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PostPosted: September 22, 2003 10:02 AM 

gs: Daniel Von Bargen (Kruger) Karen Fineman (Gwen) Dave Florek (Harry) Kevin McDonald (Denim Vest) Tracy Letts (Counterguy) Amit Itelman (Employee) Stacey Herring (Sandy) Colin Malone (Sleazy Guy) Jerry Dixon (Customer) Jerry Stiller (Frank) Estelle Harris (Estelle) Bryan Cranston (Whatley)

George, Elaine and Jerry attend Tim Whatley's Hanukkah party. Jerry meets an attractive woman with whom he sets up a date. Elaine meets a man in a bad denim vest and gives him her fake number. George is offended by Whatley's gift to him, a donation in his name to a charity. George is also reminded of the Festivus holiday his father created many years ago. Elaine's quest to become a submarine captain and get her free sub sandwich is ruined when she realizes she used her punch card at the party to give her fake number to the denim vested guy. Kramer gets word he can return to his job at the bagel place, it seems he has been on strike for the past 12 years. Elaine goes to the place, an off-track betting parlor, that her fake number reaches. She wanted to give them her real number, so when the denim vest guy calls, she can connect with him. The men at the parlor are interested in connecting with her, so she gives the number for the bagel shop where Kramer is working. Jerry meets his date, Gwen, at a restaurant, but it turns out she is two-faced. Sometimes Gwen looks great, other times she's plain; it all depends on the viewer's angle and the lighting. George decides to use the Whatley approach when giving out Christmas gifts at Krugers; however, he makes up his own charity called the "Human Fund." Kramer is intrigued by the concept of the Festivus holiday and contacts Frank, who becomes excited at the prospect of rekindling "Festivus for the rest-of-us." Kramer asks to get the 23rd of December off, when he can't get it, he resumes the strike; meanwhile Elaine waits at the bagel place for a phone call from the denim vest guy. The look of Jerry's girlfriend keeps changing.

Jerry decides that Gwen looks best in the back booth at Monk's, something she grows to dislike. George passes out his gifts at Krugers and reaps great rewards. Kramer warns Elaine about the sabotage he committed; the bagel place becomes very steamy and makes Elaine look ugly. Kruger gives George a check for donates $20,000 to the "Human Fund" and later accounting informs him the charity doesn't exist. Gwen finds out from Kramer that Jerry is seeing another woman, Kramer has seen her and she's not Gwen. Gwen thinks Jerry is two-timing her with an ugly woman. George tries to convince Kruger that he passed out the fake gift cards because he didn't want to be ridiculed for the holiday his family traditionally celebrates, Festivus. To prove it, George brings Kruger to his father's Festivus dinner, where everyone comes together.

b: 18-Dec-97 pc: 910 w: Daniel O'Keefe & Alec Berg & Jeff Schaffer d: Andy Ackerman

NOTE: Kyle Westphal and I want to know, if everyone else at the bagel shop took other jobs over ten years ago, who called Kramer to let him know the strike was over and why didn't they return to work as well? Rick Marshall reminds me there was probably a union steward, who wasn't connected with the bagel shop, but had Kramer's name on a list.
If George's father hadn't celebrated Festivus in years, "Why did he still send George a card?", asks viewer Miles Galfer. I'd suggest that even though a person may not celebrate a holiday with all the trimmings, it is possible they might just think to send a card, especially if they want their loved ones to remember happy childhood memories.
Sharp-eyed viewer Dave Antonoff notes that name of the moving and storage company on the side of van that "Denim Vest" got his number from was "Azzari Moving and Storage". Since the show's production designer is Tho. E. Azzari, Dave assumes this "had" to be deliberate. I'll note that since he is the production designer, he can have whatever legal will let him paint on the side of the van, including his own name. Viewer Shawn Barat notes that they also moved the couch that Poppie peed on in "The Couch".
SPECIAL NOTE: Around Christmas time, as everyone probably knows by now, Jerry announced that this would be the last season for Seinfeld. Many stories have appeared since the announcement, talking about the future of NBC's Thursday night line-up, possibilities for spin-offs, etc.. Even the New York Post called me to get to my reaction to the announcement. I hear from friends in New York that I wasn't quoted, perhaps my fifteen minutes of fame are yet to come. Anyhow, the only thing we know for sure at this point is that there are going to be 12 more episodes. Let's hope they can all be considered classics!
Recently it was reported that the last episode would command greater than Superbowl size prices for the 30-second commercial spots.
Colin Malone who played the 'Sleazy Guy' in this episode is actually the host of a Public Access TV Show called "Colin's Sleazy Friends"

Elizabeth Stone

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PostPosted: November 21, 2003 6:31 PM 

We are having a festivus celebration in December and I wanted to download "The Strike" to show at the party. However, I am unable to do so from your website. Will it be available in the near future? Or does anyone else have it that wouldn't mind sending it to me?

