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Plot Lines that Twist and Coverge
|The one thing that separates
Seinfeld from most other comedies other than being a self
proclaimed show about nothingness is its intricately
devised plots and storylines. Other comedies from the
past could manage but a single storyline and attempt to
weave comedy out of that. Seinfeld on the other hand
takes multi threaded adventures occuring simaltaneously
by multiple characters and somehow manges to weave these
separte adventures together into a single adventure. For
example in the episode the Rye. Kramer purchases too much
bulk canned food and decides to feed some of his feed to
a new horse he has borrowed. George watches as his
parents accidentally steal back a Rye bread they
originally gave to George's girlfriends parents. This
incident causes Jerry and George to desire to sneak the
bread back into the apartment that it originally was in.
To do this Jerry steals a Rye bread after he can not
purchase one. Kramer's horse comes in handy as it is used
to give George's girlfriends parents a horse ride so
their scheme can begin. Gas from the horse brings the
parents back early and they discover Jerry attempting to
sissy throw a bread up to George who waits inside the
apartment for it. After this doesen't work George reels
in the bread with a fishing rod and discovers his
girlfriend's parents just standing over him in disbelief.
The ability to weave an earlier adventure into a future
caper while intertwining the adventures of another
character into the final outcome of the show is pure
genuis. A comedy with a twist or ironic ending is quite
rare. Irony is usually a thing reserved for dramas or
Shakespearean masterpieces. In many ways Seinfeld is both
of these things and more.
Each episode of Seinfeld begins with a quick scene to start off the action, then a commerical break occurs almost to give one time to contemplate just might what happen later on. The show ends with what appears to be a clear ending, but then returns from a final commercial break to reveal a last bit of irony for the shows characters to display. Each episode of Seinfeld except the last one and the highlight episodes is in many ways not a single episode but rather two or three episodes fitted neatly and smartly into one half hour TV show. As one tries to summarize the episodes of Seinfeld in brevity to reveal their plots and inside jokes this becomes quite apparent as the quesiton is which storyline within the episode should one begin with when describing the episode? The multi storyline episode of each episode coupled with the continuing storyline the show inspires really makes for great comedy. Unlike a show where last weeks episode is irrelevant to next years, Seinfeld continues on from themes established in the past. The character's aliases are used over and over, as are those that know them by them as is the case with Kramer (Dr Martin Von Nostrand) and Mr Krueger during Festivius, an imaginary holiday. Mr Kruger thinks Kramer is a dermatologist that saw him in the past. Casual viewers will not pick up the inside joke, but if you have watched the show you would. Attention to details is the driving force of the plots on Seinfeld from show to show, and season to seaon.
In the realm of Seinfeld plots are not just plots they are self baked schemes often as well. Kramer schemes to sell bottles for a higher deposit rate in Michican and plans to open his own make your own pizza resturant. Jerry and George schemes to manipulate the methodologies of dating to enable them to pull off a room mate switch. Schemers make for funny characters especially when the schemes are so intricate and the reason for them so mundane.
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