The Statue (season 2, episode 6)
written by Larry Charles, directed by Tom Cherones
original airdate: April 11, 1991
Jerry’s apartment is cleaned by the boyfriend of a novelist whose book Elaine is editing. When Jerry and Elaine later see Jerry’s missing statue at the author’s apartment, Kramer poses as a cop to get it back.
Jerry hires the boyfriend of one of Elaine’s writing clients, Ray, to clean his apartment. Although he does a spectacular jobs (even removing the goop from the little egg cups, and cleaning the peephole), Jerry suspects he stole a statue from him, and begins to investigate Ray further.
Trying to get more information about Ray’s duplicate statue of Jerry, Jerry invites him to the coffee shop, with George nearby to “spy” on Ray. This is also the first time the coffee shop is explicitly referred to as being called “Monk’s.”
Pines Of Mar Gables, FLORIDA
Jerry mentions he was going to send his grandfather’s things to his parents in Florida, but they didn’t want it. Jerry later tells Rava his mother is in Florida, when she tells how her mother abandoned her family as a child.
2960 Broadway, New York, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: 116th Street – Columbia University (1)
Jerry mentions that Rava’s boyfriend Ray is a grad student at Columbia, where George investigates his “alias” Ray Thomas with the registrar, as he is registered under his legal name, Raymond Thomas Wochinski.
old Costanza apartment
New York, NEW YORK
George mentions how he broke a similar statue to Jerry’s from the mantle of his parents’ old apartment when he was ten years old, by using it as a microphone while singing “MacArthur Park.”
2230 W. 6th St., Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA (map)
George mentions how he accidentally broke his parents’ statue when he was ten years old (at the part about “I’ll never have that recipe again”), belting out the song “MacArthur Park” by Jimmy Webb, named for the eponymous park in Los Angeles.
Rava & Ray’s apartment
357 W. 84th St., New York, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: 86th Street (1)
Jerry goes with Elaine to visit Rava and Ray, and sees his missing statue on their mantle. Kramer later goes to get the statue back, a la Joe Friday from “Dragnet.” Thanks Erkan B. for the tip!
Elaine and Rava prepare to meet Mr. Lippman, but due to Rava’s disbelief of coincidences, the deal falls apart.