The Gymnast (season 6, episode 6)
written by Alec Berg & Jeff Schaffer, directed by Andy Ackerman
original airdate: November 3, 1994
Jerry dates a Romanian gymnast. Elaine tries to tear Mr. Pitt away from the entrancing powers of a 3-D art poster. George’s girlfriend’s mother catches him eating from the trash. Kramer suffers from kidney stones at the circus.
The gang analyzes how much more time Jerry needs to invest in his relationship with Katya now that they have slept together. George pleads with Lindsay to give him two extra chances, after his mother constantly catches him in disgusting, hobo-like scenarios.
Jerry and George argue about the acceptable placement of eating an eclair in the trash. Kramer reveals that his pain is being caused by a kidney stone.
Jerry mentions he’s dating a former Romanian Olympic gymnast who won a silver at the 1984 Summer Olympics (the Individual All-Around silver was really won by Romanian Ecaterina Szabo). With nothing else to talk about, Jerry later brings up former Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu.
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Kramer gets a 3D art poster framed by Elaine here, driving Mr. Pitt to insanity…making him almost miss a merger meeting, and accidentally mark up his nose to look like Adolf Hitler.
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George eats a used eclair from the garbage of his girlfriend Lindsay’s mother, and later emerges from her bathroom shirtless after trying to solve a 3D art poster.
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Jerry and Katya are shown parked outside here, discussing Nicolae Ceaucescu’s reign as leader of Romania.
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The head office of Poland Creek on the show, a water-bottling company (a play on the company “Poland Springs”). Mr. Pitt sits on the board of Morgan Springs, a rival company merging with Poland Creek to become “Moland Springs,” the name recommended by Mr. Pitt. The esablishing shot is of the Pendant Publishing building, Elaine’s former employer.
Jerry and Elaine rush to Kramer’s apartment when hearing a scream, assuming Kramer has passed his stone…but instead he simply fell off his couch attempting a reverse hecht.
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Jerry, Kramer and Katya go to see one of Katya’s old Olympic teammates, Misha, perform at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus (even though Kramer is terrified of clowns). Kramer passes a kidney stone in extreme pain in the bathroom, causing Misha to fall from his tightrope due to Kramer’s bloodcurdling scream.