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The Gum 

When Lloyd Braun comes back from the psychiatric hospital, Kramer takes him under his wing and convinces Jerry to buy gum from him and wear glasses that don't belong to him to prove that ... See full summary »

Director:

Andy Ackerman

Writers:

Larry David (created by), Jerry Seinfeld (created by) | 7 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
Matt McCoy ... Lloyd Braun
Mary Jo Keenen Mary Jo Keenen ... Deena Lazzari
Eric Christmas ... Haarwood
Sandy Ward ... Pop Lazzari
Ruth Cohen Ruth Cohen ... Cashier
Lionel Mark Smith Lionel Mark Smith ... Florist
Vito D'Ambrosio ... Cop
Alan Watt Alan Watt ... Attendant
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Storyline

When Lloyd Braun comes back from the psychiatric hospital, Kramer takes him under his wing and convinces Jerry to buy gum from him and wear glasses that don't belong to him to prove that Lloyd isn't crazy. George tries to prove to his old neighbor Deena that he isn't crazy after a cashier short-changes him. Written by Jim

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 1995 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

In this episode, Michael Richards' character Kramer is described as having a "Raymond Massey" physique. Many years later Michael Richards would play the character Jonathan Brewster in a London stage production of Arsenic and Old Lace, a part played in the movie version of Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) by Raymond Massey. See more »

Goofs

When the lottery vendor hands George's bill back, he leans forward with his head straight down. It then cuts to a close-up and his head is tilted. See more »

Quotes

George Costanza: This
[costume]
George Costanza: isn't mine, the Institute gave it to me! The Institute!
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Connections

References The Private Life of Henry VIII. (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
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"Interesting texture"
11 August 2016 | by juanmaffeoSee all my reviews

I guess I am in the minority here but I really didn't enjoyed this episode. I mean, it has its good things but overall it was really boring and unclever. Seinfeld was always a show that shined in making social commentary and having clever dialogue (at least the first seven seasons) but here everything is goofy and uninspired.

First of all, I guess there's nothing I can do because the Kramer character is, with each episode, getting further and further away from the character he was for the first six seasons. Michael Richards is playing him increasingly weirder and the writers are giving him increasingly unrelatable stories and setting him apart from the gang. His story with Lloyd Braun is funny at times but there are moments where nothing happens and even the audience doesn't know where to laugh. Jerry doesn't really have a storyline but his interactions are really funny.

George's story is the best by far. You really buy that someone could take his character as a paranoid freak and Alexander plays perfectly the role of the misunderstood. But I can't go on without mentioning Elaine's role on this episode. This has to be the most disrespectful take on the character up until that point: shamelessly objectifying the character and a clear clue that the writers had no doubt whatsoever of how to incorporate her with the main story. It makes me mad.

Other than that, I may have laughed three or four times in the whole episode and there's no development of the season's arc, so that's always a shame.


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