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Rob Cesternino and Akiva Wienerkur continue their journey to watch every Seinfeld episode as they discuss Season 8, Episode 6, “The Fatigues”.
There is no risk to manage for Rob Cesternino and Akiva Wienerkur to bring you this week’s Seinfeld Post Show Recap. This time, they discussed “The Fatigues”, which first aired October 31, 1996 as part of season eight. The episode was written by Gregg Kavet and Andy Robin.
Jerry’s Storyline – Jerry is dating a woman named Abby who has a mentor. He learns that the mentor is dating Kenny Bania, and immediately loses all respect for her. When Abby dumps her mentor and is looking for a new one, Jerry is further turned off when she chooses George as her new mentor. Jerry in turn becomes a mentor himself, as he tries to get Bania to write some less hacky material. Grade: Akiva – A-, Rob – B+
George’s Storyline – George is tasked with giving a presentation on risk management because he lied on his resume, saying he was an expert. Unable to read the thick book on the subject, George decides to track down an audio copy made for the blind, but the voice reading it is whiny like his. He tasks Abby the job of preparing the presentation when she becomes his mentor, but the material accidentally gets switched with Bania’s jokes. Grade: Akiva – B, Rob – B+
Elaine’s Storyline – Elaine goes to fire a mailroom employee, but when she sees he is creepy, she chickens out and promotes him to copy writer instead. When he’s terrible at that, she decides to promote him to a different position, one where she doesn’t have to deal with him freaking her out all the time. Grade: Akiva – A-, Rob – B+
Kramer’s storyline – Kramer decides to put on a Jewish singles mixer, but is having trouble cooking authentic Jewish cuisine. When he is unable to find catering help, he learns that Frank Costanza used to be a cook in the war, but had a terrible experience that made him never want to cook again. Luckily, a bad meal from Estelle jars Frank out of retirement, and he helps Kramer. When Eddie is at the mixer and starts coughing, Frank has flashbacks to his whole unit getting sick, so he dumps all the tables. Grade: Akiva – A, Rob – A
Episode Ranking – 44
Emails – Johnny De Silveira asks why it says Youngt on his shirt. Dan the benefactor thinks that Frank deserves the MVP for the episode. Craig noted that Elaine promoting Eddie for his incompetence is called the Dilbert Principle. Jeff watches the show on syndicated TV, so he misses the opening scene doing his rewatch. Caleb wondered why Elaine didn’t already know Eddie, since she’s the head of the company.
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