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"The Boyfriend" is a two part episode of the sitcom Seinfeld. The episode was the 35th and 36th episode for the show, and 18th and 19th episode for the show's third season. It aired on February 19, 1992. In the 'extras' section of the Season 3 DVD, Jerry Seinfeld says it is his favorite episode.


The Boyfriend, Part 1

Jerry meets Keith Hernandez and wants to make a good impression. Meanwhile, George is out of time on his unemployment and he works harder than ever on his scheme to get a 13-week extension. He tells the unemployment office he was close to a job with Vandelay Industries, a company that makes latex products and whose main office is Jerry's apartment. Kramer and Newman take Hernandez back to a time when they were allegedly spit on by him; however, Jerry supports the "second-spitter theory" that Hernandez was not involved. Keith asks Jerry about Elaine's status. Keith makes a date with her and breaks a date with Jerry.

The Boyfriend, Part 2

George tries two more approaches with the unemployment officer. Kramer gets Jerry to accompany him to see a former neighbors' new baby, "you got to see the baby." Though he's gone out with Keith once, does that mean he must help him move? Elaine and Keith are hitting it off until he pulls out a cigarette. George wants to sleep with a really tall woman. Keith supports the "second spitter theory." Jerry and Elaine both break up with Keith and George might get his wish.

Superman reference


  • This was the only episode of "Seinfeld" with the episode's title displayed onscreen.
  • The working title for this episode was "The New Friend" Part 1. On the Seinfeld Season 3 box set, this episode was included with an introduction by Jerry Seinfeld. He names the episode "The New Friend."
  • According to Newman and Kramer, Hernandez spat on them after a New York Mets game against the Philadelphia Phillies on June 14, 1987. They state that he committed an error which opened up a five-run ninth inning costing the Mets the game. The Mets, in fact, played the Pittsburgh Pirates on that date, away, at Three Rivers Stadiummarker. The Mets won 7-3 with Keith Hernandez going 2-4 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored. Hernandez, along with the rest of the Mets, did not commit a single error.
  • According to the special introduction by Jerry Seinfeld available on the DVD, this (and part two) was his favorite Seinfeld episode (at the time).
  • The spitting scene was a reference to the John F. Kennedy assassinationmarker and the magic bullet theory, as dramatized in the movie JFK, in which Wayne Knight (Newman) played a supporting part. He played the same role in both the Seinfeld episode and JFK.
  • Also present in the film cutaway, a man can be seen on a grassy knoll opening his black umbrella. This is a reference to the famous Umbrella Man present at the Kennedy assassination
  • Though Jerry first spoke the immortal line "Hello, Newman" earlier this season in "The Suicide", this episode marks the first time that he says it with his familiar intonation of loathing, which he would use for all subsequent utterances of the phrase.
  • The events of a Hernandez error are based on a game in Philadelphia in 1985.
  • After Newman and Kramer put their differences with Hernandez behind them, they both state their reasons as to why Roger McDowell spat on them. Kramer says that they were in the right field bleachers yelling at him in the bullpen. This could mean that the game was played at Veterans Stadiummarker in Philadelphiamarker since Shea Stadiummarker had no right field bleachers. However, Shea Stadium did have seats in the loge section, behind the right field wall, which overlooked the Mets bullpen. The term "gravelly road," a parody of the "grassy knoll" of Dealey Plazamarker, could have applied to either Shea or the Vet.
  • In the "Inside Look" for the episode on the Seinfeld DVD, Keith Hernandez said that Darryl Strawberry was originally supposed to be the "Second Spitter", but Hernandez said that due to Strawberry's recent drug problems, Roger McDowell would be a better choice at the moment.
  • Toward the end of the episode, Elaine breaks up with Hernandez because he smokes. Jerry tells her, "You're like going out with C. Everett Koop!" referring to the U.S. Surgeon General who crusaded against smoking in the 1980s. Hernandez would eventually quit smoking, and in 2008 began doing anti-smoking public service announcements that aired on SportsNet New York, for which he works as an analyst on broadcasts of Met games.


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