Seinfeld

Season 7 Episode 12

The Caddy

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jan 25, 1996 on NBC
8.5
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The Caddy
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Kramer befriends a caddy, who helps him to improve his golf game and offer his other advice. George's bosses consider him for a promotion when they think he is so dedicated to his work that he is there in the morning before everyone else and still there after they all leave. They don't know that he's just been leaving his car in the parking lot waiting for his free visit from a locksmith. Taking advantage of the situation, he and Susan go up north to her parent's rebuilt cabin. Elaine meets an old rival who's heir to the Oh Henry! candy bar fortune and has never worn a bra. She wears the bra as a top and cause Kramer and Jerry to have an accident with George's car. With George's damaged car in the parking lot, the Yankees think he's dead. Steinbrenner breaks the news to the Costanza's. Kramer and Elaine take her rival to court and only Jerry may stand in the way.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • 712

    9.0
    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!

    8.5
    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.

    7.2
    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
  • 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'moreless

    6.5
    '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



    Contact me: gmarshalljr@cogeco.netmoreless
Brenda Strong

Brenda Strong

Sue Ellen

Guest Star

Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman

Stan

Guest Star

Arthur Rosenberg

Arthur Rosenberg

Judge

Guest Star

Jerry Stiller

Jerry Stiller

Frank Costanza

Recurring Role

Estelle Harris

Estelle Harris

Estelle Costanza

Recurring Role

Heidi Swedberg

Heidi Swedberg

Susan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Elaine refers to an incident in high school which involved Sue Ellen stealing her boyfriend. She makes a point of mentioning that the boyfriend's name was Tom Cosley. Tom Cosley was the name of a guy Julia Louis-Dreyfus actually dated in high school.

    • While in Jerry's apartment, Stan suggests to Kramer that he bring along a light jacket to the golf course. Then, a few moments later, they both leave, and turn up the hallway without going into Kramer's apartment for the jacket.

    • Goof: It is said that the bra in the courtroom is the same as the one Sue Ellen wore when Kramer saw her. In fact, that is the only reason it makes sense for the bra to be a piece of evidence or for Sue Ellen to try it on. However, when she tries it on, it is clearly very different from the one she wore earlier in the episode.

    • Actually Kramer never learns his lessons from lawsuits. He wasn't referring to the fact that he received no cash, It was his fault for accepting the coffee settlement when they were going to offer his money. He must have been referring to the caffeine rush. Jackie also takes on Kramer's case against the tobacco company, in which the settlement was a billboard of Kramer in the city.

    • Kramer says that he wont sue Sue Ellen because he "learned his lesson from that coffee company". As I recall, Kramer got free unlimited coffee after that case. It doesn't seem like something he would regret.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Jackie Chiles: It's lewd, lascivious, salacious, outrageous!

    • Elaine: This woman has never, not once, ever, as long as I've known her, worn a bra.
      Jerry: That's just shameless.

    • George: It is all because of that car. See, Steinbrenner is like the first guy in at the crack of dawn. He sees my car, he figures I'm the first guy in. Then, the last person to leave is Wilhelm. He sees my car, he figures I'm burning the midnight oil. Between the two of them, they think I'm working an eighteen-hour day!
      Jerry: Locking your keys in your car is the best career move you ever made.

    • Jerry: You doing anything?
      Kramer: Nope.
      Jerry: You want to go down to the Bronx and see if there are any fliers on George's car?
      Kramer: Sure!
      Jerry: I could have said just about anything there, couldn't I?

    • (left on Jerry's answering machine)
      Frank Costanza: Jerry, it's Frank Costanza! Mr Steinbrenner's here, George is dead, call me back.

    • (The parody of the OJ Simpson trial)
      Jackie: (to Kramer and Stan) Damn fools! Look at that! We got nothing now, nothing! I've been practicing law for 25 years; you're listening to a caddy! This is a public humiliation! You can't let the defendant have control of the key piece of evidence. Plus, she's trying it on over a leotard, of course a bra's not gonna fit on over a leotard. A bra gotta fit right up a person's skin, like a glove!

    • George: My presence in that office can only hurt my chances.

    • Kramer: You're just out for sex!
      Jerry: You're just out for money!
      Jerry and Kramer: AHHHHHHHHH!!!

    • Jerry: Don't you wanna tell your parents you're alive?
      George: Oh, they could use the break.

    • Frank: (to Steinbrenner) What the hell did you trade Jay Buhner for!? He hit 35 home runs, had over 100 RBIs and had a rocket for an arm. You don't know what the hell you're doing!!!

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Jackie Chiles: "You can't let the defendant have control of the key piece of evidence"
      Sue Ellen trying on the bra is an obvious reference to the OJ Simpson trial and the infamous "glove."

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