The Hot Tub (season 7, episode 5)
written by Gregg Kavet & Andy Robin, directed by Andy Ackerman
original airdate: October 19, 1995
Elaine hosts Jean-Paul for the NYC marathon. He has a history of oversleeping, so Jerry fixates on ensuring he’s up in time for the race. Kramer installs a hot tub in his living room.
Jerry ends up hosting Jean-Paul, after he is booted from Elaine’s apartment the night before the marathon. Kramer’s hot tub, however, blows power to the building, causing Jean-Paul to once again oversleep.
Elaine tells the gang that Jean-Paul is staying with her, getting pressure from Jerry to ensure he is woken up with a proper alarm clock. George tells Jerry his trick to always looking busy, and then shares his new Astros vernacular with the gang.
Elaine mentions she met Jean-Paul while editing a book on running while at Pendant.
Estadi Olímpic de Montjuïc (now Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys)
Passeig Olímpic 17, Barcelona, SPAIN (map)
Jerry mentions how Jean-Paul famously overslept at the Olympics four years earlier and missed the marathon. Jerry claims if he had been with him in Barcelona, “you’d be polishing that gold medal right now” (there were no actual competitors from Trinidad And Tobago in men’s or women’s marathon at the 1992 Summer Olympics).
George is penned a rage-a-holic by Mr. Wilhelm, giving him the Houston Astros assignment. George is eventually made to soak in a hot tub with Mr. Steinbrenner to “relieve” his tension.
Kramer installs a hot tub in his apartment, which knocks out the power throughout the whole building.
1641 Second Ave., New York, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: 86th Street (4,5,6)
George takes out those “bastards” and “sons of bitches” from the Houston Astros organization out to the bar.
Elaine has “catalouge writer’s block” coming up with copy for the Himalayan walking shoe, in her first appearance working at the Peterman catalogue.
Himalayas Mountains, ASIA (map)
Elaine spends the duration of the episode struggling to write copy for a new Peterman catalogue item, the Himalayan walking shoe. The Himalayan mountain range spreads across five Asian countries (Bhutan, China, India, Nepal and Pakistan).
Marathon runner Jean-Paul stays with Elaine, but ends up with Jerry when he spots a bastard child and inadvertently harasses the mother about it.
Bedford Hotel (NOW CLOSED)
118 E. 40th St., New York, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: Grand Central – 42nd Street (4,5,6,7)
Jerry checks Jean-Paul in here to get a good night’s sleep (and a guaranteed alarm clock), but takes him back to his apartment when he supposedly upsets the wake-up call guy and fears the wake-up will never come.
A large Canadian flag is clearly seen amongst the crowd at the start of the New York Marathon. Kramer is also shown to have a poster in his apartment from the Canadian National Railway, reading “Snow Time is Playtime in Canada.”
Staten Island, NEW YORK (map)
Jerry drops off Jean-Paul here at the start of the race, the starting point each year for the New York Marathon. Jean-Paul runs the Marathon, and is en route to victory when Kramer accidentally hands him coffee, which he throws on his face and burns himself.