Seinfeld (1989–1998)
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The Wink 

Jerry squirts grapefruit into George's eye at breakfast, and for the rest of the day George is misinterpreted because everyone thinks he is winking at them.

Director:

Andy Ackerman

Writers:

Larry David (created by), Jerry Seinfeld (created by) | 7 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
Tom Wright ... Morgan
Richard Herd ... Wilhelm
Stacey Travis ... Holly
Brian McNamara ... James
Ian Patrick Williams ... Stubs
Paul O'Neill Paul O'Neill ... Paul O'Neill
Thomas Dekker ... Bobby
Clive Rosengren ... Waiter
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Storyline

Jerry squirts grapefruit juice in George's eye and he develops and uncontrollable wink in his eye. This causes Kramer to sell Steinbrenner's birthday card and George's co-worker Morgan to get fired. Elaine is dating a wake up service guy named James she met on the phone. Jerry is dating Elaine's cousin Holly who loves to eat meat. Jerry tries to impress her by pretending to eat her mutton but actual stuffs the chewed up pieces into Grandma Mima's napkins and into his jacket. Elaine borrows Jerry's jacket and gets chased by dogs. She has to spend the night at her boyfriend's house and they sleep head to toe on his sofa bed. Kramer makes a deal with a terminally ill boy named Bobby that if Paul O'Neill hits two home runs he will give Kramer the birthday card back. James's dogs find the mutton and the used napkins are used as dog bandannas. Holly tries to cook Jerry pork chops and he stuffs it into his sofa and James's dogs find it as well. Written by Jim

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 1995 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

George M. Steinbrenner III's birthday was July 4, though there are no references to the holiday taking place in the episode. See more »

Goofs

Elaine is supposed to be running away from dogs, but in one shot one of the dogs is running in front of Elaine instead of chasing her. See more »

Quotes

Jerry Seinfeld: I still can't believe, you're going out on a blind date.
Elaine Benes: I'm not worried. It sounds like he's really good looking.
Jerry Seinfeld: You're going by sound? What are we, whales?
Elaine Benes: I think I can tell.
Jerry Seinfeld: Elaine, what percentage of people would you say are good looking?
Elaine Benes: 25 percent.
Jerry Seinfeld: 25 percent, you say? No way! It's like 4 to 6 percent. It's a 20 to 1 shot.
Elaine Benes: You're way off.
Jerry Seinfeld: Way off? Have you been to the motor vehicle bureau? It's like a leper colony down there.
Elaine Benes: So what you are saying is that 90 to 95 percent of the ...
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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 Wink

Anderson is innocent in this one. You rarely get to see him fix the troubles that he never intended to and on the other this time Seinfeld has a better track regarding the food consumption and health issues, this gold mines is dug properly by him.


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