An episode of the hit TV sitcom “Seinfeld” titled “The Pothole” airs for the first time on February 20, 1997; it includes a story line in which the character Kramer adopts a stretch of the fictional Arthur Burghardt Expressway through the real-life Adopt-a-Highway program.
The roots of the Adopt-a-Highway program date back to 1984, when James Evans, an engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation, noticed litter blowing out of the back of a pickup truck he was driving behind in Tyler, Texas. Concerned about the growing cost to the government of keeping roadways clean, Evans soon began asking community groups to volunteer to pick up trash along sections of local highways they could “adopt.” Though Evans got no takers for his idea, Billy Black, the public information officer for the Tyler District of the Texas Department of Transportation, took up the cause and organized the first official Adopt-a-Highway program, which included training and equipment for volunteers. The first group to participate in the program was the Tyler Civitan Club, and on March 9, 1985, a sign was erected to indicate that the group had adopted a two-mile stretch along Texas’s Highway 69. Similar signs began popping up in the area as other groups volunteered to beautify their own stretches of highway. The program eventually spread to thousands of towns and cities across the U.S. and to such countries as Canada, Japan and New Zealand.
Businesses, schools and churches are among the main organizations to participate in the Adopt-a-Highway program (also known in some places as Sponsor-a-Highway). Over the years, however, some controversial groups, including the Ku Klux Klan, have tried to become involved—and thereby receive signs along highways acknowledging their effort. After the state of Missouri rejected a Ku Klux Klan group’s application to join the program, the white supremacist organization charged in court that its free-speech rights had been violated. In 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Missouri couldn’t prevent the KKK from participating in the Adopt-a-Highway program as long as the group’s members picked up litter.
As for Kramer (played by Michael Richards) on “Seinfeld,” his efforts to clean up the one-mile stretch of roadway he adopted because he was upset about failing highway infrastructure, quickly went awry. First, he repaints the highway, turning it from four lanes into two, which creates chaos among drivers. He then tries to change it back to four lanes and in the process spills paint thinner on the pavement. A mail truck driven by the character Newman (Wayne Knight) generates sparks that ignite with the paint thinner, causing his truck to catch fire.
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Today in TV History: ‘Seinfeld’ Put Kramer in the Middle of an O.J.-esque Court Case
Of all the great things about television, the greatest is that it’s on every single day. TV history is being made, day in and day out, in ways big and small. In an effort to better appreciate this history, we’re taking a look back, every day, at one particular TV milestone.
IMPORTANT DATE IN TV HISTORY: January 25, 1996
PROGRAM ORIGINALLY AIRED ON THIS DATE: Seinfeld, “The Caddy” (Season 7, Episode 12) [Stream on Hulu]
WHY IT’S IMPORTANT: For whatever reason, NBC programming was particularly attuned to the O.J. Simpson case. The trial was a nightly fixture on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show monologues (and don’t forget the Dancing Itos), and Seinfeld addressed it multiple times. “The Caddy” wasn’t the first that was season 6’s “The Big Salad,” where Kramer ended up an inadvertent Al Cowlings, speeding down the highway trying to help his violent friend. Oddly, both that episode and this one prominently involved golf.
Anyway, “The Caddy” is one of those Seinfeld episodes where the title is not the most interesting part of the episode. The titular caddy is Kramer’s golf caddy (played by Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Armin Shimmerman), who begins advising Kramer on all his life decisions. But what the episode is truly memorable for is the introduction of Sue Ellen Mischke (Brenda Strong), lifelong nemesis to Elaine, heiress to the Oh Henry! candy bar heiress, and bra non-wearer. Elaine tries to shame her frenemy by giving her a bra for her birthday, Sue Ellen retaliates by wearing the bra as a top, and Kramer ends up dazzled so much that he gets into a fender bender.
This is where the O.J. parody comes in. Kramer seeks legal help from Jackie Chiles, Seinfeld‘s answer to Johnnie Cochran, whose fast-talking and morally squishy ways have him trying to sue Sue Ellen for all that sweet Oh Henry! money. Of course, the fatal flaw comes when Stan the caddy advises Kramer to tell Jackie to make Sue Ellen try on the bra in court, to prove it’s hers. She tries to fasten it over her shirt, but of course it’s too small.
Of course, in real life, Johnnie Cochran was the beneficiary of a garment meant to fit like a glove not fitting over outer wear. On Seinfeld, however, it was Sue Ellen Michke who busted Kramer’s legal gambit, making him look like a total boob in the process.
