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"The Heart Attack"
Heart Attack
Season 2
Episode 13
Air Date April 25, 1991
Writer(s) Larry Charles
Director Tom Cherones
The Revenge · The Deal

"The Heart Attack" is the eighth episode of Season Two, and it first aired on April 25, 1991.

Plot

After watching a science-fiction B movie, Jerry goes to bed, but wakes up in the middle of the night laughing and writing down a joke for his stand-up comedy act. The following day he is unable to read what he wrote down. When he is having lunch with George and Elaine, George thinks he is having a heart attack and is transported to a hospital. Once he's there it is discovered that he actually needs a tonsillectomy. Kramer recommends a holistic healer as a better and less expensive alternative. Jerry warns George that the healer Kramer is recommending had spent time in prison, but because of the large difference in price, George decides to take Kramer's advice.

George, Kramer and Jerry, who is only there for comic material, meet Tor Eckman, the holistic healer. Eckman performs a number of unorthodox methods to determine George's real ailment, which he concludes has nothing to do with his tonsils, but with his "imbalance with nature". He then concocts a tea containing "cramp bark," "cleavers," and "couch grass" that would remove his ailment, also prescribing that George is to stop using hot water entirely. Upon drinking the tea, George becomes purple and has to be transported to the hospital again. On their way, the EMT and the driver get into an altercation over a missing Chuckle. Later, George and Jerry are found in the hospital in neck braces. George indicates that he had the tonsillectomy, and Elaine is in the hospital only briefly to give George some ice cream. The hospital television shows the science fiction movie again, and Jerry remembers that what he wrote down was a line from the movie, but as he realizes this, he notes "that's not funny."

Quotes

Jerry: It's routine surgery.
Kramer: Oh, yeah? My friend, Bob Sacamono, he came in here for a hernia operation! Oh, yeah, routine surgery, now he's sitting around in a chair by a window going, "My name is Bob!" George, whatever you do, don't let 'em cut you! Don't let 'em cut you!
George: Well, what should I do, Kramer?
Jerry: Well, for one thing, don't listen to him.

Notes About Nothing

  • Jerry offers to get George a Superman comic to read while he's in the hospital believing he's had a heart attack.
  • This episode contains the first (?) reference to Kramer's never-seen friend Bob Sacamano.
  • Jerry mentions George watched a special on heart attacks broadcasted on PBS.
  • The Nurse says, "Salami, Salami, Baloney," a reference to a line in a banned Popeye cartoon (Pop-Pie A La Mode, 1945).

Guest Stars

  • Larry David, series co-creator as the uncredited B-movie actor screaming "Flaming globes of Sigmund".
  • Stephen Tobolowsky as 'Tor Eckman', holistic healer
  • John Posey as 'Dr. Fein', George's Doctor & Elaine's Love Interest
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

Un-Produced:
The Bet

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