Seinfeld

Season 9 Episode 15

The Wizard

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 26, 1998 on NBC
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Jerry buys his dad a $200 Wizard organizer for a birthday present. George receives a message from Susan's parents, the Rosses. Jerry and George debate about the race of Elaine's new boyfriend and that intrigues her (is he black?). George returns the call from the Rosses; the Foundation is having an event this weekend, but George can't attend, he has to close on his house in the Hamptons. Kramer announces his retirement, a Hollywood big shot has optioned his coffee table book about coffee tables. Elaine finds evidence that leads her to believe her boyfriend is black. Susan's parents see George on the street in the city, during the time he is supposed to be in the Hamptons. Jerry is woken up early in the morning at his parent's house and gives his father the "$50" organizer that has many features besides a tip calculator. Later he discovers that Kramer has moved down there, to join the other retirees. Elaine laughs when Susan's parents ask her about George's house in the Hamptons. Of course, George just builds on the lie. Morty, who can't run for president of the condo association, decides that Kramer should run for condo board president of Del Boca Vista phase III. Once Kramer is elected, Morty will run things from behind the scenes. Elaine schemes to try to determine her boyfriend's race. George finds out the Rosses knew that he lied. He decides to take them to the Hamptons, to "see who'll blink first." Kramer begins his campaign and the Boca Breeze has good things to say about him (see NOTE:). When Elaine's boyfriend says they are an interracial couple, she is convinced he is black. George keeps building on his lie, as he picks up the Rosses and takes them on their ride to the Hamptons. Kramer receives some bad press from the Boca Breeze; it's damage control time. Kramer suggests buying each member of the board one of those Wizard tip calculators. Jerry knows he can't get the deal he told his father he'd received, but Kramer says not to worry, Bob Saccamando's father lives down here and can help them out. Elaine and her boyfriend discover that each is not the race they thought the other was. Saccamando's father comes through with knock-off tip calculators called Willard, they are defective and the election is lost. George and the Rosses reach the Hamptons, where the truth wins out.moreless

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  • The Wizard

    9.0
    Oh, how much it must have hurt for Seinfeld fans who were actually there to watch this show in 1998. The greatest sitcom of all time was finally ending and it had to be sad. The ninth season was not its strongest year, but there were some brilliant episodes slipped in there occasionally, and this was one of them. From the Larry David stories in the newspaper, to the Willards, to the old people jokes, this was a well-done installment and gave Jerry's parents, two of sitcom history's best parents, one great storyline to go out on.



    Definitely one of the strongest season nine episodes.moreless
  • Season 9, Episode 15.

    10
    Mr. Ross: Where are we, George?

    George: Almost there.

    Mr. Ross: Well, this is the end of Long Island. Where's your house?

    George: We, uh, we go on foot from here.

    Mr. Ross: All right.

    George: There's no house! It's a lie! There's no solarium. There's no Prickly Pete. There's no other solarium.

    Mr. Ross: We know.

    George: Then, why? Why did you make me drive all the way out here? Why didn't you say something? Why? Why? Why?

    Mrs. Ross: We don't like you, George.

    Mr. Ross: And we always blamed you for what happened to Susan.

    George: Oh.

    Mr. Ross: All right! Let's head back.



    Elaine's b/f thought she was Hispanic! LMAO! 10/10 episode.moreless
  • It was missing something.

    8.4
    I truly thought this episode was well written, the sub plots were well made and each interesting in their own way. The thing that was missing is that subtle way that they each form together. For the plots Elaine has an interracial relationship when in the end, they were both white. Jerry buys his father a wizard that his father thinks that it's just a tip calculator. George starts a lie fight with Susan's parents because he lied, but they won't admit it for the sole purpose of torturing him. Kramer, after making a load of money, goes to Jerry's parents retirement party and in the end loses to Condo president because Jerry didn't buy Wizards for everyone... it was an ok episode overall.moreless
  • Jerry buys a Wizard PDA for his dad. Kramer accompanies Jerry to Florida and moves into the condo and runs for president. Meanwhile, Elaine isn't sure if she's in an interracial couple, and George goes to extreme lengths to cover up a lie to the Rosses.moreless

    8.5
    While this is not my favorite Seinfeld episode, each plot is fairly well thought out, and both Kramer's and George's plots reference previous episodes, and while Jerry's plot line is not as enthralling as others, it still remains funny, if not a little boring at times.