“The Pothole” is the 150th episode of the sitcom Seinfeld. It was the 16th episode of the eighth season and aired on February 20, 1997. It was written by Steve O'Donnell and Dan O'Keefe and was directed by Andy Ackerman.
Jerry's girlfriend Jenna uses the toothbrush that Jerry accidentally knocked into the toilet before he can warn her, causing Jerry to avoid kissing her. He secretly sterilizes her mouth, but can't get past the fact that she used her dirty toothbrush. Meanwhile, Elaine tries to order the Supreme Flounder from a Chinese restaurant. However, she lives across the street from the boundary of the restaurant's delivery area. As a result, they refuse to deliver to her, so she plans on using the janitor's closet in the building across the street as her "apartment." George receives a new keychain from George Steinbrenner due to Phil Rizzuto's induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame, only to lose it while jumping over a pothole, which has been paved over. Kramer adopts the Arthur Burkhardt Expressway through the Adopt a Highway program and cleans it up, while repainting the highway, causing it to have two extra wide lanes. This is to make the ride more "luxurious," but instead results in disaster and confusion among the drivers.
When Jenna discovered what happened to her toothbrush, she put something in Jerry's toilet and refuses to tell him what the object was, causing him to throw out nearly everything he owns, but later finds out that it was merely a toilet brush. Elaine has to haul trash, as the building's superintendent believes that she really is the janitor. Unwilling to pay the city's maintenance crew, George decides to get his key chain himself. Wearing construction gear and using a jackhammer, George accidentally hits a water main while digging, causing his key chain to fly into the air as well as sending water up Jenna's toilet, soaking her. Jerry abandons her as a result. While driving, Elaine reaches Kramer's "luxurious" lane, driving all over the place, causing a sewing machine to fall out. Kramer tries to fix his road with paint thinner, but he accidentally spills the flammable substance all over the road. Newman drives by, carrying his load of fish, but accidentally hits and drags the sewing machine along the road, causing sparks to fly out. The sparks eventually hits the paint thinner, causing the truck to go up in flames. The episode ends with a crispy Newman walking down the road without his truck, with Kramer at the side of the road, watching crispy Newman walk by.
How the Program Works
The program varies slightly by state, but volunteers typically apply to adopt at least two miles of highway for two years, and are responsible for cleaning that stretch at least four times per year. In return, the adopter’s name is recognized on a sign along that stretch of highway. The Adopt-a-Highway program saves taxpayers millions of dollars in cleanup costs and allows state governments to allocate transportation funds to other projects. The number of state employees devoted to highway cleanup and beautification has plunged since the advent of the Adopt-a-Highway program. A number of states, including New Hampshire, have Sponsor-a-Highway programs, where volunteers make donations to pay for maintenance crews to clean a stretch of highway in exchange for recognition on a sign.
9 Things You Didn’t Know About Adopt-A-Highway
March 9 marks the first time an Adopt-A-Highway sign went up on an American highway. It seems like it’s been around a lot longer, but it was on this day in 1985 that groups, individuals and companies were able to sponsor sections of highway, paying for maintenance and cleanup, or in some cases, doing it themselves. There are some surprising facts about the program you probably didn’t know:
The First Highway Was Adopted in Texas
In 1985, the Tyler Civitan Club in Tyler, Texas was the first group to plant a sign alongside a highway, taking responsibility for a two-mile stretch of U.S. Route 69, just north of Loop 323 between Tyler and Interstate 20.
The KKK Adopted a Highway in Missouri
In 1994, the Missouri organization of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, filed an application for the Adopt-A-Highway program. Most offensively, the white supremacist organization requested a half-mile stretch of Interstate 55, one of the routes used to bus black students to county schools as part of court-ordered desegregation efforts in the St. Louis area.
Missouri shredded the request, alleging that the group’s sponsorship violated state and federal anti-discrimination laws. The Klan challenged the state’s denial in court and won, alleging that the state violated the group’s constitutional rights. Missouri was forced to designate a mile-long stretch to the Klan in late 1999 while the state appealed.
In 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Missouri’s appeal.
Fortunately for Missourians, Klansmen appear to be lazier than they are fervent. In many states, when you Adopt-A-Highway, you’re actually responsible for picking up the trash. Beyond just planting a sign, an organization has to collect trash bags, reflective vests and view a 10-minute safety training video to participate in the program.
