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Seinfeld: The Invitations | Episode 134 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 24, “The Invitations”.

Seinfeld Post Show Recaps: The Invitations
Rob Cesternino and Akiva Wienerkur didn’t get cheap on this two hour action-packed recap of Seinfeld.  This week they breakdown the epic season seven finale “The Invitations”, which was written by Larry David himself in his final episode with the show until the series finale.  This also marked the end of Jerry’s standup to open or close the show.
George’s Storyline – George has the wedding coming up fast, and he couldn’t be more panicked.  He’s been unenthusiastic, and skimps on the wedding preparations along the way, including picking low grade wedding invitations.  After explaining to Jerry that he can’t psych himself up enough to just break it off with her, Jerry and Elaine give him some ideas that could lead to Susan calling it off, though he can’t pull any of them off.  He arrives home feeling hopeless, but discovers Susan lying unconscious on the floor.  At the hospital, he learns that Susan has died from toxic glue on the wedding invitation envelopes.  The episode ends with George trying to set up a date with Marisa Tomei the day after the funeral, but is hung up on immediately.   Grade: Akiva –  A+, Rob – A+
Jerry’s Storyline – Jerry is starting to worry about growing old with just Kramer now that George is getting married.  So distressed over this idea, he nearly gets hit by a car walking down the street, when a woman named Jeannie pulls him out of the way just in time.  After talking to Jeannie for a bit, he realizes she is exactly like him, and he’s in love.  He’s so overcome by this, he decides to ask her to marry him, and she says yes.  He, much like George after he got engaged, is instantaneously remorseful.  This is further exasperated when Susan dies, and now Jerry is the only one getting married.  Grade: Akiva – A-, Rob A
Elaine’s Storyline - Elaine is offended that as such as close friend, she’s not part of the wedding party.  George asks Susan if Elaine can be an usher, but she shoots the idea down quickly, not wanting a female usher.  Throughout the episode she gives George some ideas on how to turn off Susan to the point she calls off the wedding, but George couldn’t pull off the smoking without getting ill.  Grade: Akiva – inc, Rob – inc.
Kramer’s Storyline – Kramer notices that the bank down the street is offering $100 if their staff doesn’t say hello.  When he tries to collect the money on a technicality, he’s denied and decides to come back to talk to the manager.  The manager meets with his staff to discuss the situation, and decide to give Kramer $20 since he got a greeting that begins with H.  Kramer’s only tie in to the main plot line was when he accidentally called Susan Lilly, causing her to demote him from being an usher.  Grade: Akiva – D, Rob – B
Episode Ranking – 46 (Rob was thinking top 9)
Emails – Johnny De Silveira pointed out how they have podcasted about Seinfeld for 173 hours 31 minutes and 17 seconds up to now.  Roger emailed in with a story about how he worked with a woman who was scared to lick envelopes after watching this episode.  Dr. Thomas thought the doctor’s bedside manner was almost as bad as the gang’s response to Susan’s death.  Jeff wondered if either of them dated a woman exactly like them.  Lindsay wondered if either of them helped with their wedding planning.
Dan the benefactor thought Kramer was more accurate than the bank manager in the type of wood the desk was, and noted that they’ve raised $667 to the charity so far.  Matt asked how many different boxes of cereal is acceptable to have in the cabinet.  Courtney and Cendall asked what their biggest deal breaker would be in a relationship.  Craig thought perhaps Susan only gets her parents’ wealth if she’s married.  Finally, Chester asked why Susan’s parents aren’t paying for the wedding, and why didn’t George file a lawsuit against the invitation maker for the poisonous glue.
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  • leesuh

    I know us Seinfeld PSR listeners are a quiet bunch… but this continues to be my favorite PSR podcast (and possibly RHAP podcast). I will be very sad when it’s all over in less than a year.

    Rob and Akiva — please tell us you have plans to continue some sort of weekly podcast together even after Seinfeld is over? You’re my favorite PSR and RHAP duo!! (IMO the most spontaneous and random duo — which makes it the best!)

    • Craig

      I always mean to comment but I listen to these on the go, so I forget to write in my thoughts on things.

    • Hornacek

      Might have to check with Shawn Falconer, but I think during this podcast Rob and Akiva have talked about to next review Mad About You, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and The Simpsons. Probably many more that I can’t remember.

  • Craig

    Another thing about this episode is that it was one of the last episodes I ever saw of the show. I would always seem to miss it every time it aired in reruns to the point that the Susan death episode became a legendary myth episode for me considering I always missed it.

    Thanks for the words on my theory. It really does make sense considering what happens in the next episode.

    • Joey

      There were some controversial episodes that don’t get showed in syndication.

  • Kathie

    I’m amused that Akiva thinks of George Washington’s wife as Marsha Washington. :)

    • Hornacek

      Marsha Marsha Marsha!

  • Joey

    The bank manager is Milton from the movie Office Space

    • Hornacek

      I liked how one of the emails called him Jimmy James with no explanation. He’ll always be that role to me.

  • Hornacek

    I’m really glad that Susan is gone, only so that we don’t have to hear Akiva continuously complain about her and Swedberg’s performance, which I thought was good (not great) this season. His dislike of her character and acting ability is bizarre based on what we see in the series, and really comes off as “Well, it was revealed years after the show that the cast didn’t like her, so now I don’t like her!”

    Rob and Akiva have repeatedly brought up Susan and her family being rich when discussing her involvement this season and saying it creates multiple plot holes. But this is not the case. At this point in the show, Susan and her family are not rich! This was a retcon created in season 8, after she was dead. There is nothing in any of her appearances before she dies to suggest that her family is wealthy. Akiva has more than once said that her family is rich because they own a cabin and have a nice apartment/brownstone/whatever. My family has a cabin and we are not rich. Just because someone has a nice apartment in New York doesn’t mean they are rich – a lot of people have similar apartments are just getting by. You can’t use something that wasn’t thought of until season 8 as fact in season 7.

    It’s not fair to blame Susan for rolling her eyes when she collapses. That was either in the script or the director told her to do it. If the director didn’t want that in her performance they would have re-done it without it.

    I didn’t mean for this comment to be all about defending Susan – I’m not a fan of her character but I don’t dislike or hate her. But it’s been a running theme with Rob and (especially Akiva) this season, and it was especially evident in this episode that I felt I had to speak up.