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PostPosted: September 20, 2003 9:16 PM 

gs: Matt McCoy (Lloyd) Mary Jo Keenen (Deena) Eric Christmas (Haarwood) Sandy Ward (Pop Lazzari) Ruth Cohen (Cashier) Lionel Mark Smith (Florist) Vito D'Ambrosio (Cop) Alan Watt (Attendant)

Kramer is active in the re-opening of an old movie theater. He also is keeping an eye on a friend, Lloyd, who's recovering from a nervous breakdown. Lloyd has a pack of Chinese gum, that Kramer insists everyone tries. George thinks the cashier short-changed him and meets a former neighbor (who's had a breakdown) and his daughter, Deena. George lets his former neighbor look at his car. Elaine tries to avoid interacting with Lloyd, loses a button from her blouse and reveals herself to Lloyd and Kramer. Because of Elaine's lie, Jerry must wear glasses while around Lloyd. Deena tells George that she thinks he is showing signs of being on the verge of a breakdown. George's car, once owned by "Jon Voight" in "The Mom & Pop Store", catches fire. Elaine shows more to Lloyd. Jerry gets more gum. George keeps trying to convince Deena he's not crazy.

b: 14-Dec-95 pc: 710 w: Tom Gammill & Max Pross d: Andy Ackerman

NOTE: Writer / executive producer Larry David makes an uncredited cameo as a guy who sells George a pack of gum.
Actor Peter Keleghan (from "The Non-Fat Yogurt") is replaced by actor Matt McCoy as "Lloyd Braun".

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PostPosted: June 20, 2004 12:19 AM 

this is my favourite episode
the whole part with george trying to prove he is not insane and each time he does something happens which makes him look like he is insane! Very Happy Laughing

lovin' every minute of it
Magnificent Bastard

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PostPosted: June 21, 2004 10:05 AM 

I beg your pardon your majesty but we don't accept bills with lipstick on the president.

J. Chiles


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PostPosted: June 22, 2004 5:44 PM 

it always comes back to Lloyd Braun

Nick Belma
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PostPosted: July 13, 2004 3:03 PM 

When Kramer proves to Lloyd Braun that the hot dog is fine he starts to gage on it! Its the most funniest episode EVER!

JKLeafs
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PostPosted: July 13, 2004 5:11 PM 

So your car caught on fire because of my father and the woman on the horse?

That's right...And Him!

The man with the flowers?

VegatableLasagna
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PostPosted: August 4, 2004 8:41 AM 

I just watched this episode last night. This is one of the best 10 episodes. Plus when Elaine loses a button Shocked Shocked Very Happy Very Happy

lovin' every minute of it
Magnificent Bastard

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PostPosted: August 4, 2004 10:01 AM 

We have to get that Elaine a boyfriend.

Varnsen
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PostPosted: August 4, 2004 5:01 PM 

I just saw this yesterday. This is my favorite episiode too. Pure genius how everthing meshes together with Geroge accusing Ruthie of stealing the twenty and trying to convince Deena he's not crazy. Kramer and Lloyd are perfect together. Jerry with the glasses and a cameo with Larry David.

Kramer- It's a perfectly sane food to eat.

Erick
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PostPosted: October 1, 2004 11:40 PM 

I can't quite figure out one line in this show. I just saw this the other night and I Tivo rewound it like 5 times and I still thought for sure that they had cut out a line b/c based on what Elaine says, I thought she would follow it up with something else and then Jerry gives her this look like she actually did say something else but there seems to be something cut out.
Here's the exchange. The apparent gap is right after Elaine says "well, I got new for you" and Jerry gives her a dirty look but then it just cuts to George. I was hoping that I'd see the uneditted version of the script here on this site but there isn't any indication of a gap.
Anyone know?

ELAINE: You know, that's around the same time I broke up with Lloyd. Y... you don't think that I had anything to do with his breakdown, do you?

JERRY: You know, I remember when we parted company, I was babbling incoherently for months.