In January of 2000, a Klan representative just barely met the deadline for picking up those materials. By March, the organization had done none of the actual cleanup work, so the state sent the Klan an ultimatum to begin trash removal or be dropped from the program.
Missouri made good on the threat on the historically charged day of April 4, 2000 — the 33rd anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination in Memphis, Tennessee.
I Find Your Lack of Rubbish Pickup Disturbing
Not only did Darth Vader sponsor this section of highway in Virginia, he also donned an orange, reflective vest, dumped his light saber in favor of a grabber and cleaned up his sector.
Image source: NBCDFW.com
Cosmo Kramer Adopted A Highway in Alaska
On February 20, 1997, Seinfeld aired its 150th episode, entitled “The Pothole.” One of the stories involved Cosmo Kramer adopting a section of highway after running over an abandoned sewing machine on the fictional Arthur Burkhardt Expressway.
At Mile Marker 114, Kramer cleans, weeds and polishes his section of roadway, going so far as deleting the middle section of dotted lines, allowing for luxurious, wide lanes for his visitors:
In the real world, “Kosmo” Kramer has adopted his own section of highway. On a trip to Anchorage from Fairbanks, Alaska, travelers noticed this Adopt-A-Highway sign along the route:
Image Source: Wilder by Far
Alaska is Wilder Than We Thought
Apparently, Sexy Senior Dumpster Cleaners is a real organization in Cooper Landing, Alaska. The group receives money from the Kenai Peninsula Borough for its efforts to clean up dumps on the peninsula. The money goes to Cooper Landing Senior Citizen Corp., which is trying to raise enough money to buy land and build independent housing for seniors. The Sexy Senior Dumpster Cleaners adopted four miles (41-44) of the Sterling Highway to clean spring and fall, since 2004.
The Suicide Commandos Adopted a Highway in Minnesota
You may never have heard of the Suicide Commandos, but they were an act that came out of the bristling punk rock scene in the Twin Cities in Minnesota that produced bands like The Replacements the Suburbs, and Hüsker Dü. Their song “Complicated Fun” was part of a short-lived Target ad campaign:
On July 29, 2015 a new Hennepin County highway sign revealed that “The Suicide Commandos Punk Rock Band” had adopted a 1.5 mile stretch of Hennepin County Road 16 or McGinty Road in Minnetonka, Minnesota.
Truckin’ (But Don’t Be Litterin’)
There’s a stretch of Highway 8 near Yuma, Arizona that’s dedicated to the memory of Jerry Garcia. That’s a fitting antidote to the Klan’s highway.
There’s an actual business in Dorchester, Massachusetts called “Absolute Karma Men’s Waxing.” It is exactly what it sounds like: A place where dudes go to have their bikini areas waxed.
The shop’s owner decided to adopt a section of highway in Massachusetts.
After Your Waxing, Visit Blush!
A “gentlemen’s club” called “Blush” created a local stir in 2012 after it sponsored a sections of Parkways East and West in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
“It does something good and promotes our name at the same time which doesn’t hurt either,” club owner Albert Bortz told KDKA-TV, adding: “I haven’t heard one bad comment about it.”
An angry resident wrote competing station WPXI-TV, though, complaining that the sign was “just bad publicity for Pittsburgh and the region.”
Jerry's girlfriend uses a toothbrush that he had just pulled out of the toilet. George shows of the new key ring that Steinbrenner has given everyone in the organization, celebrating Phil Rizzuto's induction in the hall of fame. Kramer complains about the failing highway infrastructure, so he adopts a one-mile piece of a highway. Elaine tries to order a new Chinese dish, but she lives out of bounds. George loses his keys. Jerry plans to secretly sterilize his girlfriend's mouth. Despite his attempts, he just can't get past the vision of the toothbrush in the toilet. George theorizes that he may have lost his keys when he did a broad jump over a pothole. Kramer works diligently to keep his part of the road clean. Elaine schemes to get her Chinese food by moving into a janitor's closet, located in the building across the street. A woman who lives in the building begins to complain to her about the cleaning up the building needs. Jenna finds out about the toothbrush and sticks something of Jerry's in his toilet only he doesn't know what. Kramer's plan to improve his mile of road doesn't go as well as he had hoped. Elaine has the gang over for dinner in the janitor closet she's moved into temporarily. George works to clear the pothole. Jerry breaks it off officially when Jenna's toilet problem becomes to much to bear. Elaine brings the garbage to the dump in Jerry's car. Kramer spills the paint thinner on the highway. Sparks hit the spill and Newman is at the heart of the resulting fireball.
b: 20-Feb-97 pc: 816 w: Steve O'Donnell and Daniel O'Keefe d: Andy Ackerman
NOTE: According to an appearance by Jerry on the The Tonight Show, this is the 150th episode of Seinfeld. To make this appear as the 150th episode, I've now split "Highlights of a Hundred" into two parts, no longer call it a special and have integrated it into the guide.
