|Posted by richb on May 19, 2012 at 8:00 AM|
An Analytical Episode Guide to :
Season 6, Part 4
Episode 19, Season 6
Plot Summary-Jerry, George, and Kramer meet a man namedJimmy who likes to refer to himself in the third person. Kramer’s droolingcauses him to hurt himself which put a kink in George’s new business venture.Elaine accidentally asks him out to see Mel Torme. Jerry finds very odd readingmaterial at his dentist office, where he believes he was violated while underthe laughing gas.
Best Quote-“You know just admitting a man is handsomedoesn’t necessarily make you a homosexual”….Elaine
Nitpick of the episode-I wouldn’t be able to stand Jimmy fora second. Who refers to himself in the third person like that? But that’s justme. I also didn’t care for the final scene with Kramer and Mel Torme. It justwasn’t funny to me. Yes I know I am inthe minority on that.
Seinfeldism of the episode-George’s sweating when beingquestioned about the stolen property which makes him appear guilty. This isactually clever, and in the next couple seasons we will learn how winking andthroat clearing can have similar repercussions.
Deleted Scenes-Jerry telling Ellaine about Whatley’s newpolicy, more with Whatley’s new nurse
Episode Fun Fact-The scene with Kramer and Deensfry in thecab was alluded to in the series finale, but that was removed from thatepisode.
Final Thoughts-This episode seems to be trying hard to beinsensitive. We have Kramer being mistaken for a mentally challenged person,Jerry discovering his dentist has a Penthouse in his office and later beingviolated. The funny thing is that the episode doesn’t seem that offensive.George’s story is really pointless and goes nowhere. Elaine’s story is ok butit’s really Kramer who steals the show at the end. Jerry does a good job in thisepisode being disgusted at his dentist, you really feel like there is somethingrotten going on. The amazing thing is that he goes back to Whatley in a laterepisode!
Grade=B+, I like it but it’s not a favorite
Episode 20, Season 6
Plot Summary-George dates a woman who doesn’t think he’sattractive. Jerry has fleas which causes his parents to stay at the Plazathanks to Elaine’s new job interview. Kramer loses his sense of taste afterbreathing in toxic gas. He also loses Elaine’s manuscript which she needed forthe interview.
Best Quote-“I’m grotesque. I look like a troll”…..George
Nitpick of the episode-I would have liked an explanation whythe gas didn’t kill Kramer. And what in the world happened to that manuscript?
Seinfeldism of the episode-George gets to live his dream,being draped in velvet
Deleted Scenes-The scene between Jerry and Newman was longeras Newman makes a full confession
Episode Fun Fact-This may be the first we see of Jerry beinganal retentive, when he gets upset about eating a pecan which his girlfriendalready had in her mouth and then can’t use her toothbrush. By the way, thereis no such thing as a Mackinaw peach.
Final Thoughts-The stuff with Jerry’s parents doesn’t work,but otherwise this is a pretty good episode. The scene between Jerry and Newmanis one of the better Newman moments in the series. Elaine really has nothing todo here except to advance everyone else’s plot. Kramer’s story is kind of lamebut as usual Michael Richards makes the most of it. The whole thing with thefleas really doesn’t go anywhere either in fact. It is funny to watch Georgewhen he realizes that first his girlfriend doesn’t think he is attractive, andthen discovers the benefits of that.
Grade=C, The stuff with Jerry’s family isn’t funny andKramer’s story is hard to swallow
Episode 21, Season 6
The Fusilli Jerry
Plot Summary-Kramer makes an image of Jerry with Fusillipasta. His new vanity license plates cause a stir. George’s mom has an eye jobwhile he tries to master Jerry’s sex move, which it appears Elaine’s boyfriendhas adopted and used on Elaine. Frank believes Kramer made a move on his wife,and he ends up 0falling on the Fusilli Jerry.
Best Quote-“I can’t believe he stole my move!”….Jerry
Nitpick of the episode-Why wasn’t this episode called “TheMove”? Think the whole story of Jerry and his “move” was an attempt toduplicate what L.A.Law had done years earlier with the Venus Butterfly (look itup) but it didn’t have the same kind of appeal. George having to write it on hishands is a bit hard to swallow, how complicated a move could it be? Even if it,how stupid would you have to be to write it on your hands????
Seinfeldism of the episode-Kramer is The Assman
Deleted Scenes-None for this episode.
Episode Fun Fact-First appearance of David Puddy
Final Thoughts-Amazed by how much sex happens in thisepisode, literally and in discussion. This is a really good episode, includingthe Assman stuff with Kramer who finally gets a funny story with a good payoff!The end with Frank falling on the fussilli is one of those silly things thatmanages to work and not be incredibly stupid. Jerry’s story is funny, you wouldthink they would use comedians stealing each other’s material as a metaphor forsex, but instead it’s the other way around as Jerry is upset Puddy stole hissex move the same way he would be upset about a comedian stealing his material.Very good writing. Finally, as noted this is the first time we see Puddy whowill become one of the more popular characters on the series for being sodelightfully dimwitted.
Episode 22, Season 6
The Diplomat’s Club
Plot Summary-Jerry has trouble making it back to New Yorkfor a date. Kramer gambles on planes at the airport. George tries to prove hehas black friends, while Mr.Pitt believes that Jerry tried to poison him andfires Elaine.
Best Quote-“But you don’t really have any black friends, andaside from us you don’t have any white friends either”….Jerry to George
Nitpick of the episode- I guess it’s only fitting in his finalepisode I make fun of Mr.Pitt a little. Why does he think Jerry is a pharmacistexactly? Don’t pharmacists have white coats on and name tags and stuff? Mr.Pittwas many things but an idiot was never one of them.
