The Pothole

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The Pothole (season 8, episode 16)

written by Steve O’Donnell and Dan O’Keefe, directed by Andy Ackerman
original airdate: February 20, 1997

George drops his Phil Rizzuto keychain in a pothole and goes to great lengths to dig it out. Elaine moves into a janitor’s closet to get Chinese food delivered to her. Jerry knocks his girlfriend’s toothbrush into the toilet. Kramer adopts a mile of highway. Newman’s mailtruck catches fire. Kristin Davis guest stars.

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The Improv is not featured in this episode.

Jerry’s Apartment
Jerry tells Jenna the truth about her toothbrush, causing her to put something of Jerry’s in the toilet, resulting in a mass purge of potential items in the toilet (“the whole apartment’s a biohazard!”) Kramer reveals he is the proud father of a mile of highway, and uses the apartment to clean spare parts, and reveals his plan for his mile’s 2-lane “comfort cruise.”

Monk’s Café
Jerry tells George that Jenna doesn’t know she used a toothbrush pulled from the toilet. George reveals his talking Phil Rizzuto keychain.

Jenna’s apartment
New York, NEW YORK

Jerry does the famous in-toilet toothbrush recovery, but cannot shake that Jenna uses it after. George’s jack-hammering for the Phil Rizzuto keys later blows her plumbing, covering her in toilet water. Jenna would live in the vicinity of W. 86th St., as George is jack-hammering the broad jump here where he lost his keys.

Elaine’s Apartment
Elaine struggles ordering supreme flounder from a local Chinese restaurant, as she lives on the wrong side of 86th St. Elaine takes up “residence” in the janitor closet across the street for the flounder…and inadvertently ends up working in the building as an actual janitor.

China Panda
New York, NEW YORK

Elaine struggles to order this restaurant’s supreme flounder, as she lives across the street from the delivery boundary. However, she refuses to eat at the restaurant itself, as she doesn’t want to sit alone “like some loser.”

Arthur Burkhardt Expressway, Mile 114 (NOT REAL)
NEW YORK

Kramer adopts this mile of the highway, deciding to clean it himself, and eventually turn the mile into a two-lane “comfort cruise.” The highway later serves as the home of the famed “oh the humanity!” fire scene with Newman.

W. 85th St., New York, NEW YORK (map)
The China Panda owner asks Elaine where they would deliver next if they cross 86th St. for her: “Then 85th St., Wall St., Mexico, 84th St…”.

Wall St., New York, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: Wall Street (2,3,4,5)
The China Panda owner asks Elaine where they would deliver next if they cross 86th St. for her: “Then 85th St., Wall St., Mexico, 84th St…”.

MEXICO (map)
The China Panda owner asks Elaine where they would deliver next if they cross 86th St. for her: “Then 85th St., Wall St., Mexico, 84th St…”.

W. 84th St., New York, NEW YORK (map)
The China Panda owner asks Elaine where they would deliver next if they cross 86th St. for her: “Then 85th St., Wall St., Mexico, 84th St…”.

Elaine’s neighbors
W. 86th St., New York, NEW YORK
(map)
nearest subway: 86th Street (B,C)
Elaine is forced to take up “residence” at the building across the street, using the janitor’s closet to order her supreme flounder. Elaine lives at 78 W. 86th St., so this apartment in theory would be on the north side of 86th St.

W. 86th St., New York, NEW YORK (map)
George is forced to jackhammer open a pothole on W. 86th St. to retrieve his missing keys (and Phil Rizzuto keychain), but accidentally strikes a water pipe, causing the street to burst, and Jenna’s toilet to turn into an unexpected fountain.

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