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Jerry and the gang find themselves in another whacky adventure. Will Kramer and Elaine get rich quick? Will Jerry ever find true love? Will George get a promotion? The answers to these and other questions are answered (kinda) in 'The Caddy'
'The Caddy' is Seinfeld number: 122 and first aired in late January 1996. Kramer gets a personal caddy, George is up to his usual employment related hi jinx, Elaine has an issue with a female acquaintance and Jerry has a(nother) love interest. Sound familiar? Most of the plot lines in this season 7 episode are standard Seinfeld. With the exception of Kramer who befriends a caddy (Played by Armin Shimerman, best known to T.V fans as Quark from Star Trek DS9) to help him with his golf game but as the story unfolds Kramer turns to him for more than golf advice. This was the one twist in the plot that could have been a little more developed. This episode which has received an 8.4 in ratings on TV.com is definitely an ensemble effort with all 4 central characters receiving relatively equal face time, even with George at 'the cabin'. It also saw the return of Jackie Chiles (Phil Morris) who is one of my favourite characters in the series. His Johnnie Cochranesque (RIP) persona still makes me laugh many years after the Simpson trial. Jackie was not the only O.J reference to pop up. Sue Ellen (Brenda Strong) foils Kramer’s' plot to get his hands on the Oh Henry candy bar fortune, by means of a ill fitting undergarment. "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit.”
I don't want to completely spoil the story for those of you who have been living under a rock for the last decade plus, or for younger people who are discovering Seinfeld for the first time.
Unfortunately 'The Caddy', much like my first gen IPOD, has become dated. Not just the O.J references, but there is a few very specific baseball allusions that would be head scratchers if you were not a fan of the New York Yankees in the mid to late 90's. And as a side note I didn’t like Jerry’s reaction to Frank’s (Costanza) frantic answering machine message claiming George was dead. I know Jerry assumed George was just up to no good, but not knowing this for sure I feel he acted inappropriately. If my best friend was possibly dead I would have been frantic until I had gotten to the bottom of things. (I know it’s just television, not reality…but still people)
Recommended for diehards, older fans who will get the time specific jokes and people like me who will watch pretty much anything. 6.5 puffy shirts out of a possible 10 puffy shirts
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Why they never pursued a lengthy story arc with Kramer on the senior golf tour I do not understand. That could lead to some instant gold, and a few funny cameos by some aging golf veterans, a sport Larry David was clearly a fan of.
The episode ended in the court room which always is a good thing for comedies (remember that Brady Bunch episode?) And if that was not good enough, you had some OJ Simpson references, something most shows would flop in trying but it worked here. Jackie Chiles could read instructions for a VCR and make it funny.moreless
Agreed it's not the best ever, but still some absolutely classic Seinfeld moments!
There is something about this episode that I love. The caddy is such a great idea, although I think they could have built on his relationship with Kramer a bit more, it's still hilarious. Jackie is on top form and the part where George Steinbrenner goes to see Georges parents is piss your pants. Not to mention Sue Ellen Mischke is a hottie.
The best scene though is when George phones Jerry he is just sitting there with a blank look on his face and answers the phone in his cool punch way. This is followed by a classic Kramer tag along coz he's not doing anything and almost walks into the wall and is just missed by the door. Anyway, not the greatest, but has come really funny moments.moreless
George's story was ok, sadly, the rest wasn't.
Wow this is probably the lowest I have ever rated a Seinfeld episode! Amazing, I know. And to believe that George is the one getting the good vibes, while everyone else is not. The only Elaine thing I liked is at the end where she is expressing her annoyance quite clearly. Jerry I just hated, I am sorry, I hated him this episode. I mean Jerry is awesome but in this particular episode I absouletly despised him. Terrible. Cramer was so and so, again he is sueing someone, I wonder how many times he does that in the entire series. So, good episode. Barely.moreless