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Worst film I ever saw
With all of these other reviews, there is no need for a detailed plot description here. I saw it in December 2014 on TCM. Without question, it is the most pointless movie I ever sat through.
To sum up: Over an hour into the film, nearly half without dialog, we see that the photographer seems to have accidentally photographed a gun in a hand in the bushes, and a body on the ground. The woman in the pictures with the victim, wants his film, but she was not the one with the gun. Other than seeing a body, which disappears, we learn absolutely nothing else about this matter.
We see the photographer conducting two short photo shoots, visiting an antique store twice, and buying only an airplane propeller, which wasn't connected to anything else in the movie. He has encounters with three different women that show some measure of nudity. His wife is briefly seen having sex with someone elsebut that seems to have had no meaning. The man goes to a rock concert and a pot party and meets with a guy putting together a book of the star's photos, none of which has anything to do with anything else.
Twice he encounters the so-called "mimes" (They holler and yell, unlike actual mimes.) First at the beginning of the film one day, then at the end the next day. Nothing we see in his life is changed, nor do we ever see a purpose in what happened in this film.
At no time in the movie did we see anything to make us care one whit about a single character. At no time did we see that there was a purpose to anything. I guess I could say it was a commentary on the pointlessness of life. EVERY scene seemed to scream out that all of this is totally pointless. Or maybe that was me screaming at the TV, wishing there would be a point to something in this film.
Only because I was halfway through by the time I finished eating my lunch did I continue to go through this film. It moved so slowly I watched most of it on speed-up mode, where you can hear but we move 30% faster than normal. That helped in one wayI got through the thing in less than the 110-minute running time.
My best guess as to what we were supposed to take from this is: Even when you are a married, well-paid fashion photographer with a book of your work about to be published, there is absolutely no point to anything in life. It is all a colossal bore, including the many young women eager to have sex with you. Buying an airplane propeller doesn't do anything to enhance your life. Even stumbling into what appears to be a murder doesn't help things, especially when you aren't the least bit interested in doing anything to learn about what happened.
I cannot give this piece of crap anything higher than a zero rating, or, if the scale is 1-10, then it sits solidly at one.
Seinfeld: The Bottle Deposit (1996)
Four zany plots and a road trip for Kramer and Newman
The Bottle Return ranks as one of this series' zaniest, funniest episodes. This two-parter provides some of Newman's best scenes, as well as a couple of Elaine's stupidest actions.
George waits outside the men's room at work while Mr. Wilhelm, his boss, uses the facility. Tired of waiting, he enters to hear Wilhelm concluding directions for a big project that he has, apparently, detailed while in a stall, thinking George was in the room listening. Because he has just been chewed out by Wilhelm for not paying attention, George goes to great lengths to not let Wilhelm know he never heard what the project was. This leads to George getting in trouble with Mr. Steinbrenner when a completed report that inexplicably appears is believed to have been done by George but is full of nonsense.
Meanwhile, Elaine is asked to go to an auction and bid up to $10,000 by Mr. Peterman on a set of golf clubs used by President Kennedy. She stupidly tells her rival, who happened to be there, that she plans to bid on those clubs, causing See Ellen to try to outbid her. Elaine winds up spending twice what Peterman authorized, but gets the clubs. Her second dumb action was, when Jerry dropped her off at her apartment that evening, she left the clubs in his back seat, telling him she will get them later. I wanted to scream at her, "Get them now. That'll be the easiest way!" Jerry has mechanical troubles with his car. He takes it to his longtime mechanic, Tony, played by Brad Garrett (Robert on Everybody Loves Raymond), who treats the car like a loved member of his family. Peeved that Jerry mistreats the car, he takes off in it, rather than give it back to Jerry.
