Seinfeld: The Glasses | Episode 67 Recap Podcast


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Rob Cesternino and Akiva Wienerkur continue their journey to watch every Seinfeld episode as they discuss Season 5, Episode 3, “The Glasses.”

Rob Cesternino and Akiva Wienerkur have perfect vision as they recap a Seinfeld episode each week. This week, they recap “The Glasses”, which first aired October 7, 1993 as part of season five. The episode was written by Tom Gammill and Max Pross. Rob mentioned how this season saw a big increase on the show’s writing staff.

In Seinfeld news, Jerry Seinfeld’s son had his lemonade stand for charity shut down on Long Island. Also, Akiva pointed out that a U2 podcast recently had all four members of the band on it, reminding Rob that their quest to have Jerry and Larry on shouldn’t end.

Akiva also wanted to introduce a new segment where he reads a Seinfeld related tweet. This week, noted comedian Kumail Nanjiani tweeted how he is going to start a new podcast called Fear the Seinfeld. Rob brought back the Scene it trivia question after skipping last week. Akiva was correct this week, closing back in on .500 at 4-5.

Jerry’s opening stand-up is a bit about how the nighttime persona often makes decisions that adversely effect the daytime persona. The episode opens with Jerry and Elaine staring out Jerry’s window, commenting how they could spit on people from there. Kramer comes in to tell Jerry he’s found the air conditioner her wanted. George comes in wearing goggles because he thinks someone stole his glasses at the gym. Kramer tells George he knows a guy who can get him a discount, just like he did for Jerry with the a/c.

At the glasses store with Jerry and Elaine, George is asking them for advice on frames. As Elaine is trying to hurry George along in the process, a man with a dog comes in, but the dog bites her leg when she goes to pet it. George wants to go out and confront the guy, but gets distracted as he thinks he sees Jerry’s new girlfriend kissing his cousin Jeffrey. When he comes back in, Jerry gets the information out of George while Elaine writhes in pain on the floor.

After Jerry and Elaine leave to have her leg treated at the hospital, George tries to get his discount, but the guy doesn’t give it to George, but does encourage him to pick a woman’s frame. At the hospital, Elaine is getting bandaged up, while also telling Jerry there is no way George saw Amy kissing Jeffrey. Jerry defends George, saying that he is a great squinter. Elaine is alarmed that the doctor sends her off without getting a rabies shot.

At Jerry’s apartment, he is sitting on the couch with Amy, questioning her about her whereabouts yesterday. Akiva thought Jerry didn’t need to be so direct about it. Amy isn’t happy about this jealous side of Jerry, but agrees to go out again, as long as he finally gets an a/c for his apartment.

Later on, Jerry is telling George how Amy denied it, questioning George’s credibility. George swears by it, citing his great squinting ability. Jerry is reluctant about this, but George suddenly spots a dime on the floor across the apartment, further confusing Jerry. Elaine comes in, and explains that she took so long to come up because there was a dog in the way. Both Jerry and George warn her that she really should get a rabies shot. Kramer comes in to another big applause. Rob and Akiva both think that the extra long audience ovations will have to come to an end soon.

George immediately gets on Kramer’s case for Dwayne not giving him the discount, and Kramer assures him he’ll take care of it. George goes to get an apple out of the refrigerator, but accidentally bites into an onion. He continues to eat it to keep up the rouse that he has no trouble seeing. Kramer tells Jerry he could find out if Amy really was with Jeffrey by taking her to Jeffrey’s apartment when he goes to get the tickets.

Back at the eye glass store, Kramer lays into Dwayne about not giving the discount, even taunting him with a candy bar. Dwayne agrees to give the discount to shut Kramer up. When George gets the glasses, he realizes they are lady’s frames, to which Jerry mercilessly makes fun of him.

Kramer comes in to Jerry’s with the air conditioner and plops it in the window, though it doesn’t fit. Elaine is sitting at the table, getting increasingly agitated reading about the symptoms of rabies. Kramer tells her how you can die from rabies and she should really get a shot. Rob and Akiva pointed out that this sequence was a bit choppy, especially when Elaine drinks the water and starts foaming.

