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The Watch 

Jerry tries to buy his watch back from Uncle Leo, who found it in the garbage, having been thrown there by Jerry. George tries to resurrect the fledgling NBC deal, while Elaine plans a break up from her psychotherapist with Kramer's help.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Elaine Benes
Cosmo Kramer
Russell Dalrymple
Uncle Leo
Susan Ross
Dr. Reston
Peter Crombie ...
'Crazy' Joe Davola
Christopher Carroll ...
Maitre d'
Lewis Dauber ...


Realizing that his uncle Leo now owns the watch he threw away, Jerry tries to buy it back from him. Leo drives a hard bargain however. Jerry also gets a date with the waitress at a restaurant but begins to wonder what he's done when he hears her laugh. George's effort at negotiating a better deal with NBC goes sour when Susan tells him they're not interested. Elaine is desperate to break with her psychiatrist boyfriend and gets Kramer to pose as her new love interest. It doesn't exactly go as planned. Written by garykmcd

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30 September 1992 (USA)  »

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In the episode, Elaine (played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is asked by Joe Davola if he knows her from somewhere and she answers with a joke: that he probably recognizes her because her face is sculptured on Mount Rushmore, with the U.S. presidents, instead of Roosevelt's face. Way later, on 2015, a poster was released for the fourth season of the HBO series Veep, that shows the face of Selina Meyer (who's played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus), sculptered on Mount Rushmore, but it appears instead of Jefferson's face. See more »


When Kramer lights his cigar from the sole of his shoe in the scene with his psychiatrist the sandpaper used to achieve the effect is clearly visible. See more »


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Uncle Leo and Dr. Reston
24 September 2010 | by See all my reviews

Starting with a clip from the previous episode, The Watch sets out to close the book on three very funny plot strands in Seinfeld's fourth year, with the help of a few foolproof comedy devices: Kramer, George and Uncle Leo.

The latter makes up the Jerry section of the script, as he is seen wearing a watch his nephew had previously thrown in the trash, which could lead to problems with Helen and Morty. While Jerry desperately tries to buy the watch back, George tracks down Russell Dalrymple to renegotiate the pilot deal, and Elaine has Kramer pose as her boyfriend (not much of a stretch, since he's already seen her naked) so she can break up with Dr. Reston. While carrying out the scheme, she also runs into one Crazy Joe Davola...

Effortlessly combining multiple plot elements into one golden comedy container, The Watch makes good use of regular players - Kramer's boyfriend act is a hoot - and new faces: McHattie is just as amusing as in the previous part, and Bob Balaban, a fine character actor who knows a great deal about show business reflecting on itself (he even played the real-life model for Dalrymple in a TV movie), makes a welcome return as NBC's best fictional executive, confirming that Larry David's idea for a season-long arc was a very good thing indeed. And it looks like Jerry was wrong: "To be continued" can work in comedy as well as in drama. As George certainly wouldn't say, it's all in the writing.

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