Why did George want reparations in "The Betrayal"? Seriously, he got to go to India and sleep with a beautiful woman who he barely knew before going. She was also a "great conversationalist" so it wasn't like it was a chore dealing with her when he was out of the bedroom. When Jerry fooled around with her it was before he even went out with her, and the only reason he got to meet her was because of him.
I'm not quite sure if it was ever stated outright if Nina slept with George or not. Anyway, the whole "Betrayal" was once again George's neurotic tendencies making something out of nothing. A good amount of his desire for Nina came from the fact that Jerry never slept with her. Once he found out that he had (and at the exact same time he introduced her to him) he felt "betrayed". You could also make an argument that George was concerned that the two would get back together, but his actions (and Nina's total lack of desire for Jerry in the rest of the episode outside of that one scene) suggest that George felt cheated because Jerry slept with her before him. This isn't ithe first time this has happened either; in "The Hamptons" George threw a fit because everyone saw his girlfriend topless before he did. In fact one of his lines from that episode perfectly sums up his actions in both cases:
George: It's like I'm Neil Armstrong. I turn around for a sip of Tang, and you jump out first!
In "The Strongbox," George attempts to break off his current relationship by having an affair. So why in hell's bells didn't he use the same tactic in "The Cadillac" and just let Susan find out he was cheating on her with Marisa Tomei? He spends the whole season looking for a way to get out of the engagement via SUSAN breaking it off, and he obviously would have been much happier with Tomei anyway. Granted, he wouldn't win too many morality awards for doing such a thing, but that was never exactly a problem for GLC anyway.
If you remember Part 2 of "The Cadillac", Susan does eventually find out that George is having an affair (though not with Marisa Tomei). Also considering that in the very next episode they're still engaged suggests that ultimately Susan forgave him, or at least put it behind her. Also George isn't exactly the brightest bulb, so it may not have crossed his mind. Alternatively he was so star struck with the thought of being in a relationship with Marisa Tomei that he gave little to no thought about ending his engagement to Susan.
In "The Pothole" episode, why in the crap does Elaine go to so much trouble to have some supreme flounder delivered to her, when she could just go to the restaurant and pick it up? At one point in the episode, Jerry questions her about the trouble she's going to, and Elaine answers "it's better than eating it alone in the restaurant like some loser!" But everybody just pretends that the concept of ordering takeout doesn't exist.
Laziness on Elaine's part, probably. She wants the food brought to her; having to go to the restaurant to pick it up is too much hassle.
Going to the restaurant would be far less work than going to the trouble of sneaking into a neighboring apartment building and pretending that the storage closet is "Apt. 1-Q." Then again, maybe she's just THAT stubborn.
She doesn't understand why they won't step outside the maximum area that they deliver food to. This is positively infuriating to her, and she refuses to give up before she succeeds in making them deliver.
Why are George and Jerry, two grown men, so absolutely petrified of Alton Benes? He is just a gruff, elderly man with an eccentric way of speaking. Then, to add insult to injury, Jerry had to ruin a $2,000 jacket because Alton said he "Wouldn't be seen on the street with a man wearing that." In any other episode, Jerry and George (especially Jerry) would be making endless jokes about a character so goofy. This whole episode is one big Mind Screw.
Early Installment Weirdness, probably. In the earliest episodes, Jerry was rather meek (this was even mentioned by a focus group, who claimed that Jerry wasn't strong enough of a main character). Obviously, this changed as he developed into a Deadpan Snarker.
The inside looks featurette states that the cast was outright terrified of the actor who played Alton Benes (Lawrence Tierney). He was a very intimidating man who even stole one of the knives from Jerry's apartment set. Their terrified mannerisms were part script, and part actual fear.
Why are the characters seen as being bad for what they did to Babu Bhatt? While everyone else who appeared in the finale were people they legitimately wronged out of selfishness, Babu was just someone they tried to help, and his getting deported was an honest mistake.