Seinfeldism of the episode-Kramer’s betting problem comes upagain
Deleted Scenes-George working the ticket booth at Yankeestadium (not sure why)
Episode Fun Fact-The story about Jerry and the pilot in hisaudience was based on a true story, this episode was filmed with no liveaudience at all
Final Thoughts-When I first saw this episode I hated it.Seeing Jerry so freaked out was unsettling, and the episode just didn’t workfor me. Now time has passed and while I realize it wasn’t so bad, it is still aweak one. It was an ambitious episode,and maybe it was a little too big to the point where it doesn’t feel like anordinary Seinfeld. While the stuff with Jerry is actually kind of funny, theother stories are so boring. George trying to prove he has black friends toimpress his boss? Lame. Kramer betting on incoming planes? Lame. And Elaine’sstory was obviously leading to the end when she is fired. I wasn’t sad to seethat happen, Mr.Pitt got boring fast.
Grade=D, everythingjust feels off in this one
Episode 23, Season 6
The Face Painter
Plot Summary-Elaine’s boyfriend paints his face before ahockey game. Kramer runs into trouble with a monkey at the zoo. George wants tosay he loves his girlfriend, while Jerry decides to put a stop to having to saythank you a million times.
Best Quote-“Well he started it!”….Kramer about the fightwith the monkey
Nitpick of the episode-Kramer is right in this episode when hetells Jerry that calling and saying hello after the hockey game is a rule ofsociety. Jerry was foolish for not listening, and waiting so long to finallycall to say thank you. While I agree with Jerry that it’s annoying, it’s stilla rule of society especially when Jerry wants to get more tickets.
Seinfeldism of the episode-Jerry points out if Georgedoesn’t get the return after saying I love you, he’s a pretty big matzo ballhanging out there
Deleted Scenes- Jerry tries to convince George not to try tosay he loves Siena again, an alternate ending where she hears him and says yesto a marrying him. Larry David still didn’t believe in the shows strength atthis point and filmed that in case they were cancelled (yeah, like that wasgoing to happen).
Episode Fun Fact-The character Alec Berg was named after oneof the show’s writers
Final Thoughts- This is a great episode, as we get to see Puddy’sodd habit of face painting. Puddy really steals the show in this episode. Thestory about Kramer and monkey is classic, I admit it. The bit with George isgreat, for once he feels confident and sure of himself only to get shot down bythe girl he tries to tell he is in love with. Elaine just reacts to Puddy’s eccentrics. The story with the priest is funny but couldhave been developed more. Jerry also has a weak story; he basically spends thesecond half sitting on his couch waiting for the phone ring. Boring, and dumb.The classic moment in this episode is the funeral scene; we see Jerry andElaine totally passive while mourners are crying around them. Then Elaine turnsto Jerry and comments on her clothes? That is a typical Seinfeld moment, and isn’tso dark that the characters come off as totally cold hearted.
Grade=A-, Jerry’s story is boring, it’s just build up forthe (predictable) payoff at the end with no substance
Episode 24, Season 6
Plot Summary-Jerry’s girlfriend is the understudy to BetteMidler in a play and cries a lot, George injures Bette during a softball game.Kramer makes it a point to take of care of her. Elaine uses Frank to find whatthe Korean Manicurists are saying about her.
Best Quote-“Hey, you know what, I didn’t like the show, Ididn’t like you. You just really stunk. The whole thing real bad. Stinkaroo.Thanks for the tickets though”….Jerry pretending to tell someone they stink.
Nitpick of the episode-What is up with Elaine in thisepisode? When she finds out what the manicurists are saying behind her back,she should be enraged (Frank has it right when he screams at them). Instead she feels guilty? And since when does Elaine cry like that?Obviously this was all designed to set up her meeting with J Peterman, even ifit meant taking her way out of character. Actually her character unfortunatelygoes in a very different direction next week, but we’ll get to that.
Seinfeldism of the episode-Rochelle Rochelle becomes amusical on Broadway
Deleted Scenes-This overstuffed episode had lots of stufftrimmed including Jerry and George running into the apartment after beingchased out of the park, more of Jerry and George in the hospital, Bette Midlercommenting on George in the park, andmore of Bette and Kramer in the hospital room.
Episode Fun Fact-Too much story made this the first episodeto open with no stand-up routine, we meet the character of J Peterman for thefirst time.
Final Thoughts- This is such a great episode. The wholesend-up of the Nancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding incident was just brilliant! Elaine’sstory is out of character for her, but I already talked about that. The stuffwith Frank and the Korean woman feels like filler, in fact I don’t know whythey bothered I guess it was here the writers started over stuffing the episodeswith stories. The story is pointless; if they dropped it the episode would losenothing. The bit with Kramer and Bette Midler works well, and Jerry and Georgeare funny in this too. Truth is George may have the weakest role, after plowinginto Bette Midler in the ballgame he has nothing else to do. This episode hasone of my favorite endings ever; the bit with Gennice having to stop the showdue to an untied lace is an hysterical parody of Tonya Harding in the '94 Olympics. The boot even looks like a hockey skate,and she bears a strong resemblance to Harding. I realize that people whoweren’t around at that time may not get the joke, but it was just and still isa huge laugh for me.
Grade=B+, Elaine’sstory keeps it from being an A but overall a great (albeit overstuffed) seasonfinale!
The season didn’t start strong, but it ended pretty well.However, it was pretty clear the show needed a new direction for season 7.Maybe a story arc! But what could theydo that would be shake things up a bit and be interesting enough to last aseason? Come back next week as we begin our look at season 7.
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