Friday, March 30, 2012

SEINFELD - Season 2, Episode 6 - The Statue

"The Statue"

First Script Read:  January 23, 1991
Filmed: January 29, 1991
Aired: April 11, 1991
Nielsen rating: 16.1
Audience share: 26 (23 million)
Directed: Tom Cherones
Writer: Larry Charles

Kramer fans should part a star next to this episode. As Michael Richards says in the "Inside Look" feature of the DVD, "...the Kramer character really became Kramer." The key moment occurs when Kramer bursts into Ray's apartment. The actor who cleaned Jerry's apartment is shoved to the wall as Kramer fast-talks like Joe Friday, wearing the hat he noted at the beginning of the episode made him look like the Dragnet character. Richards takes over the space with his delivery, and Kramer takes control of the episode's problem. He snatches the statue Jerry and George think Ray stole (one weaknesses of this sub-par episode is it is never clear whether Ray actually stole the statue) and flees the apartment before Ray knows what is happening.

Writer Larry Charles thus liberates Richards from the relatively naturalistic style of Jerry and the others. Richards can thus play Kramer to his over-the-top extremes, simultaneously playing into Richards' comedic strengths.

Retrieving the statue for George is by far the most selfless act any character has committed up to this point of the series, especially considering Kramer wanted the statue for himself at the beginning of the episode. So far the most that can be said about these characters is they are willing to be talked into giving each other rides, and they are often interested in "tagging along" on various errands and exploits. Here Kramer essentially breaks the law in order to right a perceived injustice perpetrated against his friends. He is rewarded with one of the series' rare hugs, courtesy of George.

By the way, does anyone else think the statue in this episode looks a bit like this famous television statue?

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