Seinfeld: The Secret Code | Episode 117 Recap Podcast


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Seinfeld Post Show Recaps: The Secret Code
Rob Cesternino and Akiva Wienerkur didn’t get Leapin’ Larry as a sponsor this week, but they still brought a quality recap once again.  This time, they break down “The Secret Code”, which first aired November 9, 1995 as part of season seven.  The episode was written by Alec Berg and Jeff Schaffer.
News – Akiva shared that the feedback on last week’s unique episode was more positive than they were anticipating.  Akiva also had a story about a man who tried to pull a Kramer and bring thousands of cans to Michigan to capitalize on their 10 cent deposit return for all cans and bottles.  He was arrested and is facing prison time, as doing this is considered illegal.
Jerry’s Story – Jerry’s asked to do an advertisement for the local electronics store called Leapin’ Larry’s.  Jerry inadvertently offends Larry when an employee thinks Jerry is making fun of Larry’s prosthetic leg, when really his leg had just fallen asleep.  After smoothing over things with Larry, Jerry’s leg falls asleep again, but this time he accidentally kicks over a can of paint thinner, which causes the store to catch fire when it poured into an electrical outlet.
Elaine’s Story – Elaine becomes rather obsessed with Fred, who said “nice to meet you”, when they already met before.  Him not knowing her inadvertently caused her to want to go on a date with him, but when they go out, she realizes he is dreadful and can’t wait to escape.
George’s Story – George has the biggest storyline of the episode.  Things start off in the wrong direction for him when he’s reluctant to share his ATM pin with Susan.  In addition to this trouble, he also finds himself as Peterman’s right hand man when both Elaine and Jerry bail out of a dinner with all of them.  He becomes further entrenched when Peterman makes George go with him to his ailing mother’s death bed.  While there, he decides to share his ATM pin code with her, but she starts shouting it out right before passing away, leaving Peterman to be concerned about what Bosco means.  Both stories collide together when the fire Jerry started at Larry’s causes a man to be trapped in an ATM, and George has to reveal his ATM code to Peterman to help get the man out.
Kramer’s Story – Kramer has ambitions of helping the local fire department by providing them with a map of his shortcuts to get to fires more quickly.  While there pleading his case, he’s rebuffed by the captain, but on his way out, accidentally knocks out one of the fireman.  Kramer gets to fulfill his dreams of drive the ladder on the truck from this, but his lack of training causes the truck to get out of control, and they don’t make it to the fire at Leapin’ Larry’s on time.
Grades and Rankings – Akiva thought this was a mediocre episode, ultimately slotting it at 127.  Akiva gave Jerry a B, Kramer an A-, George an A-, and Elaine got a D-.  Rob was in agreement with all, particularly Elaine’s grade, feeling her storyline had no traction at all.
Emails – Johnny De Silveira noted that the firehouse scene is the same exterior shot used in Ghostbusters.  Max the millennial thought this was a subpar episode as well, thinking the Citizen Kane reference was particularly out of touch with the millennial crowd.  Craig from Vancouver asked if either of them keep secrets from their wives.  Rob said he shares more on the podcast than he does with Nicole.  Craig also asked if Nicole would listen to the whole podcast if she could find out some kind of secret about him, but Rob thought she wouldn’t spend the time.
Lindsay wondered if their ATM pins were something they go to great lengths to keep secret, but neither of them felt it was that important.  She also agreed with them both about how useless the Susan character is this season.  Roger asked if Bosco is an actual thing?  Rob thinks the powdered drinks are far inferior to the syrup, and Akiva confirmed that Bosco still exists. Caleb also asked if they felt the same way when their wives asked about the ATM pin, to which they confirmed they didn’t worry about keeping it secret.  He also had a game for them, providing a list of less famous people that appeared on the Celebrity Apprentice.  Rob was able to debunk everyone on Caleb’s list as more famous than Larry Thomas, The Soup Nazi.
Amir asked why Jerry and George needed a good excuse to get away from Peterman.  The guys agreed, feeling there were a number of perfectly good excuses they could have used.  He added that George should have changed his ATM code once Peterman’s mother shouted it out.  Chester closed things out by pointing out how there have never been ATM codes longer than four digits.  He also wondered why Leapin’ Larry’s employee would laugh, thinking Jerry was making fun of Larry.  He also wondered why George would walk into Peterman’s mom’s place, barely knowing Peterman, but Rob felt Peterman probably strong armed George into it.
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Special thanks to Mike Moore for this week’s episode summary.
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  • Craig

    God this episode is under 2 hours! Why have you forsaken Dan the Benefactor!

    Also, Rob your Jay Peterman impression is as good as Tim Kane’s Donald Trump impression. It sounds nothing like Peterman.

    When it comes to the numbers, maybe George gets a word and then puts in the corresponding number based on how it is on a land line phone? Like 2 is ABC, 3 is DEF etc…

    Seinfeld’s probably not moving off of PSR, but could it at least be a main page thread.

    Michigan can’t be the most environmentally friendly state. That’s where Canada sends it garbage (well, at least it’s where Ontario sends it’s garbage)

    When I was in Toronto in 2012 for Grey Cup, me and my dad met up with my Uncle, and one night after leaving a Tim Horton’s in which my uncle almost got into a fight with some guys (he’s almost in his 70’s) he pointed at something and said “I could have been on the ground floor of that”. He was pointing to the ATM. Afterwards I asked my dad (his brother) if that could have been true and he just said while laughing “I don’t know”.

    The Fred Stollar characters problems are similar to mine. I have a hard time remembering peoples names. I’ve had it ever since I was a kid.

    I’ve never heard your side of the Robb story Rob. Considering, I don’t know why you consider yourself the Rob that sucks. You’re easily 2nd of the 4 Rob’s in your Survivor generation.

  • Jim

    I was never sure that Chemical Bank was a real thing. Thanks for confirming it, and saving me the Google time.

    There was a similar merger story with Norwest and Wells Fargo, Norwest bought out Wells Fargo, but Norwest is a generic name, while Wells Fargo is historic. The Norwest name died a timely death.

    Speaking of saving Google time, negging goes back at least until the 50s – . It probably is an ancient strategy.

    Finally, I love that Rob held his tongue when Akiva complained about trying to do thirty-two 40 minute podcasts in thirty-two days. Rob would call that a vacation!

  • Hornacek

    Maybe it’s from binge-watching the episodes and binge-listening the podcast, but it feels like Rob and Akiva are really down and negative about stories and characters that may not be “top 9” but are still pretty good. Lots of negativity in this episode. Akiva seems to have it out for Susan in this season’s episodes. She doesn’t have a lot of screentime this season because she is not one of the core-four. She should only be appearing when she is needed for the story, but she should not be getting more screentime than any of the core-four, which seems to be what Akiva is complaining about, but if she did, he would be complaining about that.

    Also, I think the actress playing Susan is doing a good job this season – she is doing fine work with the few scenes she has – the PDAs in the previous episode, and the ATM code in this one. I find Akiva’s continuous bad-mouthing of her acting and comedy ability puzzling. It’s like he heard about Alexander’s statements about her years later and thought “Well, I have to change how I view Susan now because I know that the regular cast didn’t like her.”