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"The Busboy"
The Busboy
Season 2
Episode 17
Air Date June 26, 1991
Writer(s) Larry David
Jerry Seinfeld
Director Tom Cherones
The Chinese Restaurant · The Note

“The Busboy” was the seventeenth episode of Seinfeld to air, despite being the eighth produced. The episode was the 12th and final episode of the show's second season. It aired on June 26, 1991.

It was directed by Tom Cherones and written by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld.


Jerry, George, and Elaine are at dinner when a menu on an adjacent table catches on fire. George puts it out and explains to the manager that the busboy (David Labiosa) left the menu too close to a candle (although, in explaining the situation, he is hoping to get some free dessert as he is rather displeased with his pesto pasta) and Elaine jokingly declares she is never eating there again. The busboy is subsequently fired, upsetting Elaine and George. George and Kramer later go to his apartment to apologize, only to accidentally let his cat out of the apartment. A few days later, the busboy comes to see George, and tells him that there was an explosion at the restaurant, killing five employees, including the busboy hired to replace him. He thanks George for saving his life. Meanwhile, Elaine faces having her boyfriend (Doug Ballard) live with her for a week. Then, she tries to get him onto a plane back to Seattle, only to encounter a five-car pileup on Rockaway Blvd. With her boyfriend still with her, he gets into a fight down the hallway with the busboy, resulting in injuries on both ends.

Notability of the episode

  • This episode was noted by the supporting cast in an interview used for a DVD set as the first sign that Jerry would be a generous writer, being very good about including his co-stars into story lines. In fact, Jerry doesn't even have a storyline. The episode is the first to show George and Kramer alone together.
  • Though considered a classic "Elaine" episode, actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus has said that she dislikes the way her acting was in the episode, noting that the "deadpan stare" in the Rockaway Boulevard Shortcut scene was a bad choice.
  • This episode was also noted by co-creator Larry David as a major turning point for the series. He stated that the literal intersection of the two major storylines at the end of the episode (the fight between Elaine's boyfriend and the busboy George got fired) was something he had not thought to do previously and became enamored with as a result of.
Season Two Episodes
The Ex-Girlfriend | The Pony Remark | The Jacket | The Phone Message | The Apartment | The Statue | The Revenge | The Heart Attack | The Deal | The Baby Shower | The Chinese Restaurant | The Busboy

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