Seinfeld (1989–1998)
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The Keys 

Jerry is fed up with Kramer's coming into his apartment any time he feels like it and asks him to return his spare set of keys. Kramer begrudgingly complies but then lets it be known that ... See full summary »


Tom Cherones


Larry David (created by), Jerry Seinfeld (created by) | 1 more credit »




Episode complete credited cast:
Jerry Seinfeld ... Jerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Elaine Benes
Michael Richards ... Kramer
Jason Alexander ... George Costanza
Wayne Knight ... Newman
Nina Tremblay Nina Tremblay ... Jerry's Girlfriend
Eric Allan Kramer ... Biker
Ricky Dean Logan ... Hippie #1
Sharon Barr ... Trucker
Maud Winchester Maud Winchester ... Hippie #2
Heather James Heather James ... Waitress
C.K. Steefel ... Kramer's Girlfriend (as Carissa Channing)
Candice Bergen ... Murphy Brown


Jerry is fed up with Kramer's coming into his apartment any time he feels like it and asks him to return his spare set of keys. Kramer begrudgingly complies but then lets it be known that he's leaving for California. As for the others, the one key swap leads to multiple exchanges on pretty well everyone's part. When Jerry forgets his keys, he gets George to let him into Elaine's apartment so he can get his spare set. What they find interests them. Written by garykmcd

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6 May 1992 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Did You Know?


The music Kramer's (Michael Richards) mother is listening to in the background when Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) calls her is from Pagliacci. See more »


When Elaine and George are sitting on Jerry's couch eating rice crackers Elaine's cracker goes from nearly completely eaten to whole again. See more »


Jerry Seinfeld: Now, are you gonna tell me where Kramer is, or are we gonna have to do this the hard way?
[Hits wall with his fist]
Newman: Help! Help!
Jerry Seinfeld: Where's Kramer?
Newman: Help!
Elaine Benes: [Elaine enters] What's going on?
Newman: [Newman grabs Elaine and hides behind her] They're gonna beat me up!
George Costanza: No we're not.
Jerry Seinfeld: We're trying to find out what happened to Kramer.
Newman: You wanna know what happened to Kramer? I'll tell you what happened to Kramer. He was ticked off. About the keys. Yeah, that's right - about the keys. Thought he got a bad rap.
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References Gomer Pyle: USMC (1964) See more »


Vesti la giubba
Music by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Heard on the other line when Jerry calls Kramer's mother.
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Out of place
16 June 2016 | by juanmaffeoSee all my reviews

I think this episode has its good and bad things. The good is the fact that it sets an arc for the following two episodes and we get some exploration into Kramer's character. The bad is that it is disjointed as hell.

I've always had an ever changing relationship with Larry Charles. Sometimes he can deliver classics like "The Subway", "The Airport, "The Outing" and sometimes he delivers out-of-place, dull episodes like "The Bris", "The Baby Shower", "The Trip Pt.1" and this one. He always had a more bizarre point of view, but sometimes it just feels out of place in the context of the other episodes.

There are two story lines here. One is the triangle key problem between Jerry, Elaine and George and the other is Kramer's trip to LA. I think both stories are weak. The "key" story line is as hollow as it gets. The dialogue is 60% fast-complicated speeches about the keys' destinations. I'm not kidding. Kramer's story would fit better in a eight season episode. It is so Ackerman's style that it feels even more out of place here. The contrast between seeing Kramer rollerskating in LA and the gang arguing in Jerry's apartment is so weird. It really feels like too different shows.

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