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The Wife 

Jerry gets a permanent discount at his local dry cleaners after returning a locket he found in a jacket pocket. His new girlfriend Meryl also claims the discount claiming to be Jerry's wife... See full summary »

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
Courteney Cox ... Meryl
Barney Martin ... Morty
Liz Sheridan ... Helen
Scott LaRose ... Greg
Len Lesser ... Uncle Leo
Joseph Ragno ... Marty
Rebecca Glenn Rebecca Glenn ... Paula
Nick LaTour ... Grandpa
Susan Segal ... Waitress
Lili Bernard Lili Bernard ... Anna
Lawrence A. Mandley ... Owner
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Storyline

Jerry gets a permanent discount at his local dry cleaners after returning a locket he found in a jacket pocket. His new girlfriend Meryl also claims the discount claiming to be Jerry's wife. It all gets out of hand when Jerry's Uncle Leo hears he's married. Elaine thinks an airline pilot who goes to the same health club but her interest wanes quickly when he wipes the top of her water bottle before drinking from it. George is in trouble when the pilot sees him urinating in the shower at the same club. Kramer has had trouble sleeping at home but not, unfortunately at the tanning studio. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 1994 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Courtney Cox guest-starred as Jerry's "wife" in this episode just 6 months before Friends debuted and launched her career to new heights. See more »

Goofs

When Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) is on the phone talking to his parents, he accidentally presses redial. The sound is audible and Jerry looks down and presses the correct button to disconnect the call. See more »

Quotes

[Elaine catches Greg not cleaning his sweat off the exercise equipment]
Greg: You're friends with the urinator, aren't you?
Elaine Benes: At least he had a drain.
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Connections

Spoofs Casablanca (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
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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 Wife

The pretend marriage conversations are fancy and are just like they are on discount easy to grab and easy to form a crowd. While the other two are surprisingly familiar and dull, with none whatsoever grip or command over their characters.


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