Seinfeld (1989–1998)
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The Strongbox 

George's new girlfriend refuses to break up with him. Jerry doesn't help out a neighbor. Elaine's new boyfriend is poor. Kramer tries to find a good place to hide his key for his strongbox.

Director:

Andy Ackerman

Writers:

Larry David (created by), Jerry Seinfeld (created by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Jerry Seinfeld ... Jerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Elaine Benes
Michael Richards ... Cosmo Kramer
Jason Alexander ... George Costanza
Illeana Douglas ... Loretta
Alex Kapp ... Maura
Louis Mustillo ... Phil
Nicholas Walker ... Glenn (as Nicholas Paul Walker)
Mary Scheer ... Ms. Smoth
Bonnie McNeil ... Alison
Rosie Malek-Yonan ... Wife
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Storyline

Kramer buys a strong box because there have been several robberies in the building. He tries to hide the key but Jerry keeps finding it. George is trying to break up with his girlfriend Maura, but can't convince her to leave. Jerry doesn't recognize his new neighbor, Phil, and won't let him in the building. Elaine is dating a poor man who she thinks is a super hero. Written by Jim

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 1998 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

This is the second of only two episodes in which Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) can be seen using the computer in his apartment; the first was the season five episode, Seinfeld: The Stall (1994). See more »

Goofs

Kramer (Michael Richards) being invited to the Friar Club roast is very unlikely. See more »

Quotes

George Costanza: [Elaine thinks her boyfriend is a super hero] Who is this? Blue Arrow?
Elaine Benes: No, Green Lantern.
Jerry Seinfeld: We found out his super power is lack of money.
Elaine Benes: Very funny.
Jerry Seinfeld: He's invulnerable to creditors.
Elaine Benes: Ha ha.
Jerry Seinfeld: He's the "Got No Green" Lantern.
Elaine Benes: All right, that's enough.
George Costanza: Hey, Elaine, maybe his girlfriend is "Lois Loan".
Elaine Benes: Well crafted.
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Connections

References Lassie (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
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1 July 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 Strongbox

Anderson is hooked vigorously once again. And this time he has a strong contender to battle. The ring gets smaller and Anderson worried day by day, the episode soars when the camera focuses on his expressions.


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