Seinfeld – Season 5 – Episode 9 – The Masseuse
Seinfeld The Masseuse is the 9th episode of the Seinfeld season 5 and the 73rd overall the Seinfeld series and it was aired on November 18, 1993.
In the the Seinfeld episode The Masseuse, Elaine dates a man who shares the name of real-life serial killer Joel Rifkin and tries to convince him to change his name, giving him ideas from the names of some professional football players such as O.J. Anderson and OJ Simpson. Jerry‘s girlfriend, a masseuse, seems unwilling to give Jerry a massage, even as she takes Kramer as a client. Meanwhile, she is not fond of George, leading him incessantly to wonder why, even to his neglect of his own girlfriend Karen.
Eventually, Jerry goes insane and angrily tries to force his girlfriend to give him the massage. She leaves, encountering George on the way out the apartment door, who professes his growing fondness for her. Elaine and Joel fight over selecting a new name. Kramer’s back is sore after attending a football game and leaping over rows of seats to catch the winning field goal. George and Karen split.
While visiting her boyfriend, Joel Rifkin, Elaine is seen reading an NFL Gameday program. She suggests that many people these days are named “Deion,” referencing Deion Sanders.
A common misconception and urban legend is that Elaine suggests that Joel change his name to O.J., for O.J. Simpson. It was particularly interesting as Simpson was accused of murdering his Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman just 7 months after the episode aired.
However, the O.J. Elaine was referencing was Ottis “O.J.” Anderson, the New York Giants running back who retired after the 1992 NFL Season and was named the MVP of Super Bowl XXV.
Later in the episode, Kramer says he injured his back diving for a football, similar to a Chicago Bears fan who leaped out of the stands to catch a ball on Monday Night Football in 1995.