Rob Cesternino and Akiva Wienerkur continue their journey to watch every Seinfeld episode as they discuss Season 7, Episode 20, “The Calzone”.
Seinfeld Post Show Recaps: The Calzone
Rob Cesternino and Akiva Wienerkur just got their clothes out of the oven and are ready to bring you another recap of the iconic 90s sitcom, Seinfeld. This week, they discuss “The Calzone”, which first aired April 25, 1996 as part of season seven. The episode was written by Alec Berg and Jeff Schaffer.
George’s Storyline – When George brings in a calzone to a meeting, Steinbrenner loves it so much, he orders George to bring him one everyday and have lunch with him. Soon enough, George gets banned from the calzone place for a misunderstanding with the tip jar. He enlists Newman’s help to get the calzones to Steinbrenner, but it immediately fails when Newman doesn’t show because he doesn’t work in the rain. Desperate, he tries to get Kramer to go, but he’s kicked out for trying to pay for the calzone all in change. Grade: Akiva – A, Rob – A-
Jerry’s Storyline – Jerry starts dating a woman name Nicki who is so attractive, she is able to get anything she wants, and get out of any trouble. Jerry uses this to his advantage for a while, but backfires when he sends her to get actual Cuban cigars from Todd Gack, but she ends up falling for his dating loophole and Jerry loses her. He gets a small amount of revenge for that though when he sends Kramer to pay for the cigars with a bag of change. Grade: Akiva – A- , Rob – C+
Elaine’s Storyline- Elaine is going on a date with a guy Todd Gack, who lost a bet to her when he tried to say Dustin Hoffman was in StarWars. Despite doing everything from asking her out again, introducing her to his parents, and kissing her he insists that they are not dating. She fights this dating loophole every step of the way, until ultimately Todd uses the same trick on Jerry’s girlfriend Nicki. Grade: Akiva – A-, Rob – C+
Kramer’s Storyline – Kramer is fixated with wearing clothes right out of the dryer, so much so that he’s gathered up all the change he can find to fulfill his habit. When the inconvenience of running down to the laundry room every time takes its toll, he discovers he can get the same results by putting the clothes in the oven. When George enlists him to get the calzones for Mr. Steinbrenner, he convinces the clerk at Paisanos to put his wet clothes in the oven, but they end up burning. Grade: Akiva – B, Rob – A
Episode Ranking – 56
Emails – Johnny De Silveira thought George should have given his tip in change so it could have been heard. Craig asked if either of them have a specific meal they like to have at a specific time. Courtney and Cendall have a bet with each other for how many calzones he could eat. Hunter pointed out how terrific Wayne Knight was in this episode. Dan the benefactor had some interesting details about how much $300 in change would way. Lindsay wondered if walking one to the door is considered dating behavior.
Pat in Ohio thought George could just have the calzones delivered. Caleb asked what the most expensive thing either of them bought with all change. Matt wondered why Wilhelm wasn’t in the meeting. Colin the pizza delivery guy noted how usually people are showy about their tipping. Finally Chester. He first noted that Jerry’s theory about Todd Gack’s dating loophole is exactly a storyline used for George later in the series. He also pointed out how Newman has been seen doing his route in the city, so how is it now all the way out in the Bronx. Before signing off, they read some of their ITunes reviews.
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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.