Elaine goes back to the hospital finally to get the shot. She’s back at the apartment cooling off in front of the a/c, telling Jerry she really doesn’t think Amy was canoodling with Jeffrey. She spots the dog who bit her and shouts at the owner, saying she is coming down to talk. Kramer comes in, and when he shuts the door, the a/c unit slips out the window, crashing down on the dog.

At the health club, George is helping a blind guy to the locker room, but thinks he sees the guy who stole his glasses. He runs out with the blind guy on his arm, but the guy got on a bus. George notices the blind guy’s glasses, and decides to work a trade so he can get rid of the lady frames. They go back to the optometrist to switch the frames, and while there, the dog and owner come in to find out how to find Elaine and Jerry since the a/c fell on his dog, and George stupidly tells him how to find them.

Jerry and Amy go up to Jeffrey’s apartment, but Uncle Leo opens the door. Leo gets the tickets for him, and when he comes back, tells Jerry Jeffrey wanted to say sorry. Jerry assumes it’s because he kissed his girlfriend, but Leo informs him Jeffrey’s sorry that the tickets aren’t that great. He tries to smooth it over, but Amy has had enough.

Meanwhile, George is trying to trade back frames with the blind guy because they pinch his nose, but he won’t switch back. George again thinks he sees Amy kissing Jeffrey, but when he puts the glasses on, realizes it’s a lady cop kissing a horse. In the final scene at the health club, George complains about the glasses pinching, and the camera pans up to show his original glasses sitting on top of the lockers. Jerry’s closing stand-up is a bit about glasses becoming more fashionable.

In 2015, there wasn’t much that would change about the episode, other than looking to see if Amy and Jeffrey were friends on Facebook. Both Akiva and Rob felt this wasn’t a bad episode, but far below some they’ve covered recently. Akiva ranked it at 132.

There were a few emails this week. First Liz emails to ask why George trusts Kramer to get him a discount. Akiva thought it might be a bit different than Kramer’s idea to get a discount on a flight since he could just ask for the discount. Hunter wondered if Amy and Tim Whatley should be shown together in a potential reunion, tying in the Breaking Bad connection. Johnny De Silveira shared that provisions refer to the condiments accompanying the meats. He also asks if either of them have ever lost something, but it was actually in plain sight. Both have had those moments.

Amir shared how Elaine has come full circle about dogs, going from wanting to pet one, to plotting a dog-napping scheme with Newman. Finally, Chester thought this episode should have been named differently. He also asks why George would still be wearing the goggles days later. Lastly, he wondered why the a/c didn’t come in a box. Rob and Akiva concluded it must have been stolen.

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Thanks to Mike Moore for the episode recap.

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  • akiva wienerkur

    Updated episode rankings:

    Somewhere in the top 9: The Contest
    10. The Bubble Boy
    11. The Boyfriend

    14. The Library
    15. The Outing
    27. The Puffy Shirt
    28. The Parking Garage
    33. The Pick
    35. The Junior Mint
    40. The Implant
    41. The Mango
    42. The Subway

    47. The Pony Remark

    48. The Limo
    51. The Pitch
    61. The Airport
    75. The Cafe

    78. The Ticket
    79. The Chinese Restaurant

    80. The Pilot
    86. The Pen

    89. The Shoes
    90. The Visa
    93. The Wallet
    99. The Alternate Side

    101. The Deal

    102. The Cheever Letters

    103. The Movie
    107. The Nose Job

    110. The Trip
    114. The Virgin
    115. The Letter
    119. The Phone Message

    120. The Red Dot
    126. The Revenge

    132. The Glasses
    133. The Handicap Spot
    134. The Pez Dispenser

    136. The Fix-Up

    138. The Watch
    139. The Old Man
    141. The Good Samaritan

    143. The Opera
    146. The Parking Space
    147. The Keys
    149. The Tape

    150. The Smelly Car
    151. The Suicide

    154. The Jacket

    155. The Seinfeld Chronicles
    156. The Busboy
    157. The Baby Shower
    158. The Truth
    159. The Note
    160. The Stake Out
    161. The Heart Attack
    162. The Apartment
    163. The Stranded
    164. The Statue
    165. The Ex-Girlfriend
    166. The Robbery
    167. The Stock Tip
    168. Male Unbonding
    169. The Dog

