Seinfeld (1989–1998): Season 3, Episode 6 - The Parking Garage - full transcript

The four get stuck in a parking garage for hours when they forget where they parked.

It's hard to find a store in a mall.
They have a directory...

but the problem with it is,
even if you figure out where you are...

and where you wanna go...

you still don't really know,
sometimes, which way to walk...

because it's an upright map.

If you had, like, suction-cup feet,
then you could just walk right up on it.

Then you could tell, you could be
on it going, "All right, I'm here.

I wanna go to the Gap.
That's down there.

All right, I'll just walk that way."

But people would know. They would
see you walking down the mall going:

They'd go, "That's one
of those suction-cup guys.

I heard about that guy.
He's never lost."

One left. What a joke.

- You can have this one.
- That's not enough BTUs...

for my living room.
This was a waste of time.

I didn't get one either.

Why do I always have the feeling...

everybody's doing something
better than me on Saturdays?

- This is what people do.
- No, they don't.

They're out on some big picnic,
they're cooking burgers...

making out on blankets.

They're not at some mall in Jersey...

watching their friends trying to find
the world's cheapest air conditioner.

You should see what my father used
to do before he bought a new car.

He'd go from state to state.
He was away for weeks at a time.

Like he's running for president
and going through the primaries.

We'd get phone calls
from New Hampshire.

We took a little ride,
what's the big deal?

At least you accomplished something.
You got fish.

Oh, big accomplishment.

Fish. What do they do?

- What do you do?
- Hey, this way!

Jerry, what time do you have?

I have 5:00.

- Always late. Always late.
- You're not late.

I told them to meet me
in front of my building at 6: 15.

- Who?
- My parents. It's their anniversary.

I'm taking them out to dinner
and a show tonight.

- Think we'll hit traffic?
- Of course. It's rush hour.

- Isn't it the other way?
- There's no other way.

Everybody goes every way
all the time.

- But it's Saturday.
- You got the picnic and burger traffic.

- There's picnic traffic?
- As my grandfather used to say:

"Sometimes even a picnic's
no picnic."

I always get myself in this position.
Can't be on time. Gotta rush.

What's the matter?

I have to go to the bathroom.

Why do they hide the bathrooms
in these malls?

- You want me to help you with that?
- No, I got it.

What do you think, Georgie boy?

Did I need that pointed out for me?

What is that gonna do for me?
How does that help me, to see her?

I'm trying to live my life.
Don't show me that.

Well, if you like her, go and talk to her.

Yeah, women love to get approached
in parking garages.

I'll go up and say, " Hi, how you doing?
Would you like a glass of white wine?"

You get within 15 feet, she'd have
her finger on the Mace button.

That was a guy.

- That was a guy?
- Where's the car?

Well, I thought it was here.

You don't know where we parked?

- Oh, this is great.
- Look, I thought it was Green 22.

I remember Orange.
I thought it was Orange.

- I didn't pay attention.
- This is just what I need.

I'm sure it's right around here.

Yeah, it looks familiar.
I remember the elevator.

There's elevators all over!
Everything looks the same!

We're like rats in some experiment.

It's over there. I know where it is.

- It's black, right?
- Well, it's dark brown.

In a parking lot, you write it down.
How hard is that?

There it is.

No, no.

That's a Toyota.

- I thought it was...
- Hey, didn't we come in over there?

I thought we came in over there.

How long can fish live
in one of these plastic bags?

I don't know. Maybe two hours.

You better find this car.

Let's try this way.

I really have to go to the bathroom.

Why don't you just go
behind one of these cars.

- Why? There's nobody around.
- I'll wait.

You hold it in like that, you can cause
a lot of damage to your bladder.

That's what happens to truck drivers.

They hold it in all the time
and eventually...

it starts to come out involuntarily.
- All right.

Jerry, are you aware that adult diapers
are a $600-million-a-year industry?

Maybe I should just go any time I get
the urge, like you, wherever I am.

