Seinfeld: The Gum | Episode 120 Recap Podcast


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Rob Cesternino and Akiva Wienerkur continue their journey to watch every Seinfeld episode as they discuss Season 7, Episode 10, “The Gum”.

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  • Craig

    I totally encourage Akiva to watch Community. One of the best comedies ever made.

    I can’t believe that you didn’t add a hashtag to the end of this episode, because it so should have been #jordanparharwood or just #parharwood. Top 10 hashtag right there.

    Akiva saying that Amir’s use of the word “boobage” and saying “What are we Mr. Skin?” was great. I would love to see a Social Network type movie about the creation of Mr. Skin, because I assume it would just be a bunch of college students, sitting around smoking weed and one just said “Dude, what if we made a website that pointed out when an actress has appeared nude in a movie, and what time they appeared nude?” “Yeah, and we can use terms like “boobage.””

    • Matt Geoghegan

      Community is the BEST comedy ever made.

  • smasherx

    Rob has a point about the total lack of stakes here, but this whole episode is so slapstick and jokey, that to me it works on a different level than most other episodes of Seinfeld. I’d say the Puerto Rican Day Parade operates somewhat similarly, as another example of this type of over the top, gag heavy episode.

  • Bryant Hughes

    The Gum is top tier.
    The fans are right!

    Kramer makes the episode.
    “A perfectly sane food to eat” &
    “Three buddies sitting around, chewing gum”

  • Hornacek

    Why does Rob find it so hard to believe that George has never spoken to the cashier at Monk’s? We have seen dozens of episodes where the core-four pays for their meal by either paying the waitress at the table, or leaving money on the table. I don’t think we’ve EVER seen any of them pay at the cashier.

    Rob is also surprised that anyone would get food “to go” at Monk’s. I guess he forgot about George getting a big salad for Elaine.

    Rob keeps saying that Elaine is obsessed with Lloyd in this episode but she’s not.

    The reason that Lloyd doesn’t act on Elaine’s actions towards him (opening her shirt, wearing a wet t-shirt) is.probably because he is not interested in her anymore. He does enjoy seeing her with her shirt open and all wet but that’s just typical guy behavior. Beyond that he never says or does anything to indicate that he wants to act on Elaine’s “advances”.

    Rob wonders why Deena is with George when the car is getting towed. It seems clear that George called her because he tells her that she/Pop should pay for the damages since Pop wrecked the engine.

    Why is Rob so sure that Deena would know Jerry from high school? Deena knows George because they’re from the same neighborhood, not because they met at school. We don’t even know if she and George are the same age and were in the same grade. She could have known George from the neighborhood but have never met Jerry, or maybe never interacted with George at school at all.

    Rob keeps saying that he doesn’t know why George (or the viewers) should care what Deena thinks of George. Deena lives in George’s old neighborhood. If she thinks George is crazy she’s going to tell people, and it will eventually get back to his parents, which George does not want. That’s why George cares.