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The Pony Remark 

Jerry fears that an inappropriate comment he made at a dinner party caused his relative's subsequent death.

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Jerry attends a family anniversary dinner with Elaine as his date but he puts his foot in it when he says he can't stand people who had a pony as a kid. Well, the hostess Manya did have one growing up and leaves the table upset. Jerry feels embarrassed by it all but when he learns that Manya died in the night, he feels responsible. To make matters worse, her funeral is scheduled at the same time as his baseball team is playing its championship game. Meanwhile, Jerry and Kramer have a disagreement over the meaning of a bet. Written by garykmcd

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Kramer steals the milk from Jerry's fridge and leaves the apartment when Jerry learns of Manya's death over the phone. See more »

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At the coffee shop, there is a close-up of George talking and his hands are not visible. It then cuts to a different angle and one hand is touching his face. See more »

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Jerry Seinfeld: [ending monologue] What's a pony? What is the point of the pony? Why do we have these animals, these ponies? What do we do with them besides the pony ride? I mean, police don't use them for , you know, crowd control!
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Best achievement of the second season!
11 November 2007 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Following a smart inaugural season and an exhilarating start of the second, The Pony Remark stands out as the first must-see episode of Seinfeld, and even though I haven't seen the entire series I'm placing it directly in my personal Top 10.

Much of the episode revolves around the titular event, which is supposedly based on writer Larry David's personal experience, as many other memorable moments of the show: Jerry's parents ask him and Elaine to come with them to a dinner hosted by a foreign relative, leading to an excruciating evening, especially for the protagonist, who has to sit next to his really boring uncle Leo. For some reason the people at the table start discussing ponies, prompting Jerry to fearlessly say he never understood and in fact hated anyone who had a pony when they grew up. Predictably, someone isn't thrilled, namely Manya (the Polish relative I mentioned earlier), who angrily states: "I had a pony!". With the dinner ruined, all Jerry can do is try to apologize, although that ends badly too ("Who figures an immigrant is gonna have a pony?").

The second half sees our beloved comedian dealing with remorse, a feeling that is increased by the news that Manya has passed away and the implication that he may have caused her death with the pony remark. As if that weren't enough, the funeral is set to occur on the same day as an important baseball game Jerry is supposed to take part in.

Seinfeld always stunned audiences for its innovative formal and narrative choices, turning the ordinary into something extraordinary, and while previous episodes were justly praised for how they toyed with conventional ideas, The Pony Remark deserves extra marks for sheer originality: the remark itself is the single best piece of writing in the whole season (and laid the foundations for Larry David's autobiographical misbehavior in Curb Your Enthusiasm), and the brief digressions, such as Kramer's decision to rebuild his apartment to make it similar to a pyramid, are clever enough to amuse the viewer but never distract from the embarrassingly funny main misadventure.

Still fresh, intelligent and timed to perfection, The Pony Remark is essential Seinfeld, even if you don't know anything about horses.


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