There's too much urinary freedom
in this society. I'm proud to hold it in.

It builds character.

- Is that it?
- No.

Hey! Watch it!


You sure you don't want help
with that?

I'm gonna put it down
behind that car.

Worried somebody's gonna pee on it?

- It's Purple 23. Remember that.
- Oh, I got it.

That I'm supposed to remember.
Where the car is, that's insignificant.

I think they're labouring.

Look at this place! It's huge!

All right, let me say this to you:

If I am not in front of my building
at 6:15, when my parents get there...

they're gonna put me on
an aggravation instalment plan...

that will compound, with interest,
for decades.

Parents never forget a foul-up.

I once left my jacket on a bus
when I was 14.

I was flying to Chicago,
last week, on a plane:

"Make sure you hang on
to your jacket."

There's no way you can call them?

- Yeah, I'll call them on their car phone.
- What would it take...

for his parents to get a car phone?
- Hypnosis by aliens.

- Where the hell is this car, Kramer?
- We need a system.

Well, it's gotta be here.

Why are they using so many colours?

The numbers go up to 40.

Maybe it's not on this level.

- What?
- There's four different levels.

Maybe we're on the wrong level.

- How long was the escalator ride up?
- It felt like a couple of levels.

You should always bring
a pad and a pen.

I can't carry a pen.
I'm afraid I'll puncture my scrotum.

I got a pen.

Where is the bathroom in this mall?

There's 600 stores,
I didn't see one bathroom.

What is this, like, a joke?

Don't they consult with a urologist
when they build one of these places?

- What's with you?
- My ear itches.

Don't you dare talk to me like that,
you hear me?

I told you, I don't care!
You'll have to wait!

Hey, hey, is that really necessary?

Why don't you mind
your own business.

Well, I think hitting a defenceless child
is my business.

- You're ugly.
- What?

- You're ugly.
- You are.

- You are.
- That's what you think.

That's what I know.

- I found it!
- He's got it!

- No, no, no.
- All right, that's it.

From now on, no more calling out
"I found it" unless we're sitting in it.

Jerry, look at my fish.

- His eyes look a little cloudy.
- See?

Oh, those are your eyes.

Oh, they are gonna be furious.

- Who's got the tickets?
- I do.

I thought you knew this mall.

- You said you'd been here.
- It was easy last time.

Okay, my fish are dying
right in front of me.

We've gotta get someone to drive us
around to us help look for the car.

No one's gonna do that.

Excuse me. Hi.

We can't seem to find our car. I was
wondering if it would be possible...

to drive us around the garage
for five minutes so we can look.


- Just five minutes.
- Can't do it.

We're not skinheads.

Excuse me.
I can't seem to find my car.

Do you think you could drive me...?

Oh, that's funny? Is that funny?
Hey, tell me if you think this is funny:

These fish are dying.

In an hour they'll be belly-up!

Excuse me.

Excuse me.

Hey, sorry to have disturbed you.
Terribly sorry.

But the fish will be dead!
You do know that?

They can't live in plastic.

That's not me talking, that's science!

It's amazing how shopping
makes me have to go.

How does my bladder know
I'm in a department store?

Why don't you just go.

No, I can't.

- Don't you get tired of following rules?
- You think I'm too cautious?

Why be uncomfortable
if you don't have to?

- It's organic.
- Organic. So is Buddy Hackett.

- Buddy Hackett?
- He's a comedian.

I know.

- All right, all right.
- Hey, you can go over here.

I can manage.


- Okay, let's go.
- But...

Come on.


I'm telling you, I've had this condition
since I was 11 years old.

I've been in and out of hospitals
my whole life.

I have no control over it.

Doctors have told me
that when I feel it...

the best thing to do
is just release it.


I could die.

Do you hear what
I'm saying to you?

I'm telling you
that if I don't go, I could die.

Die! Is it worth dying for?