You're right, and its probably meant to be ironic that even the one instance where they meant to do good was stacked against them in trial. But also, if you remember the episode, they were patting themselves on the back for all the good they did him, which basically amounted to giving him advice. Its like telling a fat person he should eat less and exercise more and then congratulating yourself for helping him lose weight (or given the quality of the advice given, its more like telling a fat person he should take an ancient Chinese weight loss herb you saw an ad for on the internet.)
Frankly, the finale itself is a Just Bugs Me... not because it's just stupid to send your main characters to prison as a finale, though it is, but because so much of what was being used as evidence for their horribleness was misunderstandings. Generally speaking, the assholish things the characters do are as a result of crazy confluences of events and not outright malevolence. They didn't mean to get Babu deported, they actively tried to save him from that. George didn't mean to get toxic envelopes that killed Susan. Kramer didn't mean to get a wheelchair for that woman that would be unable to brake. Were the characters, generally speaking, selfish? Yes. But they were not the sociopaths they were made out to be in the finale until the finale, and the mocking they did of the fat guy being robbed at gunpoint would have been wildly out of character for them for most of the run.
I think the concept of the trial and jail could have been really funny, had it been written well. Sure, it might not have been deserved and been ridiculous in a legal sense, but it could have been classic tv comedy, had it not fallen flat. So many of the episodes are ridiculous if you really think about them, but because of good writing and acting, you can suspend your disbelief. Because there is something off about the finale, be it the writing, acting, editing, pacing, directing, or whatever, the flaws outshine everything.
I never saw them as bad people or being aware that they were bad people, to say the least. Comics (snarky observors of the world around them) are usually never portrayed as a bad force, but usually admirable because they cut through the BS.
I had thought George had bought the wedding invitations because they were slightly toxic as a sort of last-ditch-will-never happen-but-worth-a-shot way to get out of marrying Susan... Haven't seen that episode in a while though.
No, he just buys them because they're very inexpensive. George is guilty of being cheap, he's certainly not a murderer.
If anything, the stationary store is to blame for selling toxic envelopes in the first place. They were discontinued, and it's likely it's because of toxicity of the glue, so if they were taken off the market for toxicity, what were they doing still selling them?
That's not even getting into the fact that the use of character witnesses in the trial was incredibly illegal. When people are put on trial, the court's supposed to go out of its way to prevent the jury from learning those sorts of irrelevant, character-defaming acts.
You're assuming that this is a normal court with normal rules. But what if the characters died in the plane crash, and this is the afterlife where their souls are being judged? Consider the final scene—what earthly jail would place a woman in a cell with three men? I like the idea (which isn't my own) that they're in a kind of hell forced to listen to one another's neurotic rambles through eternity.
But isn't that how they'd choose to spend eternity anyway?
Babu being deported is mostly pure bad luck, since no one knew Babu's renewal papers were delivered to Jerry, but it's partly Babu's fault for not inquiring when he didn't receive his renewal forms so close to his visa expiration. Just because he doesn't receive the papers by mail doesn't mean he is no longer responsible for renewing his visa. After all, mail gets misplaced all the time.
The finale is a deconstruction of karmic justice, and the series as a whole deconstructs the very notion of evil. Real-life harm is generally done not by Snidely Whiplash villains, but by oblivious selfish people who, to the limited extent they think of their behavior at all, have shallow rationalizations by which they think of themselves as essentially decent people. Because this evil is so petty, so banal, so unconsidered, it's absurd to punish it - but it's also morally untenable to just let such an accumulation of evil go without consequences. So when you have a reaction along the lines of, "well they were assholes but didn't really deserve how they were treated in the trial" ... that's the reaction you're supposed to have.
In "The Doll," Kramer and Frank (and later, The Maestro) play billiards on a table that's too large for the room they're in (the cues keep hitting the walls). How did they get the table in there in the first place?
In-universe, the pool table disassembles. Out-universe, the set disassembles.
Why do they call him "the Bubble Boy" when he talks like a 42-year-old man?
That was the joke. I think the implication (maybe they said it, maybe this was WMG that I assumed was canon) was that he had been famously a bubble boy as a boy, but he had gone on and lived his life and now was a bubble man. But everyone still remembered him as the "Boy in the Plastic Bubble" (a real movie) even though he was all grown up. So Elaine talked Jerry into what she thought was a favor for a sick little kid, but of course, the dad is asking him to visit his adult son.
