The Mom & Pop Store
|"The Mom & Pop Store"|
|Episode no.||Season 6|
|Directed by||Andy Ackerman|
|Written by||Tom Gammill & Max Pross|
|Original air date||November 17, 1994|
George is set to buy a 1989 Volvo sedan, but instead the car salesman talks him into buying a 1989 LeBaron convertible he says was previously owned by Jon Voight. Elaine wants to date Jerry's dentist, Tim Whatley. Kramer says that a "mom and pop" shoe repair store is about to close, and convinces Jerry to send his sneakers to the store to be repaired, commenting that Jerry has a Peter Pan complex when Mom marvels at the number of sneakers he owns. While there, Kramer's nose starts to bleed, and when he lies down to stop it he notices the wires hanging out of the ceiling and suggests that Mom and Pop call an electrician.
At Mr. Pitt's office, Elaine is taking the salt off his pretzels while listening to the radio. Mr. Pitt wants Elaine to guess the title of an old song for him so that he can win a ticket to hold the Woody Woodpecker balloon in the Thanksgiving Parade, something he was never allowed to do as a child because of his strict father. Elaine correctly identifies the song "Next Stop Pottersville" and wins the ticket.
Jerry discovers that Kramer took all but one pair of his sneakers; the only other footwear he has are a pair of cowboy boots he was given in lieu of money by a club in Dallas that couldn't afford to pay him. Elaine, George, and Kramer all get invitations to Tim Whatley's Thanksgiving party but Jerry is uncertain whether he's been invited as well.
While riding in "Jon Voight's car", Jerry goes through the glove compartment and discovers a chewed pencil and the owner's booklet. The previous owner was actually John Voight, not Jon Voight. Jerry makes fun of George and gets kicked out of the car; he then tries to run from some muggers but slips because of the boots, causing him to hurt his teeth. Because no dentist is willing to see him right before Thanksgiving, Jerry decides to crash the party where many dentists may be present.
Mom and Pop can't afford to bring the electrical installation up to the building code, so they close the store and disappear with all of Jerry's sneakers. Elaine goes to pick up the ticket for Mr. Pitt, but must sit through a loud performance by a live Dixieland band before receiving it. While walking down the street, Kramer gets another nosebleed but then immediately sees Jon Voight (appearing as himself) exiting a restaurant and hailing a cab; when Kramer tries to ask Jon Voight about George's car, he gets bitten by him instead. While telling the story, Kramer believes Voight was justified because to him, it appeared as though Kramer was attempting to steal his wallet.
At the party, Elaine still can't hear a thing because of the loud Dixieland music, and inadvertently turns down a date from Whatley because she thought that he was just offering her nuts. Meanwhile, George and Kramer seek a dentist to match the bite marks on Kramer's arm with those on the chewed pencil. As it turns out, the previous owner of the car was not Jon Voight, the actor, but Dr. John Voight, a periodontist friend of Dr. Whatley. While trying to show his teeth to a dentist, Jerry accidentally pushes a small statue of the Empire State Building out the window and pierces the Woody Woodpecker balloon with Mr. Pitt under it.
Later, Jerry receives a call from a man who has bought a pair of his sneakers and is informed that Mom and Pop are selling them in a garage sale in Parsippany, New Jersey. Jerry and Kramer decide to head there and confront Mom and Pop, but as Jerry's car is in the shop they take the bus instead. On their way to New Jersey, Kramer's nose starts bleeding again, in a scene parodying Midnight Cowboy.
Part of this episode was inspired by events that actually happened to writer Tom Gammill. He purchased a car purely based on the belief that it had previously been owned by Jon Voight, only to find out later that he had been lied to. He kept the car, however, and it was used as George's car in both this episode and Season 7's "The Gum." In an interview for the film National Treasure, Jon Voight admitted that the car Gammill purchased was purported to have been owned by his mother, and not himself.