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Rob Cesternino and Akiva Wienerkur continue their journey to watch every Seinfeld episode as they discuss Season 8, Episode 8, “The Chicken Roaster”.
Rob Cesternino and Akiva Wienerkur couldn’t get Mr. Marbles to guest on the recap, but they still bring you a new Seinfeld recap week after week, just not brought to you by Mennen. This time, they discussed “The Chicken Roaster”, which first aired November 14, 1996 as part of season eight. The episode was written by Alec Berg and Jeff Schaffer.
Jerry’s Storyline – Jerry bumps into an old college friend, Seth. He inadvertently gets Seth fired from his job at an investment firm when he encourages him to blow off his meeting and have lunch. Seth then gets a job at Kenny Rogers Roasters, which puts a wrinkle into Kramer boycotting them for their giant neon red sign. He ends up switching apartments with Kramer, suffering through the blaring red light just to keep Seth working. This leads him to start acting and talking just like Kramer. He ultimately loses Seth his job when he shakes out Bob Sacamano’s hat in the restaurant and rat hair goes everywhere. Grade: Akiva – A, Rob – A
George’s Storyline – George talks a free spending Elaine into buying him a sable hat on the corporate credit card. While at the store, he was taken with the saleswoman Heather, and sets up a date. After the date is over and she doesn’t seem interested in him any further, he leaves behind the hat as a way to prolong their interaction. This doesn’t work, and the $8000 hat that Elaine needs back is gone. He decides to steal Heather’s clock to set up an exchange, but when he meets up with her again, she really didn’t have the hat after all. Grade: Akiva – A-, Rob – A
Elaine’s Storyline – Elaine goes on a spending spree with the corporate credit card and now has to answer to the accountant for everything she bought. She’s successfully able to get him to sign off on everything she bought, except they need to see the $8000 sable hat she bought for George. He left the hat behind at Heather’s house to weasel another date, but when she drags George there to get it back, it’s not there. She has to then fly to Myanmar (Burma) to get Peterman to sign off on it, but even he needs to see this hat when Bob Sacamano’s fake fur hat doesn’t pass. Grade: Akiva – A-, Rob – B-
Kramer’s storyline – Kramer is tortured by the bright red light from the sign of the new Kenny Rogers Roasters restaurant across the street, so much so, that he mistakes tomato juice for milk. He wants to protest, but Jerry’s friend Seth has a job there, so Jerry agrees to switch apartments until Seth finds a new job. When Newman comes over with some of the chicken from Kenny’s, Kramer falls in love with it, but must keep it a secret or Jerry will force him to switch back to his place. Newman ultimately blows Kramer’s cover when Jerry sees him ordering broccoli. Grade: Akiva – A, Rob – A
Episode Ranking – 19
Emails – Johnny De Silveira noted that the real Kenny Rogers Roasters first balked at being a part of the show because of the rat hat, but Kenny ultimately thought it would be great advertising, so he allowed it. Craig pointed out that Kenny Rogers Roasters went bankrupt a year and half after this episode. Emiline commented on their quest last week for info on cults, and she confirmed from her research that George is the perfect cult convert. Lindsay asked their thoughts on haggling. New emailer Gopell wondered how George had such bad luck for the clock to go off right when he meets her.
Tune in next week as the guys will recap “The Abstinence”, where we get to see a smart George. Send in your questions by emailing [email protected]. Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast by going to postshowrecaps.com/