Why do we just accept that Seinfeld is a show about nothing? It has two episodes about nothing. I realize that was innovative at the time, but besides "The Chinese Restaurant" and "The Parking Garage," there's a lot going on in your average episode. I mean, a show where they have an episode where George meets Castro or Jerry reveals fattening yogurt that destroys the David Dinkens reelection campaign is not about nothing.
The thing is it was one of the first sitcoms without a wacky hook like a sarcastic butler or a talking cat or a genie or a large wacky family or incompatible neighbors. It was a totally original concept at the time but by now has become passé. That's why by our standards it doesn't feel like a show about "nothing". They lampshade this with "Jerry", which is just Seinfeld with the wacky hook about a sarcastic butler being thrown in.
That's a good explanation, and it's probably what people mean, but I'm not sure I agree with it completely. Sure, Cheers has the hook of, "It's a sitcom, but in a bar!" but lots of other pre-Seinfeld sitcoms don't really have anymore of a hook than Seinfeld. The Cosby Show is about the ordinary day to day life of a Brooklyn family. Is that any more of a hook, or any more "about something" than the life of a comedian and his three friends? Or All in the Family is about the politically incorrect observations of Archie Bunker. Is that any more "about something" than Jerry's observations?
I think the other major aspect of the "nothing" is the fact that there's basically no Character Development. Like they say, No Hugging, No Learning. Pretty much every other sitcom before that point was more family oriented and made some sort of attempt at having morals so that the characters would mature and develop to some degree. Seinfeld was different in that it forgoes that completely, basically showing four people just living their lives without really growing at all.
^That. Even Dom Coms like The Cosby Show would have a theme, usually illustrated through Plot Parallel so you couldn't miss it, and a moral at the end accompanied by a Sentimental Music Cue. And of course All in the Family was "about something" — it was social commentary largely about race relations, which is about as "about something" as you can get. There's a reason this show is the Trope Namer for Seinfeldian Conversation and formerly for Sein Language (now The Catch Phrase Catches On) — its distinctive style of comedy is mainly about discussions of completely inane questions like the placement of buttons on a shirt or the vagaries of social interaction like "the stop-and-chat" and "the kiss hello," which everybody can identify with but nobody had yet commented on, and not only commenting on them but talking them to death because these are characters who don't care about their jobs, don't have families and know perfectly well their current relationships will probably be over within the week. "About nothing" doesn't mean nothing happens in the episode, it means there's no point to anything that happens in any episode.
According to Larry David himself, the show is about where comedians get their material. That's hardly "nothing" — the "show about nothing" business came only much later.
I always assumed it was the above entry; it has no obvious moral or Plot Parallel attached to every episode. There's no intentional morals (aside from lying only makes things worse) and no real point to the plot.
Whatever happened to the woman who was impregnated by George due to a defective condom?
She turned out not to be pregnant at the end of the episode. Then she disappeared like every other girlfriend of the week, presumably because they broke up in between episodes.
I do believe she broke up with George upon seeing his rather odd eating habits (gobbling up some pasta like a pig) at the end of the episode. Her face says "Wow, even if he did care for me...would I want this hog as the father of my children?"
She wasn't pregnant, since she mentioned she got her period. A better question is what happened to the woman Kramer got pregnant.
They never said she was pregnant. Kramer said that she was late with her period.
By the time Susan and George were to be married, she was no longer employed at NBC after she was fired because George kissed her in the meeting. It's not hard to imagine that her self-confidence was crushed by her losing that very prestigious and very well-paying job.
Just going by "The Engagement" here, but George said it took a few hours to convince her, and she didn't seem to love George so much as have a "Okay, I'll marry you, but only if you bend to my every whim" deal with him.
Heidi Swedberg, the actress who played Susan, has pointed out before that Susan came from a very dysfunctional family, including two parents who openly hated each other the same way Frank and Marie did. She points out that while that doesn't completely answer it, knowing she has that kind of background does make her poor taste slightly more understandable.
