George enjoys the single life. Elaine takes over the catalog when J. Peterman suddenly goes missing. Kramer is taking karate lessons.



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After Susan dies, George decides to live the high life by going the bachelor pad route. But his fun quickly ends when Jerry quotes Star Trek II and the Ross's decide to create a foundation in Susan's memory. Jerry gets reacquainted with Mulva (see episode "The Junior Mint") and decides to do some research into which recent break-up story was more believable - his or George's. Elaine gets in trouble when J. Peterman flees to Burma and puts her in charge of the catalog. She doesn't think she is up to the task of running a large business until Kramer motivates her with some life lessons he learned in martial arts training. The stories do the trick until Elaine discovers who Kramer has really been fighting. Written by halo1k

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19 September 1996 (USA)  »

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George Costanza: I was free and clear! I was living the dream! I was stripped to the waist eating a block of cheese the size of a car battery!
Jerry Seinfeld: Before we go any further, I'd just like to point out how disturbing it is that you equate eating a block of cheese with some sort of bachelor paradise.
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19 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Plot of the episode: After George's wife to be Susan(from Season 4)died in the season finale of season 7, George plans on starting over and relaxing. It doesn't last long when Jerry says a quote from The Rath of Khan that convinces Susan's parents to start a foundation. Led by George. When Elaine's boss Peterman(John O'Hurly) leaves for Burma, he leaves Elaine in charge of the company. Kramer convinces her to use the ideas that she has. He convinces her to run the catalog. Kramer has started karate with children and is beating them up. He gave Elaine a speech from Star Trek 3 that convinces her to do it.

The Foundation is a hilarious episode. Every Seinfeld episode is amazingly funny. That explains why the show is the best show of all time. I don't think any show could top it. I have seen The Foundation a hundred times. Before, I would just know it as the one where Kramer beats up kids. But now I remember which episode it is for definite. The reason why I would have forgotten is because so much happens in every Seinfeld episode. So much does happen in every Seinfeld episode. Seinfeld is the greatest sitcom of all time, and The Foundation may not be the best episode, but it's a great episode.

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