I’ve probably seen every episode of Seinfeld at least four times. (Except the finale, because it sucks.) So when Hulu announced they were bringing the “Seinfeld: The Apartment” experience to Los Angeles, I knew I had to attend. But instead of all those other nerds – I mean, fans who would be content snapping a picture in front of Jerry’s door – I had a very specific task in mind:
Find all Superman easter eggs in the installation.
In every single episode of Seinfeld, there is a reference to Superman. This can be anything from a Superman action figure in the background to Jerry making an offhand reference to the Fortress of Solitude. I assumed the Seinfeld installation would be filled with these easter eggs as well.
I arrived at the installation, located in West Hollywood, at 9:30 a.m yesterday, joining a sizeable line. The first thing greeting us as we entered is the booth from Monk’s Café, which appears in probably every episode of Seinfeld. So far, so good.
After passing by various props from the show’s run (the Festivus tree, a box of Junior Mints, a copy of Tropic of Cancer), I arrived at my first sleuthing opportunity. It was a painting of the Seinfeld writers in a parody of “The Last Supper” by Da Vinci. I studied the painting closely, but couldn’t find any Supermans. Disappointing.
After looking at some more props, I finally got into Jerry’s apartment. Everyone got the opportunity to burst into the room like Kramer and have it videotaped by one of the Hulu staff. I did it, but to save myself from embarrassment, I’ve elected not to include the video in this article.
It’s a little weird being inside a room you’ve seen on television for several years. For nine seasons, four people came into this room every day to make comedy gold. (Gold, Jerry!) But I had to get back to my purpose for this visit before I got too distracted.
I walked over to the kitchen and finally got my first Superman reference. There were two Man of Steel magnets on the refrigerator. One was a straight-up action shot of the superhero flexing his abnormally sized muscles.
The other was more subtle, but luckily I was in full-on Sherlock Holmes mode and caught it. There was a smaller magnet on the fridge of the cover of Action Comics No. 1, the comic book that introduced Superman to the world.
I moved on to the living room, which isn’t much of a walk. I examined the magazines on the table and an end stand filled with books. No Supermans. I went over to Jerry’s desk, but there was just a phone and a ridiculous looking computer. This thing could probably not even hook up to the internet in the 1990s, and now there were people Snapchatting themselves while pretending to use it.
The bookshelf in the back of living room had a Superman action figure, so I had spotted my third easter egg of the day. There were a bunch of ‘90s movies on the shelves too. At first I thought they were probably references from the show, but I can’t remember them discussing Back to the Future Part III at Monk’s, so I think Hulu just selected whatever VHS tapes they could find and put them on display.
I peeked into the bathroom to see if Jerry kept any Superman-themed shampoo. Instead I found a medicine cabinet filled with Nivea and Old Spice Irish Spring, which I’m pretty sure didn’t exist more than five years ago. But finally I could move on to the bedroom, which I was sure would have a trove of easter eggs. Superman bedsheets? A Fortress of Solitude lamp?
Instead, I found this:
Well, I guess it wasn’t a full re-creation.
Overall, the Seinfeld Apartment was still pretty cool. I’m definitely going to post that video of myself bursting into the room onto my Facebook and get a shit-ton of likes. And if you’re a big Seinfeld fan, you’ll definitely have a few nerd-gasms seeing “Fusili Jerry” or the Frogger machine George got his high-score on. And you can take a picture on the same couch where George did his sexy tighty whiteys photoshoot.
Right near the exit, I found one final Superman. Then I took my free box of Junior Mints and ordered an Uber to work to get back to my now completely fulfilled life.
FINAL SCORE: 4 SUPERMANS, 1 GEORGE COSTANZA CUT-OUT, 1 PEZ DISPENSER, 0 PUFFY SHIRTS
You can view the Seinfeld Apartment if you’re in LA until December 20th. For full info, click here.
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Joseph Misulonas is the Girls co-editor for Playboy.com. He watches way too much Seinfeld. He can be found on Twitter at @jmisulonas.