“The Chicken Roaster”
First Script Read: Thursday, October 24, 1996
Filmed: Wednesday, October 30, 1996
Aired: November 14, 1996
Nielsen rating: 22.2
Audience share: 33
Directed: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Alec Berg and Jeff Schaffer
A Kenny Rogers Chicken fast food restaurant moves in across the street, it's red sign bathing Kramer's entire apartment in harsh light. Eventually, after he pours tomato juice into his cereal, Kramer comes to a realization. "That looked like milk to me!" He tells Jerry. "My rods and cones are all screwed up." Kramer hangs up a sign that says "Bad Chicken" outside his window. Jerry doesn't want the Kenny Rogers to leave, though, because its the only place his friend Seth could get a job after getting fired for skipping a meeting to have lunch with Jerry. So Jerry and Kramer switch apartments.
Partially from the ever-present red light and partially from the oddities lurking around Kramer's apartment, Jerry can't fall asleep and begins acting like his neighbor. Kramer, on the other hand, is more relaxed and removed. He reacts coolly and sarcastically to his friend's problems. George turns to Kramer for dating advice, noting Kramer is more like Jerry. Meanwhile, Elaine gets caught up in a crazy scheme hatched by Jerry that seems a lot like something Kramer would come up with. The role reversal only lasts for a while; eventually Kramer gets hooked on the chicken and Jerry insists they move back to their respective apartments, confident Kramer won't try to get the Kenny Roger's to close.