Tuesday, September 25, 2012

SEINFELD - Season 7, Episode 12 - The Caddy

“The Caddy”

First Script Read: Friday, December 1, 1995
Filmed: Wednesday, December 6, 1995
Aired: January 25, 1996
Nielsen rating: 21.9
Audience share: 34
Directed: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Gregg Kavet and Andy Robin

Seinfeld first parodied the OJ Simpson murder case in season six's "The Big Salad." Having created a caricature of Simpson's lawyer, Johnnie Cochran, in Jackie Chiles (who first appeared in "The Maestro"), it made sense that the show would return to Simpson for material. When O Henry! candy bar heiress Sue Ellen Mischke wears a bra as a top on the street, it distracts Jerry and Kramer, causing a car accident. Parodying the court case which riveted the American public throughout 1995, Chiles asks Sue Ellen to try on the bra. Like the bloody glove and Simpson's hand, the bra doesn't fit Sue Ellen as she tries it on in court over her leotard. Chiles loses another case, all because Kramer took the advice of Stan the Caddy over his lawyer.

Meanwhile, unrelated to both Sue Ellen and OJ Simpson, George realizes locking the keys in his car at the Yankee parking lot has been fantastic for his career. His bosses, the early arriving George Steinbrenner and late leaving Mr. Wilhelm, are convinced he is working longer hours than anyone. Taking advantage of the unintentional deception, he and Susan leave town for a vacation. George realizes the local take out restaurants will drop flyers on his car and sends Jerry and Kramer to clear them off. The Sue Ellen-caused accident happens to George car while Jerry and Kramer are taking it to get it washed. The car barely makes it back to the parking lot. When Wilhelm and Steinbrenner spot it, they become convinced George crawled out of the car and died in a ditch somewhere. Word gets out and eventually George's parents think he's dead. Hilarity ensues.

Whenever the characters try to do something good, they end up in trouble. In this episode, other than Jerry kindly taking George's car to get it cleaned, the characters are acting purely out of self interest. Jerry and Kramer get into an argument about each other's motives which sums up a lot of the behavior depicted in the series:
KRAMER: Ah, ah, ahhhhh! I know what I think. I think you're gaga over this dame. She's twisted you around her little finger, and now you're willing to sell me and Elaine and whoever else you have to right down the river.
JERRY: And what about yooou?!? Trying to bilk an innocent bystander out of a family fortune, built on sweat and toil, manufacturing quality O'Henry candy bars for honest, hard-working Americans!
KRAMER: You're just out for sex!
JERRY: You're just out for money!
 Jerry's desire for Sue Ellen almost prevents him from testifying on Kramer's behalf. When he does testify, he loses his shot with Sue Ellen. Kramer's frivolous law suit falls flat, just as George ultimately misses his shot at a promotion when Steinbrenner thinks he's dead. And Elaine's desire for revenge against her nemesis, Sue Ellen, is unsatisfied. They get nowhere and learn nothing.

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