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"The Parking Garage"
Seinfeld
Season 3
Episode 23
Air Date October 30, 1991
Writer(s) Larry David
Director Tom Cherones
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"The Parking Garage" is the fifth episode of Season Three, the 23rd overall. It originally aired on October 30, 1991.

It was written by Larry David, and was directed by Tom Cherones.

Plot

Kramer purchases an air conditioner at a shopping mall. Unfortunately, no one can remember where the car was parked. After carrying the air conditioner for some time, Kramer decides to leave it behind one of the parked cars and tries to memorize the number of the parking space. Elaine fears that her new goldfish will die in the airtight bag before they can arrive home, while George must meet his parents by 6:15 to take them out to celebrate their anniversary. Also, Jerry has to go to the bathroom badly.

While the gang searches for the car, Elaine desperately begs people in the parking garage to offer them a ride around the building to find their car, but no one is willing to help or has any sympathy for the goldfish. As for Jerry, he is eager to urinate. Kramer encourages Jerry to do it in some dark corner where no one can see him. After Jerry does so, he is spotted by a security guard and is held in the security guard's booth. Jerry tries to talk his way out of trouble by making up a story about the fictional disease of uromisitisis, but the officer is not convinced. Later, George is also caught by the security guard in the act of urinating. Both Jerry and George are fined and released.

After the two find Elaine, Jerry convinces George to ask an attractive woman, whom they saw earlier in the episode, to offer them a lift around the garage. After the woman accepts without hesitation, the gang all enter into the woman's car and drive off, but moments later, the woman kicks them out after George said something to the woman that makes her explode in anger (the viewer is not told exactly what George said to the woman, but it involves L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology). Then by luck, the gang is dropped off right by Kramer's car but unfortunately, Kramer, who has the car keys, is still lost somewhere in the garage. Hours pass by as George, Jerry and Elaine wait. Finally, Kramer shows up, having gone on his own hunt for the air conditioner. Elaine's goldfish have not survived and George is well past the deadline to meet his parents. As they all enter the car, the engine fails to start.

Notes About Nothing

  • Custom parking garage sets were made for this episode.
  • "Uromisitisis Poisoning" is not, in fact, a real medical complaint.
  • The producers maintain that no goldfish were harmed in the making of this episode.
  • You can see Michael Richards really hit his head on the air conditioning box as he puts it into the car trunk. In the last few shots of the episode he's got a noticeable fat lip.
    • The accident might not have been so bad had Michael not insisted the prop air conditioning box be filled to the correct weight.
  • Larry Charles, a writer for Seinfeld, has a cameo in this episode. He is the man with the long beard that Elaine asks for help, who just keeps on walking.
  • The car was supposed to start at the end of the episode but did not and you can notice George start to laugh as Kramer tries to start the car.
  • David Dunard as the parking garage guard reappears in “The Finale”. He also plays a different role in Season Nine’sThe Apology”.

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