Wednesday, April 4, 2012

SEINFELD - Season 2, Episode 7 - The Revenge


“The Revenge”

First Script Read:  Wed, February 13, 1991
Filmed: Wed, February 20, 1991 (Filming delayed a day because of President’s Day holiday)
Aired: April 18, 1991
Nielsen rating: 14.4
Audience share: 24
Directed: Tom Cherones
Writer: Larry David

 There is no grace in the world of Seinfeld. Both acts of revenge in this episode occur after characters have sought grace for their mistakes and found none.

Well, to be fair, George tries to avoid to "asking forgiveness" step. After he quits his job in a moment of rage, he tries to go back to work Monday like nothing had happened. When his boorish boss calls him on it, George claims he was just kidding. His boss throws him out, leading George, with Elaine's help, to drug the man at a company party.

Jerry seeks grace from a gruff laundromat operator when he accidentally leaves $1500 in his laundry bag, which is nowhere to be found when he collects his laundry a few days later. The operator claims he didn't see it, refers Jerry to a sign, "not responsible for lost valuables," and washes his hands of the matter. Kramer convinces Jerry, the most non-confrontational of all of the characters, to seek revenge. They execute a scheme to dump concrete in one of the laundry machines.

Surprisingly for the sitcom, both acts of revenge actually work, though there are a few bumps along the road, literally in the case of Michael Richards' classic physical performance with the bag of concrete. George and Elaine drug the boss. Jerry and Kramer concrete (if that's the right verb) the laundry machine. The comeuppance arrives after the revenge moment. Before his boss sips his poisoned drink, he offers George the job back, though he demeans George at the same time. Kramer later finds the missing cash mixed in with his laundry which he had convinced Jerry to take for him.

An act of grace supersedes justice. George didn't deserve to get his job back. Jerry didn't deserve to be compensated by the laundromat operator, especially since Kramer mistakenly had the money after all. There is no grace in the world of Seinfeld, but in this episode at least, there is justice.

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