Seinfeld (1989–1998)
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The Bottle Deposit 

A garage mechanic steals Jerry's car. Elaine tries to win J. Peterman JFK's presidential golf clubs at an auction. George is asked to work on a mysterious assignment. Kramer and Newman run a recycling scam.

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Andy Ackerman

Writers:

Larry David (created by), Jerry Seinfeld (created by) | 7 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Seinfeld ... Jerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Elaine Benes
Michael Richards ... Cosmo Kramer
Jason Alexander ... George Costanza
Wayne Knight ... Newman
Richard Herd ... Wilhelm
John O'Hurley ... J. Peterman
Brenda Strong ... Sue Ellen
Brad Garrett ... Tony
Patrick Kerr ... La Forge - Clerk
Mary Jo Keenen Mary Jo Keenen ... Deena Lazzari
Rance Howard ... Farmer
Karen Lynn Scott ... Susie, the Farmer's Daughter
Nicholas Mele Nicholas Mele ... Detective
Sandy Ward ... Pop
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Storyline

In this two-part episode, Kramer and Newman scheme to make money on recycling by taking a mail truck to Michigan full of bottles and cans. But their road trip takes a turn for the worst (literally) when Jerry's car is stolen by a psychotic auto mechanic and they track Jerry's car out in the Midwest. Elaine outbids Sue Ellen Mischkie by double her budget for JFK's golf clubs and leaves them in Jerry's car. George gets a project from his boss Wilhelm but doesn't hear the other end of what he's supposed to do. Steinbrenner sees the results of George's project and has him committed to a mental hospital. Written by halo1k

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 1996 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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4:3
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Trivia

This is Larry David's last voice over as George Steinbrenner. See more »

Goofs

George (Jason Alexander) gets the lyrics to the Petula Clark song wrong. He says "... where the neon lights are pretty", but the line is actually, "Where the neon SIGNS are pretty" See more »

Quotes

Jerry Seinfeld: [as auto mechanic approaches] Hey, Tony.
Tony: Thanks for coming in Jerry.
Jerry Seinfeld: Sure.
Tony: [mood shift] I think I know what's going here.
Jerry Seinfeld: [huh? frown]
Tony: [getting moody] And I just wanna hear it from you. But I want you to be straight with me. Don't lie to me Jerry. Ya know that motor oil you're putting in there? From one of those quickie lube places, isn't it?
Jerry Seinfeld: Well I change it so often...
Tony: [interrupting] Jerry, motor oil is the life blood of a car. Okay, ya put in a low grade oil you can damage vital engine parts, ...
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Connections

References To Want to Fly (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall
(uncredited)
Traditional
Performed by Wayne Knight and Michael Richards (as "9,999 Bottles and Cans in the Truck")
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goodbye norman..
1 July 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

Seinfeld

Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, the creators, of the dream sitcom for every stand up artist is the milestone set as an example on how to use your humor as a part of narrative. The series was clearly ahead of its time and fixated within that time limit when it was aired- or maybe not even then. This is how the series both remains timeless and also fails to test against time. The concept of the series- in fact there is an episode, where the series takes an almost meta turn, whispering the secretive meeting held within the confound of NBC walls about the pitch- is to just joke, just talk, analyse with a mockery tone, bombing brutally on a subject from the most privileged position under that circumstances. There is no storyline, no character development, no arc, no rhythm to follow. Usually, a film like such becomes more than a film with such an idea; take the Life Of Brian series. And similarly the series refuses to participate in the expected or not even expected aspects of the storytelling.

There is no end, no beginning, it captures a brief period with an agenda in mind that you will have the time of your life. But this is where this coherent plan backfires. First the runtime itself. Something so monotonous cannot withhold its audience for nine years. It is simply preposterous. For the style of the joke, the humor, the vocab of these characters, if as-planned is intended to be the same, will grow natural or normal to the viewers. This makes the relationship between the viewers and the characters, similar to what the viewers have in the outer world, maybe a friend or a family member.

Basically it would never be interesting, sure some cases would come up, just as chapters does in here, but that too will carry the momentum of just that brief period of screentime. Another major challenge it faces is, in order to stay far away from the textbook sitcom structure, the character has to and does deny on getting on or blending in with the society. Now that's fine. But in order to last longer they had to create an unfair world that takes uncalled detours just for the laughs, ignoring both emotional and ethical aspect of it, resulting into a physical distance that you, as an audience, carry for the rest of the series. By the end, it gets difficult to survive and something so beloved, something so smart, Seinfeld is left under a dry heap of jokes.

The Bottle Deposit

Once again, it is a tale of Richards and his adventures. He saves the day with the help of Newman with maniacal laugh that ought to come in handy as they try to hack into the system with a well polished and flawed plan.


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