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"He took... it out"
itamarscomix from Israel
3 October 2011
Season 5, Episode 16, "The Stand-In"
"The Stand-In" is probably my least favorite episode in season 5 of
Seinfeld. Although, being a Seinfeld season 5 episode, it still has its
moments of hilarity.
The episode features the four leads in four separate story lines that
don't interact in any meaningful way. What's worse, is that none of
them have any truly satisfying or funny conclusions. In fact, they're
all very mean-spirited, reminding me more of the spirits of seasons 8
The only actor who pulls a Season 5-worthy performance here is Jason
Alexander. George's story starts out great and drags out towards the
ending, but it has some hilarious moments thanks mainly to Jason's body
language. Elaine's and Jerry's stories are completely nonsensical, and
though Julia is quite funny in the episode's most iconic scene, it's
still not enough. Kramer is, strangely, almost passive in this episode.
He only serves as a foil to Mickey - who appears in the series for the
first time, and serves as the only really memorable thing about it.
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