    For his dad's birthday, Jerry pays $250 for a new Wizard Organizer, but tells his father he bought it on the streets at a much lower price. Jerry's father, like so many dads, is more interested in the deal than the product.



    Kramer follows Jerry down to Florida for his father's birthday celebration, and Kramer soon becomes a popular condo resident. Morty sees his chance to gain power again (after being humiliated and kicked out of their former condo development in "The Cadillac Parts 1 and 2"), and quickly convinces Kramer to run for president of the condo association and use his charisma and youth to woo voters. Kramer readily agrees. Morty's struggle for power (also seen in "The Pen" and "The Cadillac Parts 1 and 2") is once again ignited as the two campaign against "common sense and a guy in a wheelchair," says Jerry. While Kramer is his usual goofy, somtimes over-acting self, watching him romance the condo women while the men sit on the sidelines and complain is not boring, even if it is not one of the better Kramer plots, like his bid for Joe DiMaggio's attention in "The Note."



    Back in New York, Elaine begins dating a charming young man, only to find out people believe they are an interracial couple. After a few dates, and a few confusing clues, Elaine and her boyfriend both believe they are an interracial couple. However, he believes she is Spanish, and she believes he is black. While this relationship plot is not as great as some of the others Elaine has been involved in (such as "The Face Painter" and "The Dealership" with Puddy, and "The Red Dot" with the former alcoholic), it's still funny to listen to the characters debate Elaine's options of how to truly find out if her boyfriend is black ("I really don't think we should be talking about this!" says George on multiple occasions).



    Meanwhile, George is still being haunted by the Rosses. This episode's story line involving the Rosses and George is one of my favorites, along with "The Cheever Letters" and "The Rye." Mr. and Mrs. Ross do not disappoint, and are their usual grumpy and drunk selves, respectively. When they invite George to do yet another activity with the Susan Ross Foundation (see "The Foundation" and "The Little Jerry"), he says he can't because he rented a house in the Hamptons. When the Rosses later run into Elaine, she busts up laughing at their question about George's Hampton house. When they see George again, he keeps up the ruse of the house in the Hamptons, and they do not object. In fact, they are really interested to see the house, and encourage him to elaborate (make up outrageous lies) about the house. George agrees to take them out there, first driving to the beachm then declaring they walk from there. Overall, this episode had a little bit of everything Seinfeld has to offer - relationship confusion, lies and past events coming back to bite a character in the butt. The closing lines to this episode are probably the best in the eighth season, if no the entire series.



    George: Why? Why did you let me lie when you knew there was no house?



    Mrs. Ross: Because we don't like you George, and we always blamed you for what happened to Susan.



    George: Ohhh.moreless
  • a depressing pattern of weak subplots at the end.

    3.0
    During the last few years of Seinfeld an interesting pattern seemed to develop in many episodes. While maintaining the three story structure, many of the episodes featured two really good plots and one really, really horrible one (See "The Apology" with its two great plots: Hankey and the windbreaker and good naked/bad naked, but are we really expected to believe Kramer does not know how to take a shower? or how about the one that feautred Putty as a born again Christian? C'mon!) The subplot featuring George lying to Susan's parents and telling them about his fabulous house in the Hamptons just went nowhere. And to think that George knew that the Rosses "knew" he was lying just compounds the idiocy. There is no humor in watching George describe the absurd dimensions of his house or his two racehorces and it just dragged on and on. Likewise the political plot in the rest home was okay, but had been done before and Elaine and her "not sure of his ethnicity" boyfriend, provided some chuckles, which keeps this episode from being a total wash, but if this episode ever comes on TBS I can't reach for the remot fast enough!moreless
Samuel Bliss Cooper

Samuel Bliss Cooper

Darryl

Guest Star

Edgar Small

Edgar Small

Sid Luckman

Guest Star

Vic Helford

Vic Helford

Tom

Guest Star

Grace Zabriskie

Grace Zabriskie

Mrs. Ross

Recurring Role

Warren Frost

Warren Frost

Mr. (Henry) Ross

Recurring Role

Liz Sheridan

Liz Sheridan

Helen Seinfeld

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Jerry says that he hasn't seen Kramer work in "a long while" but he had a job at a bagel shop just a few episodes ago in "The Strike".

    • When Elaine is talking to George and Jerry about Darryl possibly being black, her purse switches from being on her shoulder to not being visible at all.

