Seinfeld

The Foundation

Season 8, Ep 1, Aired 9/19/96
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  • Episode Description
  • After a summer of grieving, George is ready to move on with his life, but a comment Jerry makes to the Rosses inspires them to start a foundation in Susan's memory. Jerry, who has broken off his engagement to Jeanie, does research into what sort of break-up story makes a man most appealing to women. Elaine becomes president of J Peterman when a burnt out Peterman flees to Burma. Meanwhile, the new-found perspective and confidence Kramer has gotten from Karate inspires Elaine - until it's revealed that he's been fighting against children.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Michael Richards (I)

    Cosmo Kramer

  • Jerry Seinfeld

    Himself

  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    Elaine Marie Benes (not in pilot)

  • Jason Alexander

    George Louis Costanza

  • Alec Berg

  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • The Foundation.

    By thefanof, Dec 03, 2009

  • Kramer steals the show

    By OnePerCentClub, Jul 30, 2009

  • Nice way to start a season.

    By titiembe, Aug 26, 2007

  • This was a pretty funny episode. Kramer is taking karate lessons, Elaine has to run the catalogue, and George has to run a foundation and Jerry in search of the perfect way to attract women.

    By scooper549, Jun 26, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (11)

    • Elaine: (to Jerry) Between you and me, I always thought Kramer was a bit of a doofus. But, he believed in me. You did not. So, as I see it, he's not the doofus. You are the doofus.

    • Mr. Ross: It's a terrible tragedy when parents outlive their children. George: Yes, I agree. I hope my parents go long before I do.

    • Elaine: You've never felt remorse. Jerry: I know. I feel bad about that.

    • Kramer: Karate. It's a lifetime pursuit of balance and harmony. Jerry: But with punching and kicking.

    • Peterman: No apples. No pears. No bananas. Where's my pineapple?!

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    Notes (1)

    • This episode was dedicated "In Memory of Our Friend Marjorie Gross." Marjorie died from ovarian cancer earlier this year at the age of 40, in previous seasons, Marjorie was one of show's producers and writers. She was responsible for "The Secretary", "The Fusilli Jerry", "The Understudy" and "The Shower Head." During her battle early in 1996 she wrote an article titled "Cancer Becomes Me" for The New Yorker magazine on what it is like to be dying from the disease. Thanks to Jerry Balsam, Vince Gargiulo and Kenny Kramer for the information on Marjorie's article. Marjorie also wrote some episodes of the early 1980's comedy Square Pegs.

    Trivia (3)

    • Myanmar is 10 and a half hours ahead of New York City so there's no way it can be light in both places when Elaine is talking to Peterman on the phone.

    • At Kramer's Karaté Dojo there's a picture of martial artist Jackie Chan hanging on the wall. Jackie's techniques are all Chinese, therefore related to the Kung Fu art, and not to Karate, a Japanese doctrine.

    • Jerry slightly misquotes the movie "Star Trek II". The actual quote from "Wrath of Khan" was "He's not dead, not as long as we remember him." not " as long as we find a way to remember" as Jerry says.

    Allusions (3)

    • Kramer: (Referring to the children who beat him up) …those tiny little fists of fury! This references the 1971 film, Fists of Fury, starring karate icon Bruce Lee.

    • Kramer: …that something within you that says, 'Yes, I can!' Jerry: Sammy Davis Jr. had it. Reference to Sammy Davis Jr.'s autobiography entitled Yes I Can.

    • George: (With face and fists skyward) "KHAAAAAAAANN!!!"
      In one of several references to a "Star Trek" film (1982's "Wrath of Khan"), George bellows this villain's name after the eulogy Jerry stole from the film has mushroomed into a charitable foundation that will consume George's every free minute. In the actual film, Admiral James Kirk lashes out at Khan and his evil deeds with the same overwrought fury. Jason Alexander is a big fan of William Shatner and this scene was likely his homage to the actor.

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