Seinfeld – Season 5 – Episode 20 – The Fire
In the the Seinfeld episode The Fire, at Pendant Publishing Kramer is discussing his idea of a coffee table book about coffee tables with Elaine and his new girlfriend, Elaine’s ecstatic co-worker, Toby. Elaine finds Toby, as well as Kramer’s book, very annoying. George is dating Robin, a woman with a young son. Jerry is preparing his act to impress a magazine critic.
Kramer invites Toby to see Jerry’s act, where she initially cheers him, but then she starts heckling, booing, and hissing him ceaselessly after a joke he tells offends her. As a result of the heckling, Jerry gets a bad review from the critic. George, attending Robin’s son’s birthday party, cannot understand how “Eric the Clown” (played by Jon Favreau) does not know who Bozo is and complains that “Eric” is not a good clown name. Later, George panics when a small fire breaks out in the kitchen and he rushes away, violating the maxim “women and children first” while pushing down everyone in his path including Robin’s son, her mother, a disabled elderly woman, and the clown, leaving them all behind. The attendees of the birthday party are extremely upset with him, so he tries to justify his behavior by saying how he acted bravely by pushing his way to the front, acting as their “leader,” an explanation that nobody buys. Eric apparently saved the day by putting the fire out with one of his big clown shoes.
Jerry takes the ultimate revenge for a comedian by appearing at Toby’s workplace to heckle her; crying, she runs out of her office and onto the street where her foot is run over by a street sweeper, which severs her pinky toe. Later, Kramer retells the story of how he found the toe, boarded a bus, and fought a gunman just to go to the hospital.