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Seinfeld: The Slicer | Episode 163 Recap Podcast

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Rob Cesternino and Akiva Wienerkur continue their journey to watch every Seinfeld episode as they discuss Season 9, Episode 7, “The Slicer.”

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Seinfeld Post Show Recaps: The Slicer
 
Rob Cesternino and Akiva Wienerkur are fresh from earning their doctorate in podcasting and are ready to bring you the next Seinfeld Post Show Recap . This time the guys discussed “The Slicer”, which first aired November 13, 1997 as part of season nine. The episode was written by Gregg Kavet, Andy Robin and Darin Henry.
 
Jerry’s Storyline Jerry is on a date with a dermatologist named Sara, but her belittling him for not being a life saver gets on his nerves.  When he learns she is a dermatologist, he incorrectly assumes she couldn’t save lives and wants to bust her on it.  Right after he calls her out on this at a restaurant, a man she saved from skin cancer comes over to the table to thank her.  A few days after this mishap, Jerry starts developing a rash, which he thinks is payback from Sara.  He calls her out on this as well, but then learns soon after the rash was caused from Kramer using Jerry’s bath towel to clean his slicerGrade: Akiva – B+, Rob – B-
 
George’s Storyline – George is interviewing for a new job at Kruger Smoothing, when he notices himself in the background of one of Mr. Kruger’s family vacation photos.  It reminds George of an altercation several years ago that led to him throwing Kruger’s son’s boom box in the water. Desperate to keep Kruger from remembering him, George steals the photo to have himself photo-shopped out.  When he gets it back, Kruger was removed instead, and could only be put back in if George gets a shirtless photo of him. Having Kramer pose as a dermatologist during the cancer screening allowed this to happen, though Kruger refuses to have a mole looked at based on the mole being the same size in his photo.  Grade: Akiva – A-, Rob – A-
 
Elaine’s Storyline – Elaine’s neighbor is out of the country, but has forgotten to turn off the alarm clock.  Kramer helps her by blowing the fuse, but this causes a new problem when the automatic feeder for the neighbor’s cat shuts off.  Now with the problem of having a starving and meowing cat next door, Elaine once again elicits Kramer’s help, this time by borrowing the meat slicer to feed meat to the neighbor’s cat.  She ends up damaging the slicer when she gets too comfortable and uses it to even out her high heels  Grade: Akiva – C, Rob – D+
 
Kramer’s storyline – Kramer is fed up with sandwiches and deli meat in general, so he decides to buy his own meat slicer.  Despite buying so much meat the butcher gave him a free white coat, he lends the slicer to Elaine for her problem with the neighbor’s hungry cat.  This coat comes in handy though when George enlists Kramer to be apart of his plan to get a shirtless picture of Kruger by having him pose as a doctor.  Kramer wraps himself into Jerry’s storyline by causing Jerry’s horrible rash when he used his bath towel to clean the slicer with toxic metal cleaner.  Grade: Akiva – A-, Rob – A-
 
Episode Ranking – 57
 
Emails – Johnny De Silveira shared how he enjoyed the callback to Kramer’s fear of clowns in the Joe Devola episode.  Lindsay asked the guys if they’ve purchased any useless kitchen appliances.  Mikewrote in wondering if Nicole belittles Rob about how she saves lives every day.  Shawn Falconer checked in, noting that the Kenny Kramer Tour schedule won’t be out until later this summer.  Craig pointed out the discrepancy in George’s hairline in the series premiere versus the 1989 in that photo.  Pat asked why George didn’t just leave the picture alone.  Amir wondered why Elaine wouldn’t just call the super of the building.  Finally, Chester chimed in with an array of takes.
 
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  • Rafael

    Loved the “The Slicer”. The supporting characters, such as the photo store guy and Kruger, were hilarious and added a lot to this episode.

    Elaine’s story overall was weak but her “slicer happy” bit where she’s chopping off various things she owns is actually quite funny. Not the best ever or anything but a D+ seems a tad harsh to me.

    George and Kramer had super solid stories as mentioned, though I agree Jerry’s seemed a bit forced at times.

    As you guys pointed out, I thought the overall story arc was super tightly wrapped and it was nice to see the various characters and plots overlap with each other in a natural way.

    Overall a pretty underrated episode for me as I like the plot driven episodes with a good and at least somewhat plausible story, which isn’t exactly common in more recent episodes.

  • Hornacek

    Regarding the real-life Jerry’s encounter with Kesha, I feel terrible saying this, but of all people Kesha should know that unwanted physical contact is not ok, and that no means no.

  • Giovanni Orellana

    I’m currently watching The Betrayal on the CW, and wow is this one of the most, interesting Seinfeld episodes. I predict that Akivia will have it at 121 in his rankings.