Seinfeld: Season 4, Episode 5

The Wallet (23 Sep. 1992)

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Jerry is asked to explain to his parents why he does not wear the watch they gave him. Morty Seinfeld thinks his wallet to have been stolen from him at his doctor's appointment.



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Jerry's parents are in town so that his father Morty can see a specialist about his aching back. Morty is upset when he finds his wallet is missing from his pants pocket after leaving his clothes unattended in the examination room. Jerry has to do some quick thinking after his parents ask why he doesn't wear the watch they gave him. In fact Jerry threw it away because it didn't keep the correct time. George decides to play hardball with NBC, demanding a better deal for their show about nothing. Elaine returns from Europe determined to break up with her psychiatrist boyfriend but he's not making it easy for her. Written by garykmcd

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This episode marked Julia Louis-Dreyfus's full return to the series. Louis-Dreyfus was on maternity leave. She did not appear in "The Trip" and made pre-recorded cameo appearances in "The Pitch" and "The Ticket". This is why the studio audience cheers loudly when she enters Jerry's apartment. See more »


Morty's x-ray has a label that changes sides between shots, and at one point completely disappears then reappears. See more »


Jerry Seinfeld: Don't you hate the "to be continued" 's on TV? It's horrible when you sense the "to be continued" coming. You know, you're watching the show, you're into the story. You know, there's like 5 minutes left and you realize "Hey! They can't make it! Timmy's still stuck in the cave. There's no way they wrap this up in 5 minutes!". I mean the whole reason you watch a TV show is because it ends. If I want a long, boring story with no point to it, I have my life. A comedian can't do that, see, I can't ...
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The fourth season of Seinfeld continues its glorious streak with the third consecutive two-parter, this time focused on another constant source of amusement: Jerry's parents, Helen and Morty.

The two come to New York to see a back specialist for Morty, but things get ugly after the older Seinfeld is left thinking his wallet was stolen in the doctor's office. Additionally, the parents find out about Jerry's feud with "Crazy" Joe Davola and wonder why he isn't wearing the watch they gave them. As for the others, Elaine comes back from a trip to Europe (a plot device used to explain the actress's absence in the previous episodes) with a plan to break up with her psychiatrist boyfriend (Stephen McHattie), while George's greed puts the NBC pilot deal in serious jeopardy.

The Wallet is a classic Seinfeld episode in that it draws comedy from very mundane situations, though viewed through a more surreal prism, whilst continuing the ongoing meta-television arc. Highlights include all the scenes featuring Morty, who really gets to dominate the episode with his stupidity, and McHattie's fun guest appearance, which sets up part of the next episode's storyline. Plus, you can't really beat the self-reflective genius of Jerry complaining about TV's "To be continued" habit and explaining how it doesn't fit comedy - in the closing minutes of a "Part 1" episode.

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