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The Scofflaw 

Kramer is walking down a street and sees a man littering. He calls the guy a "pig" but doing so offends a cop who is standing a few feet away. Of course, the cop isn't paying attention and ... See full summary »

Director:

Andy Ackerman

Writers:

Larry David (created by), Jerry Seinfeld (created by) | 2 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 Fancy ... Lippman
Marty Rackham ... Jake Jarmel
Barbara Alyn Woods ... Debby
Ivory Ocean Ivory Ocean ... Officer Morgan
Basil Hoffman ... Salesman
Lillian Lehman Lillian Lehman ... Judge
Jon Lovitz ... Gary Fogel
Danny Breen ... Guy with Glasses
Bob Shaw Bob Shaw ... Cabbie
Dale Harimoto Dale Harimoto ... Reporter
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Kramer is walking down a street and sees a man littering. He calls the guy a "pig" but doing so offends a cop who is standing a few feet away. Of course, the cop isn't paying attention and the scofflaw gets away. Kramer decides that he needs a new look and goes with an eye patch. George runs into Gary Fogel, a man who was having cancer and decided not to tell him. But he did tell Jerry, who reveals that he made himself nearly sick being nice to the guy. The next day, George meets with Gary, who drops a bombshell that he never actually had cancer and that the operation revealed that it was benign. Kramer decides to go apologize to the cop on his way to get a book signed by Elaine's ex-boyfriend Jake Jarmel (see episode "The Sniffing Accountant"). The cop reveals a story about a brown Dodge sedan that has become his "white whale" - the scofflaw has racked up more parking tickets than anyone in New York and that he almost nailed him until Kramer made his remark. Kramer goes to the book ... Written by halo1k

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Comedy

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PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 January 1995 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

When Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) tells Kramer (Michael Richards) he looks like a pirate, Kramer's response, "I want to be a pirate" is a reference to episode 5.2, Seinfeld: The Puffy Shirt (1993), where he tells Jerry he'll be the first pirate in the new trend if he wears the puffy shirt, and Jerry says, "I don't wanna be a pirate." See more »

Goofs

A car appears in the background while Kramer and Newman are driving in the car. See more »

Quotes

Jerry Seinfeld: You look like a pirate
Cosmo Kramer: I want to be a pirate
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Connections

References Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
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you look like a pirate..
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 Scofflaw

Knight is growing into a familiar face. And the creators just know how to use him in the storyline for he is as good as that brief amount of time as Seinfel exhales every now and then, "Newman!" Richards still manages to clash around people as shady as he is.


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