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Jay Crespi

PostPosted: June 14, 2005 5:00 PM 

Hi im form Monterrey, Mexico.. (you might be thinking, "so what?")

anyway i was watching the episode of "the pitch" and i think there is a couple of the most underrated phrases of the series..

the 1st one when they're pitching the show:

Downripple (or something like that, not even George couldn't spell right): so why am I watching it?

George: Because it's on TV

Downripple: Not yet

haha i just thought that was such a clever dialogue

the 2nd one it's when Jerry picks up the phone in his apartment:

Jerry: hello?

MTI guy: would you be interested in an MTI long distance call service?

Jerry: Gee, i really can't talk right now, why don't you give me your phone number and i'll call you back

MTI guy: sorry sir, we're not allowed to do that

Jerry: Oh, i guess you don't like people calling you at home?

MTI guy: No.

Jerry: well now you know hoy i feel! (hangs up)

that it's just hilarious!, i've done that bit twice with some bank guys

J. Chiles

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PostPosted: June 14, 2005 6:19 PM 

This has been done, but is a good topic.

I don't know about MOST underrated, but one I saw just today comes to mind.

Perhaps you'd like to keep the tape....I'll take that as a yes.

Rabid Anti-Dentite

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PostPosted: June 14, 2005 6:21 PM 

i got one i got one...

how about when kramer is knocking at jerry's door, and jerry says "come in" but kramer just keeps banging? brilliant. jerry opens the door, and we see how kramer has been using the back of his head to knock while he has an in-progress Risk board in his hands.

then kramer walks in, looks at jerry's dining table, then hoists up a foot onto the table and pushes the newspaper off.

this scene is never really talked about (that i can remember) but is one of my favorite kramer physical comedy sequences.

hope this qualifies as an 'underated' moment. Wink

cousin jeffrey
Vile Weed

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PostPosted: June 14, 2005 6:25 PM 

You're right, Ramon. That's an awesome clip. If i tried that thing he did with his foot to clear the table, i think i'd probably pull a hamstring.

What about when Jerry and Kramer try to comfort Elaine about exposing her nipple. "Look everybody's got 'em! Look, I got 'em!"


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PostPosted: June 14, 2005 8:53 PM 

After Jerry asks Kramer why he doesn't throw his change (for the dryer) on his own table, Michael purposely takes a huge bite of his apple before saying his line "because I don't have a table" with his mouth full.

Those lines blow away any of his falls, trips, or gi-di-di- noises he's more often credited with.

Jay Reimenschneider

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PostPosted: June 14, 2005 9:12 PM 

One sequence I always thought was unique was when George was trying to figure out how to get his waitress "girlfriend" fired. He has schemed with Jerry but wasn't able to come up with a plan.

Kramer walks in and is telling Jerry about how Hildy got fired because he kept calling her at work. Jerry spins around to George who is pointing right back at Jerry as he is already dialing Monk's to place the first call.

There was something about the spontaneous, simultaneous thought process between George and Jerry which you only saw through the physical reactions. One of my favorite "underrated" scenes.

Bob Sakamano

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PostPosted: June 15, 2005 4:29 AM 

Think we all have different opinions on what is underrated and overated, simply because all of us have different preferences when it comes to comedy. For me an example was "The Fire". I was laughing my ass off when costanza said "Eric the clown put it out with his big shoe", yet my friend couldn't see what was so funny. I was laughing for the next 10 mins of the episode, kept ringing in my head.

Denim Vest
Cockeyed Optimist

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PostPosted: June 15, 2005 7:53 AM 

George's confrontation with Mr. Eldridge, the Andrea Doria survivor is a great one.

"Mr. Eldridge, ahoy! I heard you were on the Andrea Doria."

Wealthy Industrialist

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PostPosted: June 15, 2005 8:51 AM 

"Elaine, what are yoooo doing here?"

then Jerry proceeds to tuck the pillow back under george's head and flatten out his hair with that awkward smirk on his face... kills me every time.

Bob Sakamano

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PostPosted: June 15, 2005 8:54 AM 

A couple of my faves..

George: I've had a lot of paranormal things happening to me.

Jerry: You're a little paranormal


George: So Kramer, your electricion, is he any good?

