Seinfeld: Season 2, Episode 4

The Baby Shower (16 May 1991)

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Kramer convinces Jerry to get illegal cable. Elaine holds a baby shower for a former girlfriend of George, on whom he wants revenge for a callous incident.

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Jerry is going to be out of town for the weekend and Elaine gets his OK to use his apartment to host a baby shower for an old college friend, Leslie. George remembers her all too well as they had been out on a disastrous date two years before. He always regretted not telling her exactly what he thought of her. Kramer meanwhile has been after Jerry to get an illegal cable hook-up from his Russian friends. Jerry reluctantly agrees - but he has visions of the FBI descending upon him. When Jerry returns home unexpectedly after bad weather cancels his trip, he arrives in the middle of the baby shower as do the oafish Russians to install the cable. George gets his chance to tell Leslie what he thinks of her - if he can get the courage to do so. Written by garykmcd

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Christine Dunford figures twice into George's plot line - once as a pregnant ex-girlfriend who threw chocolate sauce on him, Leslie, in "The Baby Shower," and later as a European saleswoman in the store with the Elaine look-a-like mannequin advising him of an unadvertised sale on a "shooshing" suit. See more »

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When Kramer enters Jerry's apartment during the baby shower and Elaine asks him Who's this guy, the camera cuts to another angle and you see Kramer in the background talking, but the audio is of Elaine speaking, not Kramer. See more »

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I didn't enjoy this one so much. It was entertaining sure, but it didn't make me laugh that much and certain scenes felt under-written, lacking any real punch. Charles does a good job handling characters and has a fairly good grasp on their personalities developed thus far, but there is a notable difference between this episode and the previous ones that is only explainable through David and Seinfeld's lack of involvement.

Perhaps the biggest gripe I have is the very anti-climactic resolution used to tie up George's story. It begins brilliantly and is developed well, ending up with George wearing his chocolate covered shirt and walking over to confront his problem. Unfortunately, the following scenes lack any real conviction, comedy or sufficient use of the character's personality. I also have a major gripe with the dream sequence which simply does not work and seems completely out of place in a show like Seinfeld. Taken in context of the entire episode, it just seems like a random signature of the writer included for the sake of it.

I found the way in which Charles managed to juggle three plots and eventually make them collide to be more of a hit than a miss, but it's clear that because of limited space, each separate plot doesn't get enough time to be at all memorable. The stand-up scenes too are less successful than others from the series; I really enjoyed the opening segment on switching channels, but everything else failed to strike even a smile. Elaine's plot I couldn't have cared less about, and for me it seemed to serve as a cheap way to intertwine the plots. Unlike the previous episode, she is definitely under-used here.

What I loved most about the show however was the involvement of Jerry, Kramer and the cable-guys. Even though Kramer's motivation for Jerry to get cable is unclear, it still provides some of the best scenes of the episode usually thanks to Richards' brilliant performance.

Overall, probably the worst episode I've seen so far, but not without it's silver lining.


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