- That's up to you.
- Oh, so you don't care if I die.

What I care about is the sanitary
condition of the parking facility.

Why would I do it
unless I was in mortal danger?

- I know it's against the law.
- I don't know.

Because I could get "uromysitisis"
poisoning and die, that's why.

You think I enjoy living like this?

The shame? The humiliation?

You know, I've been issued
a public urination pass...

by the city because of my condition.

Unfortunately, my little brother ran out
of the house with it this morning.

Him and his friends are probably
peeing all over the place.




I'm never gonna get out of here.

Guy goes to pee,
he never comes back.

It's like a science-fiction story.

Maybe he went
to one of the other levels.

- I'm gonna look for him.
- Now you're gonna go?

- Be back in five minutes.
- If you go now...

we'll find the car, Jerry will show up
and we'll never find you!

I'll be right back.

What's the difference?
We'll all be dead eventually.

Does that bother you?

Yeah, it bothers me.

- Doesn't it bother you?
- Not at all.

Now, that bothers me even more
than dying bothers me.

Because people like you
live to be 120...

because you're not bothered by it.

How can it not bother you?

Well, I once saw this thing on TV
with people who are terminally ill.

Every one of them believed
that the secret of life...

is just to live every moment.

Yeah, I've heard that.

Meanwhile, I'm here with you
in a parking garage in Jersey.

That's a nice jacket.
Where'd you get that?

Some guy left it
over at my mother's house.

First of all, you don't even know,
technically, that I went.

That's for starters.

I mean, I could have been pouring
a bottle of water out there.

- I know what you did.
- Oh, really? Do you? Well...

it just so happens
that I did pour water out.

I had a bottle of very tepid water
and I poured it out.

I could see how you made
a mistake...

because pouring water out sounds
very much like a person urinating.

And, you know,
when you think about it...

it's really quite an amusing case
of mistaken identity.

And that's all it is.

And now he's gone.
I'm sure he's looking for the car.

Five minutes, that's all.
I just wanna find him.

- I can't do it.
- But why? Why can't you do it?

I can't.

That's not a reason, "You can't."
You just don't want to.

That's right.

But why? Why don't you want to?

I don't know.

Well, wouldn't you get any satisfaction
out of helping someone out?

No, I wouldn't.

All right. All right.

I... I want to apologize.

I was frightened.

I said crazy things,
I obviously offended you...

I insulted your intelligence.

The uromysitisis, the water bottle...

I made all that up.

And now I'm gonna tell you the truth.

Today my parents are celebrating...

their 50th...
Well, I'm jumping ahead here.

Their 47th wedding anniversary.

And we made plans to spend
the evening together.

They're meeting me
in front of my building at 6:15.

What I haven't told you...

or anyone else, for that matter...

is that my father's been
in a Red Chinese prison...

for the past 14 years.

I mean, the guy had a fat fetish.

The inspector never dated a woman
under 250 pounds.

- Really.
- What did he do with all that fat?

Does he just jump up and down on it?

Or does he gouge it
like Killer Kowalski?

- Who's Killer Kowalski?
- He was a wrestler.

He would get down on his knees...

and he'd grab ahold
of someone's stomach...

and squeeze it till they gave.

Hey, hey, hey.
I have to go to the bathroom.

Why don't you just go.

What, here?

You and Jerry. It's...


All right, I'm gonna
go down this row.

What? What did I do?
I didn't do anything.

Kramer! Kramer!

What? Don't you believe me?
It's their 47th anniversary.

You know, this is gonna kill them.

You're aware of that? Kill them.

On the biggest night of their life.

Your folks have
an anniversary today too?

Was your father also
in a Red Chinese prison?

Red Chinese prison?





You know when you're walking
with someone...

and you assume
that they know where the car is?

And you're fine until you see them
do this move. Once they do this:

When they look back from
where they came from...

No, you're in bad shape now.

Nobody that knows
where they're going does that.