More in Season 8
The Summer of George
The Muffin Tops
Notes and Trivia
This episode was nominated for two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series and for Outstanding Editing for a Series - Multi-Camera Production.
You can hear Newman's screams replacing the music during the Castle Rock logo at the end of the episode.
The scene where the gang all crowds into Elaine's janitor's closet is an homage to the 1935 Marx Brothers movie, "A Night at the Opera", in which fifteen people crowd into a passenger ship's tiny stateroom.
When Newman exclaims, "Oh, the humanity!" he is making a reference to WLS radio reporter Herb Morrison upon witnessing the Hindenburg disaster.
Kramer on “Seinfeld” adopts a highway - HISTORY
This article was written by Alex Mayyasi, a Priceonomics staff writer. An earlier version of this story was published on March 19, 2014.
On stretches of most highways, you see the signs every few miles. “Adopt A Highway: Dunkin’ Donuts.” Or “Adopt A Highway: Boy Scout Troop 102.” Or even “Adopt A Highway: Sigma Nu Fraternity.” The foster parents of America’s roadways are many and varied.
The Adopt A Highway concept began with an effort in the 1980s to rally volunteers in Texas to keep highways clear of trash. It has since become a national practice, and, inevitably, a niche industry of businesses (like Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service of America Inc) that help corporate America to adopt highways.
These adoption agencies exist thanks to a certain compromise made by the managers of our nation's highways: Companies would love to buy giant billboards, and states would love to have that money. But federal guidelines ban gratuitous signs alongside highways. As a result, the next best option is for companies to pay to clean up highways—and get a bit of advertising out of the small "Adopt A Highway" signs that are posted in thanks.
It's a corporate takeover of what was once a purely charitable act of volunteering. And it seems to be working pretty well.
When Teryl Macia adopted part of California’s Pacific Coast Highway in the late 1980s, she realized that she’d “bit off more than she could chew.” Macia had a small marketing firm, and she thought she could promote it by adopting a highway. She knew that the state put up signs thanking volunteers, and she saw it as a good way for people in the area to see the name of her business.
Adopt A Highway began with volunteers—not corporate sponsors. In the 1980s, an employee of the Department of Transportation rallied volunteers to tackle the immense job of keeping the state's highways clear of litter. The idea spread, and by 1985, a community service club "adopted" a 2-mile stretch of highway by taking responsibility for its cleanup once a season. To recognize the group’s efforts, Texas placed the first “Adopt A Highway” sign.
The idea slowly spread over the following decades. Today, nearly every state runs an Adopt A Highway program, as do Puerto Rico and several other countries.
Macia didn't have a devoted crew of volunteers, though. Just a small business. So she asked the local Adopt-A-Highway coordinator for help hiring a crew to clean her stretch of the highway, and realizing the value of the setup, she founded a company to help other companies gain exposure by adopting a highway. She named it the Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service of America (AAHLRSA). It's still acting as a foster agency for America's highways, and not it has a number of competitors.
The enduring appeal of adopting a highway, according to current CEO Melinda Centner, is that it is a relative bargain by advertising standards. Adopting (or sponsoring) a highway through AAHLRSA costs $200-$600 per month. In contrast, billboards that are visible from highways often cost $7,000-$14,000 per month. Centner and her peers describe adopting a highway as the cheapest way to get a company name in front of customers' eyeballs.
Source: Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service of America Inc (AAHLRSA)
That said, Adopt a Highway signs come with limitations that make big-time marketers wary. Due to the same federal regulations that don't allow billboards alongside the highway itself—motivated by concerns that extra signs would distract drivers—companies can only put their name and logo on Adopt A Highway signs. Phone numbers, slogans, or URLs, Centner says, are not allowed.
