The Boyfriend (season 3, episodes 17 & 18)
written by Larry David and Larry Levin, directed by Tom Cherones
original airdate: February 12, 1992
Jerry’s friendship with his baseball idol Keith Hernandez makes him act like the two of them are dating. Kramer and Newman despise Hernandez for having spit on them after a game, though Jerry suspects the involvement of a second spitter. Jerry gets jealous when Keith begins dating Elaine. George schemes for an unemployment extension by lying about his job interview with the fictitious Vandelay Industries and dating his counselor’s daughter.
Jerry’s apartment becomes the short-time home of Vandelay Industries, after George falsely gives Jerry’s number as a prospective employer to keep his unemployment benefits going. After Kramer foils George’s plot, George frantically tries to salvage the situation, resulting in him lying facedown on Jerry’s floor, pants around his ankles, with Jerry questioning “and you want to be my latex salesman?”
Jerry obsesses over Keith’s signals (or lack thereof) to Elaine and George, stunned at feeling this way over a man. George confesses that his life’s ambition is to sleep with a very tall woman.
West Side YMCA
5 W. 63rd St., New York, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: 66th Street – Lincoln Center (1)
Jerry, George and Kramer spot former Met Keith Hernandez at the gym, where he and Jerry exchange phone numbers, starting a tumultuous “relationship.”
Catch A Rising Star (NOW CLOSED)
1487 First Ave., New York, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: 77th Street (6)
Jerry invites Keith Hernandez to a show of his on the East side, likely at this regular club of Jerry’s in the early 1990’s.
Keith Hernandez’s apartment
Upper East Side, New York, NEW YORK (map)
Keith mentions to Jerry that he lives on the East Side, and later has the audacity to ask Jerry to help him move, even though he has a ton of complicated furniture, and lives in a three-storey brownstone with no elevator.
New York State Department Of Labor
75 Varick St., New York, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: Canal Street (1,2)
George tries to weasel his way into another three months of unemployment benefits, offering false promises of Mets players appearing and dating the social worker’s daughter.
New York, NEW YORK
George tries rushing to “Vandelay Industries” in a cab (which passes Singer), causing the driver to throw him out of the cab in a fit of rage.
Shea Stadium (NOW CLOSED)
123-01 Roosevelt Ave., Flushing, Queens, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: Mets – Willets Point (7)
The site of the infamous “Second Spitter” incident, where Roger McDowell attacked Kramer and Newman via saliva following the Mets vs. Phillies matchup on June 14, 1987.
1641 Second Ave., New York, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: 86th Street (4,5,6)
Elaine goes on a date with Keith Hernandez, who talks about Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, and whether he can reach “home plate” with her.
Carol and Michael’s apartment
New York, NEW YORK
Kramer and Jerry go visit the “baaaby”, which Kramer nearly drops due to the baby’s extreme ugliness.
224 E. 11th St., New York, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: Astor Place (6)
George drives Carrie home (after taking her to McDonald’s for dinner), unable to drive her away on her own and avoid elongating the relationship. This is also the same as Marlene’s apartment from “The Ex-Girlfriend.” Thanks Erkan B. for the tip!
Elaine and Keith Hernandez are parked outside her building, where Keith makes a move on her.
Memphis, TENNESSEE (map)
George and Jerry argue over their favorite explorers, which George claims is de Soto, who found the river. Jerry’s rebuttal: “Oh yeah, like they wouldn’t have found that anyways.” Historical notes say Hernando de Soto first discovered the River in or around Memphis in 1541.