Friday, May 4, 2012

SEINFELD - Season 4, Episode 6 - The Watch


“The Watch”

First Script Read: August 19, 1992
Filmed: September 1, 1992
Aired: 9:00 pm, September 30, 1992
Nielsen rating: 11.4
Audience share: 17
Directed: Tom Cherones
Writer: Larry David

Jerry buys his own watch back from Uncle Leo so his parents don't know he threw it in the garbage can. George, realizing NBC isn't going to negotiate, tracks down Russell Dalrymple and gets him to extend an offer for the show for less money than his original offer. And Elaine enlists Kramer to pretend to be her boyfriend so that she can break up with her therapist.

Amongst the continued storylines of the season, the character of Crazy Joe Davola continues to weave himself into the plot. Davola's insanity is originally revealed in "The Pitch:"

JOE: Hello Jerry.
JERRY: Hey Joe! How're you doing?
JOE: You're under no obligation to shake my hand.
JERRY: Oh, no. Just a custom. Uh, that's my friend, George. You look good.
JOE: Why shouldn't I look good?
JERRY: Oh, no reason. You're into karate right?
JOE: You want to hit me?
JERRY: What are you doing here?
JOE: I dropped a script off.
JERRY: Ah, good for you.
[They stare at each other]
JERRY: Well...
JOE: You don't have to say anything.
JERRY: No...

Joe Davola is crazy because he ignores the social conventions that Jerry and George are so obsessed with. He has no interest in the confines of etiquette, from the handshake to smalltalk. In fact, he takes Jerry's attempt at smalltalk seriously and literally. Eventually, Jerry is so thrown off by Davola's refusal to play by the rules Jerry is used to that he asks Joe if he is going to Kramer's party. Davola isn't because he wasn't invited. Even zany Kramer thinks he's a nut. Jerry tries to backtrack, but it is too late, and Davola begins to menace the show's characters for the next several episodes.

In this episode, he is walking on the street, singing out loud. Elaine overhears him and finds his singing endearing. She chimes in, harmonizing. The two strike up a conversation, and Elaine's irreverent flirting captivates Davola. She doesn't realize he is there to visit his therapist; the very same therapist Elaine is trying to break up with, and who was so worried that Joe wasn't taking his medication while he and Elaine were in Europe.

Though the norms of society drive George to neurosis, the one character who strays farthest outside those norms in Seinfeld is a dangerous crazy person.

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