Another one about George: so, is he like the adult version of Charlie Brown? I ask and put it that way because the happiness and confidence he gained from doing the opposite only seemed to last for that episode.
My guess is that George was too insecure, self-destructive and generally petty to keep it up. Doing the opposite for George would eventually involve having to forgive minor (probably non-existent) slights and acting emotionally mature, and he just couldn't pull it off for long.
By the end of the episode George had landed a new apartment, a job with the Yankees, and a date with a good looking woman; my guess is it went to his head and he figured he didn't need to expend the mental effort to figure out what the "exact opposite" of his regular reaction to every single decision was anymore (after all, a previous episode showed that roughly 90% of his mental faculties are focused on obsessing about sex anyway).
I don't get why Deena refuses to pay for the repairs to or replacement of George's LeBaron ("the John Voight Car") when it burned down after her father messed around with it in "The Gum". Her father does who knows what to George's car, it catches fire. Pretty obvious that his messing around caused the fire, so why does she refuse to pay for it?
2) She herself didn't cause the damage.
3) She was a bitch.
As for her not causing the damage, since her father was no longer capable of taking care of himself or running his auto shop, she was still responsible for his actions.
Because her father's just an innocent, confused old man. It's not his fault that he destroyed George's car some how. In her opinion, anyhow.
How come Elaine had to wait for the Rabbi to talk to the dog's owner before the problem with it could be fixed? Surely the other tenants in that apartment were also bothered by the dog's barking. On the other hand, the Universe probably rearranged itself to make Elaine the Butt-Monkey.
I've been in many "noisy neighbor" situations in my life, and I've learned that most people are either (a) genuinely not bothered by stray noises, (b) annoyed by it, but not willing to confront the source for fear of reprisal, or (c) bothered by it, but never complain because they actually believe that they have a "right" to make whatever noise they want because they pay rent, too. (Please note: no, they don't. There's no constitutional "right" to annoy your neighbors. It's called "Disturbing the Peace.")
If the real-life Soup Nazi was so angry over his portrayal, angry enough to ban anyone associated with Seinfeld from his soup stand, why is he perfectly okay with bragging about his Seinfeld connection on the packages of his soup products? Hypocrite, much?
No. That's like saying it's hypocritical for a victim of slander to collect on a judgment against his tortfeasor, or on a Son of Sam suit (confiscating the proceeds of a work of art a criminal has produced with the intent of profiting from the notoriety of his crime). It's not hypocrisy to make the best of a bad situation by getting compensation for bad publicity, just because in an unattainable alternate universe you would never have suffered the bad publicity at all. You can't unring that bell, but you can get some of your own back.
What is the Soup Nazi's ethnic background? In the original episode, he is offended when someone speaks Spanish in his line, yet in the finale we learn that after Elaine ruined his business he returned to...Argentina. (??) His name ("Yev Kassem"), revealed in the finale, sounds more Middle Eastern (Lebanese? Palestinian?) to me. Then again, if he is literally a Soup Nazi, taking refuge in Argentina makes perfect sense!
Why did Puddy suddenly become really religious in one of the last episodes? There was never any reference or mention of him being religious before (or hardly any afterwards, for that matter). Not only that, but if he is so religious, how did he not know that he was living in sin by sleeping around with Elaine?
The joke is his suddenly self-declaration as a Christian comes out of left field (not convinced that it's a funny joke, mind). And I'm sure we've all met people who profess to be part of a religion, yet seem strangely ignorant of basic features of it.
Or, it's just not the centre of their lives and the only thing they talk about.
Or he's just not a straw representation of a religious person.
The fact that he never brought up his Christianity before, in itself, could suggest that he considers religion a private matter and doesn't talk about it much. But the fact that he lacks the information that fornication is a sin under his faith demonstrates that he is a really lousy Christian. But this is Puddy we're talking about — should this be surprising?
