Seinfeld – Season 4 – Episode 14 – The Movie
Seinfeld The Movie is the 14th episode of the Seinfeld season 4 and the 54th overall the Seinfeld series and it was aired on January 6, 1993.
In the Seinfeld episode The Movie, a night filled with miscommunication begins when Jerry has two stand-up acts scheduled for the same night. At first, the Improv manager, Kernis, tells Jerry that the show has been delayed. Jerry is upset that he must lose his on-stage slot; he is more upset when, after telling Kernis, “You don’t understand. I got this all timed out. I got another spot across town at 9:50, I’m not gonna be able to make it!” – he then learns, when he shows up at the other comedy stage later, that his spot was for 9:15, not 9:50.
Adding to Jerry’s distress is the fact that a hopeful comedian, Buckles, “hangs around hoping that somebody drops out.” Buckles always bores and pesters Jerry.
Jerry tells Kernis that he’ll agree to lose his moment at the microphone, saying, “I’m supposed to meet my friends to see this movie, CheckMate, at 10:30.”
George has been chosen to buy the movie tickets. At the Paragon Theater, George joins the end of a queue. He taps the shoulder of the man in front of him and asks, “Excuse me, do you have a ticket?” When the answer is no, George is certain that he is in the line of ticket purchasers; in fact, he is in the wrong line, the line of ticket holders. This will cause frustration and loss of important time.
Jerry decides to head for the movie theater to meet his friends. He is grabbed by Buckles, who insists on sharing a taxicab. Buckles irritates Jerry by trying out a new comic routine:
“Hey, do you think this is funny? ‘Why do they call it athlete’s foot? You don’t have to be an athlete to get it. I mean, my father gets it all the time, and believe me, he’s no athlete!'”
Elaine joins George in line, and they squabble a bit about films they’ve seen. Elaine says she hated a movie about Ponce de León: “That Fountain of Youth scene at the end, where they’re all splashin’ around, and then they go running over to the mirror to see if it really worked? I mean, come on!” Interestingly, George protests that he liked that film: “When Ponce looked in that mirror and saw that he hadn’t changed, and that tear started to roll down his cheek? … I lost it.” George, identifying with Ponce, found it moving, whereas Elaine found no emotional or cognitive gratification in the film at all.