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Question: Does anyone know the back-story of the bass guitar licks used during the episodes?

Chosen answer: Composer Jonathan Wolff used a synthesizer, although in seasons 7-9, a real bass is used in addition. Wolff also recorded himself making hundreds of mouth noises, pops, and slaps to add to the synthesized bass licks so that each episode has a different theme. The only real "back-story" is Jerry Seinfeld was having trouble coming up with a theme song and talked to a friend who happened to know Wolff. They wanted to avoid that cheesy late 80's sit-com theme song and Wolff came up with what we enjoy now. Jonathan Wolff has also talked about this further in interviews, recently Reed Dunela interviewed him, so for a fuller account of his story; check out "The Wolff of 116th street".

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Question: Does Seinfeld connect with Mad About You, and / or have a crossover?

Dan23

Answer: In s01e08 of "Mad About You", Jamie finds out Paul still has an apartment in his name that he's subletting. Jamie wants Paul to get his name off the lease and when he goes there, we find out the person subletting the apartment is Kramer. Paul even asks Kramer if his neighbor, Jerry, is still doing comedy. It even seems to be the apartment hallway from the Seinfeld set. However, in s07e01 of "Seinfeld" George Costanza says he hates the show "Mad About You" as he and Susan are watching it, which many consider means a Seinfeld/Mad About You crossover never actually happened (since it would have to mean a show called "Mad About You" exists in the "Mad About You" universe). But there wasn't a Seinfeld episode where a "Mad About You" character appears as a crossover. Later, in s07e01 of "Mad About You", Jerry Seinfeld has a cameo where he bumps into Paul and a Paul tells him his wife is a huge fan and wants an autograph, and he's referenced as a celebrity. This episode aired about 4 months after the "Seinfeld" finale, where Jerry and friends get sentenced to a year in prison, so it's unlikely it's another crossover episode and Jerry is just playing himself.

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Question: Was there a Superman reference in every episode?

Dan23

Answer: It was sort of an urban legend that started when people noticed Jerry has a Superman figurine on his bookshelf. Barry Freiman, a writer who has written about Superman and pop culture, says he watched every Seinfeld episode looking for a reference in each one and said even though there's a lot, it not in every episode. When Jerry Seinfeld was asked about it, he said you can't count seeing the Superman model as a reference to Superman and there's maybe 10 episodes that actually reference Superman.

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Question: During one episode, Jerry is dating a woman who's name he can't remember, but it rhymes with the name of a part of a woman's body. At the end he yells out the name to her down on the street. What is the name?

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Answer: The name is Delores. He shouts that name at the end of the episode. Then in a later episode, "The Foundation", he runs into her. And he repeatedly calls her Delores.

The Deal - S2-E9

Question: 2 questions: First, Jerry and Elaine keep referencing things such as "This", "That", and later on, "And the other." What exactly do these phrases mean? Respectively, is it friendship, sex, and a romantic relationship? Secondly, the ending suggests that Jerry and Elaine have gotten past their differences and finally become a couple again. How does that jive with the rest of the series, where they go back to being just friends? Is there any reference to another breakup between the two?

Chosen answer: "This" refers to being friends. "That" refers to sex (Jerry points towards the bedroom). "The other" refers to having all of it, aka a relationship. As far as the second question, both Jerry and Elaine mention in later episodes that they used to date, but are just friends. They never officially broke up on screen.

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Question: Who was the girl who could not swing her arms?

Chosen answer: Elaine's co-worker Sam, played by Molly Shannon, in the episode "The Summer of George". Raquel Welch does this too in the same episode.

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Question: Is it ever explained why Seinfeld and Newman dislike each other?

Chosen answer: No, it is not. Most Seinfeldians believe Newman is simply jealous of Jerry's success, and doesn't feel Jerry is worthy of it.

DavidRTurner

The Dinner Party - S5-E13

Question: Jerry tells Elaine that the reason he does not want to eat a cake with a hair on it is because of a childhood experience in which he found a hair on his "ferina". What is a ferina and did I spell it right?

The Impossible Dream

Chosen answer: Farina is a hot wheat cereal like Cream of Wheat.

Ingabritzen

The Slicer - S9-E7

Question: In this episode Elaine gets trapped in her apartment and while in there she turns up the radio. What music is playing on the radio? What is the name of the band? This same music is played during 'The Little Kicks' episode, when she dances at the party.

rose

Chosen answer: Slow Ride by a band called Foghat.

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Question: I know the pilot was shot and shown in 1989, but were there any other episodes shot and or shown along with the pilot?

Chosen answer: No, The Seinfeld Chronicles (the first episode) was filmed and broadcast by itself, and eventually the series was picked up by NBC. Only then was the next episode - "Male Unbonding" - filmed. The next episode to air after the pilot was "The Stakeout", almost a year after the pilot was broadcast.

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Question: Is it ever mentioned across the series (clearly or vaguely) why Jerry and Elaine broke up?

Chosen answer: Not specifically. There is an earlier episode where they hint that they broke up so that they could remain friends because they were better as friends than as people romantically involved.

Zwn Annwn

The Stranded - S3-E10

Question: When Jerry and Elaine are at the party, Elaine is talking to a woman who keeps saying she cant find her fiance. Then Elaine, in response to the woman saying, "I cant find my baby," says to her, "maybe the dingo ate your baby." Can anyone explain this phrase?

Chosen answer: It's a reference to the 1988 movie "A Cry in the Dark" starring Meryl Streep (who uses an New Zealand/Australian accent, as this movie was based on a true story). Elaine is paraphrasing a line from the movie.

Ingabritzen

The Switch - S6-E11

Question: When Jerry and George are discussing how to do the switch (hence the title of the episode) what is the name of the melody that accompanies their conversation and who composed it?

Tobin OReilly

Chosen answer: The composer of nearly all the melodies that are heard in the show is Jonathan Wolff. As far as the name of the the melody; little interludes such as this are rarely named because they are not complete songs, just intro's or outtro's that are written to help move the action of the show along.

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Question: Does anybody knows why Seinfeld did not accept to make one more season of his show? I'm sure money wasn't the problem...

Chosen answer: Seinfeld has claimed that he wanted to "go out on top". He was done with TV and wanted to venture back into stand-up comedy.

Ral0618

The Suicide - S3-E15

Question: When George and Elaine go to see the psychic, the psychic tells George that she sees a Pauline. George gasps and says that his brother once impregnated a woman named Pauline. Since when does George have a brother? Was this brother shown or mentioned in any other episode?

Dandude776 1

Chosen answer: George does mention his brother in the episode "The Parking Space". They actually really never mention anything that contradicts the fact he had a brother though, it just isn't mentioned.

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Elaine: The thing about George is, he's an idiot.

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Mistakes

The tenant board member tells George that Mr. Eldrige in apartment 8C has decided he wants the new apartment. However, the new apartment in question has a 3-digit number - 808 I believe. This indicates that the building would not have single digit numbers and letters (Such as 5E, 8C, etc.) as part of its numbering system.

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Trivia

The voice of George Steinbrenner on the show is co-creator Larry David.

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