The Shower Head
|"The Shower Head"|
|Episode no.||Season 7|
|Directed by||Andy Ackerman|
|Written by||Peter Mehlman & Marjorie Gross|
|Original air date||February 15, 1996|
|Running time||21 minutes|
After Jerry's father Morty resigns from the condo board, Jerry's parents move into Uncle Leo's New York apartment, while Leo moves in with his new girlfriend, Lydia. The Seinfelds plan on moving to a new development called Del Boca Vista. Jerry starts to get annoyed by his parents calling him regularly, since they are now in his local calling area. He attempts to encourage Uncle Leo to break up with Lydia so that he can get rid of his parents. When Jerry tells George that his parents are moving to Del Boca Vista, George starts to wonder why his parents, Frank and Estelle, are still living in New York City. George then visits his parents, bringing a pamphlet, trying to convince them to leave so he can have a "buffer zone" from his parents. Jerry prepares for an appearance on the Tonight Show, where Morty and Helen run into George's parents. Frank says he wants to go to Del Boca Vista, but Morty claims there are no available condos there. Frank sees this as a challenge.
On the Tonight Show, Jerry tells Jay Leno about Uncle Leo and how he blames misfortunes on anti-semitism. Leo and Lydia watch the show, and Lydia laughs at Jerry's story, causing Leo to call her an anti-Semite, and breaking up with her. Leo moves back to his apartment, making Jerry happy, since his parents must then go back to Florida. However, Morty receives a threatening call from Frank, declaring that he is going to Del Boca Vista. Because of this, Morty and Helen cannot go back, and move into Jerry's apartment. Jerry tells Leo to reconcile with Lydia, so that his parents can go back to Leo's apartment. The Costanzas end up not going, because they feared leaving George, leaving the Seinfelds free to leave for Florida.
Elaine takes a urine test in order to go on a work trip to Kenya with her boss, J. Peterman. She then tests positive for opium. Peterman, who once had a bad experience with opium himself, will not let Elaine go and tries to help her. Elaine realizes that the opium is coming from the poppy seeds in her favorite muffins. She then asks Helen for her urine sample and passes it off as her own. It tests negative for opium, but it also has signs of menopause and osteoporosis, once again keeping Elaine from going to Kenya.
Jerry's apartment building has new shower heads installed, but they are low-flow, and cause their hair to look bad. Jerry, Kramer, and Newman are all upset, and then look for other options. Newman receives a tip for black market Yugoslavian shower heads, so he takes Jerry and Kramer to his client's van. Kramer picks a high pressure shower head used for elephants, but it ends up being too powerful and it forces him out of the tub.
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