InsidePulse DVD Review – Seinfeld – Season 3


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Creators:

Larry David
Jerry Seinfeld

Cast:

Jerry Seinfeld …. Jerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus …. Elaine Marie Benes
Michael Richards …. Cosmo Kramer
Jason Alexander …. George Louis Costanza

The Show

It’s still a show about nothing?! But it just got better. Many people consider Season 3 as the start of the “golden age” of Seinfeld. And I would probably agree with that. This is where things started to really jell between the foursome. They settled into their characters and started to really make the show funny!

The story lines also began to branch out more and the different stories started to overlap and create a great overall story. A perfect example of this is in the episode called “The Subway”. This was pure madness! But it may be the highlight of Season 3. But that’s not fair to the other episodes in this season. Any of them could be the best episode.

Another point of interest. In Seasons 1 and 2, the episodes were not that funny. They were funny in spots, but they were not laugh out-loud funny all the way through the episode! That is what you get in almost each and every episode of Season 3. In the first set, it was easy to pick out a favorite quote for each episode as they were maybe 1 or 2 good ones an episode. But this season is different. I would pick a quote, and then the next line would be better. It was so tough. Any quote from each episode could be a favorite for anyone. The laughs just kept rolling in every episode.

If you wanted to..I guess you could start with this season if you are looking for non-stop laughs. You would miss out on some gems in Seasons 1 and 2, but Season 3 is LOADED with them!

Season 3 was like Seasons 1 and 2 in that it wasn’t a ratings hit. Seinfeld really took off in the ratings after Season 3. But Season 3 was the start of something amazing! Nothing much more to say, but to watch it!

Episodes:

Disc One:

Episode 1 – The Note
George gets a massage from a man. He is afraid that it may have turned him on. Jerry small-talks and ends up being a child abductor. Wow..and Kramer sees Joe DiMaggio at a donut shop.

Favorite Quote: “I think it moved!” – George Costanza

Episode 2 – The Truth
George tells the truth to break up with a girlfriend. She had Jerry’s important tax papers and throws them out. Later, she checks into a mental institution. Kramer sees Elaine naked while he dates her roommate. So that makes two now..all they need is George to see her too. It shall come.

Favorite Quote: “I’ve driven women to lesbianism before, but never to a mental institution!” – George Costanza

Episode 3 – The Dog
Jerry gets stuck watching a bad dog for a week. Elaine and George go to see a movie without Jerry and they realize they have nothing to talk about..but Jerry! Jerry and Elaine don’t like Kramer’s new girlfriend.

Favorite Quote: “PLEASE! I take it all back! Every word! I love you! I LOVE YOU! I can’t live without you! I will do anything!” – Kramer apologizing to a girlfriend he broke up with a few minutes before.

Episode 4 – The Library
The public library calls Jerry to tell him that he has an overdue book out. No problem..right? Well it’s from 1971! What a late fee! A library cop comes after him and my god..you don’t want that! George relives his junior high school gym class.

Favorite Quote: “She needs a little Kramer!” – Kramer talking to Jerry about a librarian

Episode 5 – The Pen
Jerry visits his parents in Florida. Elaine tags along and both end up with various injuries. Scuba diving and a hard bed will do that to you! Jerry accepts a “special” pen from a retiree, which offends Jerry’s father. Go figure. A magic pen!

Favorite Quote: “It’s one day..half a day really. You subtract showers and meals..it’s like 20 minutes!” – Jerry explaining to Elaine that they are just staying at his parent’s house for one day

Disc Two:

Episode 6 – The Parking Garage
The gang goes to shop for an air conditioner. Then..they lose Kramer’s car in the mall parking lot. Oh..man..this episode is FANTASTIC!

Favorite Quote: “I can’t carry a pen, I’m afraid I will puncture my scrotum!” – George Costanza

Episode 7 – The Cafe
A failing restaurant makes Jerry feel sorry for it. Jerry gives the owner, Babu Bhatt, some advice, which causes the restaurant to get even worse. Elaine helps George cheat on an IQ test, but it backfires thanks to Kramer and a jacket. What?!

