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The Bris 

Elaine and Jerry are nervous about the religious duties they must do when they agree to become godparents to a couple's newborn; George nabs great parking spot.

Director:

Tom Cherones

Writers:

Larry David (created by), Jerry Seinfeld (created by) | 1 more credit »
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Episode complete credited cast:
Jerry Seinfeld ... Jerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Elaine Benes
Michael Richards ... Kramer
Jason Alexander ... George Costanza
Charles Levin ... Mohel
Debra Mooney ... Mrs. Sweedler
Tom Alan Robbins ... Stan
Jeannie Elias Jeannie Elias ... Myra
John Gegenhuber John Gegenhuber ... Resident
Tia Riebling Tia Riebling ... Woman
Frank Noon ... Patient
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Storyline

Jerry and Elaine get asked to be the godparents for their friend's newborn baby. But unfortunately the position doesn't last very long when Elaine hires a drunken rabbi to perform the Bris. While at the hospital, Kramer thinks he found a pig-man while a mental patient jumps to his death and lands on George's car. Written by halo1k

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1993 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) does two imitations of Marlon Brando in The Godfather (1972), however while he imitates Brando, the lines are actually spoken by Al Pacino in the film. See more »

Goofs

When Stan (Tom Alan Robbins) & Myra (Jeannie Elias) explain to Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) & Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) what would be expected of them in regard to the bris and refer to the baby by name. According to Jewish law however, a baby is named at his bris, after being circumcised. See more »

Quotes

Jerry Seinfeld: I don't see any pig-men I see human, human, human... Wait a second.
Cosmo Kramer: What?
Jerry Seinfeld: Oh, it's George.
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Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
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An Under-appreciated (And Seemingly) Misunderstood Episode
26 February 2015 | by sullymazdaSee all my reviews

When people discuss the great episodes of this series, many (if not most) sound like dilettantes. Sure, they mention "The Soup Nazi", "The Contest",etc.Yet it always sounds like they know less about the series than they are willing to admit. It's like asking them what their favorite "Twilight Zone" is, and they say "the one where Burgess Meredith drops his reading glasses" or when it turns out that "To Serve Man" is actually a cookbook. When you get answers like this, you know that the people haven't seen terribly acquainted with much of the show, and are unfamiliar with a lot of entries that aren't shown as often. It's too bad because, for instance, some of my favorite "Twilight Zones" are ones that are either rarely shown or--if I'm lucky--an episode that some have seen and dislike."What's In The Box", for instance (how the censors let that one pass in 1964 is beyond me), together with the gorgeous music composed for its final episode "Come Wander With Me." In the case of "The Bris" what's fascinating about the episode is that, upon repeat viewings, you may come away with a different take than you had the first time you watched it.Its subtleties are myriad.

Right off, George demands that the hospital pay for the damage to his car.At first ,you may regard him as a callous jerk, but the more you think about it, the guy's got a point.Guaranteed, that if he took it to court, he would win. Or, it would be settled before that--again, in his favor. Secondly, Jerry and Elaine are uncomfortable being the Godparents, and rightfully so.The mother and father--besides not being the best looking couple I've ever seen- are indeed boundless, "level jumping" on the friendship.

Finally, some reviewers have stated their belief that the Mohel was drunk. Wrong.He is a hopelessly neurotic sociopath--played in sterling fashion by Charles Levin- who clearly is not very good at what he does for a living.

So make sure you mention this episode instead of the one where everyone is terrified of this four foot, 13 inch guy behind the soup counter,or how long any of the four principals can go without an exercise in onanism.


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