The Puffy Shirt

503 - Puffy Shirt

The Puffy Shirt (season 5, episode 2)

written by Larry David, directed by Tom Cherones
original airdate: September 23, 1993

During dinner with Kramer’s low-talking girlfriend, Jerry unwittingly agrees to wear a puffy pirate shirt for his upcoming “The Today Show” appearance.


Monk’s Café is not featured in this episode.

The Improv

Jerry’s Apartment
Kramer unveils the puffy shirt to a shocked and horrified Jerry. George and Jerry compare their hand beauty, and Kramer invites George to live with him rather than move back in with his parents.

Kramer’s Apartment
Kramer offers a dejected George the chance to live with him instead of his parents, which George quickly declines.

Costanza House
George moves back in with his parents, only with $714 in his bank account, before briefly becoming a hand model.

49 W. 64th St., New York, NEW YORK
nearest subway: 66th Street – Lincoln Center (1)
Jerry, Elaine, Kramer and the low talker go for dinner, and Jerry inadvertently agrees to wear the puffy shirt on “The Today Show.”

Peter’s (NOW CLOSED)
182 Columbus Ave., New York, NEW YORK
nearest subway: 72nd Street (B,C)
George is “discovered” for his hand-modeling abilities, when out for dinner with his parents (“the two nut-jobs”). The gang later dines here, all dismayed over what the puffy shirt has done to their lives.

Kramer mentions that Leslie has factories in New Jersey making more puffy shirts, based on Jerry wearing it on “The Today Show.”

NBC Studios (New York)
30 Rockefeller Pl., New York, NEW YORK
nearest subway: 47-50th Streets – Rockefeller Center (B,D,F,M)
Jerry appears on The Today Show in the Puffy Shirt in Studio 3B of 30 Rock. This was the only scene that “Seinfeld” actually filmed at NBC in New York.

Specialty Models (NOT REAL)
O’Neill Building, 655 Sixth Ave., New York, NEW YORK
nearest subway: 18th Street (1)
George starts his new (albeit short-lived) career as a legendary hand model, modeling watches and gloating about his “mastership of his domain.”

Central Park
New York, NEW YORK
George is seen running through the park towards NBC, celebrating his new job as hand model, and his date with a photographer’s assistant.

Smithsonian Institution National Museum Of American History
National Mall, 1400 Constitution Ave. NW, WASHINGTON, D.C.
The final resting place of the infamous “puffy shirt,” which was added to the Smithsonian’s collection on Nov. 18, 2004 by Jerry Seinfeld and costume designer Charmaine Simmons.


Put it in the vault!

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