Seinfeld (1989–1998)
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The Boyfriend 

Jerry becomes increasingly jealous of Elaine's relationship with Keith Hernandez. The unemployed George Constanza schemes to collect unemployment checks, while the illustrated JFK "second spitter theory" is further investigated.

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
Keith Hernandez Keith Hernandez ... Keith Hernandez
Rae Allen ... Mrs. Sokol
Wayne Knight ... Newman
Carol Ann Susi ... Carrie
Lisa Mende ... Carol
Roger McDowell Roger McDowell ... Himself
Stephen Prutting Stephen Prutting ... Michael
Richard Assad ... Cabbie
Melanie Good ... Tall Woman
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Storyline

Elaine and Keith Hernandez are still seeing one another and Jerry can't quite come to grips with his emotions. When Keith asks him to help move his furniture, everyone thinks their friendship has gone to a new level. Elaine likes Keith, at least until she learns about one of his personal habits. When Kramer and Newman finally meet Hernandez, the truth of the spitting incident is revealed. George meanwhile latches on to yet another scheme to keep his unemployment benefits flowing - dating the employment counselor's unmarried daughter. Written by garykmcd

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1992 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

This episode was originally titled "The New Friend." When this episode was rerun on NBC, Jerry Seinfeld appeared in an introductory segment calling it "The New Friend" as well as his favorite episode at the time. See more »

Goofs

Keith (Keith Hernandez) makes it a point to bring his gloves but ends up leaving without them. See more »

Quotes

George Costanza: Magellan? You like Magellan?
Jerry Seinfeld: Oh yeah, my favorite explorer. Around the world? Come on. Why, who do you like?
George Costanza: De Soto.
Jerry Seinfeld: De Soto, why De Soto?
George Costanza: He discovered the Mississippi.
Jerry Seinfeld: Oh, like they wouldn't have found it anyway.
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Connections

Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 16 April 2014 (2014) 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 Boyfriend 2

The rush is communicated thoroughly and the metaphor of Seinfeld being friends with a guy that is suggested often as he is an affair, is the best gag they every now and then try to pull it off; plus we finally solve the mystery.


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