Kramer: Oh, he's the best. (beat) And the worst!"


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PostPosted: June 15, 2005 10:13 AM 

I still think it's hard to top Frank Costanza yelling in the nail salon. First when he starts talking chinese and reveals he knows what they are saying, and even more hilarious when the scene switches and you can still hear him yelling.


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PostPosted: June 15, 2005 10:27 AM 

Kramer: Common Jerry, this guy is crazy. Get out.

Jerry: You didn't have to push me.

Kramer: I didn't push you. How much did you pay that guy?

Jerry: 75,000 lira.

Kramer: 75,000 lira? Are you out of your mind?

Jerry- Kramer you don't under the conversion rate! (That's when I fall out laughing)

Kramer- Oh conversion rate, oh.

Jerry- You know I don't even know why I brought you.

Kramer- Nobody put a gun to your head.


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PostPosted: June 15, 2005 10:29 AM 

sposed to say "understand" not "under",
damn this internet.

Master of my Domain

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PostPosted: June 15, 2005 10:45 AM 

HTD - the people in the nail salon are korean. (fyi)


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PostPosted: June 15, 2005 11:15 AM 

*with chowder falling out of mouth*
Whatevah! Thx.

Todd Gack
Bob Sakamano

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PostPosted: June 15, 2005 12:29 PM 

The entire Cigar Store Indian episode is the most underrated moment in Seinfeld. Why nobody ever talks about this epsidoe is beyond me. I think its one of the best ones they made in the 9 years of the show, if not the best.

The whole scene with Kramer hanging out the window of the cab with the Indinan screaming to Jerry, "Hey look what I got!!!" Just brilliant. Such a great episode. Its so much better than the ones people always talk about like "The Soup Nazi", "The Contest", "The Junior Mint". Those are funny episodes but I've always felt they got too much attention, and sort of overshawdowed the true great ones like "The Cigar Store Indian" and "The Fuscili Jerry"

J. Chiles

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PostPosted: June 15, 2005 12:40 PM 

I believe what is sought is "moments" and not episodes, though Kramer with his Woo-woo certainly qualifies as a moment, and a damn funny one. I've always thought there was a lot of support for the CSI here. I know it is in my top five favs. Frank is just excellent in this one, too.

cousin jeffrey
Vile Weed

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PostPosted: June 15, 2005 1:00 PM 

Gack, I know what you mean. But i don't think that episode is overlooked among the real seinfeld fans. It's the casual or mainstream fans that might not have appreciated it as much. I don't want to speak for anyone else here, but I personally have the Cigar Store Indian in my top 5 like Jackie said.

And I don't think Kramer's cab ride holler is underrated. Heck, i fall off the couch laughing everytime. Maybe what's even more underrated than that moment is in the beginning of the episode with that whole scene where George says he's not allowed to have any parties while his parents are out of town.

Todd Gack
Bob Sakamano

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PostPosted: June 15, 2005 1:36 PM 

Ok well it makes me feel better that more of the true Seinfeld fans love the Cigar Store Indinan as much as me. I haven't really read through this forum all that much, but just from what I have read there hasn't been a lot of mentions of it. So its good to know that people have been talking about it, I've just missed it.

It just seems like any mention of Seinfeld in the mainstream NOBODY ever talks about this episode, which is why I brought this up. And maybe its just me and maybe I catch the episodes on Fox and TBS on the wrong night but I rarely ever see this episode in syndication either.

I just think its odd on how such a great episode is overlooked and stuff like "The Soup Nazi" is talked about like its the greatest thing ever made.

cousin jeffrey
Vile Weed

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PostPosted: June 15, 2005 1:42 PM 

The soup nazi is a good episode, but not because of the soup nazi. The whole thing with George and shmoopie, along with the street toughs is what makes that episode so good. I've said this before, the soup nazi is good, but not that good.

Jay Crespi
Bob Sakamano

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PostPosted: June 15, 2005 5:03 PM 

I agree with cousin jeffrey. "the soup nazi" episode it's good but i get the feeling it's a little overrated, just because the catch-phrase "no soup for you!" it's still used in so many sit-coms (obviously not the exact same phrase, i don't remember what sit-com was where i heard "no tacos for you!") doesn't mean it's the greatest seinfeld episode

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