Seinfeld (1989–1998)
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The Busboy 

George tries to apologize to a busboy after one of his comments got him fired, but he only makes things worse. Elaine tries to get one of her male friends out of her house.

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While eating out, Jerry, Elaine and George stamp out a menu that has caught on fire at a nearby table. George casually mentions that the busboy had just put it on the table. He cringes however however when the busboy is summarily fired. He obsesses over the incident to the point where he feels he has no choice but to track the busboy down and apologize in person. He manages to find him only to let the man's cat out the door and it promptly disappears. Meanwhile, Elaine has a friend staying with her for a week and he's driving her mad. Written by garykmcd

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ELAINE BOYFRIEND COUNTER: #3- Ed, from Seattle. See more »

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When George and Kramer leave Jerry's apartment to see Antonio, Kramer is wearing a two-tone, buttoned shirt. When they arrive at Antonio's apartment, Kramer is wearing a Harley-Davidson t-shirt under his jacket. See more »

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Jerry Seinfeld: Sometimes you go to a restaurant, they put the check in a little book. What is this, the story of the bill? "Once upon a time, there were some very hungry people." What is this? Little gold tassel hanging down. Am I graduating from the restaurant? What is this about?
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Featured in Seinfeld: Highlights of a Hundred (1995) See more »

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Season 2: Provides a very funny return for its increased episode run
14 February 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Although there is a long way to go in the series, season 2 is already looking like the place for me where the show starts to settle in. The longer run of episodes obviously reflects positive returns from the very short first season, and the show strengthens what it did well from the start. Specifically this what Jerry's standup bits do – which is to observe real life and take it, twist and elaborate into a way that is funny but also still recognisable as having the roots of the comedy in the original observation. In this regard this season improves upon the previous by having better "observations" and by doing a better job of elaborating them and twisting them.

By observation what I mean is that the plots are better. They are a little less simple as they mostly have several threads all worked together and complimenting each other – OK some "threads" are so small they are practically one-liners but generally there is more going on than one thing. The best example is the one in the Chinese restaurant, the central "plot" is simple but each of the characters has their own set of worries or moments of social awkwardness that add layers of comedy to the proceedings. Like many sitcoms now, this allows for plenty of episodes that start out with something simple but are exaggerated into something more complex and comic as a result, indeed it is hard to imagine that Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia would exist had Seinfeld not laid the foundations all those years ago.

Having said that though one of the problems with looking back is that it is very hard to look at it as fresh. Because the approach and the format has been used in other shows such as Sunny and Curb, it is all too easy to watch this show with those in mind. In doing this one forgets that Seinfeld broke the sitcom mould for the time and to a point it does feel now like it is actually a "traditional" sitcom whereas at the time it was anything but. This not only plays out in the style of the show but also in the humour as it is perhaps not as cruel nor as sharp as some of its descendants would be. This is an unfair complaint but it deserves at least a mention, because not everything dates well and in a way Seinfeld's influence has caused itself to date in a way that is evident in this season.

Otherwise though the season is very funny and justifies the longer run by being an improvement on the first season in terms of plots and laughs but also in the performances. Seinfeld himself is as steady a hand as he was in the first season and there isn't a lot of difference there (but then nor does there really need to be). Elaine is better used thanks to the varying of the plots and provision of threads specifically for the other characters and Louis-Dreyfus does a good job here. Her "normal" performance is rather dominated by two exaggerated comic turns that both find their feet a little more in this season. First is Alexander's George "Larry David" Costanza – a wonderfully bitter little man full of anger at the world and also at himself for the way he fails to do all that he wants to do. Alexander hits it perfectly as he starts restrained and builds. Richards' Kramer, on the other hand, is never anywhere other than crazy and he delivers it real well – the hair and the clothes help him but he is a great bit of energy to throw into the odd scene in each episode.

Overall season 2 builds on the firm base of the first very short season. The plots are better with more variety and the greater involvement of the four characters seems to improve them as part of the show and as performances. Time has dulled its edge a little but it is still a very funny and very clever twist on the sitcom that continues to influence today.


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