All of the above are side plots to the main plotfrom the titlewhere Kramer and Newman scheme to defraud beverage manufacturers by taking New York bottles where people paid a 5¢ deposit, and return them to Michigan, where the deposit, and thus the return fee is 10¢ per bottle or can. The pair even stoop to stealing bottles from people all around town to collect enough to fill a mail truck that Newman will drive to a regional center in Saginaw, Michigan in connection with heavy mail about Mothers' Day. They have computed that they will make a ton of money because they don't have to pay anything for the truck or gas to make the trip.
On Seinfeld, most plots intertwine. Here, Kramer spots Jerry's car while driving through Ohio. He phones Jerry who instructs him to abandon his route to Michigan and follow the car. Elaine is there and, of course, is only worried about the golf clubs inside it. Kramer foolishly figures he can catch Jerry's sports car in his big mail truck and follows the car. This leads to a crazy scene involving a beautiful farmer's daughter and Newman being tempted by her.
We finish with Mr. Peterman delivering one of his greatest lines ever, concerning Ethel Kennedy's "proclivity to procreate." I've tried to describe the setups of the various plots without ruining the finishes of them for anyone who hasn't seen this. This wild episode had crazy things throughout and all of them were great. It is a 10 in my book.
Seinfeld: The Wig Master (1996)
Kramer is not a pimp
The Wig Master is one of the wildest plots in this series, complete with a picture of Kramer that is almost impossible to forget.
Friends of Susan are in town with the wig master of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat staying at her place along with George. George hates having all these wigs around the place and isn't fond of their house guest. Meanwhile, Jerry decides to buy a jacket with a crest but isn't sure about one he is shown. He decides to lie to the salesman, claiming he wants to bring in a friend to help him decide.
But the salesman's reaction suggest he doesn't believe Jerry. So to prove him wrongwhen the salesman was actually correctJerry gets Elaine to come to the store with him. She is directed to tell him not to get the jacket. But one look at the pony-tailed salesman and Elaine wants to date him, so she insists Jerry buy the jacket. Typical Elaineletting down her friend just to score a date with someone.
She is the only one who seems attracted to the guy who promises her a discount on a dress that needs to be ordered. Everyone else figures he is only teasing her with a sale price so she will have sex with him, as she learns later to be the truth.
George is excited to find a parking space where he "only" has to pay $75 a month. Of course, it's so far that he needs a ride to get there. We soon learn the people running the lot are letting people use the cars for prostitution. One funny scene has George investigating by asking an apparent prostitute about using cars for her "business" and offering to pay her for informationright as Susan walks up and sees him.
Jerry spends much of his time being annoyed at others. First, the salesman because he asked Elaine out at a point when Jerry thinks he should have "assumed" she was his girlfriend, and later while sitting at an outdoor café with the wig master, when a gay guy asks him on a date, because Jerry thinks the man should have assumed that the guy was dating Jerry.
Kramer gets a chance to wear one of the Technicolor dreamcoats, while also sporting a fancy walking stick Elaine gave him and a broad-brimmed hat he literally picked up on the street. He struts down the street like a pimp, and then tries to haul a prostitute out of the car he was borrowing, interrupting her business at the parking lot.
A wild, ridiculously funny episode, making it a 9 in my book.
Made for Each Other (1939)
Moderately interesting at best
I'm giving this one a 4 out of 10, I guess mostly for the star quality of James Stewart, Carole Lombard and Charles Coburn.
A brief review of the plot: Young New York City lawyer, John Mason (Stewart) returns from weekend business trip to his office where everyone except the boss, Judge Doolittle (Coburn)already knows that in Boston he met and married a woman, Jane (Lombard). It seems like this will be a bit of a comedy, when they have a scene with the couple telling John's mother how they got married without knowing each other more than one day.
Almost everything else is drama or melodrama. The couple has little money, even though they rented a small apartment to house them and John's mother. Perhaps if they didn't insist on having a cook/maid all the time they wouldn't have fallen so far behind in their bills, as depicted.
