Rob Cesternino and Akiva Wienerkur get together each week for their recap of the classic NBC sitcom Seinfeld. This time they discussed parts one and two of “The Cadillac”, which first aired February 8, 1996 as part of season seven. The episode was written by Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David, marking the last written episode for Jerry, and the 3rd to last for Larry.
George’s Storyline – George learns that one of Elaine’s friends knows Marisa Tomei, who happens to be attracted to funny bald men. He becomes obsessed with the idea, even watching her movies so much it makes Susan jealous. He decides having coffee with Marisa wouldn’t be considered cheating, but Elaine’s friend is in the hospital, so he has to go there in order to get the phone number. While out on his date with Marisa, it’s going great until he reveals he actually is engaged, leading to him getting slapped, ruining the whole thing. Grade: Akiva B, Rob B+
Jerry’s Storyline – Jerry just got back from a gig that gave him one of his largest paydays, leading both Kramer and Elaine to think of him differently. He decides he is going to use the money to buy his dad a new Cadillac, but when he brings it to them, the flashy car creates doubt in the board of Del Boca Vista, with them thinking Morty is stealing funds to pay for the car. Despite their efforts to win over the board members, the deciding vote happens to be the elderly woman that Jerry stole the rye bread from a while back, so Helen and Morty get banished from the retirement community. Grade: B from both
Elaine’s Storyline- Elaine suddenly becomes enamored with Jerry when she learns he is more well off than she imagined. She spends the whole episode trying to cozy up to Jerry, while simultaneously trying to deal with George asking her to get Marisa Tomei’s number from her friend who is sick in the hospital. Grade: Akiva B-, Rob C
Kramer’s Storyline – Kramer spends the whole episode in a cat and mouse game with the cable guy, who has made an appointment to come remove the free cable he’s been getting. He successfully gives the man the runaround, and at the end of the episode, the cable guy is so beat down, he agrees that cable companies need to rethink their scheduling process to better serve their customers. Grade: C from both
Episode Ranking – 111
Emails – Baby correspondent sisters Courtney and Cendall answered Rob and Akiva’s question from last week, while adding how they’ve found some celebrity pictures to represent what they think Rob and Akiva look like. Megan Z wrote in to share how she has thought that Akiva was actually Rob‘s former podcast cohost Roy Wood Jr. Johnny De Silveira asked how much Jerry made for his big gig. Dan the benefactor asked who would be today’s equivalent of Marisa Tomei. Matt emailed in to question the Del Boca Vista board for not looking for the bill of sale on the Cadillac. Lindsay thought Elaine’s obsession with Jerry’s money came out of nowhere.
Caleb thought Susan was out of line for questioning George re-watching a movie. Craig asked why George wouldn’t have just broken up with Susan. Amir thought it was out of character for Morty to just accept a car from Jerry when he wouldn’t even let him pay for dinner in The Wallet. For those listeners wanting to roast the iconic emailer Alexander Chester, send them to [email protected]. Chester wondered why Jerry would sleep on his parents fold out when he just came into so much money. He thought Susan’s reaction to George watching Marisa Tomei movies was too on the nose. Lastly, he thought the cable guy was making promises he can’t keep.
Tune in next week as the guys will recap both parts of “The Shower Head”. Send in your questions by emailing [email protected]. Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast by going to postshowrecaps.com/seinfeldITunes where you can rate and review the podcast. You can get a discussion going about the podcast by leaving a comment on the show page, and as always, you can follow them on Twitter @robcesternino and @keev26.
Akiva Wienerkur is a former high school English teacher and NBC Sports researcher who now works for a tech start-up. He loves the Jets, the Mets, his wife, his son and 2 daughters- not necessarily in that order.