Favorite Quote: “Oh..hello..professor!” – George Costanza talking to Elaine after she failed the test for him

Episode 8 – The Tape
George orders a baldness cure from China. Elaine leaves an erotic message on Jerry’s tape recorder. Her dirty-mouth leads to sexual interest from the guys. With George being the first one to jump on board. Another funny one!

Favorite Quote: “They’ve got a billion people over there..he found a relative!” – George talking about a Chinese food delivery boy who is talking on Jerry’s phone for George’s baldness cure cream

Episode 9 – The Nose Job
Jerry dates a sexy actress. The problem is that she is shallow as well, which leads to a battle between his brain and his penis. Warfare! Kramer tells George’s girlfriend to get a nose job, which goes wrong.

Favorite Quote: “It’s like my brain is facing my penis in a chess game!” – Jerry Seinfeld talking to George about the battle he has within over a girlfriend that is beautiful but shallow

Episode 10 – The Alternate Side
George has a job moving cars from one side of the street to the other. That is harder than he thinks. Kramer gets a line in a Woody Allen film. That line would be…“These pretzels are making me thirsty!”

Favorite Quote: “You know how to take the reservation, you just don’t know how to HOLD the reservation. And that’s really the most important part of the reservation..the HOLDING! Anyone can just take it!” – Jerry

Disc Three:

Episode 11 – The Red Dot
Elaine’s boyfriend is a recovering alcoholic who falls off the wagon when Jerry switches his drink on accident. George buys Elaine a cashmere sweater with a flaw in it to thank her for getting him a job at her office. George has sex on his desk with the cleaning lady and he must pay a price for it!

Favorite Quote: “Mmm… boy, that Hennigan’s goes down smooth. And afterwards you don’t even smell. That’s right folks. I’ve just had three shots of Hennigan’s and I don’t even smell. Imagine: you can walk around drunk all day. That’s Hennigan’s: no smell, no tell, Scotch.” – Kramer doing a “fake” commercial for Hennigan’s

Episode 12 – The Suicide
Jerry starts a relationship with a woman whose boyfriend falls into a coma after attempting suicide. Newman makes his first appearance on the show and he threatens to reveal the affair to the coma victim as soon as he recovers. George gives dream vacation to Kramer after a psychic predicts a catastrophe.

Favorite Quote: “Psychics..vacations..how about getting a job?!” – Jerry talking to George

Episode 13 – The Subway
The foursome go on a subway ride that leads to four different bizarre experiences for each of them. Elaine misses a lesbian wedding. Jerry befriends an overweight exhibitionist. George meets a woman on a train and skips a job interview. Kramer overhears a hot tip on a horse. So much fun packed into this episode!

Favorite Quote: “I hate men, but I am not a lesbian!” – Elaine

Episode 14 – The Pez Dispenser
Jerry’s pez dispenser makes Elaine laugh during George’s new girlfriend’s piano recital. George performs a pre-emptive break-up on the same girlfriend.

Favorite Quote: “How I am very good at going reverse in my car…” – George reading off an item on a list of things to talk about with a girlfriend on the phone to Jerry

Episode 15 – The Boyfriend (Part 1)
Jerry’s friendship with his baseball idol, Keith Hernandez, makes him act like the two of them are dating. Kramer and Newsman despise Hernandez for having spit on them after a game, though Jerry thinks there was a second spitter.

Favorite Quote: “There had to have been a second spitter..behind the bushes and on the gravely road!” – Jerry

Episode 16 – The Boyfriend (Part 2)
Continues where we left off. Jerry gets jealous of Elaine when Keith begins to date her. George schemes for an employment extension by lying about his job interview with the made-up Vandelay Industries and dating the counselor’s daughter.

Favorite Quote: “See..this is all I think about..sleeping with a giant!” – George

Disc Four:

Episode 17 – The Fix-Up
Jerry and Elaine set up George with Elaine’s friend. They hit off but George is horrified to discover that Kramer has given him a defective condom. Oh brother!

