The Fire (season 5, episode 20)
written by Larry Charles, directed by Tom Cherones
original airdate: May 5, 1994
George panics during a fire at his girlfriend’s son’s birthday party and bolts for an escape route. Kramer saves Elaine’s co-worker’s pinky toe.
Elaine’s coworker Toby boos and hisses Jerry off the stage…and George later evacuates it when he thinks comic Ronnie Kay pulls a gun on the wait staff. George dates Robin, a waitress at the comedy club, until his reaction at her son’s birthday party to a minor grease fire quickly ends the relationship.
Kramer tells Jerry and George about his epic efforts to reunite Toby with her severed pinky toe, knocking out a mugger and driving a New York City bus after his driver passes out from the commotion of the potential hijacking.
George defends his actions at the birthday party to Jerry. He later convinces Jerry to turn the tables on Toby, and go to heckle her at her office: “there’s no precedent baby!”
Where Jerry boos, hisses and heckles Toby out of the building, where she runs into oncoming traffic and loses her pinky toe.
George has a flashback to his seventh birthday party: “Blow out the candles!” “Stop it Frank! You’re killing him!” “BLOW OUT THE CANDLES!”
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1745 Broadway, New York, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: 59th Street – Columbus Circle (1)
Toby mentions Bob Rosen is going to Knopf to be a vice president, leaving an opening for senior editor.
33 Greene St., New York, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: Canal Street (N,Q,R,W)
George is vilified by an entire birthday party after George pushes through a room full of children during a grease fire, to ensure he gets out first, without any regard or assistance for anyone else (Jerry: “every man, woman, child and invalid for themselves”). Thanks Erkan B. for the tip!
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Jerry mentions a show in Miami that he had was cancelled, likely due to the scathing Leonard Christian review (thanks to Toby’s heckling).
In a deleted scene, Jerry proudly declares to Elaine after heckling Toby “that’s the way they deal with hecklers in Iran – a heckle for a heckle!” This in reference to the controversial “an eye for an eye” rulings under Sharia law in many Islamic countries, including Iran.
Kramer’s bus route
New York, NEW YORK
Kramer tells Jerry and George how he took Toby’s pinky toe from Pendant to the hospital, to ensure it could be reattached (as “it’s a valuable appendage”), even though his bus was hijacked by a mugger he had to fight off (“yeah, I am Batman!”). The nearest hospital to Pendant would be Lenox Hill Hospital (100 E. 77th St.), accessible by bus routes M101 or M102 northbound on Lexington Ave.