Seinfeld: 5 Times Kramer Was A Good Friend To Jerry (& 5 Times He Wasn’t)

Part of what made Seinfeld such an original and entertaining comedy is that it was a show about four almost criminally selfish people who somehow remained inseparable friends. One of the most interesting relationships in the show is between Jerry and his next-door neighbor, Kramer.

Throughout Seinfeld’s nine seasons, Jerry and Kramer maintained an unconventional friendship. Oftentimes, it seemed like a one-way street in terms of the flow of favors and generosity, as Kramer is known to burst into Jerry’s apartment unannounced and raid his refrigerator. At times, though, Kramer came through or at least tried to come through, for Jerry, when he needed his help.

In “The Junk Mail,” Jerry tries to sell a van he received as a thank you for doing a comedy show for his friend’s dealership. He asks Kramer if he wants to ride with him out to a dealership in Jersey, but Kramer advises him to try and sell it privately, so he’ll get a better price. He even offers to help write the classified ad.

He writes, “Interesting trades considered.” When Jerry tells him he doesn’t want to trade, Kramer assures him, “You don’t have to. It’s all about tickling their buying bone.”

In “The Soul Mate,” Kramer falls in love with Pam, Jerry’s girlfriend and manager of a bookstore. After confronting Jerry about his love for her, he tries to woo her away from him by reciting some of Newman’s tragic poetry to her at her store. She falls for it and starts to prefer Kramer over Jerry.

Kramer further antagonizes Jerry by saying that Pam wouldn’t want to be the mother of his children, but she informs the both of them that she doesn’t plan on having kids, which leads Jerry and Kramer to schedule vasectomies.

Jerry hires Ray, the mysterious boyfriend of Elaine’s new client, Rava, to clean his apartment. He’s impressed with the job, but soon realizes that Ray absconded with Jerry’s prized statue, which he promised to George. Kramer, though he doesn’t have any stake in the matter, he says, “I’m not happy about this.”

He then goes rogue, posing as a detective and knocking on Ray’s door. With Ray pinned to the wall, he searches the apartment and bags the statue. He then lets Ray off with a “warning,” and leaves. Mission accomplished, at least until he accidentally breaks the statue back at Jerry’s apartment.

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