"The English Patient" - Season 8 Episode 17 of Seinfeld Premiers

"The English Patient" is the 151st episode of the NBC sitcom Seinfeld.

It was the 17th episode for the 8th season and aired on March 13, 1997.

Plot Summary:

A woman, Danielle, mistakes George for her boyfriend Neil, a man who she claims looks just like him. This intrigues George; he wants to meet Neil. Jerry is going to Florida to help his parents move. Kramer asks him to pick up some "Cubans" for him and gives him a pale blue T-shirt that says "#1 Dad."

Elaine and her boyfriend see The English Patient; she absolutely hates it, and her boyfriend breaks up with her as a result. Morty finds the "#1 Dad" T-shirt and is very flattered by the "gesture" (going as far as saying that it is the nicest thing Jerry has ever done for him, much to Jerry's dismay, since he has bought him a Cadillac twice) and proudly wears his new shirt despite its small size. At his parents' exercise room, Jerry meets Izzy Mandelbaum, an 80-year-old man who cannot stand to lose. Izzy promptly challenges Jerry to a weightlifting competition ("It's go time!"), but throws his back out again and again. Kramer's Cubans arrive, but they are people, not cigars. George is obsessed with Neil to the point where he is missing out on Danielle. Jerry is back in New York, where Izzy Mandelbaum has returned to see a back specialist. It turns out that Kramer's Cubans are really Dominicans that are trying to pass off as Cuban cigar rollers; it fails spectacularly.

Elaine's dislike for The English Patient alienates her from everyone. Not wishing to upset J. Peterman, she lies to him and says that she has not seen the film. Her plan backfires, however, when he immediately takes steps to correct the situation by dropping everything and taking Elaine to see it. Jerry meets the rest of the Mandelbaums, all of whom are fiercely competitive and old. Izzy's son and father also injure their backs. Jerry finds work for Kramer's "Cubans" at Izzy's "Magic Pan" restaurant, rolling crêpes. Elaine's hatred of the movie gets her fired, but Peterman later relents, deciding instead that she must go to the Tunisian desert (where the movie was filmed) and live in a cave to save her job.

The "Cubans" roll the crêpes too tightly, causing the filling to spray out and burn customers. Kramer fears that his unemployed Dominicans, whom he educated about communism, are planning to revolt. George finally meets Neil in a hospital, after Neil was burned by a crêpe; Danielle chooses Neil over George, but George gets the last laugh by pulling out his intravenous cord. Elaine's plane to Tunisia was supposed to play the movie Sack Lunch, but then was hijacked by the angry Dominicans, who are all wearing pale blue "#1 Dad" T-shirts. They demand the movie be turned off, much to Elaine's chagrin.