Pilots on planes don't open
the cockpit door and go:

Well, what happened was...

my father was staying with
one of China's great military leaders...

General Chang, who, by the way,
came up with the recipe...

for General Chang's chicken. The
one with red pepper and orange peel...

at Szechwan Gardens?
- I eat it all the time. Spicy.

Apparently, General Chang
is a flamboyant man.

Complete failure as a general,
but a hell of a cook.

Look at this.

Look at this. Will you look at this?

He doesn't have enough with the
Mercedes, he has to have two spaces.

I tell you, you know what I'd like
to do? I'd like to spit on it.

I would like to see that.

- Should I? Should I do it?
- Teach him a lesson he'll never forget.

- Who does he think he is?
- Someone's gotta stop him.

- It's against the law, isn't it?
- Well, it certainly should be.


This is some machine.

Leave it to the Germans.

Let me ask you something.

What do they get
for a tune-up on this?

- Jerry!
- Elaine!

Where have you been?

- I was arrested for urinating.
- Me too.

- You what?
- I have uromysitisis.

It's very serious, you know.

Jerry, look at my fish.

- Is he...?
- No, but he's not looking good.

Please. We can't find our car.

Please, just drive us around
the parking lot to find our car.

- My fish are dying.
- Sorry. Can't do it.

I can see not caring
what happens to us. We're human.

But what about the fish? The fish?


That's right, go.

Go home to your dumbbells.

Go work on your pecs and your lats.
We're all really impressed.

Yeah, that's right. You heard me.

- You got a problem with that?
- Elaine, shut up.

Don't worry, I'm packing heat.

Hey, hey. Where's Kramer?

- I don't know.
- I thought he was with you.

Oh, see? See? I knew
this was gonna happen.

Look at the time. All right, that's it.

Did we look over there?
We check that side?

- We came in over there.
- We didn't come in over there.

- Where's Kramer?
- Look at these cars...

they all look exactly alike.

The fumes.

I can't breathe.

I'm having trouble breathing.

Hey, George, there she is again.

What are you doing?
You're killing me.

Ask her to drive us around.
There's your opening.

That is an opening.

Excuse me. I'm really...

See, what happened...

my friend forgot where he parked...
- Sure, I'll drive you around.

- You will?
- Sure.

Thank you. Thank you.

We're late and my parents are waiting
for me and we're stuck here.

Well, I wouldn't wanna get lost in here.
It smells like a toilet.

- People are such animals.
- You're telling me.

Filthy pigs.

It's a brown Ford.

This has happened to me too.
It's very frustrating.

I've asked several people.
They wouldn't even answer me.

I'm happy to do it.

I'm Michele.

Hi, Michele. I'm George.

- Get out!
- But I didn't mean anything by it.

I don't even know L. Ron Hubbard.
I didn't know you were with that group.

What about my fish?

Boy, those Scientologists,
they can be pretty sensitive.

I'll say.

What is it? The car!

- The car!
- The car!

- The car!
- I can't believe it!

Kramer. Kramer's not here.
I knew it.

I knew it. I knew this would happen.

- Kramer! Kramer!
- Kramer!


Hey, look.

Boy, I had a hell of a time finding
that air conditioner.

You know I looked everywhere?

I completely forgot where I hid it.

You know where it was?

- Purple 23.
- Right. Purple 23.

I could have used you.

Sometimes it's good to write
those things down.

Oh, boy. What time is it?


Well, at least there'll be no traffic.


Oh, boy.

- What time does that play start?
- 8:00.

Well, that could be a problem.

Where's your little bag of...

All right, let's giddyup.

See, the problem
with the mall garage...

is that everything looks the same.

They try to differentiate it.

They put up different colours,
different numbers, different letters.

What they need to do
is name the levels like:

"Your mother's a whore."
You know what I mean?

You would remember that.

You'd go, " I know, I'm parked at
'My father's an abusive alcoholic.'

I know where I parked."