Seinfeld

Season 8 Episode 1

The Foundation

1
Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Sep 19, 1996 on NBC
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Episode Fan Reviews (4)

8.4
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132 votes
  • 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.

    8.2
    Kramer’s story was really funny. He speaks of his dominance in his karate class but it turns out that he is only fighting against mere children. His advice even inspires Elaine who doubted herself at first if she could run the catalogue. Once she sees that he is fighting kids and his words of wisdom comes from a Star Trek she knows she made a mistake. At first Elaine didn’t know if she had what it takes to run the company but after Kramer’s peep talk she felt better. The best part of her story was at the very end of the show when she is on the subway and hears two men talking about how the Urban Sombrero lost them their jobs. When Elaine goes to see him at his lessons she pushes him down. This inspired the kids in the class to gang up on Kramer and beat him up. That part was great.

    Those were not the only words of wisdom from Star Trek to screw up someone’s day. Jerry in an awkward moment took a line from the famous movie The Wrath of Khan. This gave Susan’s parents the idea to start a foundation in her name. This would be great if George didn’t have plans to live it up. Now all his free time is taken up with this foundation and he owes it all to Jerry. It is funny when George comes to meek Jerry at the café George is so mad that he puts mustard in Jerry’s coffee.

    Jerry’s part was alright. He runs into a girl who he thought hater him and now she seems interested and he wonders why. It turned out that being engaged means something to women even if it doesn’t turn into marriage. He gets the workers at the café to take a questionnaire and he figures out that George’s story is what will get the women, but this doesn’t matter to George because all his free time is taken up by the foundation.
  • Kramer steals the show

    8.5
    Even when George had his time with his almost father in law and Elaine dealing with Peterman's departure and a catalog to run,. Kramer made me laugh a lot as always.

    His encouragement to Elaine was hilarious but his karate class was funnier. I just couldn't laugh out loud when he was in the car with all the kids asking the driving mom for something, then cheering for getting it, then the whole class until all the kids get their revenge.

    Jerry's breakup with Jeannie was silly and all his ridiculous story about it to get more women. Mulva is back. At least he remembered her name this time.
  • Nice way to start a season.

    8.9
    This was a pretty good episode to start the season. Jerry is finding a perfect way to attract women, I liked the part where the woman thought that there was no way to a mutual break up. George and the foundation was good to, I didn't like his story as much at the others though. I loved Elaine's Urban Sombrero. I liked the part at the end where the two men lost there jobs because of the Urban Sombrero. Cramer's story was funny to, although a bit overplayed cuz I thought that the idea of the Karate with chlidren is overplayed, but still, this episode was shown a long time ago but still really good episode to start off a season.
  • The Foundation.

    9.0
    You can just tell the humor is not what it used to be after Larry David's departure following Season 7. The jokes are just expected to be funny because of who says them, not because they are clever and unique and never before said on television.

    Putting that aside, this was still an excellent episode of TV. The Kramer scenes were legendary and even though this is so exaggerated and unrealistic, you can think of something to relate this to in your life. That is why Seinfeld will always be the number one show.

    Good episode, unfortunately it set the bar too high.
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