The Maid (Seinfeld)
|Directed by||Andy Ackerman|
|Story by||Alec Berg & David Mandel & Jeff Schaffer and Kit Boss & Peter Mehlman|
|Teleplay by||Alec Berg & David Mandel & Jeff Schaffer|
|Original air date||April 30, 1998|
"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."
Jerry hires a maid, Cindy (played by Angela Featherstone), with whom he then starts sleeping. 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 it, instead. George tries reasoning with the new T-Bone to get the nickname. When he walks into the meeting room carrying a banana, his boss nicknames him Koko, since George was flailing around like a monkey when he was talking to the new T-Bone.
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 nonstop 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 Maxwell - a parody of a pimp - who threateningly tells Jerry that if he does not get the money from Jerry, he will 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 patrolling NYPD unit mistakes them for a prostitute and a John. Later, a lost Kramer is approached by Maxwell (played by Anthony Crivello) and is talked into a maid job, joking about the similarities between the scene and Kramer being approached by a pimp.
During the credits, George purposely hires a woman named Coco (who was referred to earlier by Cindy) as vice president of acquisitions; Kruger states there should not be two Koko/Cocos, and George goes back to being George again, much to his satisfaction. As Kruger begins to talk about removing a stain, Coco mentions her Gammy when she was in Jamaica, but George interrupts her, saying no one cares about her Gammy. As Kruger wonders who is Gammy and saying there should be one, he decides to give George the nickname "Gammy". As everyone (including Coco) eagerly chants "Gammy", George says "Gammy is getting upset!"
Kramer also mentions that there is an Original Ray's Pizza from where he is standing, prompting Jerry to ask if he is actually referring to a Famous Ray's or a Famous Original Ray's Pizza. Indeed, at that time there was a Famous Original Ray's Pizza at 195 East Houston Street, visible from Kramer's viewpoint, but it closed down in 2015.
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.
When Cindy tells George that one of the girls at the maid service she works at is named Coco, she mentions "That girl's all right". This is a reference to "The Dealership", where Jerry and Puddy discuss Koko, the gorilla that can do sign language, and Puddy says, "That chimp's all right."