Seinfeld (1989–1998)
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The Conversion 

George changes his religion to Latvian Orthodox to keep his girlfriend happy; Jerry becomes curious as to why his girlfriend needs fungus cream.

Director:

Tom Cherones

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 ... Kramer
Jason Alexander ... George Costanza
Jerry Stiller ... Frank Costanza
Estelle Harris ... Estelle Constanza
Kay E. Kuter ... Older Priest
Molly Hagan ... Sister Roberta
Tom Verica ... Doctor
Kimberly Campbell ... Tawni
Jana Marie Hupp ... Sasha
Bill Rose Bill Rose ... Younger Priest
Randy Brenner Randy Brenner ... Waiter
Darlene Kardon Darlene Kardon ... Mrs. Lupchek
Karen Rizzo Karen Rizzo ... Woman Hailing Cab
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Storyline

George decides to convert to Latvian Orthodox to impress a girl, against his angry parents' objections. Meanwhile, Kramer converts a nun at the church, and Jerry takes a peek in his girlfriend's medicine cabinet and is stunned by what he finds. Written by halo1k

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Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 1993 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Molly Hagan plays the part of Sister Roberta. Kristin Davis auditioned unsuccessfully for the role but would later be cast as Jenna in episodes 8.16 Seinfeld: The Pothole (1997) & 9.1 Seinfeld: The Butter Shave (1997). See more »

Goofs

When Elaine cuts her boyfriend a slice of cake she places on the plate on its side. It moves to being upright between camera cuts. See more »

Quotes

Estelle Costanza: Latvian Orthodox? Why are you doing this?
George Costanza: For a woman.
Frank Costanza: A woman? What are you out of your mind?
Estelle Costanza: Why can't you do anything like a normal person?
Frank Costanza: Wait. Is this the group that goes around mutilating squirrels?
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Connections

References Jeopardy! (1984) See more »

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Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
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nice nun..
30 June 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 Conversion

Richards's character is getting strong and extremely appealing with his so called powers turned to 11. Besides that, you get a few good doctor jokes that travels more smoothly than the scenarios in this chapter does; the climax is one big nail-biting sprint, or so it tries to be.


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