The Puerto Rican Day (season 9, episode 20)
written by Alec Berg, Jennifer Crittenden, Spike Feresten, Bruce Eric Kaplan, Gregg Kavet, Steve Koren, David Mandel, Dan O’Keefe, Andy Robin & Jeff Schaffer, directed by Andy Ackerman
original airdate: May 7, 1998
Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer get stuck in traffic during New York’s Puerto Rican Day parade. Mario Joyner guest stars.
Jerry’s apartment is shown, empty, for a quick check-in, before the action returns to the gang stuck in traffic.
Shea Stadium (NOW CLOSED)
123-01 Roosevelt Ave., Flushing, Queens, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: Mets – Willets Point (7)
The gang is driving home from a Mets game (where the Mets were losing 9-0), when they get stuck in major traffic for the Puerto Rican Day parade.
La Brea (NOW CLOSED)
2130 Broadway, New York, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: 72nd Street (1,2,3)
The gang is seen driving past here, where George complains of his “complicated” post-game appetite, before getting stuck in traffic during the parade.
PUERTO RICO (map)
The gang gets stuck in traffic during the Puerto Rican day parade, celebrating the people and culture of the island (Kramer: “it’s like this every day in Puerto Rico!”). Kramer gets attacked for accidentally stomping on the Puerto Rican flag, trying to put it out after accidentally setting it on fire.
Puerto Rican Day Parade
Fifth Ave., b/w E. 44th St. and E. 86th St., New York, NEW YORK (map)
Jerry’s car gets stuck along Fifth Ave., with the gang struggling to get back home after going to a Mets game.
Grand Army Plaza
W. 59th St. and Fifth Ave., New York, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: 5th Avenue – 59th Street (N,Q,R)
The plaza is shown in an establishing shot of Elaine stuck in the cab, looking at a dog’s inside-out ears from the window.
New York, NEW YORK
George goes to see “Blimp: The Hindenburg Story” for a second time to use his “that’s gotta hurt!” line, but is constantly one-upped by a guy with a laser pointer.
419 Boston Ave., Medford, MASSACHUSETTS (map)
Elaine mentions she went to college here. It was her “safety school…so don’t talk to me about hardship!” “Notes About Nothing” from “The Keys” on the Season 3 DVD reveals that script notes state Elaine has a Masters degree in French Literature.
Saabvägen 5, Trollhättan, SWEDEN (map)
As Kal Varnsen and H.E. Pennypacker, Jerry questions Kramer as to who’s watching the “Saab Factory”…to which Kramer reminds Jerry that the actual Saab factory is in Sweden.