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"The Alternate Side"
Seinfeld episode
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 28
Written by Larry David and Bill Masters
Directed by Tom Cherones
Original airdate December 4, 1991
Season 3 episodes
Seinfeld – Season 3
September 1991 – May 1992
  1. "The Note"
  2. "The Truth"
  3. "The Pen"
  4. "The Dog"
  5. "The Library"
  6. "The Parking Garage"
  7. "The Cafe"
  8. "The Tape"
  9. "The Nose Job"
  10. "The Stranded"
  11. "The Alternate Side"
  12. "The Red Dot"
  13. "The Subway"
  14. "The Pez Dispenser"
  15. "The Suicide"
  16. "The Fix-Up"
  17. "The Boyfriend, Part 1"
  18. "The Boyfriend, Part 2"
  19. "The Limo"
  20. "The Good Samaritan"
  21. "The Letter"
  22. "The Parking Space"
  23. "The Keys"
List of Seinfeld episodes

"The Alternate Side" is the twenty-eighth episode of the sitcom Seinfeld. The episode was the eleventh episode of the show's third season. It aired on December 4, 1991.

The episode was written by Larry David and Bill Masters; it was directed by Tom Cherones. It was the first episode to have distinct storylines for all main characters. The idea for the Woody Allen story came from David's experience in the world of Allen, with whom he briefly appeared in Radio Days (1987) and New York Stories (1989). He would later appear in a lead role in Whatever Works (2009).


Jerry's car is stolen and he has a conversation with the thief (voiced by Larry David) on the car phone. George takes a job moving cars from one side of the street to the other to comply with alternate side parking regulations, in which he does a predictably shoddy job. Elaine cares for her 66-year-old boyfriend, who has had a stroke just before she was about to break up with him. Kramer gets a line in a Woody Allen film, popularizing the expression, "These pretzels are making me thirsty!" He accidentally injures Allen during the shooting and gets fired from the set. George is also responsible for the popularizing the expression as he repeats it several time during the episode.

George then causes a major accident and traffic jam, making it longer for the ambulance to reach Elaine's boyfriend, and because of this, the movie is canceled and Woody Allen says that he may never shoot a movie in Manhattan ever again.


Jason Alexander (the actor who plays George) would go on to star in a Rold Gold Pretzel commercial, where he again uses the line "these pretzels are making me thirsty."



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