"The Finale, Part 2" In any event, Newman often seems quite amused at how effectively he irritates Jerry (which of course only irritates Jerry all the more), although any battle of wits between them rarely leaves Newman the victor. There are a couple of episodes where Newman serves in roles other than Jerry's enemy and Kramer's friend. The Cartoon  Knight has described him as "pure evil", as did Jerry in the episode "The Big Salad" when he says "I've looked into his eyes. Newman has unrequited romantic feelings for Elaine over the course of the series, but ultimately in "The Reverse Peephole", he rejects her advances when she tries to seduce him to get back a fur coat she had thrown away. [Source] Vargas is the bizarro version of Newman. https://seinfeld.fandom.com/wiki/Newman?oldid=28902, No mail carrier has successfully delivered more than 50% of their mail (comparing such a feat to the three-minute mile) (", Photos in the mail with a "Do Not Bend" stamp can be creased, crumpled, and crammed. In "The Bookstore", Newman and Kramer decide to use a rickshaw to transport people from place to place. In a few episodes George and Elaine work together, most notably in … Originally conceived to be "the son of the landlord [who] 'tells' on everyone," Newman evolved as the series progressed into a scheming mailman who related with Kramer, but nursed a grudge against Jerry. Newman makes his first physical appearance in "The Suicide", but he is first established as a character in the earlier episode "The Revenge", in which only his (Larry David’s) voice is heard. Watch Newman go anti-Trump above, via PACRONYM. Portrayed by Jerry and Newman also attend Super Bowl XXIX together, but only because of a ticket mix-up. However, there are continuity inconsistencies regarding his residence. We'll be back on the street by lunch. In "The Junk Mail", Kramer realizes the Postal Service has become obsolete and starts an anti-mail campaign; he's soon abducted by Post Office security men. The part was initially a one-time guest-appearance, but Seinfeld and David were impressed with Knight and felt Newman was a character they could further exploit; as Michael Richards later explained "our show was driven by characters and there was no way they were going to let Wayne Knight go." Often described as Jerry's "sworn enemy" ("The Andrea Doria"), his character is cunning and occasionally acts like a weasel: when confronted by an angered Jerry, Newman always cracks under the pressure, spilling his guts. Newman lives in apartment 5E, which is directly down the hall from Jerry's apartment, 5A. And, of course, both Newman and Kramer often overshare as we see here in Newman's first line. Newman and Jerry Seinfeld were mortal enemies. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. He is known for playing Newman in Seinfeld (1992–1998), Dennis Nedry in Jurassic Park (1993), Al McWhiggin in Toy Story 2 (1999), and Tantor in Tarzan (1999).  Though they never had the intention of having the Newman character return on the show, they felt it was easy to use him again, as he had already been introduced. Test you knowledge of the cast, characters and story-lines from the long running sitcom, Seinfeld. " Prior to the finale, The New York Daily News asked Knight if he would be interested in a spin-off focusing on Newman, to which he replied, "I think he could show up on Law & Order as a snitch, but as for a weekly dose of Newman, well, I think if occasionally you're hit in the head with a ball-peen hammer, you might get slightly dazed. The Pool Guy In "The Bottle Deposit", after he is dumped from his mail truck, he seeks refuge in a farmer's house, but is kicked out for having sex with the farmer's daughter, who calls him "Norman" (this was a mistake by the actress/character, not the revelation of Newman's actual first name). Although first mentioned in "The Nose Job," her first on-screen appearance is in "The Switch" where she also unintentionally reveals Kramer's first name to be Cosmo and has a sexual encounter with Newman. In the episode "The Suicide" Newman tells Kramer that he can't eat fruit because it makes him incontinent.  