Seinfeld (1989–1998)
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The Wallet 

Jerry is asked to explain to his parents why he does not wear the watch they gave him. Morty Seinfeld thinks his wallet has been stolen from him at his doctor's appointment.

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
Liz Sheridan ... Helen
Barney Martin ... Morty
Len Lesser ... Uncle Leo
Heidi Swedberg ... Susan Ross
Stephen McHattie ... Dr. Reston
David Sage David Sage ... Dr. Dembrow
Susan Ilene Johnson Susan Ilene Johnson ... Nurse
Denise Dowse ... Receptionist
Brian Leckner ... Attendant
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Storyline

Jerry's parents are in town so that his father Morty can see a specialist about his aching back. Morty is upset when he finds his wallet is missing from his pants pocket after leaving his clothes unattended in the examination room. Jerry has to do some quick thinking after his parents ask why he doesn't wear the watch they gave him. In fact Jerry threw it away because it didn't keep the correct time. George decides to play hardball with NBC, demanding a better deal for their show about nothing. Elaine returns from Europe determined to break up with her psychiatrist boyfriend but he's not making it easy for her. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1992 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

This episode contains the first scene where Morty (Barney Martin) and Helen (Liz Sheridan) appear without Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld). See more »

Goofs

When Jerry, his parents, and Kramer are in Jerry's apartment, Kramer is seen drinking from a can of Pepsi. Later in the hallway, with the Pepsi can still in his hand, Kramer spits out what he has been drinking after being surprised by Jerry. The liquid is transparent, not brown as colas should be. See more »

Quotes

Jerry Seinfeld: So tell us about the trip. How's Dr. Reston?
Elaine Benes: Oh, he's fine.
Jerry Seinfeld: Things are good?
Elaine Benes: Yeah, you know.
[scratches her cheek]
Jerry Seinfeld: Uh-oh.
Elaine Benes: What, "uh-oh"?
George Costanza: Did you see that?
Elaine Benes: Yeah, I saw it.
Jerry Seinfeld: What?
[...]
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Connections

References Cheers (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
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svenjolly, what did i say..
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 Wallet

Louis-Dreyfus is back but the energy isn't experienced by us. Seinfeld gets a good routine in his hand, about his own episode that is split into two parts. The parents aren't actually supporting here, effort is admirable.


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