ELAINE: Yeah? Well, I got news for you.

GEORGE: The whole time that I was growing up, all I ever heard from my mother was 'Why can't you be more like that Lloyd Braun?'

Gendison
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PostPosted: October 2, 2004 3:29 PM 

"Something's missing alright". There's no line cut out. When Elaine suggests that she might be the reason Lloyd went a bit nuts, Jerry's being sarcastic when he says " When we parted company I was babbling incoherently......" to imply she's being a little presumptous to suggest she would have that effect on someone. Her response "Yeah? Well, I got news for you." is her sarcastic way of saying something along the lines of "You HAVE been babbling incoherently...".

Kadin
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PostPosted: December 5, 2004 11:56 PM 

This is hands down my favorite episode - i love kramers obsession with the chinese gum, and when jerry must wear the glasses and accidently gives lloyd $100. And the part where Kramer eats the hotdog, and where Elaine loses her button; overall, simply the funniest episode!

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PostPosted: December 6, 2004 11:10 AM 

If this is your favorite episode, you're an idiot.

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PostPosted: December 6, 2004 1:55 PM 

If this definately isn't your favorite episode then you're a jackass. It's certainly in the Top 5 . . . maybe you should watch Friends or Third Rock instead.

Bubsterdoofus
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PostPosted: December 6, 2004 2:22 PM 

To correct the answer to Erick's question above, Elaine was annoyed at Jerry's sarcasm and retaliated by simply implying that Jerry still babbles incoherently.

Most shows would have spelled this out, but it is to the writers credit that they cater
to a wider audience.

Bookman
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PostPosted: December 6, 2004 2:34 PM 

By the way, Bubsterdoofus, ANY episode from Season 5 is better than "The Gum," a C+/B- episode at best. Go back to watching "My Mother the Car."

Bubsterdoofus
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PostPosted: December 6, 2004 3:15 PM 

By my reckoning, of the 22 episodes in Season 5, The Opposite is the best but it's still inferior to The Gum.

Ignoring the first six episodes, Series 5 or possibly 6 must be the weakest, but I don't suppose you'll agree.

Maybe a regular poster could contribute.

Bookman
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PostPosted: December 6, 2004 3:38 PM 

You are correct, Bubsterdoofus. We don't agree. Seasons 1, 2, 8 & 9 are the weakest. Seasons 4 through 7 are the strongest. Smile

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PostPosted: December 6, 2004 4:22 PM 

Possibly like yourself I have graded all the episodes and I rate just over half of the 180 episodes (or whatever the accepted figure is) as very good or better.

The first five episodes were poor but we should excuse that. All the decent episodes are spread right across Seasons 2 - 9. Jumping on the 'Season 8/9 bashing' bandwagon does your credibility no favours. You'll be saying next that The Finale was dissapointing.

Unfortunately I did not follow the 'My Mother The Car' reference. Don't forget Seinfeld is syndicated worldwide whereas 'My Mother The Car' obviously wasn't.

Bookman
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PostPosted: December 6, 2004 4:58 PM 

Again, you are correct, Bubsterdoofus. "The Finale" IS disappointing, not that there's anything wrong with that. A subpar (by "Seinfeld" standards) "Seinfeld" episode is still better than anything else on TV. Still, "The Finale" is just a lot of fancy-schmancy stuff. It's like a big-budget movie with a story that goes NOWHERE.

Bubsterdoofus
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PostPosted: December 6, 2004 5:07 PM 

Agreed. Nothing else on TV comes close - has there been a decent Simpsons episode in the last 3/4 years.

Classic Finale scene - Kramer and Jerry eating cereal:

Kramer: This is excellent huh? Don't worry I didn't use too much milk, cause I know we gotta make it last.

Jerry: You know I've had to reduce my milk level. My whole life I've always filled to at least three quarters - sometimes, to the top of the cereal. Now, to conserve, I can't even see the milk anymore. It's a big adjustment.

Kramer: I bet.

Jerry: It's one of the hardest things I've ever had to do.

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