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"Seinfeld" The Robbery (1990)

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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

What's The Rent?

Author: callanvass from victoria b.c canada
17 February 2014

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Jerry is off to Minneapolis to do comedy, Elaine is fed up with her Ethel Merman wannabe roommate, apartment sitting for Jerry. When he returns, he finds his T.V and VCR have gone missing. Elaine apprised Jerry that they were stolen because Kramer left the door open from being distracted by a soap opera. The police happen to be no help, so Jerry decides that George's advice to move into a nicer apartment is worth checking out. Jerry loves the apartment that George shows and decides he's taking i, but George decides he wants the place as well.

This is one of my all time favorite Seinfeld episodes. This was only a sign of things to come for how pitiful and selfish George could be at times. "Interference! you can't count that, the coin cannot touch anything it affects it" Just an example of how hilariously pathetic George is. I don't really blame George for wanting it, it's one of the nicest apartments that I've seen. I would feel uncomfortable like Jerry, even if it was someone with the personality of George. Elaine's roommate troubles would continue all the way to season three, until she eventually gets her own place. I don't remember exactly when she gets her new place, though. As far as Kramer goes, it was vintage Kramer. If I was Jerry, I would have been pugnacious with Kramer's stupidity. All Jerry really does when he gets angry is get very whiny. You can't help but crack up at Kramer's antics, he's just to epic. There is a neat ending to this one as well. It was probably for the best that nobody moved. Seinfeld wouldn't be the same if Jerry had a different apartment. George is at his pitiful best, Kramer was showing why he would become such a beloved figure, everybody was settling in nicely. I think it is one of the most underrated Seinfeld episodes that doesn't get the credit it deserves.

Favorite quote. Kramer: I'm human. Jerry: In your way

P.S. Jerry's stand up routine at the beginning had a lot of merit to it. Why is the middle finger viewed as a reprehensible act? It isn't derogatory, it's just a finger!


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7 out of 15 people found the following review useful:

Brilliant, just brilliant!

Author: Max_cinefilo89 from Italy
8 November 2007

Not that many people would think of making a stand-up routine about giving someone the finger, right? Well, Jerry Seinfeld does so in this episode's opening sequence, explaining how said gesture is ultimately pointless (giving the toe would be much bolder, in his opinion) and thus inducing the first of several laughs that will come over the course of 23 minutes.

This is the one where Kramer's idiocy fully manifests itself: having been asked to watch Jerry's apartment, he accidentally leaves the door open, allowing thieves to get in and steal the TV. The reactions to the event are among the best ever conceived for a comedy show: Jerry entering the apartment and turning on the television only to realize it's gone is funny; Kramer explaining what happened (he was distracted by The Bold and the Beautiful) is funnier; Jerry describing his hyper-safe lock and its only defect ("The door... must be CLOSED!") is genius; the final assertion about everyone's favorite goof-ball ("I'm human" "In your way") is a masterclass in sardonic humor.

But it's not just about Kramer: as usual, George and Elaine get their moment in the spotlight, especially in the second half of the episode, where the former competes with Jerry over getting a new apartment (cue a discussion about coin-flipping) and the latter decides to take the one of whomever loses (the scene where she refers to Jerry's place as "moving from Iceland to Finland" is the best Elaine moment of Season 1). This section also shows the first real glimpse of the series' ground-breaking "no hugging, no learning" mantra: no matter what happens, the characters always end each episode as shamelessly selfish and shallow as they were at the start, even when they come close to disrupting their friendship. This is confirmed by the perfectly timed, instantly memorable closing line, the delivery of which only constitutes further proof of how audacious Seinfeld was and still is.

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3 out of 9 people found the following review useful:

That Kramer.

Author: Sirus_the_Virus from United States
27 August 2009

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The Plot: In the second episode of the very famous show, When Jerry is out of his apartment, Kramer accidentally leaves the door open and somebody breaks into Jerry's apartment and takes some of Jerry's stuff. So George tells Jerry about an apartment up for sale. Jerry considers taking it this way Elaine can take Jerry's and George can take Elaine's. But Jerry doesn't want to eventually and they soon start to get into this big arguments about the apartments.

The Robbery isn't one of my favorite episodes. The thing about the Seinfeld episodes is that once the show kept going it got better. There were so many newer episodes that were better than this. But The Robbery is a memorable episode no less. The old Seinfeld episodes are classics though. Out of the first season(Which was only five episodes or so), The Robbery was my favorite. You can't really go wrong with Seinfeld. If somebody wants to watch it and they say"Oh, put on a good episode", you should be dumbfounded. Every episode of Seinfeld is great, so you can't really go wrong.

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