Both versions of the dialogue were included on the Seinfeld: Volume 1 DVD boxset. In "The Label Maker", Jerry also agreed with George that Newman is "merry," which appeared to be a compliment of sorts. As Kramer puts it in the episode "The Reverse Peephole," Newman can climb trees "like a ring tailed lemur," an ability he claims to have practiced in the Pacific Northwest. Ruthie Cohen made her first appearance in Season 4, Episode 1 (The Trip, Part 1), although her name is not revealed until Season 7, Episode 10 (The Gum). Bretts, Bruce; Roush, Matt; (March 25, 2013). The cashier in Monk's Cafe, Ruthie Cohen, played by Ruth Cohen, may have actually been seen in more episodes than Newman, but is only credited as appearing in two episodes. It is unclear if Newman is his first or last name, but it's generally believed it is his last name, as he is referred to as 'Mr. A compilation of clips from the show Seinfeld featuring the character "Newman". The Switch Newman's occupation is first revealed in "The Old Man", where George, upon learning it, asks "Aren't [postal workers] the guys that always go crazy and come back with a gun and shoot everybody?" Fun to hate him". (said to Kramer when he tries to cancel his mail in ", Any packages that arrive at the Post Office with damaged, unreadable, or missing address labels are considered "freebies"; postal workers are thus free to help themselves to the packages' contents. In real life, however, Berkowitz did not have a mail route while employed at the Postal Service. One of his most well known speeches takes place in "The Finale", after Jerry refuses to take him to Paris: Jerry Seinfeld has been quoted as saying that he almost feels sorry for Wayne Knight, as his portrayal of Newman has typecast him to the point that "everywhere he goes, he must be greeted with 'Hello Newman.'" Newman's role is primarily as Jerry's nemesis and a frequent collaborator in Kramer's elaborate and bizarre schemes. You've got your friends that are like you, then you have that one friend that's really not like you at all and that's what you like about them, they're kind of an outer orbit. Of all the Seinfeld recurring characters, Newman was a welcome addition to an episode as he provided a foil to the usually indomitable Jerry Seinfeld. He speaks often in a humorously sinister tone (mainly to Jerry). Two other deleted scenes had Newman trying to leave the courtroom before being identified by Detective Blake and Ramon for his involvements with the defendants. In the Finale, Newman is seen at the Trial of the New York 4 (Jerry, George, Kramer & Elaine) and is seen cheering when they are sentenced to 1 year in prison; it's unknown if Kramer & Newman remain friends after this, but it's implied they do. Nobody's done more with a muted plaid than I have. " Newman would remain a recurring character until the series' finale in 1998. — Jerry Seinfeld. Newman makes his first on-screen appearance in "The Suicide" and wastes no time annoying Jerry. , Among the actors who auditioned for the part were Armin Shimerman, Dan Schneider and Wayne Knight. Mailman In "The Junk Mail", he's referred to only as "Postal Employee Newman". The two generally greet each other this way, Jerry in a distrustful, baleful voice, Newman in a falsely jovial one: Jerry's mother also greets Newman in the same way. Newman also collaborated with George in "The Calzone" in an attempt to find another way to get a calzone to George Steinbrenner. Newman's character is a frequent source of annoyance to Jerry, such as in attracting fleas to the apartment ("The Doodle"), and generally making Jerry's life more difficult. Newman is good friends with Kramer, but does not like George or Jerry. In the episode, Newman is characterized by Kramer as being depressed and is constantly threatening to kill himself because he has no job and no future.  However, in between drafts the writing staff decided to make Newman an inhabitant of the building and more of a nemesis to Jerry. Jerry claims he is a "fantastic" tennis player and he is seen running athletically in several episodes. (", This page was last edited on 17 December 2020, at 15:09. The Muffin Tops, Season 9 In the Season 9 episode "The Strong Box", however, another man, Phil, is seen entering 5E. Answer: The 'Seinfeld' show has a total of 9 seasons. The Junk Mail , Newman is a frequent source of annoyance and problems for Jerry, such in "The Doodle" when Newman's secret use of Jerry's apartment results in a flea infestation, and in "The Raincoats" when Newman gets Jerry into trouble with his parents after he tells them Jerry was making out with his girlfriend during the film Schindler's List. Series co-creator Larry David conceived the character when writing the script for season two's "The Revenge". 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