The Maid (Seinfeld)

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"The Maid"
Seinfeld episode
Episode no. Season 9
Episode 19
Directed by Andy Ackerman
Teleplay by Alec Berg & David Mandel & Jeff Schaffer
Story by Alec Berg & David Mandel & Jeff Schaffer and Kit Boss & Peter Mehlman
Production code 919
Original air date April 30, 1998
Guest actors
Season 9 episodes
List of Seinfeld episodes

"The Maid" is the 175th episode of the NBC sitcom Seinfeld. This was the 19th episode of the ninth and final season. It aired on April 30, 1998. The working title for this episode was "The Long-Distance Relationship."

Plot[edit]

Jerry hires a maid, Cindy (played by Angela Featherstone), whom he then starts sleeping with. Elaine discovers she has 57 messages on her answering machine when Kramer attempts to send her a fax. George tries to get a nickname (T-Bone) but a co-worker gets the one he wanted instead. George tries reasoning with the new T-Bone to get his nickname. When he walks into the meeting room carrying a banana, his co-workers nickname him Koko.

The episode also featured the New York area code 646. When the 212 area code ran out of numbers, 646 was created. Kramer signs up to receive restaurant menus by fax with a service called "Now We're Cookin'" but uses Elaine's phone number, mistakenly thinking she had a fax machine. Annoyed by the non-stop calls from the fax service, Elaine changes her phone number and gets one with the 646 area code. She is not happy with the new number, because she believes the area code makes it too long to dial. She is proved correct when attempting to give her number to a man in the park. Initially eager, he hesitates when he sees the 646 area code and asks if it is in New Jersey. Her response is, "No, it's just like 212 except they multiplied every number by 3… and added 1 to the middle number." He makes an excuse and walks off. When her neighbor Mrs. Krantz dies, Elaine manages to get her old 212 number. Mrs. Krantz's grandson Bobby keeps calling Elaine's apartment, ignorant of the fact that his grandmother is dead. Elaine tries to convince Bobby that his grandmother has died by pretending to die herself; this backfires when Bobby dials 911 and firefighters beat down Elaine's door.

Kramer's girlfriend moves downtown, leading him to struggle with the drawbacks of a "long-distance relationship." Meanwhile, Jerry begins to realize that because of their relationship, Cindy is no longer doing any work, but he's still paying her, which leads Kramer to comment "Uh-oh - you're a John!" When Jerry confronts Cindy, she walks out on the job and the relationship.

Jerry later meets Cindy's boss - a parody of a pimp - who threateningly tells Jerry if he doesn't get the money from him, he'll get it from Cindy. Meanwhile Kramer breaks up with his girlfriend when she refuses to move, and he gets lost in the Lower East Side. When Jerry goes to pick him up, he spots Cindy and slows down to give her her money - unfortunately, a passing policeman mistakes them for a prostitute and a John. Later, a lost Kramer is approached by Cindy's boss and is talked into a maid job, joking about the similarities between the scene and Kramer being approached by a pimp.

Episode Notes[edit]

Anthony Crivello and Jerry Seinfeld filming the episode in New York City.

Kramer calls Jerry from the intersection of 1st Street and 1st Avenue, which he describes as "The Nexus of the Universe". This realization inspired the opening of the "Nexus lounge".

Kramer also mentions that there is an Original Ray's Pizza from where he is standing. Indeed, there is a Famous Original Ray's Pizza is at 195 East Houston Street, visible from Kramer's viewpoint.

Jerry's line, "stay alive, no matter what occurs, I will find you," is an allusion to the 1992 film The Last of the Mohicans.

Cindy tells George that "one of the girls at the maid service is named Coco," and "that girl's alright". This is a reference to The Dealership, where Jerry and Puddy discuss Koko, the chimp that can do sign language, and Puddy says "that's chimp's alright".

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