The Face Painter

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"The Face Painter"
Seinfeld episode
Episode no. Season 6
Episode 23
Directed by Andy Ackerman
Teleplay by Larry David
Story by Larry David and Fred Stoller
Production code 622
Original air date May 11, 1995
Season 6 episodes
List of Seinfeld episodes

"The Face Painter" is the 109th episode of NBC sitcom Seinfeld. This was the 23rd episode for the sixth season. It aired on May 11, 1995. The table reading for "The Face Painter" was held on March 26, 1995.


Elaine's boyfriend David Puddy (who's a big New Jersey Devils fan) paints his face when he goes to a Stanley Cup playoff game against the New York Rangers. After the game, his rowdy behavior and his painted devil-like face makes a priest believe that he has seen the devil. Jerry stubbornly refuses to give the "necessary" follow-up courtesy thank you to a friend, Alec Berg, for the hockey tickets; later on at a funeral for Gary Fogel ("The Scofflaw"; he died in a car accident as revealed in this episode), Jerry sees Berg, but he gives an indifferent look, leading Jerry to think it was because he didn't thank him. Elaine is upset that Puddy is a face-painter, and demands he stops or she breaks up with him. He agrees, and instead of going to the next game with his face painted, he goes with his chest painted with the letter 'D' to spell out DEVILS. Kramer tries to make Jerry call and give the courtesy thank you to Alec Berg; Jerry finally gives in and calls Berg to give the thank you, but Berg says that Jerry should have thanked him earlier because he gave away the next playoff tickets to someone else, but had a spare couple only for one condition - both Jerry and Kramer reluctantly attend the game with Puddy and his Devil friends in which their chests are painted DEVILS (Jerry and Kramer are 'E' and 'V', respectively). At the end of the episode, Elaine visits the priest who is recovering from "seeing the devil." She is wearing white and a light shines right behind her, leading the priest to believe he has now seen the Virgin Mary.


George, after seeing how interested his girlfriend Siena is in his opinions on toilet paper, decides to tell her that he loves her. He gets no return, however. He's upset until he learns from Kramer that she doesn't hear well out of one ear. He attempts to tell her again in her different ear, only to find out she did indeed hear him the first time. Meanwhile, Kramer has an altercation (involving a banana peel) with a chimpanzee at the zoo where Siena works; he later is forced to apologize to the chimpanzee that he hit with the banana peel, but the monkey insults him by spraying water on him and Kramer gets in a little tussle.