The Pool Guy
|"The Pool Guy"|
|Episode no.||Season 7
|Directed by||Andy Ackerman|
|Written by||David Mandel|
|Original air date||November 16, 1995|
"The Pool Guy" is the 118th episode of NBC sitcom Seinfeld. This was the eighth episode of the seventh season. It aired on November 16, 1995. The end credit states "In Memory of our Friend Rick Bolden"; Rick Bolden was one of the musicians who worked on the show's theme song.
Elaine befriends Susan. Jerry meets his pool guy outside a movie, and then he can't get rid of him. George is worried by Elaine wanting to get to know Susan ("The two worlds collide!"). Kramer's new phone number (555-FILK) is similar to a film information line (555-FILM). When Kramer keeps receiving wrong numbers, he begins giving out the information for movie show times posing as the Moviefone man. George then goes to meet Jerry at the Coffee Shop but when Jerry arrives, he sits down with Susan, Kramer, & Elaine at a separate table. When George arrives, it proves the "worlds are colliding" phrase. Susan, Elaine and Jerry then go to a movie, and George arrives to look for them, using Kramer's information. He hung up the phone before Kramer tells him that the movie is playing at two theaters, so he shows up at the wrong theater and starts yelling for them. At the end of the episode, George is pulled out by security and Kramer is confronted by the real Moviefone man.
Playwright/performing artist Danny Hoch was originally cast as the Pool Guy in this episode. According to Hoch he objected to what he felt was ethnic stereotyping in the way his character was written: a stereotype of a "crazy Hispanic named Ramon." After Hoch unsuccessfully tried to have the character changed, he said that Jason Alexander and Julia Louis-Dreyfus were supportive of him, while Michael Richards told him he would be fired if he didn't play the role as written. Hoch then returned to his hotel room, and shortly afterwards received a phone call telling him he was being replaced and he should fly home as soon as possible. He told this story on a 2005 television documentary Race Is the Place and in his one-man show Jails, Hospitals & Hip Hop.