Filmed: Monday-Tuesday, October 7-8, 1996
Aired: November 7, 1996
Nielsen rating: 21.6
Audience share: 33
Directed: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Tom Gammill, Max Pross, and Steve O’Donnell (O'Donnell also wrote the script for episode 16, "The Pothole." He worked on most of David Letterman's shows in the 1980s and early '90s. More recently he was the head writer for Jimmel Kimmel Live for five years.)
In the midst of the economic boom of the 1990s, poverty could be more of a laughing matter. When George loses his job, it's the subject of hilarity, not cause for concern for his well-being. Other than moving back in with his parents, he seems to be able to keep up his standard of living. Even Kramer who is, as far as anyone can tell, unemployed, seems to live a perfectly comfortable life. When he does have money, he spends it immediately, as he encourages his new Japanese tourist friends to do, misunderstanding the yen-to-dollar exchange rate. When the Japanese tourists run out of money they are forced to sleep in Kramer's big Carl Farbman drawers, but Kramer and the group keep on proceeding through all financial setbacks as though nothing has changed.