Mostly because of money, partly because of the mother too-often criticizing Jane, they mostly endure life instead of enjoy it, even when blessed with a new baby, who seems to have never been given a name as he is always referred to as "the baby." On New Year's Eve as they ring in 1939, mostly because John feels depressed over a salary cut right when he was seeking a raise, they talk about getting divorced. But they learn that the baby is now seriously ill.
At St. Vincent's Hospital, they learn that the baby will soon die from pneumonia unless they can obtain a special serum. Phone calls all over the country teach that the only serum available is in Salt Lake City, Utah. Thanks to Judge Doolittle's generous offer to pay $5,000, they can have it flown, only a raging blizzard that appears to range from Utah to New Jersey, makes flying extremely dangerous. But a pilot is willing, for half of the $5,000 fee, so he borrows the plane and takes off.
After much flying difficulty in his bi-plane, he later encounters engine trouble and bails out, later crawls to a farmhouse said to be about 35 miles from New York City where his package is found and the baby is miraculously saved, apparently with almost no time to spare. The couple now smile, knowing their problems in life are over.
Most of this film really seems to show how even a young lawyer in NYC who has a beautiful wife and a baby can be most unhappy with his life if he doesn't earn enough money to pay the maid, or anyone else for that matter.
This film was mostly lacking in any joyful scenes of life. I truly could not understand why this tiny apartment with two fully-able-bodied, healthy women needed to have a maid/cook around. It would be one thing if John was supposed to be earning lots of money, but it was made clear throughout that he wasn't. The mother complained of having little to do--maybe she could have cooked or done the laundry? Jane felt bad that she didn't know how to cook or maintain the house--maybe the know-it-all mother-in-law could have showed her? Since John's mother felt like she was in the way and was unhappy there, it really would have made sense to find a small apartment for her, especially when her bedroom was needed for the baby.
The whole business of the serum only available in one place in the country, then being flown in a slow bi-plane was ridiculous, to say the least. The many stops the plane would have needed to make would have meant it took a couple of days to get there, while the film made it appear to be just an overnight flight. The pilot risking his life was foolish because of the danger of his flight and the fact that if he crashed, nobody would get the serum and he would probably be dead as well as the baby.
We all know that young couples without enough money often quarrel about money and feel miserable. I don't think this film shed any light on this subject in 1939 or today. It was truly not a comedy in any way with almost no comedic scenes, especially after the first few minutes.
There is one scene where the couple's last maid, a black woman, Louise Beavers, cheers up Jane with a pithy saying, "Never let the seeds stop you from enjoying the watermelon." Someone said this scene made them cringe because it came from a black woman.
I vigorously disagree. I understand the old stereotype about blacks eating watermelon. But surely we haven't gotten to where we now have to pretend that black people never eat watermelon and that it is wrong to ever have a black person just mention that delicious fruit that most people love to eat. There was not a single stereotype in this film connected with this matter. The black maid was the only maid who did anything likable.
In fact, Jane spent almost the whole film being terribly annoyed at her mother-in-law, but refused until almost the end to speak up for herself. She had to push John to speak up for himself at work because he was too wimpy. That maid, who had three or four big scenes, could well be said to be the most likable person in the film and was portrayed as intelligent and charitable.
If you love to see any old film with any of the three stars, you might want to watch this, just to see what it was like. Otherwise, I would think you will find it quite boring, not funny, and not worth watching.
Terribly dumb main plot, Kramer's part good though
Here we have Jerry accidentally squirt grapefruit juice into George's left eye at Monk's. Later, George unknowingly winks, as his eye is still irritated by the grapefruit juice, while talking to his boss, Mr. Wilhelm, about another Yankee employee, a Mr. Morgan. The wink is understood by Wilhelm to mean that George means something quite different than what he is actually saying.
A similar misunderstanding connected with the winking leads Kramer to needing to promise a boy in a hospital that Yankee outfielder Paul O'Neill, who plays himself in one scene, will hit not just one home run for the boy, but two in the next game (thus outdoing the famous story connected with Babe Ruth).
