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The Hot Tub 

Wilhelm thinks George is cracking under the pressure of working in the big leagues. So he has George entertain a group of visiting baseball officials from the Houston Astros, who are in New... See full summary »


Andy Ackerman


Larry David (created by), Jerry Seinfeld (created by) | 7 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Jerry Seinfeld ... Jerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Elaine Benes
Michael Richards ... Cosmo Kramer
Jason Alexander ... George Costanza
Richard Herd ... Wilhelm
Jeremiah Birkett ... Jean-Paul
Leon Russom ... Clayton
Ernie Lively ... Zeke
Charles Cyphers ... Gardner
Kate Mulligan ... Sheri
Susan Isaacs ... Woman
Thom Barry ... Manager
Jeffrey Kurt Miller Jeffrey Kurt Miller ... Event Guard (as Jeff Miller)


Wilhelm thinks George is cracking under the pressure of working in the big leagues. So he has George entertain a group of visiting baseball officials from the Houston Astros, who are in New York to discuss inter-league play. George picks up a bad habit from them, who call everyone either a "bastard" or a "son of a bitch". Kramer buys a hot tub from his friend Lomez and installs it in his apartment. At the same time, Elaine is having a marathon runner from Trinidad And Tobago named Jean Paul Jean Paul stay with her as a house guest. Jean Paul was in the Olympics and became famous for having over slept and missed the entire race. She tells Jerry about it, and Jerry meets Jean Paul. Jean Paul reveals that there were separate knobs for the volume and the radio volume. Elaine also gets a severe case of writer's block when Peterman asks Elaine to come up with an idea for the Himalayan Walking Shoes. The previous night, Kramer runs the heat pump too hot and it blows out, reducing his body ... Written by halo1k

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19 October 1995 (USA) See more »

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George (Jason Alexander) goes to meet the reps from Houston to discuss the possibility of inter-league play. The first inter-league game wasn't played until 1997. See more »


A hot tub runs on 220 but yet Kramer plugs it into a standard outlet. See more »


Elaine Benes: [Thinking to herself while she can hear Jerry saying, "He's depending on you" and Jean-Paul saying, "She is my friend"] Ohhh, I'm exhausted. I've been on this street a thousand times! It's never looked so strange! The faces... so cold! In the distance, a child is crying. Fatherless... a bastard child, perhaps. My back aches... my heart aches... but my feet
[stops to look at her feet]
Elaine Benes: ... my feet are resilient!
[a big smile grows in her face, as she thinks... ]
Elaine Benes: Thank God I took off my heels, and ...
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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 3 November 2017 (2017) See more »


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"All right, adult contemporary!"
8 August 2016 | by juanmaffeoSee all my reviews

Another great filler. By that I mean that it's one of the episodes that doesn't propel the season's arc (George's engagement) and on this particular one Susan doesn't even appear.

The main story here is Jean Paul Jean Paul. Elaine is letting him stay in her apartment but Jerry is concerned that Jean Paul might oversleep again under Elaine's hospitality. This is kind of a throwback to Elaine storyline with the wake up guy because they do hire one on this episode for Jean Paul. Jerry and Elaine are particular great on this episode, Jerry giving one of his best performances of the season and Elaine getting one of her first assignments as a J. Peterman Catalogue writer. The conclusion of her writer's block is a thing of beauty.

But what I think drags this episode down is the other two stories. Kramer's is the best of the two because it is directly related with Jerry and Jean Paul but nevertheless I have to say I miss the old Kramer. The Kramer that was a eccentric person but with a normal life. On the first five seasons Kramer would never have a story where he would put a hot tub in the middle of his apartment. I'm not saying it isn't funny but it definitely sets him apart from the rest of the gang. And George's story is funny sometimes but it's really dumb. Nothing really happens and George's best moments of the season comes from his arc with Susan and she's not even in this episode.

An entertaining episode nevertheless.

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