The Muffin Tops
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Upon learning that Elaine left many of his own stories in Peterman's autobiography, Kramer is intent on reclaiming them. But he's forcibly ejected from Peterman's book signing where Elaine's former boss, Mr. Lippman, is intrigued by her habit of eating the tops of muffins. Meanwhile, after Jerry suspects that his girlfriend Alex might like that he's accidentally shaved off his chest hair, George pretends to be from out of town in order to get a date with a woman from the tourism board.
To keep up appearances for Mary Anne, George moves into a hotel. But when he then claims he's thinking about moving to New York, Mary Anne is sure he'll never make it. Then, as Kramer tries to cash in on the book's success by giving bus tours about his version of Peterman's life story, Lippman opens a store selling nothing but muffin tops. When the new venture is about to collapse, Elaine points out that they are only good when cut from a whole muffin and convinces Lippman to give the rest to a homeless shelter. But when the shelter's director balks, they must dispose of the leftover muffin bottoms themselves.
As Kramer warns Jerry about the adverse consequences of shaving his chest hair, George's efforts to impress Mary Ann gives his boss the impression that he's holding down two jobs, one in New York and another in Arkansas. Then, as his bus tours fail to get off the ground, Kramer agrees to haul Elaine and Lippman's excess muffin bottoms. However, when he cannot find anyone to take them, Elaine and Lippman hire Newman instead. Finally, after his deception causes George to lose his job with the Yankees, Mary Anne is convinced that her earlier predictions were correct.
This episode contains one of Jerry's all-time favorite lines in which he points to his chest and tells George that inside his heart can be found the biggest dating scene in the world.
In this episode, it's revealed that Newman is also known as "The Cleaner" because he makes problems go away.
The idea for this storyline was inspired by the real Kenny Kramer who, to capitalize on the success of his fictional counterpart, began a "Kramer Reality Bus Tour." In it, Kenny Kramer drives tourists around to sites that were also mentioned on the show while sharing anecdotes about his own life.
"I can't believe somebody pulled the top off of this muffin."
"That was me. I'm sorry. I don't like the stumps."
"So you just eat the tops."
"Oh yeah. It's the best part. It's crunchy, it's explosive, it's where the muffin breaks free of the pan and sort of does its own thing."