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Recap / Seinfeld S 5 E 2 The Puffy Shirt

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Jerry goes out to dinner with Kramer and his girlfriend Leslie, a fashion designer who happens to be a low-talker. While talking with her, Jerry inadvertently agrees to wear a puffy pirate shirt she designed on his appearance for The Today Show. George begins a career as a hand model.

  • As Himself: Bryant Gumble as host of The Today Show, who makes fun of Jerry's shirt.
  • Career-Ending Injury:
    • George's hand-modeling career comes to an end when he makes fun of the puffy shirt, unaware Leslie was behind him, when she shoves him, causing him to stumble onto an iron, which makes contact with his hands.
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    • Earlier on, after a photo session, the photographer talks with George about Ray McKigney, who had nice hands just like George. Unfortunately he was a little too-in-love with his hands and one day, his hand got locked in a position which distorted his hands bad. George ensures him that won't happen to him, since he won a contest.
  • Catchphrase: "I DON'T WANNA BE A PIRATE!"
  • Dressed to Plunder: Leslie’s fashion line is inspired by pirate clothing.
  • Impossibly Tacky Clothes: The puffy shirt.
  • Rage Breaking Point: After Jerry’s badmouthing of the puffy shirt ruins her, Leslie finally snaps when George mocks the puffy shirt in front of her (unaware she was in the room) and shoves him, which puts an abrupt end to his career as a hand model when this causes his hands to be burnt by an iron.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: With Bryant Gumble making fun of his shirt, Jerry tells him he inadvertently agreed to wear it and shares his real thoughts about it, promoting Leslie to shout "YOU BASTARD!!!", making it the first time Jerry heard anything she said.
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  • Talk Like a Pirate: The panhandler who gets Jerry’s puffy shirt.
    Argh, can you spare some change for an old buccaneer?
  • The Unintelligible: Leslie speaks too low for Jerry to understand her.
  • Wham Line: After “The Contest” ended with Jerry and George still in the running, we finally learn George won, to huge applause. Though the series finale revealed that he cheated.
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