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"The English Patient"
Season 8
Episode 151
Air Date March 13, 1997
Writer(s) Steve Koren
Director Andy Ackerman
The Pothole · The Nap
“The English Patient” is the 17th episode for the eighth season of Seinfeld. It was the 151st episode overall, and it aired on March 13, 1997.


A beautiful woman, Danielle (Chelsea Noble), mistakes George for her boyfriend Neil, a man who she claims looks just like him. This intrigues George; he wants to meet Neil. Jerry is going to Florida to help his parents move. Kramer asks him to pick up some "Cubans" for him and gives him a pale blue T-shirt that says "#1 Dad."

Elaine and her boyfriend see The English Patient; she hates it, and her boyfriend breaks up with her as a result. Morty finds the "#1 Dad" T-shirt and is very flattered by the "gesture" (going as far as saying that it is the nicest thing Jerry has ever done for him, much to Jerry's dismay, since he has bought him a Cadillac twice) and proudly wears his new shirt despite its small size. At his parents' exercise room, Jerry meets Izzy Mandelbaum (Lloyd Bridges), an 80-year-old man who cannot stand to lose. Izzy promptly challenges Jerry to a weightlifting competition ("It's go time!"), but throws his back out again and again. Kramer's Cubans arrive, but they are people, not cigars. George is obsessed with Neil to the point where he is missing out on Danielle. Jerry is back in New York, where Izzy Mandelbaum has returned to see a back specialist. It turns out that Kramer's Cubans are really Dominicans that are trying to pass off as Cuban cigar rollers; it fails spectacularly.

Elaine's dislike for The English Patient alienates her from everyone. Not wishing to upset J. Peterman, she claims to have never seen the film. Her plan backfires, however, when he immediately takes steps to correct the situation by dropping everything and taking Elaine to see it. Kramer fears that his unemployed Dominicans, whom he educated about communism, are planning to revolt. Jerry meets the rest of the Mandelbaums, all of whom are fiercely competitive and old. Izzy's son and father also injure their backs. Jerry finds work for Kramer's "Cubans" at Izzy's "Magic Pan" restaurant, rolling crêpes. Elaine is eventually forced to reveal her dislike of the movie to Peterman, and in turn, is punished with a trip to Tunisia (the filming location of The English Patient), where she must live in a cave to save her job.

The "Cubans" roll the crêpes too tightly, causing the filling to spray out and burn customers. George finally meets Neil in a hospital, after Neil was burned by a crêpe; Danielle chooses Neil over George, but George gets the last laugh by pulling out his intravenous cord. Elaine's plane to Tunisia is about to play the movie Sack Lunch, but is hijacked by the angry Dominicans, who are all wearing pale blue "#1 Dad" T-shirts. They demand the movie be turned off, much to Elaine's chagrin.

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