Seinfeld (1989–1998)
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The Gum 

Lloyd Braun comes back from the insane asylum. Kramer takes him under his wing and convinces Jerry to buy gum from him and wear glasses that don't belong to him to prove that Lloyd isn't ... See full summary »

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Lloyd Braun comes back from the insane asylum. Kramer takes him under his wing and convinces Jerry to buy gum from him and wear glasses that don't belong to him to prove that Lloyd isn't crazy. George tries to prove to his old neighbor Deena that he isn't crazy after a cashier short changes him. Written by Jim

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At around the 22 minute mark when we see through the glasses Jerry is wearing at the theatre, he looks at Elaine & he sees blurry images. And even though the image is blurry when we see what Jerry sees, you can see Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Elaine) laughing. See more »

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When Kramer sits down in the restaurant, he can be seen reaching into his jacket. It then cuts to a very brief shot of George and then back to Kramer, who already has his pipe out and in his mouth, and is preparing to light it. See more »

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George Costanza: This isn't mine
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George Costanza: , the institute gave it to me! The institute!
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References The Private Life of Henry VIII. (1933) See more »

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Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
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"Interesting texture"
11 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

I guess I am in the minority here but I really didn't enjoyed this episode. I mean, it has its good things but overall it was really boring and unclever. Seinfeld was always a show that shined in making social commentary and having clever dialogue (at least the first seven seasons) but here everything is goofy and uninspired.

First of all, I guess there's nothing I can do because the Kramer character is, with each episode, getting further and further away from the character he was for the first six seasons. Michael Richards is playing him increasingly weirder and the writers are giving him increasingly unrelatable stories and setting him apart from the gang. His story with Lloyd Braun is funny at times but there are moments where nothing happens and even the audience doesn't know where to laugh. Jerry doesn't really have a storyline but his interactions are really funny.

George's story is the best by far. You really buy that someone could take his character as a paranoid freak and Alexander plays perfectly the role of the misunderstood. But I can't go on without mentioning Elaine's role on this episode. This has to be the most disrespectful take on the character up until that point: shamelessly objectifying the character and a clear clue that the writers had no doubt whatsoever of how to incorporate her with the main story. It makes me mad.

Other than that, I may have laughed three or four times in the whole episode and there's no development of the season's arc, so that's always a shame.


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