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The Cadillac 

In this hour-long episode, Jerry performs the biggest show of his life in Atlantic City. He receives a rather generous pay check for the event, and decides to buy his father a Cadillac. ... See full summary »

Director:

Andy Ackerman

Writers:

Larry David (created by), Jerry Seinfeld (created by) | 7 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Seinfeld ... Jerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Elaine Benes
Michael Richards ... Cosmo Kramer
Jason Alexander ... George Costanza
Marisa Tomei ... Herself
Liz Sheridan ... Helen
Barney Martin ... Morty
Heidi Swedberg ... Susan Ross
Walter Olkewicz ... Nick
Annabelle Gurwitch ... Katy
Sandy Baron ... Jack Klompus
Ann Morgan Guilbert ... Evelyn (as Ann Guilbert)
Frances Bay ... Mrs. Choate
Bill Macy ... Herb
Jesse White ... Ralph
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Storyline

In this hour-long episode, Jerry performs the biggest show of his life in Atlantic City. He receives a rather generous pay check for the event, and decides to buy his father a Cadillac. Unfortunately, doing so puts Morty in the hot seat with the condo board of directors, where he serves as president. Morty is accused of stealing money from the board, and ultimately gets removed from his post as president and kicked out of the condo. Meanwhile, thanks to Elaine, George can score a date with "My Cousin Vinny" star Marisa Tomei but Elaine objects because of George's engagement with Susan. Kramer turns the tables on the cable company when they want to disconnect his service. Written by halo1k

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 1996 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Color

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4:3
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Trivia

This was the last episode to be co-written by Jerry Seinfeld. See more »

Goofs

Jerry leaves his napkin wadded up on the coffee table when he answers the door for the cable guy. The napkin has disappeared when he gets back to the couch. See more »

Quotes

Herb: Building A. Are you for, or against, the motion to impeach?
Ralph: What does that mean?
Herb: It means, if you're for the motion, you're against Morty
Ralph: So why don't you say that?
Herb: Hey, I'm running the meeting
Ralph: If you think so
Herb: Building A?
Bldg 'A': For impeachment
Herb: Building B?
Bldg 'B': Against impeachment
[...]
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Alternate Versions

Syndication splits this into two parts. See more »

Connections

Featured in Seinfeld: The Chronicle (1998) See more »

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Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
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1 July 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

Seinfeld

Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, the creators, of the dream sitcom for every stand up artist is the milestone set as an example on how to use your humor as a part of narrative. The series was clearly ahead of its time and fixated within that time limit when it was aired- or maybe not even then. This is how the series both remains timeless and also fails to test against time. The concept of the series- in fact there is an episode, where the series takes an almost meta turn, whispering the secretive meeting held within the confound of NBC walls about the pitch- is to just joke, just talk, analyse with a mockery tone, bombing brutally on a subject from the most privileged position under that circumstances. There is no storyline, no character development, no arc, no rhythm to follow. Usually, a film like such becomes more than a film with such an idea; take the Life Of Brian series. And similarly the series refuses to participate in the expected or not even expected aspects of the storytelling.

There is no end, no beginning, it captures a brief period with an agenda in mind that you will have the time of your life. But this is where this coherent plan backfires. First the runtime itself. Something so monotonous cannot withhold its audience for nine years. It is simply preposterous. For the style of the joke, the humor, the vocab of these characters, if as-planned is intended to be the same, will grow natural or normal to the viewers. This makes the relationship between the viewers and the characters, similar to what the viewers have in the outer world, maybe a friend or a family member.

Basically it would never be interesting, sure some cases would come up, just as chapters does in here, but that too will carry the momentum of just that brief period of screentime. Another major challenge it faces is, in order to stay far away from the textbook sitcom structure, the character has to and does deny on getting on or blending in with the society. Now that's fine. But in order to last longer they had to create an unfair world that takes uncalled detours just for the laughs, ignoring both emotional and ethical aspect of it, resulting into a physical distance that you, as an audience, carry for the rest of the series. By the end, it gets difficult to survive and something so beloved, something so smart, Seinfeld is left under a dry heap of jokes.

The Cadillac

Marisa Tomei! That's big. And watching Alexander go after her with sharp well resolved theories in mind, it is simply fun. Almost fun enough to make this hour long episode worth watching. Mind you, almost. There are other character weighing him down.


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