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Seinfeld: The Summer of George | Episode 156 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 22, “The Summer of George.”

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  • Giovanni Orellana

    Jason Alexander really knocks it out of the park in this episode!

  • Craig

    No more new listeners after this? So this means I’m an established listener! No more getting bumped Lin Jo Dan from Iceland or whatever! My questions are going to get so much dumber!

    Also, I made up the “Scarsdale Surprise” thing. It’s not real, I just gave it a plot based on the episode. I am the fake movie correspondent after all, so this is in the wheelhouse.

    I think I figured out why the cat fight=kiss plot line is here. Back in 1991, the tv show “L.A Law” had an episode called “He’s a Crowd” where two of it’s main female characters kissed, but never formed a relationship after that. This began a tv fenomina called the “Lesbian Kiss Episode” where during key ratings times like May Sweeps two female characters would engage in a lesbian kiss only to have it not come up again in the future. It is considered a cheap ratings ploy. Considering this is the season finale in May, it’s possible that “Seinfeld” when mentioning that a cat fight may lead to two girls kissing, was playing to this industry fenomina. Just a theory of mine.

    Also, how has it taken until the end of season 8 to figure out that Akiva gets songs and artists mixed up. We need more of this in the podcast.

  • smasherx

    Listen.. i came here just to say this was one of the funniest episodes ever. Insta, IMDBags, Keev’s comment about tweeting to the grave… After 8 seasons you guys have not lost the magic. Looking forward to the home stretch
    and glad to be in the now-exclusive club of listeners. I promise to post an iTunes rating in exchange for all the laffs tonight.
    Brent from Edmonton

  • Hornacek

    In Jerry’s defense about asking out Lynette, she’s giving him a flirty look when she brings him his coffee. So he thinks there’s already an attraction there. He doesn’t decide to ask her out completely out of the blue.

    One of the two Scarsdale Surprise producers is Tucker Smallwood, very much a “It’s that guy!” actor (to me he’ll always be Sheriff Andy Taylor in the Home episode of the X-Files where’s he’s killed by the 3 mutant incestuous hillbillies). He has appeared in the show twice before: he was the (unseen) photographer in The Pen (the guy who takes the photo where Elaine yells “Stella!” – he has a very recognizable voice, and often sings in his roles) and he’s the guy in the Mercedes in The Parking Garage. Both of those episodes were in 1991 so it’s funny that he would suddenly appear on the show again 6 years later.

    I like the irony of George falling because he bought the glossy (and more expensive) invitations. If he had bought the cheap ones again he wouldn’t have fallen.

    I love the idea of IMDBags. One of the descriptions of it early in the episode sounds very similar to Random Roles, a semi-regular column on http://www.AVClub.com, so I liked how Rob and Akiva workshopped on the idea throughout the episode to come up with the IMDBags idea at the end.

  • Suzi!

    Maybe Rachel Welch was just doing the Riverdance. She was ahead of her time.