Season 2 Episode 10

The Baby Shower

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM May 16, 1991 on NBC

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  • The Baby Shower is more of a collection of OK scenes rather than a consistently solid episode.

    In it; Elaine is hosting a baby shower for her snooty friend Leslie and George wants to get back at her for dumping chocolate sauce on his shirt several years ago. Meanwhile Kramer is getting Jerry illegal cable via two Russian immigrants but when they show up at the baby shower.....

    The problem with this episode is that many of the stories just have a beginning and an end but no middle; especially Elaine and Jerry's stories which just feel rushed and under written. George's had the potential to be a spectacular plot with a nice build - up thanks to a good performance from Jason Alexander but with the writer Larry Charles simply relying on it fizzling out rather than a proper highlight; it just falls flat. As far as laughs go; at this point there's only one real joke at any given time and it's made so obvious we didn't need the laugh track to tell us when to join in. Although some of them were funny a lot stunk of desperation.

    Tom Cherone's direction is fine as the show only takes place in a few different locations, not much talent was needed but the cameras cut back and forth far too much and makes for not only many continuity errors but sufficent dizziness. One never considers that a writer's passion for something would ever conflict with the show's character but Larry Charles's love for guns leads to the most futile and slightly disturbing dream sequence ever seen on Seinfeld. What was he thinking?

    I found it very hard to watch this episode without the "Notes about Nothing" feature on the DVD which provides an explanation for each of their obscure cultural refrerences that are especially plentiful in this episode.

    As far as performances go; the only real standout is Michael Richards as Kramer who draws the most laughs even though at this point he's yet to develop the Chaplin - esque movements which made him a legend among fans. Aside from him everyone else either relies on understating or overstating and neither work that well. There is also a noticeable wall between Kramer and the rest of the gang but mainly George and Elaine as they never get to bond like they do in later seasons.

    Most of this episode's problems can be linked to the writer Larry Charles who had the right ingredients but no proper recipe; everything else that wasn't effected by the script makes for a pretty sweet dish.
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