Seinfeld – Season 2 – Episode 2 – The Pony Remark
The Pony Remark
Seinfeld The Pony Remark is the second episode of the Seinfeld season 2 and the 7th overall the Seinfeld series and it was aired on on January 30, 1991.
In the Seinfeld episode The Pony Remark, Jerry‘s parents, Helen and Morty Seinfeld, are staying at Jerry’s apartment in New York City, making themselves at home. He bursts in, wearing baseball clothes, carrying a bat and glove, and proudly tells them that during his softball game, “I made an incredible play in the field! There was a tag-up at third base and I threw the guy out from left field on a fly! We’ll be in the championship game Wednesday because of me. It was the single greatest moment in my life.”
Morty shares the reflected glory by remembering his own greatest moment; he is sympathetic, but Helen reminds them that they are all going to the 50th-anniversary dinner of Helen’s second cousin Manya and her husband Isaac. Though Jerry does not want to go—he has made plans, he doesn’t know the people—his mother coerces him: “At least come and say hello, have a cup of coffee, then you’ll leave.” Jerry knows it won’t be that simple, so he persuades Elaine to attend, too.
Jerry tries to apologize, even going as far as to compare ponies with compact cars, but Manya gets even more angry and leaves the table. Just after she leaves, Jerry tries to reason with the others that he did not know she had a pony and wonders why immigrants with ponies would leave Europe to come to America without ponies (“Who leaves a country packed with ponies to come to a non-pony country?”) After the dinner, when Jerry’s parents are leaving, his father soothes: “Hey, I agree with him. Nobody likes a kid with a pony.” But Jerry receives a phone call from Uncle Leo, who informs him that Manya has died. Jerry is very upset about it, but he’s also upset to learn that the funeral will be held on the same day of his softball championship.
At Monk’s Café, Jerry discusses the situation with George and Elaine. They speculate whether his comment may have been a factor, though both are self-centered: Elaine wonders about her own death, and George urges Jerry to play in the softball game, because he thinks Jerry needs “to play left field”, as Jerry’s replacement fielder “stinks,” and, George adds, “I just don’t see what purpose is it gonna serve your going? I mean, you think dead people care who’s at their funeral? They don’t even know they’re having a funeral.”
Feeling guilty, Jerry ends up going to the funeral, where he, again, apologizes for his remark. Isaac informs him that Manya had forgotten Jerry made the pony remark: “Oh, no no no. She forgot all about that. She was much more upset about the potato salad.” Elaine asks Isaac multiple times about what is going to happen with their apartment. Isaac eventually tells her that Jerry’s cousin Jeffrey is going to live in it. When it starts to rain, Jerry realizes that the game will be postponed. The following day, after the game, Jerry, George and Elaine meet at Monk’s Café, where they discuss the lousy way Jerry played softball. (Jerry recalls a certain play, about which he admits, “It was the single worst moment of my life.”) Elaine wonders if Manya’s spirit put a spell on him.
In a subplot, Jerry and Kramer bet whether or not Kramer will rebuild his apartment so that it has multiple flat wooden levels instead of needing furniture. Kramer changes his mind and decides not to build levels, but refuses to pay Jerry, arguing that since he did not attempt it, the bet was invalid.