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The Couch (Seinfeld)

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"The Couch"
Seinfeld episode
Episode no. Season 6
Episode 5
Directed by Andy Ackerman
Written by Larry David
Production code 605
Original air date October 27, 1994
Guest actors

Reni Santoni as Poppie
David James Elliott as Carl
Robert Hooks as Joe Temple
Denise Dowse as Mother
Patton Oswalt as Clerk

Season 6 episodes
List of Seinfeld episodes

"The Couch" is the 91st episode of NBC sitcom Seinfeld. This was the fifth episode for the sixth season. It aired on October 27, 1994.


Kramer plans to start a "pizza business where you make your own pie" with Poppie (Reni Santoni). Jerry and Elaine's discussion of the abortion issue causes trouble at Poppie's restaurant when it turns out Poppie is pro-life. George joins a book club to impress his girlfriend and is assigned to read Breakfast at Tiffany's, but tries to rent the movie instead, saying "If it's not about sports, I find it very hard to concentrate!" Elaine dates the hunky man (David James Elliott) who delivered Jerry's couch. George ends up watching the movie at an apartment with a man named Joe and his daughter Remy (who would later make a brief appearance in the episode "The Diplomat's Club"). Meanwhile, Poppie pees on Jerry's new couch, and Jerry is forced to get rid of it. He takes his old couch back from Elaine, who took it when Jerry got his new couch.

George visits several video stores in an unsuccessful attempt to rent the movie. After a video store clerk (Patton Oswalt) declines George's request to call the renters of the movie, George surreptitiously peeks at the computer screen to see who has the rental copy. He heads to the renter's apartment and, in typical George fashion, concocts an elaborate story in order to be invited in to watch the movie with the renter and his family. Later, George accidentally spills grape juice all over the family's couch and is kicked out of their apartment before he can see the ending of the movie.

Meanwhile, Elaine falls in love with the moving man. Jerry casually asks her what his stance is on abortion. She asks him and breaks down in tears after finding out that he, too, is pro-life. She is forced to break up with him, since she is pro-choice. Kramer's pizza business with Poppie ends because Poppie objects to Kramer putting cucumbers on his pizza. Poppie and Kramer get into an argument that alludes to the theme of abortion in the rest of the episode, where they disagree over whether a pizza becomes a pizza when it comes out of the oven, or when you first start to make it. Elaine offers her ex-boyfriend something to drink while he is in her house getting the couch back to Jerry's. She throws grape juice over to him, but the bottle breaks and spills all over the couch. During the last scene, the book club is meeting and George, not having read the book or seen the end of the movie, says that Holly Golightly got together with George Peppard. Realizing his mistake, he quickly changes to calling him Fred, but George's girlfriend just looks at him and says, "George... Fred's gay."