George's colleagues try to force him to leave. Jerry makes fun of his girlfriend's bellybutton. Kramer hires an intern. Elaine gets back together with David Puddy.

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Kramer sets up a new company - Kramerica Industries, and hires an intern from NYU to help out with the day to day activities of running a fake large company. Jerry thinks his girlfriend's navel is talking to him. George continues to work for Play Now even though his boss is trying to force him out after George lied about being handicapped. Elaine makes wagers with Jerry that she will not continue to see David Puddy. Written by halo1k

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Cosmo Kramer: You know Darin, if you had told me 25 years ago that someday, I'd be standing here about to solve the world's energy problems, I would have said you're crazy. Now let's push this giant ball of oil out the window!
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Kramer's intern, George's fake handicap highlight this one
24 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The main plot—centered on the title, is about an ongoing "bit" the three guys started doing a while ago focused on the imaginary voice, coming out of the belly-button of Jerry's latest girlfriend. They all drag out the sounds, such as "Helllloooooooo!" and laugh about it. This provides them much humor until Jerry stupidly reveals this to the girl, who immediately is offended so much that she gives Jerry an ultimatum—if he wants to continue seeing her, he has to drop that voice altogether. Jerry, of course, decides the voice is more important…but changes his mind when all his friends tell him they are tired of "The Voice." Elaine has just returned from a long trip to Europe with her boyfriend, Puddy (Patrick Warburton), whom she is constantly breaking up with, then getting back together again with—at least, to have sex, and occasionally dinner together—before breaking up again. She makes a bet with Jerry that she will NOT get back with him, then after paying off, keeps doubling her bet and paying off again, as Jerry is rolling in money because Elaine cannot control herself at all.

At the end of the previous episode, George was spotted by his new boss (Gordon Jump, Mr. Carlson from WKRP) running down the street carrying his motorized wheel chair. He had been coming off his big injury and was still legitimately using a cane when he interviewed, and when he learned they were happy to have a handicapped person in their employ and were giving him a nice private bathroom next to his office, he decided to pretend he still needed the cane. Now that they know what a phony he is, George is ostracized by all his co-workers as the boss is trying to force him to quit.

The Kramer plot is the one I liked the best. Troubled by all the mundane things in life that keep him from having time for his big ideas, Kramer arranges with New York University for an intern for his "Kramerica Industries." He has a young man phoning Jerry to arrange to meet at the coffee shop, in 10 minutes, and says he will call back in 5 minutes to confirm the meeting. Darin is happy to do all he can for Kramer and doesn't seem to mind that none of his duties seem to involve any sort of "industry" or workplace.

I thought the "voice" was not more than a little bit funny. On the DVD "Inside Look" we learn that one of the writers had actually done this bit, with his girlfriend also getting quite mad when she learned about it. The difference is that he had imagined a voice coming out of her rear.

This episode treats us to one of the best lines—maybe the best—ever uttered by Elaine. It comes right in the beginning, when she joins Jerry and George at Monk's and asks about what is making them laugh. She had been away and didn't know what they had been doing. Jerry says, "It's really stupid, but…" and goes on to explain about "The Voice." Elaine responds, "I've got to start taking these 'stupid' warnings more seriously."


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