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*** This review may contain spoilers ***
In Season 5, most episodes have every characters' plot interacting, and
in this one the laughs never end. George and Jerry have great seats at
the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament, where Jerry is captivated by a
lineswoman, played by Marlee Matlin. George goes off between matches
and enjoys an ice cream Sundae, oblivious to the fact that TV cameras
show him with ice cream and sauce all over his face, while announcers
are ridiculing him.
Jerry meets the lineswoman, Laura, who turns out to be deaf. At a restaurant with Laura, George and Jerry, our two guys have a hilarious scene where they briefly converse while hiding their mouths so Laura won't read what they are saying. George wants Jerry to ask her to read lips to "eavesdrop" for him. They use all sorts of ways to hide their mouths, then as Jerry goes along with George's request, before he can get the words out, Laura says, "I'll do it." All their subterfuge didn't matter, somehow.
In different short scenes, when everyone learns Jerry is dating someone who can lip read, they want to "borrow her" to spy on someone they know. Even Newman shows up asking Jerry to let him have her for one day. He has one of his great lines when Jerry refuses, about the importance of his job: "When you control the mail you control INFORMATION." George wants Jerry and Laura to go to a friend's party to learn why his girlfriend just broke up with him. He figures it was because she saw him on TV with ice cream and sauce on his face. He was further angered that she used "his" line in breaking up"it's not you, it's me," which he believes he alone should be able to say.
Elaine's part of the show deals with using her company's car service but trying to avoid talking with the driver. She tells him she's going deaf, but reveals herself to be a phony when she reacts to something that came over the radio. She tries to make it up to him, with disastrous results, the way things usually work out for Elaine.
Meanwhile, through Laura, Kramer gets to tryout to be a ballboy for the finals of the tennis tournament. This leads to disaster for Monica Seles, as it almost always does when a celebrity encounters KramerBette Midler, Mickey Mantle, Kathy Lee Gifford, etc.
Kramer learned sign language years ago and works to help the guys with their scheme at the party. George's ex-girlfriend is across the room from George, talking to his friend. Laura reads her lips and signs them to Kramer, who translates to George and Jerry. As is his custom, the K-man misinterprets some of the signs, which causes George to humiliate himself in front of his friend and ex girlfriend.
To me, this episode had everything in it that makes this a great series. I think it a 10 because every scene was funny and all the plots worked magnificently.
Season 5, Episode 6, "The Lip Reader"
A decent season 5 episode, not one of the best, "The Lip Reader" is notable mainly for the appearance of Marlee Matlin as Jerry's girl-of-the-week - who, having won an Oscar for her debut performance in Children of a Lesser God, was one of the bigger stars to make an appearance on Seinfeld at the time.
Other than Matlin's performance there's not a whole lot to say for the episode, but it does have some hilarious moments and a satisfying ending. As acting goes, Elaine is the star this time around, Kramer and George being less intense than usual.
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