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The Good Samaritan (Seinfeld)

"The Good Samaritan"
Seinfeld episode
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 20
Directed by Jason Alexander
Written by Peter Mehlman
Production code 319
Original air date March 4, 1992
Guest actors
Season 3 episodes
Seinfeld (season 3)
List of Seinfeld episodes

"The Good Samaritan" is the 37th episode of the sitcom Seinfeld. It is the 20th episode of the third season, and first aired on March 4, 1992. This is the only episode of Seinfeld to be directed by one of the show's stars, Jason Alexander, who played George Costanza.

Within this episode are several memorable moments. One is Jerry's suggestion that there should be an alternative to saying, "God bless you" after someone sneezes. In real life, the cast and crew had hoped the saying, "You are so good looking", would catch on with fans just as "These pretzels are making me thirsty" did. In 2009, an Iowa man was fired from his job for sexual harassment, partially stemming from his use of the phrase.[1]

Another bit concerns Kramer having seizures every time he hears Mary Hart's voice. This bit is based on an actual case reported in the New England Journal of Medicine.[2]


Jerry witnesses a hit-and-run driver hitting another car. He is on the car phone with Elaine at the time, who tells him he has to go after the driver. He does, but when the driver steps out he realizes that she is a beautiful woman (played by Melinda McGraw) and decides to date her.

Jerry lies to Elaine saying he went into Queens and intimidated the man with karate moves. After dating the hit-and-run driver (Angela), Jerry finds out that the car that she hit belongs to Becky Gelke (played by an uncredited Helen Slater), another woman he has always wanted to date. He tells Becky that he will do something about the damage. Meanwhile, Kramer has convulsions from Mary Hart's voice.

George and Elaine go out to dinner with a married couple. Elaine makes up an elaborate story that she once dated a romantic matador from Spain named Eduardo Corrochio, making his name up hesitantly on the spot. When the wife (played by Ann Talman) sneezes, George casually tells her "God bless you", but her husband (played by Joseph Malone) does not say anything. When George points this out, the husband, Michael, gets mad. His wife, Robin, likes George, and they have an affair. As George and Robin are in bed together, Michael calls Elaine to find out where his wife is. Elaine does not know, but soon realizes that Robin used her as an excuse and tries to cover up. Michael doesn't buy it and figures out Robin is with George. He then exclaims into the phone, "He's finished! I'm going to sew his ass to his face! I'm going to twist his neck so hard his lips will be his eyebrows! I'm going to break his joints, and reattach them!"

Meanwhile, Jerry confronts Angela about Becky's car, but unfortunately Elaine walks in at that very moment and figures out that Jerry "lied" about his story. Jerry goes to Becky's house to write out a check for her damage and then ask her out, but Becky accuses him of hitting her car. George manages to escape from Michael by joining Jerry on his out of town gigs. Kramer uses the accident as an excuse to talk to Becky and ends up getting a date with her. But when he rings the bell at her apartment and she opens the door, Mary Hart is on the TV and Kramer has another convulsion.


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