Wednesday, September 26, 2012

SEINFELD - Season 7, Episode 14 - The Cadillac

“The Cadillac”

First Script Read: Thursday, January 4 and Wednesday, January 31, 1996 (Extra material added to make it an hour long rather than cut it down to half an hour)
Filmed: January 10 and February 1, 1996
Aired: February 8, 1996 (1 hour)
Nielsen rating: 23.9
Audience share: 36
Directed: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld

For all his faults, and they are numerous, George does obey a few of society's standards for morality. He will lie, but he won't steal. He'll get angry, but he won't resort to violence. He will go to great lengths to attract and keep a woman, but he won't cheat on a woman he is with. Back in season three ("The Good Samaritan") he did sleep with a married woman. He was uneasy about it before he did it and remorseful afterwards, but the woman reassured him that she was the one who committed adultery, and if it wasn't with him it would have been with someone else.

Now, in the midst of a miserable engagement which he doesn't have the courage to break off, George's faithfulness to Susan is put to a severe test. With Elaine providing both the connection and the alibi, George meets the beautiful actress Marisa Tomei, who apparently likes quirky, funny, bald guys. He can't help himself. The meeting, which he convinces himself is not a date, goes very well. But when the actress, clearly under the impression that it IS a date, asks George why he isn't with anyone, George confesses he is engaged. She punches him in the face and leaves.

Jerry, for once, is trying to do something good for someone else. He's gotten a big check for a stand-up gig and Kramer wants to know what he'll do with it:

JERRY: Actually, I was thinking of donating a large portion of it to charity.
: Really?
: No.
: Well, you should, Jerry.
: No, to tell you the truth, I was thinking of buying my father a new car.
: Now, you see, that's nice.
: Maybe a Cadillac.
: Cadillac! Ooh-la-la!
: Yeah. That would really blow his mind. He's always wanted one his whole life. He's never been able to afford it. I'm gonna do it!
: You're gonna score some big points with the man upstairs on this one.
: [sarcastic] Oh, isn't that what it's all about?

Though he identifies himself as a Jew, Jerry is cynical about the idea of God. It's unclear if he doesn't believe in God, but it is clear that he doesn't think much about the idea that his actions on earth have any cosmic significance. Nor does he care much about helping people he doesn't have a relationship with. We have seen him try to take care of his friends throughout the series in little ways that usually backfire. And he certainly loves his parents even if they consistently drive him crazy. His worldview matches the worldview of all the show's characters: they place an importance on their most intimate relationships, but consider other exterior beings, from God to neighbors to coworkers to passing acquaintances to significant others, merely nuisances who are only useful for what they can provide to Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer.

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