The Dog (Seinfeld) - Trivia


  • The fictional film Prognosis: Negative is named after an unproduced screenplay by Larry David in which the main character wrongly assumes a negative prognosis is bad news. Similarly, in Season 4's The Pilot, George is told his lip must have a biopsy, and when he calls for his test results, he assumes he is going to die when he is told, "Negative."
  • The character Gavin is named after Gavin Polone, Larry David's agent and, later, executive producer on Curb Your Enthusiasm.
  • Elaine tells George, "I really wanted to see Prognosis Negative with Jerry, uh, you wanna see Ponce de Leon?" Elaine mentions their having seen the latter movie in the later, 4th Season episode The Movie, in which she teases George for finding it moving, while she thought it was "stupid."
  • In one scene, Elaine is making chocolate milk. Farfel is named after Farfel the Dog, a ventriloquist's dummy created by Jimmy Nelson. The Farfel character is probably best known for television commercials for Nestlé's Quik which ran from 1953 to 1965.
  • Elaine tells George that she has lived in New York since 1986.
  • Jerry delivers a monologue on people and dogs:
"On my block, a lot of people walk their dogs, and I always see them walking along with their little poop bags, which to me is just the lowest function of human life. If aliens are watching this through telescopes, they're going to think the dogs are the leaders. If you see two life-forms, one of them's making a poop, the other one's carrying it for him, who would you assume was in charge?"

This has been quoted (and mis-quoted) enough to permeate the culture, approaching catchphrase standards.

  • The script puns on "hounds" and "boozehounds."

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