  • EricD

    Regarding your discussion about dropping a coin from a tall building:
    Any object, including a coin, that is dropped from a height will not accelerate indefinitely; as it speeds up, eventually the air resistance will balance against the gravitational acceleration, and the coin will fall at a constant speed, called the terminal velocity. A coin dropped from a very tall building, such as the Empire State Building, will therefore not have a significantly different speed than a coin dropped from a much shorter building.
    A quick Google search reveals that the terminal velocity of a penny is between 30 and 50 mph, and significantly less if there is some wind or an updraft to increase the air resistance. This is not fast enough for a coin to pose a threat.

  • Dan

    Before 2004, nobody who ever showed symptoms of Rabies had lived. It is extremely deadly once it gets to the point where you have symptoms (90%+ mortality rate even with modern techniques). So Elaine didn’t have rabies. Should have brought in the podcast’s medical expert!

  • Craig

    Damn, I’ve gotten on the forgetting to send in questions to the podcast again. I think that Dwayne was back on the wagon. The Wagon Wheels!

    When you guys were doing season 3, I was wondering when you were going to get to this episode. I had no idea it was in season 5. There are a lot of season 5 episodes that just feel like season 3. This is one of them.

    Be glad you didn’t have to pay to check in any of those bags. In Canada, we get charged for every bag we have, except for our carry ons, which have to be a certain way too small size.

    When it comes to losing things, I am terrible at it. Just as I was listening to this I lost my umbrella. When I lose something like that I feel so stupid. I’m also one of those people who just can’t let something go, so when I lose something, I obsess and get really down about losing it.

    I had some terrible glasses when I was a kid. They were thick framed, but not thick enough to be considered “nerd glasses”, and they were ugly. I brought this up to my parents recently, and they said that I was at fault because I chose them, but I say they were at fault because I was 7, and it’s their responsibility to protect me from things like dorky glasses.

    I always laugh at Jerry saying “Wanna get some pizza?” Akiva may not like the awkwardness of it, but I do.

    Just something I was wondering. When do you two record these episodes? I’m just never sure of the recording schedule, and there are times where I want to send in a question but I don’t because I am not sure if the podcast has already been recorded.

    See ya later (If I have my glasses on).

  • homertownie

    Didn’t they use the plot line of George leaving on top of a locker back in the season 3 “The Library Book” when George left “The Tropic of Cancer” on top of the high school locker?

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  • Hornacek

    I have known quite a few women that thinks it’s always too cold, and others that think it’s always too warm. It’s not strange at all that Amy finds Jerry’s apartment too warm.

    I don’t think that Rob and Akiva mentioned that Kramer got the air conditioner from Bob Sacamano.

    Rob and Akiva didn’t mention how Elaine hobbles out of the eyeglass store and when Jerry follows her he walks right by her as she ends up holding the door for him.

    Tim Stack didn’t convince George to get the lady glasses – George picked them himself.

    Kramer’s line to George where he calls him “madam” is a meta-joke. At the time this episode aired Jason Alexander was appearing in Rold Gold Pretzels commercials where he would say “May I have one of those, madam?” In this scene George is eating Rold Gold Pretzels. That’s why the audience has such a huge reaction.

    Elaine is foaming at the mouth because she’s having trouble swallowing. She’s reading the symptoms for rabies and is convincing herself that she has all of them. Since she thinks she has rabies, she convinces herself that she can’t swallow, so when she tries to drink water she can’t swallow. She’s not really foaming at the mouth like a dog or person with rabies would – it’s just the water that she can’t swallow coming back out.

    It’s not a plot hole that George would know what the guy he thinks stole his glasses looks like. He would’ve been wearing his prescription goggles when going from the pool to his locker so he would have seen the guy that he thinks stole them (although as we later discover, no one took George’s glasses).

    And Rob completely skipped over Jerry and Elaine spotting the man and his dog when looking out his window before the air conditioner falls.

    Rob and Akiva totally misunderstood the ending with the reveal of the glasses. They’re not on a shelf, they’re on top of George’s locker. Meaning that no one stole them, George put them there last time when he was in front of his locker, forgot he put them there, and assumed someone stole them.