Seinfeld: Season 8, Episode 16

The Pothole (20 Feb. 1997)

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Jerry accidentally knocks his girlfriends toothbrush into her toilet. He refuses to tell her and won't kiss her. Kramer adopts a section of highway and tries to improve it. Elaine tries to ... See full summary »



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Jerry accidentally knocks his girlfriends toothbrush into her toilet. He refuses to tell her and won't kiss her. Kramer adopts a section of highway and tries to improve it. Elaine tries to get chinese food delivered by using a janitors closet in a different building. George drops his Phil Rizutto key chain in a pothole, which gets filled and he tries to dig it out. Written by Jim

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The Scooter, the Marx Brothers and the Hindenburg
16 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode is about as good as it gets. I just saw it again and we not only laughed ourselves silly during the show but during the "Inside Look" on the DVD--where the actors/director/writers talk about the episodes.

The four stars get their parts of the plot wrapped up together, to an extent. Mostly on his own is Jerry, who is greatly troubled because his girlfriend brushed her teeth with her toothbrush, not knowing that Jerry had just fished it out of the toilet after knocking it in there. He intended to tell her but she was brushing before he knew it. From then on he couldn't bear to kiss her, no matter how much she scrubbed her teeth.

George was given a souvenir key fob in the shape of Yankee announcer Phil Rizzuto's head. When you squeezed it, you heard the "Scooter's" favorite expression, "Holy Cow!" But George accidentally dropped it in a pothole he was leaping over and had to pay some highway worker friends of Kramer's $50 for the privilege of being allowed to use a jackhammer to try to retrieve the fob. George being George, you just knew something bad would happen when they turned him loose with a jackhammer, but you wouldn't expect it to have a big impact on Jerry and his girlfriend. I loved the scene where cars driving over the now repaired pothole caused enough compression in the tar that we could still hear "Holy Cow!" on each passing car.

Elaine was desperately trying to get some flounder from a certain Chinese restaurant delivered to her despite living on the wrong side of the street--just over their delivery zone boundary. Now I have no idea why they would need a boundary--what, is Al Capone running things and keeping the North Side gang on their side of town? But her efforts included entering an apartment across the street and making use of a janitor's closet to pretend to live there so they would deliver to her. But one of the tenants kept wanting her to do janitorial work. One of the best scenes here saw the four stars crowding into that closet, reminding us of the classic stateroom scene from the Marx Brothers movie A Night at the Opera.

If that is all there was, this would have been a really good episode, but the wildest plot involved Kramer "adopting" a one-mile stretch of a highway. He insisted on keeping it clean all by himself, even though he almost got run over picking up litter. Things really turned sour when he decided to widen the lanes, to give the cars more room in each lane. But what really made this episode stick out was the disastrous result of Kramer's attempt to change the lanes back the way they were. This involved a sewing machine dropped by Elaine, paint thinner spilled by Kramer, and Newman singing "Three Times a Lady." In case anyone reading this hasn't seen it, I'll just vaguely say that the ending scenes is where a reference to something from the 1937 Hindenburg disaster comes into the show.

I went to IMDb to rate this a 10 and saw that I had already done so a few years ago when I last saw it. The ones that get the highest score from me are pretty rare, but there is no question this deserves it.

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