What was up with Tim Whatley? I mean, he completely changes his looks with each of his appearances on the show: first he had shaggy hair and a beard, then he shaved off the beard, then he cut his hair really short and grew the beard again, then he shaved the beard off again. Was that intentional, and if so, on whose part (was it the actor's decision, or the writers or producers)?
It was probably just Watley/Brian Cranston going through phases or figuring out a style. Since Cranston grew the beard for Breaking Bad, I'd lean more towards it being his decision. We've all gone through phases and changed images, after all.
It's been a long time since I've seen the episode so I might be missing something, but in the one where George gets in trouble with his boss for comparing him to another African American and having it misinterpreted as the "all black people look the same" racial remark, and resorts to getting his black exterminator to tag along and agree about his boss's resemblance, why does he need to hide the fact that he's an exterminator? When the exterminator lets that slip George makes up a hasty excuse that that's just his nickname, and when his boss finds out the truth he realizes George's ploy simply because of the lie making it obvious. Why not just say "Yes, my friend works as an exterminator" the first time?
George is shown to not be the brightest bulb.
Does stand-up comedy pay really well? I'm trying to figure it out: earlier episodes were book-ended with Jerry's standup routines, but the rest of the series were "Day in the Life Of" style episodes, where Jerry seems to have a ridiculous amount of free time for a grown man... plus, there was even an episode where his parents flew in because they assumed he was in a financial rut after reading an article about how standup as a business wasn't as good as it used to be. I'm just wondering if, in a realistic scenario, Jerry was able to afford living in a decent, rent-controlled apartment in NYC just on his standup alone?
Well, Jerry Seinfeld actually did it. But yes, a single gig at a reasonably sized club can easily bring in over $50,000, and larger clubs in the hundreds of thousands, just one of which would easily pay for a year's rent in an apartment like Jerry's. Plus, standup comedy does leave a decent amount of free time during the day.
I think I may have found something of a plothole in "The Mom and Pop Store": Kramer is concerned that Mom and Pop's might have to go out of business, because apparently some gourmet coffee and cookie shop wants their spot, so Kramer tries to boost business by bringing in Jerry's sneakers to be cleaned, right? Even Mom and Pop comment that if it wasn't for Kramer, they'd have to close up because he keeps them in business. Then, later, after Kramer points out all the loose wiring sticking out of their ceiling, prompting them to call an electrician who cites them for the error and says if they can't fix the problem, he has to report them to his supervisor... by this time, Mom and Pop are outraged that they can't afford to fix the problem, "48 years, Mom! And now we have to close, all because of that idiot, and his bloody nose!" Then later, when they do, in fact, close, Kramer is dumbfounded. So did the writers end up forgetting about the gourmet coffee and cookie shop? Because it suddenly seems apparent that Mom and Pop were doing so well all these years up until Kramer pointed out their loose wiring, and that he was practically responsible for them closing.
Given that they were apparently just scraping by, it's entirely possible that the inspection issues were what finally pushed them over the edge. Kramer is responsible for them shutting down because either they have to pay for the repairs (which they can't afford), or close because of the inspector. The coffee shop is still looking to buy, it's just that the Mom and Pop shoe store was doing well enough to keep them at bay until Kramer screwed them over.
Also, from "The Voice", why exactly did Darrin go to jail, and not Kramer? The whole oil bladder idea was Kramer's, and he was the one who dropped it out the window and unwittingly onto Jerry's Girl of the Week, while Darrin went along with the whole idea because Kramer was his mentor (and because he obviously couldn't think for himself). So yeah, I just never understood why Darrin was the one who was, "Going away for a long, long time", yet Kramer got off scot-free.
Kramer probably got into some wacky shenanigans offscreen that wound up with Darrin getting all the blame and him getting off. A better question might be why Darrin never showed up in the finale, but Kramer's stranger adventures all seem to occur where we can't see them. The show said it best;
Kramer and Darrin had some odd ideas about what exactly an intern is supposed to do. It's possible that lying to the cops and taking the fall for his boss's crimes are among Darrin's responsibilities.
If the waitress in the pilot was meant to be the show's female lead, why would the producers decide the show needed one?
