Kramer sets his watch an hour ahead. George tries to avoid a breakup with his girlfriend. A colleague keeps calling Elaine, Susie. Jerry gambles on a basketball game, but the bookie can't pay him.



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A co-worker of Elaine's thinks Elaine is called Susie, and Elaine doesn't bother to correct her, when she badmouths Elaine to "Susie." Elaine complains of this to Jerry, who commiserates with her. Later, Peggy gets "Susie" called in front of Peterman, who demands that Elaine be there also. Elaine finds a way to wriggle out of the situation so that neither realizes Susie doesn't exist. Meanwhile, Kramer puts 100 dollars on a basketball game in Jerry's name with Mike, the guy Jerry called a phony in "The Parking Space." When Kramer attends the game, he gets in a fight with the players, causing Jerry to win his bet. Mike doesn't have enough money to pay Jerry, however, so he tells him that he'll fix his trunk. As he's looking at it, Jerry doesn't notice him and closes the trunk on Mike's hands. Mike thinks this is a classic case of having his thumbs broken because he can't pay, so he promises he'll get the money. Later, as he's trying to fix it again, Mike falls into the trunk, which ... Written by lonedragon1422

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Mike should've been able to get out of Jerry's trunk easily - sedan trunks are equipped with release handles and/or levers to operate the split-folding seats. Mike should've been able to either pull the handle (even with broken thumbs) or open the folding seats and get out of the car through Jerry's backseat area. See more »


[George's answering machine greeting]
George Costanza: [singing to the tune of the theme from "The Greatest American Hero"] # Believe it or not, George isn't at home, / Please leave a message at the beep. / I must be out, or I'd pick up the phone, / Where could I be? / Believe it or not, I'm not home. #
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References The Greatest American Hero (1981) See more »


Believe It or Not
Music by Mike Post
Original Lyrics by Stephen Geyer
Performed by Jason Alexander
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I can't understand for the life of me why this episode didn't reach its full potential for me
5 January 2016 | by See all my reviews

This episode might be the perfect evidence that "Seinfeld" may be slowly declining in quality since the exit of genius Larry David. "The Susie" should have worked tremendously well, as a series of entertaining ideas are present to make an episode that combines each idea to form a story. "The Little Kicks" from earlier in the season was a perfect example of a classic "Seinfeld" episode. I just didn't feel that here.

Kramer decides to prepare for Daylight Savings early, as he can no longer wait for it. This was open to so many jokes, but the strangest thing is this becomes a sideline note. Kramer's story is really about the way he has to speak for George's new girlfriend. He meets George at a restaurant, known for its various imminent breakups. I assumed that Kramer setting his watch an hour ahead would work its way into George's newest relationship. But it never did.

I enjoyed the way George was avoiding contact with his girlfriend, all because he desired a grand entrance at the Yankees ball event. I was less impressed with the 'gay' talk between George and Kramer, although both Michael Richards and Jason Alexander are astonishing.

Elaine's story was funny, and the ending is absolutely terrific. Although I was initially puzzled by 'phony' Mike's appearance (as I wasn't sure how it would work into the plot), it was ultimately rewarding.

The episode does pay off rather well to each of the stories, but "The Susie" was highly disappointing.

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