The Doorman (season 6, episode 18)
written by Tom Gammill & Max Pross, directed by Andy Ackerman
original airdate: February 23, 1995
Mr. Pitt’s doorman intimidates Jerry. Elaine and Jerry concoct a plan to cover themselves when a couch is stolen from the lobby. Frank Costanza moves into George’s Apartment. Kramer and Frank develop a bra for men but argue over what to name it.
Amongst a film-noir backdrop, Jerry and Elaine hatch a plan to set up the Doorman as the one responsible for the missing couch.
Kramer pitches the “Bro” idea to Jerry and George, who is now petrified that he may be genetically dispossessed for breasts as well. Elaine later tells Jerry he is responsible for replacing the couch stolen under his watch, to which George tells them to take back the pee-stained couch, thus kicking out Frank from his apartment in the process.
640 West End Ave., New York, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: 96th Street (1,2,3)
Where the doorman in Mr. Pitt’s building psychologically tortures Jerry, Jerry is manipulated into working as the doorman himself, and has a couch stolen under his watch, thus forced to replace it (with Poppie’s peed-on couch).
George and Kramer discover Frank has breasts (“these were real hooters!”), leading to the creation of the “Bro”/”Man-siere,” and George catching Kramer and Frank cha-chaing in his apartment, bra and all.
Greenwich Village, New York, NEW YORK (map)
Frank tells George and Kramer that he went record shopping here, buying a cha-cha record that he can’t play without his record player (which he later plays while testing the “Bro/Man-siere” with Kramer).
The Doorman’s apartment
New York, NEW YORK
Jerry spots the Doorman outside another building on his way home, which he at first believes the Doorman is watching in addition to Mr. Pitt’s, but the Doorman tells (potentially untruthfully) that he is just outstanding outside his own home.
The Clean Center
New York, NEW YORK
George and Estelle drive by here when talking about whether George’s grandmother was “buxomy.”
E.D. Granmont (NOT REAL)
Commerce Building, 708 Third Ave., New York, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: Grand Central – 42nd Street (4,5,6,7)
Kramer and Frank go to pitch the Bro/Mansiere…but turn them down because Sid Farkus wants to ask Estelle out on a date. The same exterior is shown as SanaLac from “The Barber,” but the company is implied in “The Sniffing Accountant” to be along Seventh Ave.