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Rob Cesternino and Akiva Wienerkur continue their journey to watch every Seinfeld episode as they discuss Season 8, Episode 12, “The Money.”
Seinfeld Post Show Recaps: The Money
Rob Cesternino and Akiva Wienerkur cancelled the live podcast at Alligator Alley, but they still did get together to bring you a new Seinfeld Post Show Recap. This time, they discussed “The Money”, which first aired January 16, 1997 as part of season eight. The episode was written by friend of the show Peter Mehlman.
Jerry’s Storyline – Jerry’s parents come to visit and are still concerned about his bounced check. They sold the Cadillac he bought them for far less than value to Jack Klompus just to give the money to him. Still worried that Jerry needs financial help, Morty talks Elaine into hiring him at J Peterman. Meanwhile, Jerry decides to buy the car back from Jack for way more than Morty sold it, but Jack ends up submerging the car in a lake before Jerry can pick it up. Grade: Akiva – B, Rob – B
George’s Storyline – George is faced with a dilemma when his parents can’t decide to stay in New York or spend all their retirement money by moving to Florida. Conflicted himself, he has to rely on Elaine for advice while Jerry is in Florida. She wasn’t any help, and he ultimately decides he’d rather have a bigger inheritance and deal with his folks living close by. Frank and Estelle decide otherwise though, and move to Florida. They immediately decide to move back after Frank mistakes Jerry sleeping in the Cadillac for a vagrant. Grade: Akiva – B, Rob – A-
Elaine’s Storyline – Elaine continues to enjoy the fruits of being the boss, especially after learning of the great stock options she has at J Peterman. When Morty Seinfeld comes to her for a job, she signs him on, despite him really not having an idea of what he’s doing. Everything unravels quickly though when Peterman returns from his sabbatical and takes the magazine back over. When Elaine gets annoyed with Morty at work, George ends up giving her the best advice when he tells her to schedule pitch meetings late in the day when he’ll be too tired. Grade: Akiva – A-, Rob – C+
Kramer’s storyline – Kramer is dating a new woman named Emily. Though they have a great physical relationship, they can’t sleep when in the same bed for Emily’s “jimmy legs” and Kramer’s screaming. The plan to sleep separately backfires on Kramer when Morty’s exercise belt tugging on his doorknob wakes him up, but Emily is too content sleeping solo. Frank comes up with a solution for them by letting them sleep in his and Estelle’s room after they move to Florida, since they have separate beds. Grade: Akiva – B+, Rob – B+
Episode Ranking – 96
Emails – Johnny De Silveira said that Sarah Silverman shared a story about how Michael Richards yelled at her for messing up a line. Shawn Falconer wrote in about how he ran a test about Akiva’s saying “I mean” 49 times. He came up with a different verbal filler that tops the list in “you know”. Jeff noted how the actor playing Klompus was in a coma right before filming this episode. Craig questioned the timeline of Jerry getting the Cadillac cleaned up enough to be able to sleep in it. Matt wondered if Klompus would rank the highest on the worst character list.
Caleb asked how mad they would be if they bought their parents a car and they sold it. Lindsay is on board with the podcast visit to the farm, and clarified the “breaking the eggs” conversation. She also asked if they would rather have distance from the Costanzas or a larger inheritance. Dan the benefactor noted that there could be a lot of legal ramifications in regard to Elaine and Peterman’s transition as CEO. Amir asked how Kramer could wake up from Morty’s exercising. He also thought it was not like George to be happy about Elaine buying him something. Finally Chester has several timeline questions, and noted several of the inconsistencies in the story as well.
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Special thanks to Mike Moore for writing this week’s episode summary.