The Wig Master

719 - Wig Master

The Wig Master (season 7, episode 19)

written by Spike Feresten, directed by Andy Ackerman
original airdate: April 4, 1996

Susan invites her friend, a Broadway show wig master, to stay with them. George finds a cheap parking lot but realizes that prostitutes use the cars to conduct their business. Kramer convinces the wig master to loan him the show’s Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

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Jerry’s Apartment
Kramer is forced to stay with Jerry after leaving his apartment keys at the Jiffy Park. Jerry, Elaine and Kramer discuss the “free exchange of sex and discounts, the cornerstones of a healthy relationship,” between Elaine and Craig, the Andover Shop clerk.

Monk’s Café
Elaine’s new fling, Craig, promises her a discount on clothes from his employer. Jerry gets upset when everyone begins assuming that Craig and Elaine are a couple, rather than him and Elaine being a couple.

The Andover Shop
New York, NEW YORK

Jerry looks for a crested blazer here, and Elaine picks up the salesman, Craig, who quickly assumes he and Elaine are not dating. Craig continually promises Elaine a discount on a Nicole Miller dress, just to keep her in the loop. Jerry later tries returning his jacket, but is not allowed to when told spite is not a reason to return a garment.

MONACO (map)
In a deleted scene, Jerry is loitering at a newsstand, showing off his new crested blazer, when he is yelled at by the newsstand owner: “Hey Prince Albert, go back to Monaco, this ain’t the royal library!”

George’s Apartment
The “wig master,” Ethan, stays at George and Susan’s apartment for two weeks while in town with the Broadway production of “Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

Kramer’s Apartment
Kramer is accidentally locked out of his apartment, after he left his apartment key on his car keys when leaving the car at Jiffy Park. He is then forced to bunk with Jerry until his keys are available.

Crystal Gardens
New York, NEW YORK

George and Kramer drive by here on their way to Jiffy Park.

Jiffy Park (NOT REAL)
Twelfth Ave., New York, NEW YORK
(map)
George and Kramer to go get Kramer’s car from here, where they find a used condom on the floor of George’s car. George later has a run-in with Susan and a hooker in the parking lot…and Kramer has a run-in with the police, accusing him of pimping. Kramer mentions the lot is on Twelfth Ave., and the establishing shot shows a sign pointing to “Convention Center,” implying the lot is near the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center at 655 W. 34th St.

New York City Department Of Consumer Affairs
42 Broadway, New York, NEW YORK
(map)
nearest subway: Broad Street (J,Z)
When confronted about potential prostitutes in George’s car, the Jiffy Park owner tells George to take up his issue with Consumer Affairs.

Majestic Theatre
245 W. 44th St., New York, NEW YORK
(map)
nearest subway: 42nd Street – Port Authority Bus Terminal (A,C,E)
Kramer gets a behind the scenes tour of “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” from the wig master. The only U.S. revival of the show was in 1993, which ran at the Minskoff Theatre (1515 Broadway), while “The Phantom Of The Opera” has been running at the Majestic continuously since 1988.

Milan, Lombardy, ITALY (map)
Craig tells Elaine that her Nicole Miller dress is shipped by boat from Milan, thus taking longer than expected to arrive at the Andover Shop (which of course is a lie).

England, UNITED KINGDOM (map)
Craig runs into his friend Ian on the street (pronounced Een), and offers him his Andover Shop discount.

Newman’s Apartment
Jerry asks Kramer why he didn’t stay at Newman’s, which Kramer replies that he has a girl staying with him, and that his quilt is too thin for him anyways.

Joe Allen
326 W. 46th St., New York, NEW YORK
(map)
nearest subway: 42nd Street – Port Authority Bus Terminal (A,C,E)
Kramer, Jerry and the wig master sit down for Champagne Coolies. The episode script reveals this scene takes place at Joe Allen.

Elaine’s Apartment
Upon finding out that the Nicole Miller dress she wanted is already at the Andover Shop, Elaine chops off Craig’s ponytail in his sleep, in the hopes she’ll be paid for a wig.

Club USA (NOW CLOSED)
218 W. 47th St., New York, NEW YORK
(map)
nearest subway: 49th Street (N,Q,R)
Jesse asks out the wig master Ethan, suggesting the slide at Club USA (“it’s intense”), which upsets Jerry, as Jesse assumed that he and Ethan were not already a couple.

Loews Paragon Theater
2310 Broadway, New York, NEW YORK
(map)
nearest subway: 86th Street (1)
Kramer is seen walking past the theater in the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, hat and pimp cane.

police station
New York, NEW YORK

Kramer is booked for pimping, and pleads with the police that he actually isn’t a pimp.

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