Given these limitations, companies are often drawn to adopting highways by the message implied by the act of supporting a local cause. When we ask Centner if companies pay for AAHLRSA’s services from their marketing or charity budgets, she replies, “I think both. A lot of the time it’s from the marketing budget.” Testimonials from pleased clients cite both that the “cost is nominal relative to the exposure” as well as the “message it sends to the community” in terms of being a good citizen. This combination of low cost and messaging make it attractive to small, local businesses. That's why you're more likely to see a highway adopted by a nearby car dealership or a local franchise of a fast food chain than by a company like Coca Cola.
It may seem a bit unseemly for companies to take advantage of a program whose origins are in celebrating volunteerism in order to maximize name exposure. But most states seem to like the arrangement. AAHLRSA signs one to two year commitments to clean up roadways on states' behalf, and their professional crews can handle busy stretches of road where a group of active seniors or Boy Scouts would not be allowed. The cost savings can be significant too. In Texas, 10% of its roadways (9,000 miles) are adopted, which saves the state $5 million annually.
Today all but a few states run Sponsor A Highway programs for companies to pay others to clean up roadways on their behalf. A few states like California group both volunteers and corporate sponsors under the Adopt A Highway name, and a state like Illinois, which doesn't allow organizations to subcontract out the work, is part of the minority.
The Adopt A Highway program has just had a few moments in the limelight.
In 2012 and 2015, the Klu Klux Klan adopted a stretch of Missouri highway and successfully defended its freedom of speech rights to do so in court. (In response, Missouri renamed that stretch of highway “Rosa Parks Highway.”) And in an extended riff on the name "Adopt A Highway", the zany character Kramer adopted a stretch of highway with disastrous consequences in a 1997 episode of "Seinfeld".
Otherwise the Adopt A Highway business occupies a quiet niche. It's also a quiet testament to a surprising fact: that the Texas Department of Transportation is king among Departments of Transportation in terms of new approaches to fighting litter. In 1985, Texas unveiled a new, now famous slogan to discourage littering: "Don't Mess With Texas." The slogan appeared on highway signs and in a prominent ad played during the Cotton Bowl the same year that the first Adopt A Highway sign thanked volunteers for helping the state keep its highways clean.
If you've ever wondered about the origins of adopted highways during a long drive, you now have your answer: Texas, the home of innovative, litter-battling transportation agencies.
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Photo credit: Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service of America (AAHLRSA)
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Beyond the Byline: Adopt-A-Highway help clean up litter
Litter lurks everywhere, as seen near the Market Street Bridge in this file photo.
WILKES-BARRE &mdash In yet another great episode of &ldquoSeinfeld,&rdquo Kramer adopts a highway &mdash the fictional Arthur Burghardt Expressway.
In the episode, titled &ldquoThe Pothole, Kramer repaints the four-lane highway to two extra-wide lanes. His grand scheme is to make cruising the expressway like flying first class.
The result is disaster as confused drivers create a massive congestion problem.
However, the PennDOT Adopt-A-Highway program is no laughing matter.
PennDOT Wednesday announced guidance for groups looking to beautify their communities as its Adopt-A-Highway activities resume across the state, including mask wearing, social distancing and frequent hand sanitizing. These activities were suspended as part of Pennsylvania&rsquos efforts to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
&ldquoAs Pennsylvania reopening efforts continue, these vital volunteer clean-up activities will resume,&rdquo said PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian. &ldquoI am grateful to the thousands of volunteers and encourage their continued vigilance to protect their health and the health of others while helping to keep Pennsylvania beautiful.&rdquo
PennDOT&rsquos Adopt-A-Highway volunteer coordinators have received guidance to help ensure continued virus mitigation as the groups&rsquo important volunteer cleanup activities continue.
Volunteers must adhere to all Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and PA Department of Health guidelines while carrying out Adopt-A-Highway activities, including social distancing, wearing of masks by individuals, washing hands frequently and using hand sanitizer whenever appropriate.
As always, PennDOT will provide volunteer groups with safety vests, trash bags, work gloves, and other equipment as requested by their PennDOT AAH coordinator.
For safety, the Pennsylvania State Police will be notified of all scheduled events and PennDOT will pick up bagged litter from the roadside.
While PennDOT&rsquos Adopt-A-Highway cleanups will commence on state-maintained highways, areas that are non-state maintained can be cleaned and adopted through Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful.
As can streets, roads and other throughways in your town be cleaned up if people just get out and chip in to help. This would be part of the anti-litter campaign that Ted Wampole, executive director of Visit Luzerne County, debuted in October &mdashlong before the pandemic.
The message then was clear and simple &mdash if you see litter, pick it up. And more importantly, don&rsquot litter &mdash ever.
