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The ''Seinfeld'' chronicles: Season Four

An obsessive-compulsive viewer's guide to every episode

The ”Seinfeld” chronicles: Season Four

EPISODE 40

THE TRIP, PART I

FIRST AIRED 8/12/92 WRITER Charles DIR. Cherones SYNOPSIS Jerry (with George in tow) heads for L.A. and a Tonight Show appearance. Kramer, still pursuing his Hollywood dream, ends up the prime suspect in a series of ”smog stranglings.” CRITIQUE Kramer’s Sunset Boulevard moment with a has-been starlet, and know-it-all George’s starstruck backstage assault on Cheers star George Wendt (”Have they thought about changing the setting? People do meet in places besides a bar”), are the bright spots in an underwhelming season opener. B-

EPISODE 41

THE TRIP, PART II

FIRST AIRED 8/19/92 WRITER Charles DIR. Cherones SYNOPSIS Jerry and George try to reach Kramer and clear his name after he’s falsely arrested. CRITIQUE The duo are a scream as strangers in a strange land (L.A.). They also engage in a particularly riotous display of juvenility in the back of a police car (nice cameo by professional psycho Clint Howard, too). B+

EPISODE 42

THE PITCH/THE TICKET (ONE HOUR)

FIRST AIRED 9/16/92 WRITER David DIR. Cherones SYNOPSIS Jerry and George pitch their sitcom about ”nothing” to NBC. Elaine embarks on a whirlwind tour of Europe with her therapist, Dr. Reston, whose other patient, Crazy Joe Davola, is stalking Kramer and Jerry over a party-invitation slight and the squashing of his own NBC deal. INTRODUCES George’s future fiancee, Heidi Swedberg as NBC exec Susan Ross; Bob Balaban as NBC president Russell Dalrymple, a Warren Littlefield doppelganger; Terminator II’s Steven McHattie as the creepily intimidating Reston; and Peter Crombie as Crazy Joe. CRITIQUE This show about the show is more informing than it is funny; the NBC scenes kill, but we object to Kramer and Newman’s inane courtroom subplot. B-

EPISODE 43

THE WALLET

FIRST AIRED 9/23/92 WRITER David DIR. Cherones SYNOPSIS The defective watch Jerry tossed in the garbage in ”The Pitch” (later retrieved, in one of those aptly improbable turns of fate, by Uncle Leo) is an issue when his parents wonder about their gift. Mr. Seinfeld’s wallet is swiped at the doctor’s. Elaine breaks up with her ”Sven-jolly,” Dr. Reston. CRITIQUE In a show magnifying neuroses to fever pitch, Jerry’s respectful rapport with his exasperating family is the closest thing to normalcy Seinfeld offers. B-

EPISODE 44

THE WATCH

FIRST AIRED 9/30/92 WRITER David DIR. Cherones SYNOPSIS George plays hardball with NBC and succeeds in dropping the price for his and Jerry’s script. Elaine deals with Reston via Kramer, then gives her number to a smitten Crazy Joe. Jerry regrets asking out Naomi (Jessica Lundy), a restaurant hostess with a braying laugh (”Elmer Fudd sittin’ on a juicer”). CRITIQUE None of the subplots really cohere, but worth it for George’s hyperirritating visit with Dalrymple and Kramer’s inept sparring with Reston. In fact, Richards scored his first Emmy win with this and ”The Junior Mint.” B