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The Masseuse (Seinfeld)

"The Masseuse" is the 73rd episode of the NBC sitcom Seinfeld.[2] It is the ninth episode of the fifth season, and first aired on November 18, 1993.[1]

"The Masseuse"
Seinfeld episode
Episode no. Season 5[1]
Episode 9[1]
Directed by Tom Cherones[1]
Written by Peter Mehlman[1]
Production code 509
Original air date November 18, 1993[1]
Guest appearance(s)
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Elaine is embarrassed when she dates a man who shares the same name as real-life serial killer Joel Rifkin (Anthony Cistaro), and she tries to convince him to change his name. Meanwhile, Jerry is dating a masseuse (Jennifer Coolidge), but is frustrated by her reluctance to give him a massage. George becomes so obsessed over the fact that Jerry's girlfriend doesn't like him, he dumps his own girlfriend (Lisa Edelstein) after she gives him an ultimatum to choose between them.[3]

Jerry angrily tries to force his girlfriend to give him the massage, causing a fight. As she storms out she encounters an enamored George, who professes that "she dislikes me so much, it's irresistible".

After Elaine's boyfriend Joel realizes he needs to change his name, they argue incessantly over choice of new name and presumably break up over it (as he fails to appear in any future episodes).[3]

Cultural referencesEdit

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.

While brainstorming new first names for Joel, Elaine mentions "O.J." (after O.J. Simpson). Several months after the episode aired, Simpson was charged with the murder of his wife and her friend.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i ""Seinfeld" The Masseuse". IMDb. Amazon. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  2. ^ Bauder, David (26 December 1997). "NBC's 'Seinfeld' Signing off After End Of Its Ninth Season". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  3. ^ a b "The Masseuse". Seinfeld. Castle Rock Entertainment. Retrieved 5 March 2013.

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