Season 9 Episode 15

The Wizard

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 26, 1998 on NBC

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  • 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.

    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.