I don't believe the waitress was meant to be the actual female lead, but rather, just a female character who was going to have a strong presence on the show (like certain recurring characters who may have only appeared in a small number of episodes, but are so memorable and popular, you feel like they've been in a hundred). Also, it wasn't the producers who decided the show needed a female lead, NBC forced them to include a female in the main cast because they thought the show was "too male" and needed to reach out to the female demographic as well. IIRC, Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld felt the waitress in the pilot was too much of a Deadpan Snarker to put up with on a weekly basis, so they created Elaine as the new female lead.
In The Bris, why didn't the hospital compensate George for the cost of his car repairs? The whole thing was their fault! They let a mentally ill patient walk around without security, and apparently have lax roof and window access in a hospital that cares for the suicidal. George was fully within his rights to ask them to pay for their mistake. Their insurance policy should have covered the costs.
And George's insurance should have covered it as well.
Maybe he only had state-minimum insurance, which wouldn't cover something as random as a suicide. George Costanza having crappy insurance makes sense. A busy NYC hospital? Not so much.
When Jerry is given a van and Kramer responds to the ad, Jerry acts like he has no idea who called, even though he's talked to Kramer over the phone before.
In "The Finale", why exactly was Newman pretending to be a bum, by acting like he was sleeping in a car, under scraps of newspaper?
It didn't look like he was "pretending", and it's not entirely beyond Newman's characterization to be unwilling to pay for a hotel room. Plus, most of the hotels were probably booked up by the other characters.
Why are Kramer and Newman afraid of calling the police in "The Bottle Deposit"? The police would have no reason to inventory Newman's mailtruck, nor would they have any right, reason or even probable cause to search the truck; they're the one's who would have called them, not the suspects.
Jerry mentioned something to Elaine about Kramer's "record"; remember, after the whole dognapping incident, Kramer was spazzing out over it being a blemish on his permanent record, so I guess he and Newman both have a criminal history because of it, and are afraid the cops would see that, and then they would have possible reason to believe they're up to something suspicious.
Has absolutely nobody ever noticed that the exterior and the interior of the Costanzas' condo don't match? From the outside, they appear to live in the left unit of their particular building, but inside, they clearly live in the right unit. Didn't anybody on the production staff even notice this error?
Not only that, but it's impossible for the kitchen to be where it is, because that would mean the kitchen is in the unit next to them.
Similarly, in Jerry's apartment, something you'd never notice until someone points it out is that his kitchen should cut out into the hallway of the apartment building, but it's been established that the hallway is perfectly straight.
The floor plan of the apartment is triangular, not rectangular. The hallway is on an angle.
Admittedly, it's hilarious, but seriously. How does a figure made of fusilli penetrate through Frank's pants AND underpants, to the point where he has to visit the proctologist to have it removed? Either that's some really strong fusilli, or Frank has really flimsy pants.
Well, he was pushed down, so maybe there was enough force/velocity to his fall that something like that could very well happen, albeit a "million-to-one" shot like they say. I once tripped while carrying heavy boxes, and fell onto my knees, and even though I was wearing pants, my knees somehow were still scraped, so go figure.
Here's how I would've done it: At some point it would've been set up that Frank wasn't wearing underwear that day (Maybe Estelle put them all in the wash that day) and he tore the back of those pants right before coming into Jerry's apartment.
So in your scenario Frank would be walking around with his anus exposed? That takes the creepiness up a notch, even if it's only done via discretion shot.
If "Eric the Clown" doesn't know who Bozo is, or never heard of him before, then how does he know that George is, "Hung up on some clown from The '60s"?
Eric might've just taken a wild guess at what era Bozo was from, figuring in that George would've been a boy during the sixties.
At the end of one episode, Jerry confronts his girlfriend with the fact that she's a phone sex operator. She gets angry and says she sells paper goods and tells Jerry not to call her any more. But then she goes right to Kramer and says in her sexy voice "you either," confirming she was the woman he was talking to on the 976 line. Why would she lie about her job and pretend to be indignant only to admit Jerry was right seconds later?
