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"The Pool Guy"
The pool guy
Season 7
Episode 118
Air Date November 16, 1995
Writer(s) David Mandel
Director Andy Ackerman
The Secret Code · The Sponge

"The Pool Guy" is the eighth episode of Season Seven, and the 118th episode overall. This episode first aired on November 16, 1995.


Elaine befriends Susan, much to George's chagrin. Jerry meets his pool guy outside a movie, and then he can't get rid of him. Later, while swimming at his health club, Physique, Jerry pulls Ramon into a pool. Newman, after a running start, knocks out Ramon with a powerful dive. Both Newman and Jerry get infinite bans from the club because neither of them bothered to revive Ramon.

George is worried by Elaine wanting to get to know Susan ("The two worlds collide!"). Kramer's new phone number (555-FILK) is similar to a film information line (555-FILM). That film information line is Moviefone. When Kramer keeps receiving wrong numbers, he begins giving out the information for movie show times posing as the Moviefone man. George then goes to meet Jerry at the Coffee Shop but when Jerry arrives, he sits down with Susan, Kramer, & Elaine at a separate table. When George arrives, it proves the "worlds are colliding" phrase. Susan, Elaine and Jerry then go to a movie, and George arrives to look for them, using Kramer's information. He hung up the phone before Kramer could tell him that the movie is playing at two theaters; he shows up at the wrong theater and starts yelling for them.

At the end of the episode, George is pulled out by security and Kramer is busted by the real Moviefone man.

Notes About Nothing

  • The episode won for Best Episodic Comedy at Writers Guild of America Awards 1996.
  • Playwright/performing artist Danny Hoch was originally cast as the Pool Guy in this episode. According to Hoch he objected to what he felt was ethnic stereotyping in the way his character was written: a stereotype of a "crazy Hispanic named Ramon." After Hoch unsuccessfully tried to have the character changed, he said that Jason Alexander and Julia Louis-Dreyfus were supportive of him, while Michael Richards told him he would be fired if he didn't play the role as written. Hoch then returned to his hotel room, and shortly afterwards received a phone call telling him he was being replaced and he should fly home as soon as possible. He told this story on a 2005 television documentary Race Is the Place and in his one-man show Jails, Hospitals & Hip Hop.
  • The Moviefone Man, Russ Leatherman, is not the gentleman who knocks on Kramer’s door during the closing credits. However, it is Russ that you hear in the voice-over. He says, “Hello and welcome to your worst nightmare. I know you’re in there. Cosmo Kramer, Apartment 5B, you’re in big trouble NOW. You’ve been stealing my business. If you would like to do this the easy way, open the door NOW, or please select the number of seconds you’d like to wait before I break this door down. Please select NOW.”

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