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The Face Painter 

Jerry scores premium tickets to a New Jersey Devils playoff game. He invites Kramer, Puddy, and Elaine along. But Jerry gets weirded out when Puddy shows up at the game and paints his face ... See full summary »


Andy Ackerman


Larry David (created by), Jerry Seinfeld (created by) | 4 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Jerry Seinfeld ... Jerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Elaine Benes
Michael Richards ... Cosmo Kramer
Jason Alexander ... George Costanza
Patrick Warburton ... David Puddy
Katy Selverstone ... Siena
Mark DeCarlo ... Alec Berg
Raye Birk ... Mr. Pless
Pierrino Mascarino ... Father Hernandez
Joe Lala Joe Lala ... Priest
Peggy Lane ... Waitress (as Peggy Lane O'Rourke)
Dave Richardson Dave Richardson ... Fan #1 (as David Richardson)
David Powledge David Powledge ... Fan #2 (as Dave Powledge)
Jan Eddy ... Fan #3
Lawrence LeJohn Lawrence LeJohn ... Crowd Member


Jerry scores premium tickets to a New Jersey Devils playoff game. He invites Kramer, Puddy, and Elaine along. But Jerry gets weirded out when Puddy shows up at the game and paints his face to match the team colors. Puddy gets so worked up after the game that he freaks out a visiting pastor from El Salvador, who is convinced that Puddy really is the devil. Elaine tries to convince him otherwise. Kramer enjoyed the game so much that he tries to convince Jerry to get more tickets from the guy Jerry got them from. Meanwhile, George decides to tell his girlfriend that he loves her, only to have the plans backfire on him while Kramer battles a chimpanzee at the zoo. Written by halo1k

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11 May 1995 (USA) See more »

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The sentences spoken in Spanish by the priest but not translated via subtitles are: "The devil. My God. The devil." Then - the scene at the end: "The Madonna. Mother of Christ. I am not ready." See more »


David Puddy says he's been a Devils fan since he was a kid, but he's too old to make this claim because the franchise was established as the Kansas City Scouts in 1974. The franchise relocated to Denver in 1976 and was known as the Colorado Rockies, before relocating to New Jersey in 1982 and becoming the Devils. Puddy would have had to support both the Scouts and Rockies incarnations of the franchise for his claim to be valid. See more »


David Puddy: [pounds the hood of a taxi that almost struck him] Hey, what are you doing? Watch where you're driving, man!
David Puddy: [approaches the passenger side window] Don't mess with the Devils, buddy. We're number one, we beat anybody! We're the Devils! The Devils! Haaaa!
[Puddy runs away, leaving Father Hernandez in shock at the sight of him in face paint]
Father Hernandez: [in Spanish] Mi dios, el diablo
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Mobsters and Mormons (2018) See more »


Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
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30 June 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews


Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, the creators, of the dream sitcom for every stand up artist is the milestone set as an example on how to use your humor as a part of narrative. The series was clearly ahead of its time and fixated within that time limit when it was aired- or maybe not even then. This is how the series both remains timeless and also fails to test against time. The concept of the series- in fact there is an episode, where the series takes an almost meta turn, whispering the secretive meeting held within the confound of NBC walls about the pitch- is to just joke, just talk, analyse with a mockery tone, bombing brutally on a subject from the most privileged position under that circumstances. There is no storyline, no character development, no arc, no rhythm to follow. Usually, a film like such becomes more than a film with such an idea; take the Life Of Brian series. And similarly the series refuses to participate in the expected or not even expected aspects of the storytelling.

There is no end, no beginning, it captures a brief period with an agenda in mind that you will have the time of your life. But this is where this coherent plan backfires. First the runtime itself. Something so monotonous cannot withhold its audience for nine years. It is simply preposterous. For the style of the joke, the humor, the vocab of these characters, if as-planned is intended to be the same, will grow natural or normal to the viewers. This makes the relationship between the viewers and the characters, similar to what the viewers have in the outer world, maybe a friend or a family member.

Basically it would never be interesting, sure some cases would come up, just as chapters does in here, but that too will carry the momentum of just that brief period of screentime. Another major challenge it faces is, in order to stay far away from the textbook sitcom structure, the character has to and does deny on getting on or blending in with the society. Now that's fine. But in order to last longer they had to create an unfair world that takes uncalled detours just for the laughs, ignoring both emotional and ethical aspect of it, resulting into a physical distance that you, as an audience, carry for the rest of the series. By the end, it gets difficult to survive and something so beloved, something so smart, Seinfeld is left under a dry heap of jokes.

The Face Painter

The I Love You factor is in the business. And Anderson is the victim. There have been plenty of sitcoms who have hovered around the subject and Seinfeld has managed to extract the similar social rigmarole of fascination and desperation.

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