This part of the plot gets resolved except that through George's actions, Mr. Morgan is out of a job with the Yankees and George gets promoted to his job. As Mr. Steinbrenner tells him, it'll be a lot more work, long hours, only a little more money, but it'll be a good thing for George. The boss lists all the managers he's had to fire, including Billy Martin four times. He finishes by naming the current Yankee skipper, then quickly tells George not to mention that last name to anyone.
This was actually the subplot, but it was the funniest part of the episode, by far, because not only was it quite funny, but the rest of this episode was very weak.
The main plot dealt with Jerry's sudden desire, stated to just "eat healthy" but which apparently means he's decided against eating any meat. This causes a problem on his first date with Elaine's cousin, Holly. First, at her favorite steak house, he orders only a salad, but realizes how wimpy he looks. Next, he invites himself to join Elaine for a dinner at Holly's. He is served mutton. He refuses to tell her he has just decided to give up eating meat, so he puts it in his mouth, chews it, and keeps spitting it out into his napkin when nobody else is looking. He stuffs it into the pockets of his jacket. Along with the meat, he stuffs in two of her fancy napkins.
Jerry is surprised as they just finish eating when Elaine wants to leave by herself and insists on taking Jerry's jacket because it's cold outside and she didn't bring a coat. Her negligence means that Jerry has to walk home without a coat. It backfires on Elaine when dogs chase her because they smell the meat. She runs to her new boyfriend's apartment and stays overnight to avoid the dogs. They aren't ready for sex yet so they share the only bed, sleeping "head to toe" which Elaine thinks is quite normal.
The new boyfriend has a job calling people to wake them up, like hotels do for guests. I didn't realize New Yorkers could not afford alarm clocks, but apparently not. Elaine, who surely is overpaid at her job, pays for this service, which is performed by the new boyfriend, who she agreed to date because he "sounded like he was good looking." Because of their weird sleeping arrangement, he is too tired and doesn't call people the next morning and loses business, which keeps alive the ongoing theme of Elaine causing problems for almost everyone she encounters.
Holly then goes to make a nice pork chop meal for Jerry at his apartment and he repeats the procedure of spitting out the food when he can, this time stuffing it under pillows on his couch.
The whole business with Jerry pretending to eat meat in front of his new girlfriend seems to be one of the dumbest things anyone on this show ever did. If he had a great fear of, say, heights, or swimming, he could date her for a long time and hide this. But how in the world do you pretend to love meat with a new girlfriend and keep stuffing it in a pocket or somewhere and not have them find out very, very soon? He wasn't some long time vegetarian, but just someone who decided to, in his words, eat healthy, so it wouldn't have hurt to just eat the meat. Nor would it have hurt to tell her about his new food choices. But to pretend something and begin a relationship based on this type of lie, knowing it would have to come out soon just makes no sense, no even in the Seinfeld world.
It also made no sense that he had handy three fancy napkins at her place, as he stuffed two into his pockets and was seen with a third. Nobody sets a table giving three napkins to one of the people. For that matter, it makes no sense that he needed to stuff two napkins into his pockets. In eating a whole dinner, he would have had to spit out far more than two times. Why stuff the napkin in his pocket on two of the occasions when he spat out food, but not others?
The whole pretending to eat meat for the new girl made the bulk of this episode too stupid to enjoy. The wake-up service guy blowing off his job one morning just because he was tired seemed weak also. For George and Kramer's part of the story, I give this one a four, otherwise it would be no more than a two.
Two-Faced Woman (1941)
Why strangers should not marry
This was Greta Garbo's last film, released in early 1942, co-starring Melvin Douglas. I viewed it this afternoon on DVD from a recent airing on TCM.
We open with Douglas as Larry Blake, magazine publisher, vacationing at an Idaho ski lodge, telling the lodge manager that he has no interest at all in skiing. Seeing, Garbo, as Karin Borg, skiing expertly right outside the window, he decides, upon hearing she is a ski instructor, to pay for private lessons, taking her immediately away from a class of several she was teaching. He annoys her by immediately suggesting they go someplace privateletting it be clear that he is interested in anything other than skiing.