The campaign is designed to work with local school districts, colleges and municipalities to encourage everyone to help keep the region beautiful.
&ldquoIt&rsquos about curb appeal,&rdquo Wampole said. &ldquoIt&rsquos really critical.&rdquo
Visit Luzerne County has been working to raise awareness to combat littering and everyone can do their part to reduce litter.
Butch Frati, Wilkes-Barre City&rsquos director of operations, said at that October news conference that the city is working on a plan to implement an anti-littering program.
Wampole said littering that is visible to travelers can have a negative economic impact. He said tourism is an important contributor to the region&rsquos economy &mdash nearly $1 billion per year.
&ldquoPerception matters,&rdquo Wampole said. &ldquoWe can work together to keep Luzerne County a beautiful place to live and visit.&rdquo
So do your part. Adopt-A-Highway, organize a cleanup on your street, or volunteer where you can.
As Wampole said in October: &ldquoThis is a community issue and the community can fix it.&rdquo
Kramer on “Seinfeld” adopts a highway - HISTORY
1. Can't find car in parking garage [The Parking Garage]
2. George was in a parking space dispute with bald guy [The Parking Space]
3. Mechanic steals Jerry's car(with JFK's golf clubs) tailed by Kramer and Newman in the postal van [The Bottle Deposit]
4. Jerry's car has bad BO [The Smelly Car]
5. Elaine's a bad driver [The Wait Out]
6. George parks frank's car in handicap spot [The Handicap Spot]
7. Jerry buys new car from Puddy at dealership Kramer goes for test drive [The Dealership]
8. Jerry and Kramer distracted by Sue-Ellen wearing bra, leading to accident [The Caddy]
9. Mental patient lands on George's Impala [The Bris]
10. "Bad boy" George borrows Dad's GTO to impress Anna [The Little Kicks]
11. Jerry and George take limo ride with Nazis [The Limo]
12. "White Whale" Newman's brown Dodge Diplomat is the scofflaw who evades parking tickets [The Scofflaw]
13. Kramer puts blood is Jerry's radiator [The Blood]
14. George buys "Jon" Voight's Le baron [The Mom and Pop Store]
15. Kramer drives to California but car breaks down catches lift in van [The Keys]
16. Car rental company doesn't "hold" Jerry's reservation [The Alternate Side]
17. Jerry buys Dad a Cadillac [The Cadillac]
18. Jerry buys Dad a second Cadillac, but Jack Klompus ruins it [The Money]
19. Kramer adopts a highway and widens the lanes Newman's postal van catches fire [The Pothole]
20. Prostitutes are turning tricks in George's car - Kramer drives pink cadillac [The Wig Master]
21. Puddy refuses to work on Jerry car's after Jerry accuses him of stealing his "move" [The Fusilli Jerry]
22. Jerry wins a free van [The Junk Mail]
23. Jerry and the gang get stuck in Puerto Rican Day traffic jam [The Puerto Rican Day]
24. George drives over squirrel [The Merv Griffin Show]
25. Mike trapped in Jerry's trunk [The Susie]
26. Mental patient fiddles with George's engine, which catches on fire in front of Monk's restaurant [The Gum]
27. George gets the job of moving parked cars [The Altermate Side]
28. Elaine battles the Van Wyk on a desperate Airport run[The Bus Boy]
29. George is making good time and losses Jerry [The Bubble Boy]
30. Testicoff throws Elaine's organizer out the limo roof [The Marine Biologist]
31. George follows a driver who he thought gave him the finger with a Yankee's player on the way to the telethon. [The Pledge Drive]
32. Jerry witnesses a car accident. [The Good Samaritan]
33. Jerry and George ride in a police cruiser in LA and let out the serial killer. [The Trip]
34. George takes a slow taxi ride from the labor office to Jerry's to get to the phone. [The Boyfriend]
35. Jerry takes a cold car ride home in Kramer's convertible and catches cold [the Stranded]
36. Kramer's wild ride on the fire truck [The Secret Code]
37. Elaine has an accident running into Ping [The Virgin]
38. George parks his car at the stadium and Jerry and Kramer have it in an accident so Steinbrenner thinks George is dead. [The Caddy]
39. "Saddam Hussein" double parks his car and Kramer can't get his heaterless car out to pick up Jerry and Elaine at the bakery. [The Dinner Party]
40. Elaine makes up a story about being chased by wild teenagers so Jerry feels good about the noise in the car. [The Parking Space]