Seinfeld: The Little Jerry | Episode 145 Recap Podcast


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Rob Cesternino and Akiva Wienerkur continue their journey to watch every Seinfeld episode as they discuss Season 8, Episode 11, “The Little Jerry.”

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Seinfeld Post Show Recaps: The Little Jerry

Rob Cesternino and Akiva Wienerkur cancelled the cock fight to bring you a new Seinfeld Post Show Recap. This time, they discussed “The Little Jerry”, which first aired January 9, 1997 as part of season eight. The episode was written by Jennifer Crittenden.
Jerry’s Storyline – Jerry keeps getting ridiculed for bouncing a check at the local bodega.  When he goes to the store to convince the owner to take the check down, Marcelino agrees to it, as long as Kramer’s new rooster wins a cock fight he’s putting on.  When Little Jerry wins the fight, Marcelino tries to make another deal before taking down the check, but Jerry won’t agree to Little Jerry taking a dive.  He agrees to help Kramer train Little Jerry, but Marcelino brings in a ringer rooster to fight in the end. Grade: Akiva – B-, Rob – inc.

George’s Storyline – George is excited to visit a women’s prison that Susan’s foundation donated to.  While there, he strikes up an interest in one the inmates named Celia, and soon realizes this type of relationship is perfect for him.  Celia soon learns she is up for parole, which upsets George since he is loving the current arrangement.  He decides to sully her name when he goes to the parole hearing, but Celia breaks out of prison after her parole is denied.  She ends up getting caught after popping in to his apartment, but Elaine’s boyfriend Kurt ends up getting arrested in his place as the accomplice. Grade: Akiva – A, Rob – A

Elaine’s Storyline – Elaine is dating a new man named Kurt who shaves his head, which is upsetting to George, who earned his baldness.  When she gets a look at his license picture where he has nice hair, she convinces him to grow it out.  They discover after a few days, that he was actually starting to go bald naturally, which depresses Kurt.  He visits George for advice on his situation, and George’s words lead Kurt to proposing to Elaine.  While taking time to consider marrying him, Kurt gets arrested when the police are arresting Celia mistake him for George. Grade: Akiva – B, Rob – B-

Kramer’s storyline – Kramer is disgusted with the egg quality at the diner, which prompts him to buy a chicken for cage free, fresh eggs.  The next morning, they discover the chicken he’s named Little Jerry is actually a rooster.  Marcelino the bodega owner encourages Kramer to enter Little Jerry in his cock fighting ring.  Little Jerry wins big, so Kramer gets really into the training process, even getting Jerry to help.  Little Jerry and Kramer’s cock fighting career comes to a sad end when Marcelino brings in a ringer rooster to peck at them both for Little Jerry’s last fight.  Grade: Akiva – A, Rob – B

Episode Ranking – 43

Emails – Johnny De Silveira asks why George got away with the aiding and abetting?  Craig asked if they have a “pop-in” person.  Caleb offered as a way to live like George.  Lindsay talked about having a hen as a pet.  Garrett has a soft spot for the episode because he was being delivered at the time the episode aired.  Travis pointed out how bouncing a check is such a dated thing.
Matt wondered how the prison would let George be a character witness.  Pat thought Elaine was a hypocrite for making George get rid of the toupee, but dumped Kurt for being bald. Amir wondered if this episode was the writers being meta about the show changing in season eight, and thought the gang acted the most despicable yet.  Finally, Chester chimed in with his array of thoughts and questions.

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Special thanks to Mike Moore for writing this week’s episode summary.
  • Gal Baum

    I think I lost concentration, and missed Akiva’s ranking of the episode. Did someone hear it?

    • Craig

      I think Akiva said it was 43. Rob guessed either 56 or 58

      • Gal Baum


  • Hornacek

    Rob can’t believe that Jerry bounced a cheque given how much money he has. But it doesn’t matter how much money you have – you always have to juggle money between your accounts and make sure you have enough in your Chequing account. It’s unlikely that Jerry would keep all his money in his Chequing account. Plus he doesn’t have a steady income where he gets paid the same amount every 2 weeks. It’s more unbelievable that this doesn’t happen more often to Jerry.

    Rob goes on about Elaine making fun of the bounced cheque without knowing it’s Jerry’s. She isn’t making fun of just a bounced cheque – she’s making fun of a bounced cheque that has clowns on it which she perceives as the type of cheque a child would choose (Jerry says the bank sent him the wrong type of cheque) and what child would be writing cheques?

    Elaine doesn’t need Kurt’s drivers license to pay for the food – he tosses her his wallet to pay for it and she sees his license in the wallet when she’s getting the money from his wallet.

    The reason Kurt doesn’t notice his stubble patterns is because what he’s doing (growing his hair back) is no big deal to him. He’s just re-growing his hair which he assumes will all grow back normally so he’s not constantly watching it. But to Elaine she is eagerly waiting for his hair to appear so she’s watching the patterns every day to track the progress.