Rob Cesternino and Akiva Wienerkur prove once again that they are the Pavarotti and Domingo of podcasting, churning out a new Seinfeld recap week after week. This time, they bring us “The Doll”, which first aired February 22, 1996 as part of season seven. The episode was written by the dynamic duo of Gammill and Pross.
George’s Storyline – George spends the episode trying to avoid a creepy doll of Susan’s that looks just like his mother. When he brings the doll to show Jerry, Jerry acts like it’s not that creepy, though he shares with Elaine it is. George ends up yelling at the doll when he’s eating at the diner, then finally, Frank rips the doll’s head off when he thinks it’s Estelle yelling at him . Grade: Akiva – B-, Rob – A
Jerry’s Storyline – Jerry has an appearance on The Charles Grodin Show, and finds a BBQ sauce bottle that closely resembles him while in Memphis. Because Susan’s friend Sally makes him carry a large present back to New York with him, the bottle breaks in his carryon that he has to stow above the seats. He has a chance to exact revenge on Sally by making her carry a case of it up with her on her flight, but she had an empty seat next to her, and she doesn’t even get the right bottle. Things come to a crashing conclusion for him at the show when Sally brings the wrong doll to him, then the other tenor uses Jerry’s pants as a napkin. Grade: Akiva – C, Rob – C-
Elaine’s Storyline- Elaine uses needing a picture to show Frank a potential relative of his she saw in Tuscany as an opportunity to reconnect with Bob the maestro. When she learns that his favorite singer, the “other” guy of the three tenors, will be at Charles Grodin, she gets his autograph on a poster to make up for the one she accidentally ruined. When she brings it to him, he’s excited, but then immediately ruins it by spilling a bottle of wine on it. Grade: Akiva – D-, Rob – C-
Kramer’s Storyline – Kramer is excited to try out Frank Costanza’s new billiard room, but soon discovers the room is too small to fully use the cues. When they meet up with the maestro and he comes over, they discover that his conductor baton works perfectly to avoid hitting the walls. While it was great for the game of pool, it ended up bending the baton, ruining Bob’s performance. Grade: Akiva – B-, Rob – C+
Episode Ranking – 131
Emails – Johnny De Silveira wondered what the Tuscan Costanza imported/exported. Courtney and Cendall wanted to offer a few other ideas for the name of Frank’s billiard room. Dominic wondered if pool is at it’s least popular. Travis asked if Jerry Stiller actually forgets the line “the place to be” and they left it in. Jeff P. gives kudos to the production for finding a shirt that George has actually worn for doll Estelle to criticize. Craig thought it was strange that the symphony couldn’t follow the maestro merely because of a bent conductor baton. Paul wondered if they have learned any podcasting tips like not wearing the pants to keep the crease.
Dan the benefactor wondered why George would want to set up Jerry with Sally. Matt found it interesting that Frank has no interest in politics when he was so fond of Lloyd Braun. Evan noticed that Jerry’s appearance on Charles Grodin was not shown. Lindsay wondered if they have received terrible wedding gifts. Amir thought they should have a scene with Sally and Newman. Chester pointed out that Robert De Niro first did the pants off while sitting trick to preserve the crease. He also wondered why the maestro would be so interested in playing pool at Frank’s. Lastly he thought the roughness with the Estelle doll was a bit too much.
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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.