The Masseuse (Seinfeld)

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"The Masseuse"
Seinfeld episode
Episode no. Season 5[1]
Episode 9[1]
Directed by Tom Cherones[1]
Written by Peter Mehlman[1]
Production code 509
Original air date November 18, 1993[1]
Guest appearance(s)
Season 5[1] episodes
List of Seinfeld episodes

"The Masseuse" is the 73rd episode of the NBC sitcom Seinfeld.[2] It is the ninth episode of the fifth season, and first aired on November 18, 1993.[1]


Elaine dates a man who shares the name of real-life serial killer Joel Rifkin (Anthony Cistaro) and tries to convince him to change his name, giving him ideas from the names of some professional football players such as O.J. Anderson and O.J. Simpson. Jerry's girlfriend, a masseuse (Jennifer Coolidge), seems unwilling to give Jerry a massage, even as she takes Kramer as a client. Meanwhile, she is not fond of George, leading him incessantly to wonder why, even to his neglect of his own girlfriend Karen (Lisa Edelstein).[3]

Eventually, Jerry goes insane and angrily tries to force his girlfriend to give him the massage. She leaves, encountering George on the way out the apartment door, who professes his growing fondness for her. Elaine and Joel fight over selecting a new name. Kramer's back is sore after attending a football game and leaping over rows of seats to catch the winning field goal. George and Karen split.[3]

Cultural References[edit]

While visiting her boyfriend, Joel Rifkin, Elaine is seen reading an NFL Gameday program. She suggests that many people these days are named "Deion," referencing Deion Sanders.

While brainstorming new first names for Joel, Elaine mentions "O.J." (presumably after O.J. Simpson). Seven months after the episode aired, Simpson was famously accused of murder.

Later in the episode, Kramer says he injured his back diving for a football, similar to a Chicago Bears fan who leaped out of the stands to catch a ball on Monday Night Football in 1995.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i ""Seinfeld" The Masseuse". IMDb. Amazon. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Bauder, David (26 December 1997). "NBC's 'Seinfeld' Signing off After End Of Its Ninth Season". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "The Masseuse". Seinfeld. Castle Rock Entertainment. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "NFL". NFL. NFL. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 

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