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The Cigar Store Indian 

Jerry is deemed a racist when he purchases a Native American statue for Elaine. Kramer tries to get Elaine's company to publish his coffee table book. Elaine runs into a really creepy man ... See full summary »

Director:

Tom Cherones

Writers:

Larry David (created by), Jerry Seinfeld (created by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Seinfeld ... Jerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Elaine Benes
Michael Richards ... Kramer
Jason Alexander ... George Costanza
Estelle Harris ... Estelle Constanza
Jerry Stiller ... Frank Costanza
Richard Fancy ... Mr. Lippman
Kimberly Guerrero ... Winona (as Kimberly Norris)
Sam Lloyd ... Ricky
C.K. Steefel ... Sylvia (as Carissa Channing)
Ralph Manza ... Gepetto
Al Roker ... Al Roker
Veralyn Jones ... Renee
Lisa Pescia ... Joanne
Benjamin Lum Benjamin Lum ... Mailman
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Storyline

Jerry is deemed a racist when he purchases a Native American statue for Elaine. Kramer tries to get Elaine's company to publish his coffee table book. Elaine runs into a really creepy man on the subway who steals Frank's TV Guide and follows her to the Costanza's house. Meanwhile, George gets grounded when he has sex with a woman in his parents' bed. Written by halo1k

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Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 December 1993 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

When George (Jason Alexander) takes Sylvia back to his parents' house, a song from the Ray Conniff Singers is playing in the background. The original plan was to have "The Lonely Bull" by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass playing instead, but the show was unable to secure the rights to use it. See more »

Goofs

George (Jason Alexander) confesses to having sex in his parent's bed. It's revealed in episode 8.12, Seinfeld: The Money, that his parents sleep in separate beds. See more »

Quotes

Frank Costanza: That's it. You're grounded.
George Costanza: You can't ground me. I'm a grown man!
Frank Costanza: You want to live here? You respect the rules of our house. YOU'RE GROUNDED!
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Connections

References The Lucy Show (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
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he's not my boyfriend..
30 June 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

Seinfeld

Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, the creators, of the dream sitcom for every stand up artist is the milestone set as an example on how to use your humor as a part of narrative. The series was clearly ahead of its time and fixated within that time limit when it was aired- or maybe not even then. This is how the series both remains timeless and also fails to test against time. The concept of the series- in fact there is an episode, where the series takes an almost meta turn, whispering the secretive meeting held within the confound of NBC walls about the pitch- is to just joke, just talk, analyse with a mockery tone, bombing brutally on a subject from the most privileged position under that circumstances. There is no storyline, no character development, no arc, no rhythm to follow. Usually, a film like such becomes more than a film with such an idea; take the Life Of Brian series. And similarly the series refuses to participate in the expected or not even expected aspects of the storytelling.

There is no end, no beginning, it captures a brief period with an agenda in mind that you will have the time of your life. But this is where this coherent plan backfires. First the runtime itself. Something so monotonous cannot withhold its audience for nine years. It is simply preposterous. For the style of the joke, the humor, the vocab of these characters, if as-planned is intended to be the same, will grow natural or normal to the viewers. This makes the relationship between the viewers and the characters, similar to what the viewers have in the outer world, maybe a friend or a family member.

Basically it would never be interesting, sure some cases would come up, just as chapters does in here, but that too will carry the momentum of just that brief period of screentime. Another major challenge it faces is, in order to stay far away from the textbook sitcom structure, the character has to and does deny on getting on or blending in with the society. Now that's fine. But in order to last longer they had to create an unfair world that takes uncalled detours just for the laughs, ignoring both emotional and ethical aspect of it, resulting into a physical distance that you, as an audience, carry for the rest of the series. By the end, it gets difficult to survive and something so beloved, something so smart, Seinfeld is left under a dry heap of jokes.

The Cigar Store Indian

The racial comments constrained and filtered and sugar coated is the core and the best asset of the episode. But what aches you the most is that the chapter coax and cojule, a lot for you to be hooked into their distracting bait.


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