Karin's response is to take him to the top of the mountain, which is something I believe few ski instructors would do because a novice on a really steep slope would be extremely dangerous. After getting off the chair lift, he almost immediately starts going down backwards and falls over a ridge and we see skis and legs sticking out from a pile of snow beneath the edge of the ridge.
The next scene has two of Larry's colleagues, O.O. Miller (Roland Young) and Miss Ruth Ellis (Ruth Gordon) rushing to the lodge, worried about their missing boss. Then we see Larry entering a private cabin with Karin and learn they are newly married. Larry says he plans to immediately retire and stay there with Karin, living a simple life. By morning, he's changed his mind no fewer than three times, and leaves his new wife to return to work. She resisted his orders to go with him, as that isn't what they agreed to. To me, this proves why it is unwise to marry someone you don't even know.
After many weeks of broken plans for him to come back to her she decides to go to New York and surprise him. But on seeing him friendly with an old girlfriend, Griselda (Constance Bennett) Karin decides to go back to Idaho without seeing him. Spotted by O.O., she goes along with Miss Ellis' concoction and pretends to be her own twin sister, Katherine, a fictional person.
She decides her husband needs to be spied on and maneuvers herself to be with him, as she is "dating" O.O. in the role of Katherine Borg. Almost immediately, we see that Larry is at least 90% sure that this is really his wife. Whether he is just flirting with Griselda or having an affair is left uncertain. It is certain that Griselda has romantic plans for Larry.
Most of the film settles into this deception mode. Karin, as Katherine, in scenes we never saw, apparently got two suitors, including O.O. believing she they were engaged to her. Mostly she tries to make a play for Larry, wanting him to dislike her "city" ways so he'll go back to Karin. At one point she directly tells him to go to Karin, but he insists he is more interested in her.
They wind up back in Idaho and Larry has a terrible time skiing down the mountain, falling and getting up over and over (something only an expert skier could do), as Karin skis down trying to help him stop. He winds up in a lake and suddenly their problems are over as the movie ends.
If the review sounds ridiculous, that's the way the movie was. There were few scenes supposed to be funny, but it was too lighthearted to be a good drama. Even a supposed screwball comedy has to have some measure of believability in the script. We were never given anything other than lust to explain why these two got togetherthey had absolutely nothing in common and we never got any scene, like most "romantic" films where they dated and did something together that made them both laugh together happily. JustBAMthese strangers are married. And Larry is more interested in his magazine than his wife on his wedding night? For him to go back to New York for a few days to fix a problem is fine. But as shown, it was many weeks he stayed there ignoring her. Annulment time in the real world. No need for a divorce here.
What Karin sought to accomplish with her deception is rather dumb as well. She is supposed to make him want to go back to Karin by being a city girl who parties too much and drinks and such. But his world has been the big city and it makes no sense that he would yearn for the new life he, sort of, planned to have with his new bride.
This might have worked better if the couple had been married for a few years and she finally talked him into giving up his magazine to retire to the ski lodge, and to help out in a crisis, he went back to the city to rescue the magazine and left her for days or a week, not a couple of months. I know, I'd be changing most of the script, but it needed drastic changing to make a good film. A "4" is a generous score.
Part comedy, part drama, mostly boring
This film needed to either be more of a drama, with a serious goal to achieve--say winning some battle with a key element executed by the two stars, or focus more on comedy and not have 30-45% of the film be essentially dramatic.
Hargrove seems to keep being promoted to corporal and busted back to private, without there really appearing to be much reason for either. He keeps getting fouled up by his companion, the scheming Keenan Wynn, who doesn't have any wild, Sgt. Bilko-like schemes, but simply figures out lies to keep himself and Hargrove out of trouble. Except he keeps getting caught and thus, into more trouble.
