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This is one of the best episodes of Seinfeld. It really shows what this
series was all about.
Of course you know the whole show is really about showing how three extremely selfish people - and one weirdo (Kramer) who seems blind to their selfishness - somehow manage to carry on a dysfunctional multi-year friendship. Elaine is despondent because she finds out her boyfriend, Puddy, is a Christian and believes that she is going to hell. At the end of the episode, Elaine and Puddy go to a priest to settle this matter of Elaine going to hell. The priest says that since they are living in sin that they are BOTH going to hell. Elaine is elated that the score is evened and starts telling Hell jokes to the priest. I think that this is the point, that IF there is a Hell and she is going there, Puddy better be going there too or she does not have satisfaction! She is that selfish. She doesn't care about heaven or God or even if they exist, she just wants parity.
In a parallel story, Jerry finds out, through deceptive tactics, that his new girlfriend hasn't told him "the tractor story". He and George spend the whole episode trying to figure out what that could be, figuring it must be some scar or deformity she received while working with one. At the end it is revealed that she got gonorrhea from driving a tractor in her bathing suit - or at least that is what her boyfriend at the time told her, proving that there are worse people out there other than common criminals and our loathsome but hilarious trio of George, Jerry and Elaine. Enjoy. The fun is in the delivery, not the story details.
One of the funniest Season 9 Seinfeld episodes, "The Burning" has some of the best dialog in the series. And some of the best plot lines: Elaine's dilemma with Puddy's religious belief (Patrick Warburton's deadpan at its best); Kramer's acting out diseases for medical students; George's crazy employer Mr. Kruger (very funny Daniel von Bargen) and George's "going out on a high note"; best of all, Jerry's girlfriend and the mysterious "tractor story" (the resolution of that one is classic Seinfeld). When George asks him what a gander is, Jerry says that a gander is a goose who had "the old switcheroo" pulled on her. Incredibly silly stuff, but hilarious from start to finish.
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