Seinfeld – Season 3 – Episode 17 – The Boyfriend
Seinfeld The Boyfriend is the 17th episode of the Seinfeld season 3 and the 35th overall the Seinfeld series and it was aired on February 12, 1992.
The action from this episode, continues int he next one Seinfeld The New Friend.
In the Seinfeld episode The Boyfriend, Jerry meets an idol of his—former New York Mets baseball player Keith Hernandez and wants to make a good impression. Meanwhile, George is out of time on his unemployment and he works harder than ever on his scheme to get a 13-week extension. He tells the unemployment office that he was close to a job with Vandelay Industries, a company made up by George that makes latex products and whose main office’s phone number is Jerry’s apartment. Kramer and Newman accuse Keith of spitting on them after a past Mets game by the players parking lot at Shea Stadium; however, Jerry supports a “second-spitter theory” and that Keith was not involved. Keith asks Jerry about Elaine’s relationship status, then makes a date with her, breaking a date he previously made with Jerry.
The “spitting incident” depicted in the story is a pastiche of the 1991 film JFK. Jerry presents the “Magic Loogie Theory”, a reference to the “Magic Bullet Theory” featured in the film. Also, the recount of the incident in the episode resembles the Zapruder film in JFK, as it uses the same color and photography effects. Additionally, the episode features Wayne Knight (as Newman), who also appeared in JFK in the same position as the scene it depicts.
In the episode “The Seinfeld Chronicles” (which aired July 1989), Jerry notes that Kramer “left the building in ten years,” a point which Kramer does not dispute. This was clearly an exaggeration, since this episode reveals that Kramer, with Newman, attended a baseball game at Shea Stadium on June 14th, 1987.