Favorite Quote: “She used me! I feel cheap and violated!” – George

Episode 18 – The Limo
Jerry and George hop into a limo that was unaccounted for at the airport. They are headed to Madison Square Garden and they invite Kramer and Elaine along with them for the ride. That’s when some Neo-Nazis jump into the limo and they learn their real destination. They fear for their lives.

Favorite Quote: “I know Jerry..he’s not a Nazi. He’s just neat.” – Elaine

Episode 19 – The Good Samaritan
Jerry starts dating a beautiful hit and run driver, then is torn when he meets the victim and wants to date her instead. The voice of Mary Hart causes Kramer to have convulsions. George has an affair with Elaine’s married friend.

Favorite Quote: “Oh my god..an affair. That’s so adult!” – George

Episode 20 – The Letter
Jerry finds out his new artist girlfriend plagiarized a touching letter she wrote to keep him from breaking up with her. She paints a portrait of Kramer and it becomes a hot seller. Elaine refuses to remove her Orioles cap while sitting in the Yankees’ owners’s box during a game.

Favorite Quote: “Yes..you damn right you should! Fight for her Jerry! She sure the hell fighting for you!” – Kramer telling to Jerry to call a girl

Episode 21 – The Parking Space
George and another parker fight over a space in front of Jerry’s building. The stand-off continues into the night and entire neighborhood debates whether parking priority should go to the person “backing in” or the one “pulling in”. Another great debate!

Favorite Quote: “I’m like ice..buddy. When I don’t like you, you’ve got problems!” – Kramer

Episode 22 – The Keys
Jerry takes away Kramer’s spare keys to his apartment. This leads to further key swapping among the foursome. Kramer sets out to Hollywood to pursue his acting dreams. Jerry and George discover that Elaine is writing a script for ‘Murphy Brown’ in secret.

Favorite Quote: “I like to read the daily news!” – George’s only reason to “get up in the morning” when asked by Kramer

Score: 8/10

The DVD:

Video –
The video is given in fullscreen color with an aspect ratio of 1.33:1. Transfer is decent with minimal distortion. Colors look bright. Looks like the early 90’s. Yeah..it’s the same as the first set.

Audio –
The audio included is in English Dolby Digital stereo sound. There is also an option for Spanish and French audio as well. Again..the same.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Again..these special features are LOADED! You get pretty much the same thing as the first set with the exception of the first feature. The comments are all new as well. Again..worth the price of admission alone!

Kramer vs. Kramer: Kenny vs. Cosmo
Meet the real Kramer..Kenny Kramer! This is the real-life neighbor of Larry David who Kramer was based on. Go figure. And yep..they are pretty much alike. So this is a fantastic feature!

Notes About Nothing
These are like subtitles that can be turned on. They give you behind-the-scenes stuff and production notes. Not always needed, but fun to watch to look at once you watch the show for the first time.

Inside Look
The cast and crew talk about what was happening behind-the-scenes in various episodes. I liked these a lot. I always liked making-of’s and this is sort of like that.

In the Vault
These are the deleted scenes from Season 3. You know what these are. Not a must-see, but they are there.

Not That There’s Anything Wrong With That
These are the outtakes and bloopers from these seasons. Great stuff!

Yada, Yada, Yada
Creator and cast audio commentaries are right here. There are four groups of people this time around. You have Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld on “The Pen” and “The Pez Dispenser”. You have Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Michael Richards on “The Subway” and “The Boyfriend (Parts 1 and 2)”. You have writer, Larry Charles, on “The Library” and “The Limo”. Finally, you have director/producer, Tom Cherones, and production designer, Tom Azzari, on “The Parking Garage” and “The Parking Space”. Again..I LOVED the ones with Jason, Michael, and Julia. I would watch them all though after you have seen the episodes once. They give another perspective on the episodes as they did in Season 1.

Master of His Domain
Exclusive stand-up comedy footage of Jerry that was shot for the show, but was never used. Interesting.

Sponsored by Vandelay Industries
Original NBC promo ads and trailers for Seinfeld in the early days.

Again, you can’t go wrong with these special features. It is probably enough reason to buy the DVDs!

Score: 10/10