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The Bris 

Jerry and Elaine are asked to be godparents.

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Jerry and Elaine get asked to be the godparents for their friend's newborn baby. But unfortunately the position doesn't last very long when Elaine hires a drunken rabbi to perform the Bris. While at the hospital, Kramer thinks he found a pig-man while a mental patient jumps to his death and lands on George's car. Written by halo1k

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Season 5 episodes The Mango through The Sniffling accountant saw Jerry's green Klein bike replaced by a blue Cannondale. Here in The Bris, the green Klein makes it return. See more »

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Kramer is supposed to go to Room 1397 but gets the number wrong and accidentally goes to Room 1937. He discovers the pig man and runs into the room where Jerry, Elaine, and George are. Somehow he discovers which room is the right one and makes it down six flights of stairs to get there in just a few seconds. See more »

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Elaine Benes: Did you find the place alright?
Mohel: Did I find it alright? I mean could you send me to a more dangerous neighborhood? I'm dreading walking back to the subway, someone shouldn't crack me over the head and steal my bag, 'cause I'll be lying there on the street in this neighborhood and people will spit on me and empty my pockets. I'll lie in the gutter like a bum, like a dog, like a mutt, like an animal! God forbid someone should help me or call an ambulance. No, that's too much trouble to pick up a ...
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"Pig-man, baby! Pig-man!
25 July 2016 | by See all my reviews

The Bris is easily the weakest episode in the amazing Season 5. It's not awful by any means but it's not good.

The first half is actually good. We get the good old social commentaries with Jerry and Elaine being asked to be the godparents of a friend couple and we get George issue with his car. The one story I'm split about is Kramer's with his pig-man. Larry Charles is known to be the most absurd of the writers and sometimes that can be good (The Limo, The Subway) and sometimes it can come out as out of place (The Keys, The Trip and this storyline). Actually everything about Kramer in this episode feels out of place: the presence of a pig-man and I can't go on without mentioning the ending. That ending just buried this episode. Maybe in the latter seasons it would've fit nicely but on this season it just felt absurdly weird.

So, Kramer's story is kind of funny and kind of out of place, but what really kills this episode is the second half. Right from when George have his conversation with the hospital administrator (which is remarkably dull and unfunny for some reason). Then we get the bris scene, which has some nice dialogues (level-jumping friendship and George conversation with the cardiologist), but as soon as the mohel arrives everything crumbles. Apparently, every reviewer here on IMDb liked the mohel character, but I personally couldn't find him more annoying. He enters the room and starts shouting left and right with these never-ending monologues that really drags the story down. I don't know, I couldn't even giggle at him. And in the end Charles tries to tied everything together in the most forced way possible: George's car gets stolen by the pig-man for some miraculous reason, the parents ask Kramer to be the new godfather of the baby (with that ending) and the episode just ends flat.

As I said, some good moments here and there but an underwhelming episode in general.


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