Because they hadn't "officially" broken up at that point where she tells him that she sells paper goods, it wasn't until after Elaine gets back at her in the bathroom for not sparing her a square earlier, and realizing not only was that Elaine who kept hounding her for a square, but that Elaine is one of Jerry's friends, that was the final straw for her, which is why then she tells him not to call her anymore... or Kramer either.
Whatever happened to Ping's lawsuit against Elaine? It was addressed in two episodes and it looked like Elaine was going to get sued for a lot of money, but then it's never addressed again.
George meets a pretty lawyer named Cheryl who turns out to be Ping's cousin and representing him in the case. Elaine meets her through George, they find their connection and they get along so well that Cheryl manages to convince Ping to drop the suit.
No, I'm referring to the end of "The Visa", when Cheryl re-opens the lawsuit after finding out that Jerry and co. are big liars. We never hear the results of that lawsuit after that episode.
Is anyone else besides me just sick and tired of the way Seinfeld on TV keeps getting cropped, recropped, squished, resquished, letterbox, pillarbox, etc... why do they keep doing that? Why can't they just leave the show alone?!
Changing television formats, I would assume.
How come Elaine's family was never explored? Both Jerry and George's parents were Recurring Characters (and Jerry's Uncle Leo also appeared frequently), and we had A Very Special Episode where Kramer faces his mother again for the first time in years (and we learn his first name is Cosmo). So how come we never saw Elaine's parents? We know that her father had collected Dixieland records, and he apparently left when she was really young (that may or may not have been a lie since she was trying to hold onto her Guy of the Week), but other than that...
We did meet Elaine's father; in fact a full episode was essentially devoted to him. But Lawrence Tierney proved so difficult an actor that they nixed making him into a recurring character.
Still doesn't explain why they didn't just get another actor to play Elaine's father, like they did for Jerry's and George's fathers.
Larry David was a stickler for detail, and would never want to re-cast a character with another actor if he could avoid it. They had already re-cast Jerry's father by that point, and would later re-cast Newman as well as George's father (although in both cases, the original scenes ended up being re-shot with the new actor for syndication). They probably figured on letting Elaine's dad just be a one-off character, since no other actor could ever be as memorable as Tierney.
Even though Tierney was a terror to work with, the actors on the show all admitted he was absolutely hilarious and that if he wasn't such a hassle they would've certainly brought him back. Maybe they just felt no other actor could replicate that role; his one episode is listed as a One-Scene Wonder.
Another question regarding "The Finale": why is it when they were found guilty, the Rabbi started cheering with everyone else in the courtroom, but then afterward, as the courtroom empties, he sits there sulking alongside Jerry's folks?
He might have just gotten caught up in the moment.
Was it every explained just how Kramer, "Falls ass-backward into money"? We know his mother was a matron, which I can't imagine would make you a millionare, so are we to assume his father invented or patented or did something significant that left him independently wealthy?
It's shown that he does just fall into cash throughout the series, like when he overhears a tip about a race horse and wins $18,000, or the coffee table book about coffee tables, which someone bought the rights to make a movie of and he made enough to briefly retire to Florida, or when he sold the rights to his life experiences to J. Peterman, while the real Kenny Kramer invented some sort of electronic jewelery and was able to live off that for most of his life.
Going into WMG territory here, but it's entirely possible that Kramer owns the building.
Nah, because there have been instances where Kramer's concerned about getting thrown out of the apartment (see "The Reverse Peephole"). He wouldn't be worried about that if he owned the place.
With so many people on this show - both on and off camera - being Jewish, how is it this show never did a Hanukkah episode? This show seems to be just before networks really went overboard with political correctness, but I find it a little interesting with so many Jews involved with the show, there's never any celebration of Hanukkah.
For the most part the Jewish faith of the characters was downplayed, only really being referenced as part of a joke (it should be noted that Jerry Seinfeld the character is considerably less orthodox than the real Seinfeld). FWIW though the opening scene of "The Strike" took place at a Hanukkah party.
