I received mixed reviews on my Seinfeld trivia– some thought it was too hard and others thought it was just right. Zombie expert and author Jack Flacco made a great effort– obviously he’s a “Seinfeldic Scholar” (a term coined by David). For the rest of you, Seinfeldic Scholars or not, here are the questions and answers:
(1) What did George want to name his future child and why? Bonus: What celebrity in real life used the name?
Answer: Seven, after Mickey Mantle’s jersey number. The Beckham’s recently named their daughter Harper Seven Beckham for similar reasons.
(2) Before Leslie Knope became the living symbol of all Parks and Rec departments, Jerry had a cousin who worked in the Parks Department. What was his name? Bonus: What was this Parks Department worker’s favorite animal?
Answer: Cousin Jeffrey (Uncle Leo’s son) worked for the Parks Department. He loved nature. Leopards were his favorite animal because of their spots.
(3) After George gets his soup from the Soup Nazi, he asks for something that causes the Soup Nazi to tell George, “No soup for you!” What did George ask for? Bonus: What kind of soup did George order? Super Bonus: Later when George returns with Elaine, who does she tell the Soup Nazi he looks like that causes him to get angry and cut her off from soup?
Answer: George was banned from soup when he ordered medium turkey chili and afterwards asked for his free bread. The Soup Nazi tried to charge George $2 for the bread. When George objected, SN tried to charge $3, and then told him that favorite line: “No soup for you!” Later, Elaine goes to the soup stand with George and tells SN that he looks like Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman. She even does the “Who-ah” which really aggravates the SN!
(4) What are the qualities in George that cause Marisa Tomei to wonder why he’s not taken? Bonus: What odd topic does George discuss on their date in the park?
Answer: Marisa Tomei is impressed that George is “so bald, and so quirky and funny.” He discusses manure at the park. Here is their dialogue from the script [ Credit: http://www.seinfeldscripts.com/TheCadillac2.html]:
George sits on a bench with Marisa Tomei. He’s mid-speech, and Marisa’s looking
interested, smiling and laughing.
GEORGE: …So, anyway, if you think about it, manure is not really that bad a
word. I mean, it’s ‘newer’, which is good, and a ‘ma’ in front of it, which is
also good. Ma-newer , right?
MARISA: (laughing) You’re so right. I never thought of it like that. Manure.
‘Ma’ and the ‘newer’.
Marisa laughs and George is smiling happily.
MARISA: Did you just make that up?
GEORGE: What, you think I’m doing material here?
MARISA: (laughs) No, no. It’s hard to believe anyone could be so spontaneously
GEORGE: (modest) And I’m a little tired.
Marisa laughs again, then speaks, still smiling, but more seriously.
MARISA: So, tell me, how is it that a man like you, so bald, and so quirky and
funny, how is it you’re not taken?
GEORGE: Well, Marisa. See, the thing is… I’m sort of engaged.
Marisa’s face falls in disappointment.
GEORGE: I’m, you know, engaged.
Marisa’s expression turns to anger. She swings a fist and punches George in the
face, then grabs her bag and storms away. George feels the painful spot where he
received the blow.
(5) David Puddy uses a “sex move” on Elaine that Elaine attributes to Jerry, except David does something different at the end. What does he do? Bonus: What is Frank Costanza’s “move”?
Answer: Puddy does a “pinch,” not a “swirl.” Frank does the “stopping short” move.
(6) What day is Festivus celebrated and what are the events that take place on that special holiday? Bonus: What must occur for the holiday to end?
Answer: Festivus, an alternative to participating in the pressures and commercialism of the Christmas Holiday season, takes place on December 23. Events include a Festivus dinner, placement of an unadorned aluminum Festivus Pole, “Airing of Grievances,” “Feats of Strength,” and labeling of “Festivus miracles.” The holiday ends only when the head of the household is actually pinned during a “Feats of Strength” wresting match.
(7) Name three of the many fictional movies referenced on the show. Bonus: Name any of the taglines for these movies.
Rochelle Rochelle (a young girl’s strange, erotic journey from Milan to Minsk)
Prognosis Negative (Jerry can’t go with Elaine because he’s dogsitting)
Death Blow (the bootlegging episode. Tagline: “When someone tries to blow you up, not because of who you are, but for different reasons altogether.”)
