Bad for the bald community
Larry regrets that the sex offender who has moved into his neighborhood is bald, because this is "very bad for the bald community."
Harrington, who plays Larry's neighbor Mac in this episode, was apartment superintendent Dwayne Schneider in the TV series "One Day at a Time" from 1975-1984. He was also the voice of the Inspector in the 1960s Pink Panther animated cartoon series.
"Puffy Shirt episode" / "Low talker"
Rick Leftowitz talks to Larry about a famous Seinfeld episode, "The Puffy Shirt." It premiered in September 1993 and was written by Larry David. In the episode, Kramer (Michael Richards) is dating a girl who talks with a very low voice and who designs puffy shirts, one of which Jerry agrees to wear on a TV appearance. The shirt was later donated to the Smithsonian Museum.
A ritual banquet conducted on both the first and second evenings of Passover by Jews to reenact the Exodus. The Haggadah, which describes the Exodus, is read and discussed, Psalms (Hallel) are readand four cups of wine are consumed to commemorate the redemption of the Jewish people.
Cheryl prepares charoset (or charoses) for her and Larry's Passover Seder. Charoset typically consists of crushed nuts, apples, cinnamon, sweet wine, and honey; Cheryl remarks that it reminds her of "ambrosia." A favorite of the Eastern European (or Ashkenazi) Passover cuisine, the consistency of charoset symbolizes the bricks and mortar the Seder participants' ancestors made while they were slaves in Ancient Egypt.
Rick offers to bring Latkes when he is invite to Larry and Cheryl's Seder. Latkes is the Yiddish name for potato pancakes. The containers Rick brings along are probably applesauce and sour cream toppings.
Theory of 77
Len Dunkel tells Larry his "theory of 77." He claims that since Washington's presidency, a great presidents have held office every 77 years. Therefore--according to this theory--only Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and George W. Bush are great presidents.
Larry subjects Marc to one of his trademark truth tests--studying his eyes intently, looking for signs of falsehood.
Even though Mac isn't Jewish, he wears a yarmulke (or Kippah) to the Seder.
The children eat at a separate table than the adults during the Seder.
Find the Matzoh
When the Jews left Egypt, there was no time for the bread to rise so they ate unleavened bread, or Matzoh. During the Seder, a piece of Matzoh is broken off (called the Afikoman, or dessert) and hidden. The children are challenged to look for it and the one who finds it gets a reward.
Marc chokes on a gefilte fish--a ground fish recipe, popular among people of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage because separating bones from fish is forbidden on the Sabbath. Eating bone-free gefilte fish is one way to observe this instruction.
"In the throes of a moral quandary"
Rick's description of his choice whether or not to tell Larry what he saw Len Dundel do.