Back in 2009, I wrote about a strange recurring joke Seinfeld has involving a woman who introduces herself as Rebecca De Mornay. She appears twice on the show. Both times she causes trouble, and both times she introduces herself using her full name. But as I explained in the previous post, there’s nothing about her that makes that name especially meaningful, other than the fact that it’s shared by an actress who looks nothing like her.
Here are both those scenes, back to back.
The original post gets a fair bit of traffic from people who happen to catch those reruns and then wonder, “Wait, did that lady just say her name was Rebecca De Mornay?” and just recently someone left a comment that inspired me to track down the writer of that episode, Spike Fereseten, and ask him.
Here’s the explanation.
@spikeferesten Hey, random Seinfeld question. Any reason why the character got named Rebecca De Mornay in "The Muffin Tops"?
— Drew Mackie (@drewgmackie) August 25, 2014
@spikeferesten @JerrySeinfeld Ah. That does indeed seem like a non sequitur. Thanks! Always wondered why that was!
— Drew Mackie (@drewgmackie) August 26, 2014
And there you have it. It’s just a weird little joke that Seinfeld tossed off. It’s not some weird dig at the actual Rebecca De Mornay, who was maybe friends of someone on the show or who maybe ran over one of the writer’s dogs or something.
Which would have been interesting, you have to admit.
Weird, old TV, previously:
- The two Mona Simpsons
- The Dick Van Dyke Show’s debatable semen joke
- Joan Crawford vs. Lorina Dunlop
- When Sarah Michelle Gellar was still in her “Spordelia” phase
- When Kathy Santoni went to Africa