Also, non-Jewish troper asking: isn't Hanukkah actually a relatively minor celebration in the Jewish holiday calendar? IIRC it's kind of been inflated a bit because of its close proximity to Christmas and gentiles assuming it has the same significance. So in that sense it might almost be a Reality Is Unrealistic thing; most of the characters don't make a big deal of it because Jewish people as a whole don't make a big deal of it (or at least not as big a deal as non-Jewish people assume they do).
Realistically, what exactly would happen to someone if they accidentally had butter cooked into their skin like Kramer in, "The Butter Shave"? I've always been curious about that.
In "The Checks", why was George so insistent about being brainwashed by the carpet-cleaning cult? Why did he want to be brainwashed?
In "The Glasses," George is under the impression that he saw Jerry's girlfriend kissing Jerry's cousin. George doesn't have his glasses at the time he ostensibly sees this, so he squints. Jerry later tells a skeptical Elaine (in a scene where George isn't present, so there was no reason to avoid hurting his feelings) that George spotted raccoons on a road trip just by squinting. Later, when George brings up the same story, Jerry reveals to him that the raccoons were actually mailboxes. If Jerry already knows that George really can't see even when he squints, why does he believe George's claim that his girlfriend is cheating and why does he bother telling the raccoon story to Elaine as if it were true?
George was also spotting dimes from across the room, he wasn't certain what to think.
In "The Hot Tub", why did Jerry feel it necessary to leave the hotel? His excuse was that he thought he offended the wake-up guy and thus might not get a wake-up call for Jean-Paul, but the hotel room still had the alarm clock. The wake-up guy was merely a back-up.
I know it's not the biggest problem concerning "The Finale", but I've always been puzzled by Poppy being brought in as a "character witness". Granted, we never see him put on the stand to rant about Jerry & Co., but I'm trying to imagine exactly what he would have said if he had been.
In a deleted scene, his testimony focused on how Elaine started an argument about abortion in his restaurant that caused half his customers to leave.
Why was Marla so disgusted by the titular concept of "The Contest?" Wouldn't a thirty-something virgin have an inimical response to masturbation, and welcome abstinence from it? Or was she so pro-masturbation that she was disgusted by the lack thereof? Either way, it barely seems like enough to leave in a huff over.
Furthermore, it's brought up in "The Finale" as means to shock the small town jury. Again, wouldn't they be appeased by this knowledge? Even if just the mere THOUGHT of a character discussing masturbation at all was enough to upset them, it still seems like a small offense. Perhaps this was Rule of Funny alone, but it's always bugged me.
It wasn't so much the concept of masturbation that Marla found offensive; it was that Jerry and his friends were betting on how long they could go without doing it, which implies that they do it a lot. Marla probably thought this preoccupation with sex made Jerry and the gang seem like deviants, so for someone so shy about sex, this creeped her out. Plus, Jerry didn't exactly help his explanation by saying the contest started with "George and his mother".
In "The Fusilli Jerry", why was George's girlfriend so offended by the fact George had notes on his hand for performing a sexual move? I mean, she said after sex she really enjoyed it. What's the big deal?
I think most women want to be with an experienced man on bed who knows by heart what he's doing, having a man-child reading notes may not be offensive but certainly will shock a lot of women.
Hardly the biggest issue with the finale, but why is Newman so jubilant at the verdict? I guess his hatred of Jerry counterbalances his friendship with Kramer, attraction to Elaine and relatively neutral attitude toward George.
Pretty much. It begs another question, though: Why was Newman never brought to the stand? Surely he could've dished some dirt about Jerry and the gang.
Perhaps the prosecution thought him too unhinged and unpleasant to be an effective witness.
In "The Red Dot", George has sex with a cleaning woman on his desk and when he doesn't pursue a relationship with her and gives her a defective sweater, she reports him to their boss and has him fired. But if having sex in the workplace was a fireable offense then shouldn't she have gotten fired too?
It's quite possible that the woman was emplyed by a cleaning company that is completely seperate to the company George works for. For example, the owners of the buliding hire the cleaning company to clean all floors of the building, while George's company simply rent a floor in said building. That way George and the cleaning lady interact in the same office but have completely different employers.