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Seinfeld: The Voice | Episode 158 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 2, “The Voice.”

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Seinfeld Post Show Recaps: The Voice
 
Helloooooo!  Rob Cesternino and Akiva Wienerkur gave up doing their favorite silly voices just to bring you another Seinfeld Post Show Recap. This time they discussed “The Voice”, which first aired October 2, 1997 as part of season nine. The episode was once again written by the team of Alec Berg, Jeff Schaffer and David Mandel.
 
Jerry’s Storyline Jerry has a running gag with the gang about his new girlfriend Claire’s belly button talking to him at night in a silly voice.  She gets upset with him when she learns what the voice is about, and only agrees to see him again if he stops using the voice altogether.  He has to stoically contemplate his decision, then runs to her apartment to tell her he’s choosing the voice.  When both George and Kramer confirm the voice is played out, he once again convinces her to come back to him. The episode ends with Claire getting hit with the giant ball of oil when she refuses to acknowledge Jerry because his shouting sounded like the voice.  Grade: Akiva – turns chair around, Rob – turns chair around
 
George’s Storyline – George is facing the fallout from being caught faking his handicap.  While they can’t fire him, they start doing everything they can to make him quit, including boarding up his office.  Even when Play Now offers to buy him out for six month’s salary, George continues to show up to work. The stakes raise further when Mr. Thomassoulo opens George’s private bathroom to the rest of the staff.  George decides to get back at him by allowing Kramer and Darin to test their oil bladder system with a playground ball from his work.  Ultimately the plan causes Clair to sue, bankrupting Play Now and leaving George out of a job.  Grade: Akiva – turns chair around, Rob – does not turn chair around
 
Elaine’s Storyline – Elaine runs into Puddy at the coffee shop, to which Jerry predicts she will get back together with him.  They even bet on it, and Elaine is forced to pay up when Jerry catches her wearing the same clothes as the day before.  She insists it’s just a backslide, even going double or nothing on her bet with Jerry.  She loses that bet again though, several times over.  During one of her trysts with Puddy, he talks a little to glowingly about their purely physical relationship, so she punishes him by getting back together and making him cuddle.  In the end, Puddy breaks it off with her.  Grade: Akiva – does not turn chair around, but gives her praise, Rob – turns chair around
 
Kramer’s storyline – Kramer discovers his ideas are being used all over town, so he decides he needs to get his business, Kramerica Industries, back up and running.  He discovers he can’t do it alone, so he enlists a student intern from NYU to help him with various things, including his idea for a rubber bladder that can hold the oil inside tankers, preventing spills.  NYU reads over Darin’s internship notes that include him mending chicken wire, and he’s forced to find another company to fulfill his school requirements.  Despite this, he comes back to Kramer to see the bladder idea through.  The idea is a failure though, and Darin somehow ends up going to jail for a long time.  Grade: Akiva – turns chair around, Rob – turns chair around

Episode Ranking – 69

Emails – Johnny De Silveira wondered what Darin was convicted for doing.  Caleb wondered what impression Rob does that Nicole hates.  Lindsay asked what they could put up with before quitting a job.  Ariel noted how great it is that Scott St. Pierre is adding in music to the background now.  Amir asked if this is the most damage the gang has done to others in one episode.  He also wondered why George didn’t just tell Play Now the truth.  Finally, Chester chimed in with an array of takes.
 
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  • Hornacek

    The Dean’s name, Dean Jones, may be a reference to the actor Dean Jones, who starred in many Disney movies in the 60s and 70s, like The Love Bug.

    When Kramer says “Well, I have to say this seems capricious and arbitrary.” I thought that Jackie Chiles’ vocabulary is rubbing off on him.

  • Craig

    On why they paid George so much, they may have paid him more because of the thought that some of it was going to supplemented by the government. In some cases, when someone has a mental or physical disability, the government will pay for part of their salary. They maybe offered George more money because they thought the government might pay half.

    As for Cinemax, I’m in Canada so I don’t have US cable, but I do have Canadian cable which does offer some of Cinemax’s programming, and I can tell you that they still dabble in the After Dark programming. It’s known as Max After Dark, and after a quick search on Wikipedia, it seems to still be apart of the networks brand, and may even be a pillar of it.

    Also, Akiva you don’t like mustard on a hamburger? Not even Guldens? Now that’s some insanity. Don’t tell me you put mayo or some kind of “special sauce” on it.

  • TarafromLI

    When I was in the Police academy, I was called by my last name all the time, so it doesn’t bother me. My best friend has a very common first name so I have always called her by her last name and she loves it. So, I would conclude that calling a woman by her last name is circumstantial.