Seinfeld (1989–1998)
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The Burning 

Elaine finds out that Puddy is religious. Kramer pretends to have gonorrhea. Jerry's new girlfriend has a tractor story to tell him. George wants everyone at work to like him.

Director:

Andy Ackerman

Writers:

Larry David (created by), Jerry Seinfeld (created by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Jerry Seinfeld ... Jerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Elaine Benes
Michael Richards ... Cosmo Kramer
Jason Alexander ... George Costanza
Patrick Warburton ... David Puddy
Danny Woodburn ... Mickey Abbott
Daniel von Bargen ... Kruger (as Daniel Von Bargen)
Cindy Ambuehl ... Sophie
Henry Woronicz ... Father Curtis
Ursaline Bryant Ursaline Bryant ... Dr. Wexler
Daniel Dae Kim ... Student #1
Alex Craig Mann ... Student #2
Brian Posehn ... Artie
Alec Holland Alec Holland ... Co-Worker #1
Suli McCullough Suli McCullough ... Co-Worker #2
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Storyline

Jerry is stunned to learn that his new girlfriend has a mysterious "tractor story" that she is not telling him. Kramer and Mickey act out symptoms for medical school students, but Kramer gets repeatedly typecast. George perfects the showmanship art of going out on a high note during meetings at Kruger. Meanwhile, Elaine is stunned to learn that Puddy is religious, and he informs her that she's going to hell. Written by halo1k

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 March 1998 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) reveals she's an Atheist in this episode, yet back in episode 6.19, Seinfeld: The Doodle (1995), we see her bless herself just prior to entering Jerry's (Jerry Seinfeld) apartment as it's in the process of being fumigated. See more »

Goofs

When Elaine and Puddy go to see the Catholic priest, the sign in the exterior shot of the church says "St. Luke's Lutheran Church". It is not a Catholic church. See more »

Quotes

David Puddy: You stole my Jesus fish!
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Connections

Referenced in Half in the Bag: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
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it's very positive..
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 Burning

Louis-Dreyfus is tapped in on the ring and she is told to lead forward. As her track keeps disappointing perpetually, you are bound to direct towards Anderson's light footed and obsessive case back in his office.


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