Seinfeld: Season 3, Episode 19

The Limo (26 Feb. 1992)

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George meets Jerry at the airport as scheduled but his car broke down on the way there and now don't have a way to get back. When Jerry notices a limo driver waiting for someone named ... See full summary »

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George meets Jerry at the airport as scheduled but his car broke down on the way there and now don't have a way to get back. When Jerry notices a limo driver waiting for someone named O'Brien, he knows the passenger will never show up since he was supposed to be on Jerry's flight but refused boarding. George has a solution to their problem - just tell the driver he's O'Brien and they'll get a free ride into Manhattan. When the driver tells them he's taking them to Madison Square Garden, they assume they're going to see a Knicks-Bulls game. They're joined by an interesting pair of bodyguards and soon realize that it's not a basketball game they're going to. Written by garykmcd

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The character "Eva" is named for Eva Braun, who was Adolf Hitler's girlfriend, and - ultimately - his wife, during World War II. See more »

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George Costanza: [pretending to be a white supremacist to get a free limo ride] Ahhh, ASTROTURF! You know who's responsible for that, don't ya? The JEWS!
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"Says he's O'Brien-- that's not funny"
3 February 2014 | by (NJ, United States) – See all my reviews

It's a deeply flawed episode, with some redeeming features.

The thing about the Nazis, is that they're not funny. That might come off as too obvious, I guess, but.... sometimes the truth can be pretty obvious. Sometimes the hard thing is dealing with it, dealing with the truth, even if it's ugly, and I think that sometimes we're tempted to sorta turn away from what we know because it's easier if something is no big deal.... even if we know that it is a big deal.

Also I suppose that we have this feeling that it's good to humanize the Nazis to bolster our humanity, since we have reasons to fear great hate. However, I think that it is way of losing touch with reality, to not appreciate the difference between great evil and ordinary living.

And if there's something that makes Seinfeld a good show, it's its fundamental realism-- something I think it sacrifices by making Nazis seem kinda chummy, for lack of a better word.

I suppose that there's this impulse to go for the superlative-- the Nazis! now, *that* will add something!, but if you're not prepared to really embrace what you're talking about, it ends up being a loss.

But I would have given it a lower score if I didn't feel like there some sensible aspects to the show.

One is that the neo-Nazi's leader's name is "O'Brien". Obviously they could have picked some German name, and they would have had to if it had been a story in Germany, (where they do have neo-Nazis). But, since it's in America.... I don't know. We have own little variations of ethnic pride here.... there's a certain, I don't know. I just think they put a little thought into it. (I suppose, even though the writer's commentary on the DVD was too boring for me.)

I realize what I'm saying might upset some people, but there is this for me uncomfortable moment in the limo, when Jerry is trying to convince the Nazis, who are analyzing his ethnicity, basically, that he's Irish or Scottish or something.... As if to say, Don't mind me....

At the very least, it raises the question of the humorous tone of the episode, and what does really do, in this case.

The other interesting thing that comes to mind is the protesters. It's nice, I guess, to see a bunch of zealous white anti-Nazi protesters.... including Elaine's dad, who'd be Mr. Benes-- coincidentally the same name as the President of Czechoslovakia in office in 1938, who I trust would have known as well as almost anyone else how beneficial the whole Hitler thing was for some white people.... far, far to the East of America.... So, that's what I'll say about that.

It also raises the question of the police, portrayed as "unable or unwilling" to protect the Nazis from the protesters, possibly violating the letter of the law.... although in a way that frankly gives you a good feeling in your gut.

That's my take on it, anyway. On the whole, I'd have to say-- in a bunch of ways it sucked, but, if it actually made you think about it....

Does that make sense?

.... So, that's what I think.

(7/10)


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