Seinfeld (1989–1998)
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The Opera 

Elaine unknowingly is dating Crazy Joe Davola, who has just left a threatening message on Jerry's recorder.

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Everyone gets tickets to go to the opera but it doesn't turn out to be an evening of entertainment. George's girlfriend Susan can't go and he's not keen on going alone - until Kramer mentions the fortune they could make scalping her ticket, that is. George makes a mess of it as usual. Elaine's new boyfriend Joey also decides he can't go with her as he has other plans. In fact, Joey is Jerry's nemesis Crazy Joe Davola who plans on stalking Jerry at every opportunity. Written by garykmcd

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4 November 1992 (USA)  »

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During the end credits, the famous aria "Vesti la giubba" from Pagliacci plays instead of the Seinfeld theme. See more »

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When George and Jerry are about to leave for the opera, the tips on Jerry's tuxedo collar go from on top of his bow tie to behind the tie. See more »

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References Broadway Danny Rose (1984) See more »

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Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
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"I'm a day person"
30 June 2016 | by See all my reviews

For me, this one was on the verge of being a 7, but it ultimately got the 8 rating.

For continuity of Season 4's world creation terms, we got the ending of Elaine's relationship with Crazy Joe Davola. Here Davola gets a lot of screen time and that, at times, can get a little underwhelming. Aside from that, we don't get any continuity of the actual arc of this season (the pilot) and we get just a Susan cameo in the end.

As many episodes of Seinfeld, The Opera revolves around a singular story for the four characters. It's not a bottle episode like The Parking Garage or The Subway, but the episode is all about that one event. And we finally got a more connected-with-the- gang Kramer. Up until this point in the season, Kramer's story lines developed outside and unconnected with the rest of the main protagonists. Here he is a main element in the story.

Getting technical, I believe there two things that made me hesitate about its rating. One being the somewhat cinematic style and the other being the fact that it isn't quite that memorable. Aside from the two part cinematic nightmare that was the season's opening episode, the cinematic style in directing decisions was complete erased with classic Seinfeld style coming back. But here it appears again (subtly). We get really anti-climatic editing decisions (concerning Davola's lifestyle) and weird scenes that are downright out of place (Davola fighting a street gang). Aside from that, the other problem is that there aren't a lot of memorable scenes or just really funny ones. It is a entertaining episode, there's no denying, but Seinfeld is comedy so if there are no funny scenes, there's something missing.

Having said that, and aside from Davola's anti-climatic side story, this is a very well handled episode and fits just right in Season 4's streak of great episodes.


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