The Elizabeth


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PostPosted: December 20, 2003 11:53 PM 

How would you actually describe the Festivus holiday, besides the pole in replacment of the tree, i dont know much specifics? email me if you do pleeze



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PostPosted: January 21, 2004 10:11 PM 

Festivus is a magical holiday, even in Australia we celebrate Festivus. But being on the other side of the world to you Americans we of course observe festivus at a different time.

For some of us Festivus is the celebration we have on our national day, 26-January. Why festivus on your national day? I hear nobody ask.

Australia like the USA is a land of people from many nations. Back in ye olde days Australia or New Holland as it was known, was a British penal colony.

The convicts came from many different nations too; Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland (I mention this twice because there were alot of Irish convicts). As did the free settlers.

Unlike the USA our nation was not forged from the fires of a bloody civil war. Australians being a civilised mob, unlike the warlike and violent people you are gained our nationhood by act of Parliament. However this Act took place on 1 Januaury 1901.

The observed date of 26 January actually represents the date of the landing of the first fleet. At that time it must be remembered Australia was not a nation, just part of the Pacific solution, an offshore prison, like Manhatten Island in Escape from New York (but we were New Holland).

However not all Australians are happy with Jan 26 being our national day. Historical purists like myself don't like it. Nor do many indigenous Australians. To them Australia Day is also known as Invasion Day and marks the begging of over 200 years of continuous genocide and oppresion.

With such diverstiy of opinion of how to celebrate this day inclusively, we decided to look to the great mixing pot (USA), lo and behold the genius of Jerry Seinfeld revealed to us another way. "A Festivus for the Rest of us!"

J. Chiles

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PostPosted: July 15, 2004 3:36 PM 

You know who else is a man? I'm a man and, Charlie here, he's a man.
Hey, how'd my horse do?

He had to be shot.....

Wealthy Industrialist

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PostPosted: July 15, 2004 5:14 PM 

I'm a man.

lovin' every minute of it
Magnificent Bastard

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PostPosted: July 16, 2004 8:32 AM 

I find tinsel distracting.

J. Chiles

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PostPosted: July 16, 2004 12:42 PM 

...eeeeech, bad lighting on the porch..

Wealthy Industrialist

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PostPosted: July 16, 2004 1:13 PM 

Yama - Hama!


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PostPosted: July 21, 2004 6:09 PM 

ELAINE: I've eaten 23 bad subs, I just need 1 more! It's like a long, bad movie, but you want to see the end of it!

JERRY: No, you walk out.

ELAINE: Alright, then, it's like a boring book, but you gotta finish it.

JERRY: No, you wait for the movie!

J. Chiles

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PostPosted: July 28, 2004 4:19 PM 

No bagel, no bagel, no bagel

Tor Eckman

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PostPosted: July 29, 2004 5:06 PM 

Since Kramer was on strike all these years, the question is: where did he get money???

Bad Breaker Upper

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PostPosted: July 29, 2004 5:48 PM 

Oh.....he gets by.


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PostPosted: September 25, 2004 7:51 PM 

The second male character from the betting place, who later joins the Festivus celebration...

Is that Jack Black?

I have searched the Internet and can not find the actor's name.

The Puffy Shirt
Bob Sakamano

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PostPosted: September 26, 2004 4:29 AM 

It's a Festivus Miracle!

Just saw this episode Friday, first time in years.

Cockeyed Optimist

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PostPosted: September 26, 2004 6:46 AM 

We wish you a merry festivus,
We wish you a merry festivus,
And a happy new year

Bob Sakamano

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PostPosted: September 26, 2004 6:04 PM 



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PostPosted: November 23, 2004 3:23 PM 

How come there is no mention of Festivus in "The Pick" episode where Elaine creates her own Christmas card with the help of Kramer?

Bad Breaker Upper

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PostPosted: November 23, 2004 5:02 PM 

Why does Radio Shack ask for your phone number when you buy batteries?


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PostPosted: December 23, 2004 3:27 PM 

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Bob Sakamano

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PostPosted: December 25, 2004 10:26 PM 

I wrote a Festivus Carol with my friend Fred. You can listen to it here.

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