite alias, Art Vandelay, was described as an importer/exporter in "The Stakeout" and "The Cadillac, Part 1".
* When Frank and Kramer are playing billiards, the line spoken by Kramer "I got a hunch, fat man, I can't miss" is from the 1961 film The Hustler, starring Paul Newman.
* "The Doll" is also the name of the 17th episode of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" starring Larry David, the co-creator of Seinfeld.


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