    • Morty claims not to have been impeached at the other condo complex, saying that he resigned. Despite the obvious reference to Richard Nixon, Morty actually was impeached. While Nixon resigned before he could be impeached, in "The Cadillac (2)" we actually witness Morty's impeachment.
      Response: Morty was embarrassed about being impeached, so he said he "resigned".

    • George quickly makes up names for his fake horses. One is named "Prickly Pete". Just a few episodes later in "The Frogger", George is introduced to Kramer's nemesis "Slippery Pete".

    • Morty uses the Wizard to calculate a tip in the restauraunt, which at 12.4%, means a "$4.36666" tip. There is no value of a meal which, at that rate, yields that size tip: the meal would have cost between $35.21 and $35.22.

    • If you watch Mr. Ross closely at Monks after Elaine leaves you can clearly see him having his hands behind his back one second and the VERY next shot shows him immediately having his hands in his pockets.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • George: And I have horses too.
      Mr. Ross: What are their names?
      George: Snoopy and Prickly Pete.

    • George: I'm calling up the Rosses and inviting them out to my non-existent place in the Hamptons. Then we'll see who blinks first.
      Elaine: Haven't you done enough to these people?

    • Kramer: Boys, I'm retiring.
      Jerry: From what?
      Kramer: From the grind. I mean, who needs it? I've accomplished everything I've set out to do.

    • (At night, George is out outside his car with the Rosses on the beach)
      Mr. Ross: Where are we, George?
      George: Almost there.
      Mr. Ross: Well, this is the end of Long Island. Where's your house?
      George: We, uh, we go on foot from here.
      Mr. Ross: All right.
      (Few seconds of silence)
      George There's no house! It's a lie! There's no solarium. There's no Prickly Pete. There's no other solarium.
      Mr. Ross: We know.
      George: Then, why? Why did you make me drive all the way out here? Why didn't you say something? Why? Why? Why?
      Mrs. Ross: We don't like you, George.
      Mr. Ross: And we always blamed you for what happened to Susan.
      George: Oh.
      Mr. Ross: All right! Let's head back.

    • Darryl: So . . . we're just a couple of white people?
      Elaine: I guess so. (Pause) Wanna go to the Gap?
      Darryl: Sure!

    • Elaine: So Kramer's running for president of the condo?
      Jerry: Yeah, it's all my father's doing. He wants to install Kramer in a puppet regime and then wield power from behind the scenes.
      Elaine: Who are they running against?
      Jerry: Common sense and a guy in a wheelchair.

    • George: I've been lying about my income for a few years. I figure I can afford a fake house in the Hamptons.

    • Jerry: (about retirement homes) Kramer, you can't live here. This is where people come to die! (his parents look at him)

    • Kramer: Polls close in an hour; I think we got this baby all sewn up. (fishes a wizard out of his pocket) There was one extra. (shakes head) Norman Bergerman...he won't be leaving any tips where he is.

    • Old Guy: Morty, your boy here just got a date with that young aquacise instructor.
      Jerry: She's fifty!

    • Helen: I'll fix ya something. How about feta cheese omelet?
      Kramer: Mmmm, that sounds great, Mom.
      Jerry: You feed him, he'll never leave!
      Helen: I don't have any feta. How about cottage cheese and egg beaters?
      Kramer: (pouts) I guess...

    • Helen: The press would bury him.
      Jerry: What press?!
      Helen: The Boca Breeze.
      Morty: Pinko commie rag!

    • Morty: How could you spend 200 dollars on a tip calculator!?!
      Jerry: It does other things!

    • Elaine: (to Darryl) You're black. You said we were an interracial couple.
      Darryl: We are. Because you're Hispanic.
      Elaine: I am?
      Darryl: Aren't you?
      Elaine: No. Why would you think that?
      Darryl: Your name's Benes, your hair, and you kept taking me to those Spanish restaurants.
      Elaine: That's because I thought you were black.

    • (George is preparing to drive the Rosses to the Hamptons)
      George: Ya wanna get nuts? LET'S GET NUTS!!!

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Morty protesting that he resigned as condo president instead of being impeached is a reference to Richard Nixon, who resigned from Presidency of the United States before he could be impeached.

    • George: "Ya wanna get nuts? LET'S GET NUTS!!!"
      Obvious homage to the scene from the 1989 film "Batman" where Batman (Michael Keaton) confronts the Joker (Jack Nicholson).

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