The Movie

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"The Movie"
Seinfeld episode
Episode no.Season 4
Episode 14
Directed byTom Cherones
Written bySteve Skrovan & Bill Masters and Jon Hayman
Production code414
Original air dateJanuary 6, 1993
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"The Movie" is the 54th episode of the sitcom Seinfeld. It is the 14th episode of the fourth season, and first aired on January 6, 1993.


Jerry has two stand-up acts scheduled for the same night; due to a delay in one of them, he cannot make both shows. A hopeful comedian, Buckles (Barry Diamond), hangs around to fill in when somebody drops out. Jerry agrees to lose his moment at the microphone, as he is meeting his friends to see a movie, CheckMate, at 10:30.[1] On his way to the movie theater, Jerry is grabbed by Buckles, who insists on sharing a taxicab. Buckles irritates Jerry by trying out a new comic routine.

George has been chosen to buy the movie tickets. At the Paragon Theater, George joins the end of a queue. He taps the shoulder of the man in front of him, confirming that he does not have a ticket, which leads him to conclude he is in the line to purchase tickets. Elaine and Kramer join George in line. When Elaine points out that the line is not moving, George gradually discovers that he is in the line to enter the theater. It is now too late to purchase tickets, and they can go instead to see the 10:45 showing at the theater around the corner. Elaine and George purchase tickets at the Multiplex, and Kramer waits to tell Jerry of the change in plans. However, just before Jerry arrives, Kramer runs over to buy a hot dog at the Papaya King.

At the new movie theater, George is interested in another film there, Rochelle, Rochelle. Elaine struggles to save seats for everyone, and George runs afoul of an usher. Jerry misses his second show after being delayed by his taxi driver. Everyone but Kramer misses CheckMate and ends up in Rochelle, Rochelle.


The fictional film Rochelle, Rochelle ("a young girl's strange, erotic journey from Milan to Minsk") makes its first appearance in this episode. George later rents it from the video store in Season 4's "The Smelly Car", and it is turned into a Broadway musical starring Bette Midler in Season 6's "The Understudy".


  1. ^ Steve Skrovan, Bill Masters, Jon Hayman. "The Movie". Retrieved August 7, 2012.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)

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