The sarge doesn't really like the two stars, but keeps depending on them because they can do the job better than anyone else available.
I think I chuckled out loud two or three times when watching this last night. The "mission" of the soldiers kept getting changed, making this a picture without any real point to it.
By the last half hour, I couldn't wait for it to end because it had gotten so boring.
The film needed some funny things happening to the stars, but didn't get them. The drama was never much. At one point, Hargrove gets captured by Germans, but about two minutes after this happens, his buddies get the chance to surprise the Germans and he is freed.
To me, it was like Jerry and George trying to write their first script on Seinfeld. They had no ideas for a real plot, so they think of different short things that could happen to the characters. The incidents are not related and there is no point to any of this. That's the way I felt about both this Hargrove movie and the earlier one that I saw months ago on TCM.
Lassie: The Newspaper (1955)
Funny and dramatic
This was one of the series' best episodes, with much to laugh at and a nice bit of drama in which Lassie played an important, but believable role.
Porky gets a mimeograph machine and he and Jeff decide to start up a newspaper. Gramps suggests they can buy supplies they need at the Calverton newspaper office. While the boys ride to town, he phones the editor and asks him to let them have what they need on credit, but not to make it too easy for them.
The boys wind up signing what Jeff calls a "mortgage" on Lassie in exchange for the supplies, figuring to pay out of their profits. They write a story that accidentally implies there is something shady in the local judge's committee for a town war memorial. Nobody knew it, but the two men the judge was working with to create a statue were crooks and Jeff and Porky's story caused them to be concerned that they were soon to be discovered.
They decide to abscond with the money raised already, instead of waiting for the full amount to be donated. Due to some luck, the boys overhear them planning to leave town. They tell the judge but he dismisses it as their imagination, until he finds out they left their hotel. The judge, with a shotgun, and Gramps, Lassie and the boys chase down the two crooks and get the money back.
The laughs mostly come from the boys' stories in the paper, which made Ellen crack up at the way they are written. There was a funny scene in the newspaper office when the boys try to present their collateral, in exchange for the credit account--pocketknife, rope, frog, etc.
I got to thinking that Jeff, Timmy and Lassie may have caused the arrest of more criminals than Sgt. Joe Friday and his partners.
To me, this episode is why I loved the series. Drama, comedy, and Lassie was important in catching the crooks--but not in a "Superdog" type of way, like she was later on too often with Timmy and beyond.
Very simple drama here
I caught this episode today and now remember why I didn't keep it when I recorded most of the "Jeff" episodes years ago. There just isn't much to the story.
Jeff is in the woods with Lassie at the beginning, and suddenly we see a rattlesnake. The snake hisses and Lassie barks at it. Jeff hollers for Gramps, who comes running. Lassie starts attacking the snake and just after Gramps arrives, kills it.
Now Jeff realizes something has "stung" his lower leg. We see Gramps quickly taking action with his knife to cut out whatever venom he can, even though it hurts Jeff. Gramps carries him to the house, yelling for Ellen, who comes outside and is told to call for the doctor.
On learning the doctor is on a house call to a place without phones, switchboard operator Jenny notifies everyone about what has happened to try to get Doc to the Millers.
But Gramps wants to take Jeff to where the Doctor is. With Ellen beside the boy on the bed of their pickup truck, they take off, but on the back road, the truck breaks an axle. As they start to carry Jeff to the nearest neighbor, Lassie shows up. They had left her home, but she worried about her boy and took off running after them.
Ellen writes a note, gives it to Lassie to take to the Brockways. En route, a wolf (I think) picks a fight with Lassie and she beats off the varmint but loses the note in a stream. Then she sees two cars racing down the road and goes after them. It is the constable and the doctor. They stop as the doctor hears about Jeff and when they see Lassie figure they should follow her.