Chunnel (the president’s daughter gets stuck in the exploding Chunnel)
Ponce de Leon (finding the fountain of youth- George loved it, Elaine hated it)
Brown Eyed Girl (mentioned by Kramer when he’s impersonating Moviefone)
The Other Side of Darkness (changing the way you look at comas)
Sack Lunch (opened the same day as The English Patient)
Firestorm (Harrison Ford jumps out of a plane and shoots back up at the plane while he falls. Frank Costanza becomes furious to find out that a helicopter lands on a car prior to seeing the movie.)
Checkmate (about a king who likes chess- They all want to see this, but end up at Rochelle Rochelle)
Blame it on the Rain (Elaine goes with Todd Gack)
Other movies mentioned: Means to an End, The Pain and the Yearning, Agent Zero, Mountain High, Blimp: The Hindenburg Story, Cry Cry Again
[Credit: 11 points: http://www.11points.com/TV/11_Fake_Movies_From_Seinfeld_That_Really_Need_To_Be_Made ]
(8) Kramer gets a speaking part in a Woody Allen movie. What is his line? Bonus: What causes Kramer to get fired from the movie set?
Answer: “Boy, these pretzels are making me thirsty!” Everyone takes a turn in advising Kramer how to say the line. He is later fired when he slams his beer mug on the table it, breaking it and accidentally injuring Woody Allen with a flying shard of glass.
(9) When George loses his job for using the boss’s private bathroom, he and Jerry have a conversation about George’s career path. Name three things that George thinks he’d be good at doing. Bonus: Why does Jerry think that these potential careers won’t work out for George?
Answer: I’ll let the script speak for itself!
GEORGE: I like sports. I could do something in sports.
JERRY: Uh-huh. Uh-huh. In what capacity?
GEORGE: You know, like the general manager of a baseball team or something.
JERRY: Yeah. Well, that – that could be tough to get.
GEORGE: Well, it doesn’t even have to be the general manager. Maybe I could be like, an announcer. Like a color man. You know how I always make those interesting comments during the game.
JERRY: Yeah. Yeah. You make good comments.
GEORGE: What about that?
JERRY: Well, they tend to give those jobs to ex-ballplayers and people that are, you know, in broadcasting.
GEORGE: Well, that’s really not fair.
JERRY: I know. Well, okay. Okay. What else do ya like?
GEORGE: Movies. I like to watch movies.
JERRY: Yeah. Yeah.
GEORGE: Do they pay people to watch movies?
GEORGE: That’s true.
JERRY: But you gotta know how to work the projector.
JERRY: And it’s probably a union thing.
GEORGE: (scoffs) Those unions. (sighs) Okay. Sports,…movies. What about a talk show host?
JERRY: Talk show host. That’s good.
GEORGE: I think I’d be good at that. I talk to people all the time. Someone even told me once they thought I’d be a good talk show host.
GEORGE: Yeah. A couple of people. I don’t get that, though. Where do you start?
JERRY: Well, that’s where it gets tricky.
GEORGE: You can’t just walk into a building and say ” I wanna be a talk show host.”
JERRY: I wouldn’t think so.
GEORGE: It’s all politics.
JERRY: All right. Okay. Sports, movies, talk show host. What else?
GEORGE: This could have been a huge mistake.
JERRY: Well, it doesn’t sound like you completely thought this through.
GEORGE: (sighs) Guess not. What should I do?
JERRY: Maybe you can just go back.
GEORGE: Go back?
JERRY: Yeah. Pretend like it never happened.
GEORGE: You mean just walk into the staff meeting on Monday morning like it never
JERRY: Sure. You’re an emotional person. People don’t take you seriously.
GEORGE: Just..go back. Pretend the whole thing never happened.
JERRY: Never happened.
GEORGE: I was just blowin’ off a little steam. So what?
JERRY: So what? You’re entitled.
GEORGE: I’m emotional.
JERRY: That’s right. You’re emotional.
GEORGE: Never happened.
JERRY: Never happened.
[Credit: http://www.seinology.com/scripts/script-12.shtml ]
(10) Jerry falls asleep watching television and wakes up in the middle of the night with a great idea for a “bit.” He scribbles it on paper and goes back to sleep. The next morning, he can’t figure out what he wrote. What did the note say? Bonus: Many people tried to help Jerry figure out the note the next day. What were some of the guesses as to what the note said?
Answer: The note said “Flaming Globes of Sigmond.” Guesses were: “fax me some halibut”; “don’t mess with Johnny’; “salami salami bologna”; “Cleveland 117, San Antonio 109.”
I hope you enjoyed! Have a nice night.