We get another scene of Lassie racing down the road, this time with two cars following. They almost miss Jeff because Gramps and Ellen were carrying him toward the neighbors, but went off the road to a stream to put cool water on Jeff. Only Ellen's frantic running on hearing the cars, and Lassie's good ears saved the day.
I don't think I spoil much by revealing that the doctor gave Jeff the needed serum to keep the snakebite from killing Jeff and that Jeff recovered before the show ended.
To me, the long scenes of Lassie chasing after the truck, and then the cars, and then leading the cars, plus the fight with the wolf were too prolonged. Knowing he wouldn't die prevented me from feeling quite the urgency I was supposed to feel.
I do think Ellen and Gramps were unwise to take Jeff away from home when the doctor was likely to be notified and come to their place. Both of them going off the road for cool water was also foolish, one person should have stayed by the road. But neither act was totally dumb.
To me, there just wasn't much going on that was interesting.
Seinfeld: The Understudy (1995)
Solid laughs, featuring Bette Midler
Seinfeld's "The Understudy" features Bette Midler, playing herself, starring in a new musical about to open on Broadway, "Rochelle, Rochelle" which borrows the Seinfeld gang's movie some of them saw at a theater a couple of seasons back when they were all trying to meet at the movie theater.
Here we have George and Jerry playing on the same softball team, "The Improv" about to take on the cast of "Rochelle, Rochelle" on their team. Kramer has come out to watch because he adores Bette Midler, who arrives with an entourage of a half dozen. Kramer offers to get her anything she'd like, so she sends him out for a pineapple gelato, we think, because it should take him a long time to find that flavor. Indeed he misses the entire game, but finally finds that flavor and rushes back to the softball field in Central Park just in time for the dramatic conclusion.
For reasons unexplained, even though this is slow pitch softball, George is dressed like a catcher in a baseball game. He winds up getting a long hit and circles the bases just as the throw comes into homeCrash! He bowls over Midler and she is injured and unable to perform on opening night of the show because she has to stay in the hospitalwith exact injuries unstated.
Now the collision causes huge problems for George, Jerry, and Jerry's new girlfriend, Gennice, because she is the understudy for Midler. Gennice has some real emotional problems, crying non-stop over such trivial things as dropping a hot dog, but when she learns her grandmother died, she doesn't bat an eye. One of the best lines here was a line that stole part of the lyrics of the theme music of The Patty Duke Show, a gem that cracked me up.
In Gennice's part of the plot, we have a takeoff on the ice skating attack on Nancy Kerrigan, with Gennice playing the innocent beneficiary, Tonya Harding, while Jerry is accused of being Jeff Gilooly, the then-husband of the figure skater who arranged for an attack on Kerrigan to help his wife reach the Winter Olympics in 1994. The pair are chased by Midler's teammates through the park, and later all three have to escape angry fans of Midler who recognize them in the hospital. There's even a scene at the end of the show where Gennice more-or-less copies what happened to Harding in her Olympic performance.
Meanwhile, Elaine is frequenting a nail salon for manicures but becomes suspicious because all the women employees are Korean and rudely speak Korean to each other right in front of her. That doesn't bother her, like it would me, but she is only concerned because she thinks they are making fun of her.
She learns that George's father speaks fluent Korean and brings him with her to learn if she is right. She was, as we see an English translation on the screen, and Frank confronts the women. In the hardest-to-believe scene, Elaine now feels embarrassed for bringing in Frank to learn if they were making fun of her. They were, but they are not embarrassed at that, nor do they feel apologetic at all for their overall rudeness for speaking in Korean right in front of her.
Elaine leaves the shop in tears because she can't get their manicures anymore. I guess it's hard to find a good manicure place in New York City. Who would have guessed? Bawling as she wanders down the street in the rain, Elaine happens to be comforted by the character of J. Peterman, publisher of a huge clothing catalog. They talk for a while and Elaine happily reports to Jerry that he has hired her to write for his catalog.
A really funny Seinfeld, with the usual odd behaviors that are far from normal. A solid 8.