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The Subway 

Everyone has an uncommon experience while going their separate ways on the subway; Kramer overheard a hot tip on a horse on his way to pay a traffic violation.

Director:

Tom Cherones

Writers:

Larry David (created by), Jerry Seinfeld (created by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Jerry Seinfeld ... Jerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Elaine Benes
Michael Richards ... Kramer
Jason Alexander ... George Costanza
Ernie Sabella ... Naked Man
Barbara Stock ... Scam Woman
Rhoda Gemignani ... Woman With Elaine
Mark Boone Junior ... OTB Patron
Christopher Collins Christopher Collins ... Thug
Barry Vigon Barry Vigon ... Horse Player #1
Joe Restivo Joe Restivo ... Horse Player #2
Daryl Keith Roach ... Blind Violinist / Cop (as Daryl Roach)
Chet Nelson Chet Nelson ... Kid
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Storyline

Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer all embark on separate adventures within the New York subway system. Jerry has to go to Coney Island to get his car out of the impound lot. George is on his way to a job interview. Elaine is on her way to be the best man in a lesbian wedding. Kramer is on his way to court to sweet-talk his way out of a number of traffic violations. On the way to Coney Island, Jerry has a hard time finding anyone to go with him, but meets a rather overweight individual who strips down to his waist, and decides to go on the rides with Jerry. George meets an attractive woman who takes him back to his hotel, robs him blind, steals his clothes, and leaves him handcuffed to the bed. Elaine, on her way to the wedding, takes the one train that has the power go out, and curses into oblivion. Kramer, after leaving court, wanders into a betting shop and actually wins lots of money for once. He's on his way back from the betting shop and nearly gets robbed, only to be saved by an... Written by halo1k

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 January 1992 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

The first use of the "F" word. Although, like other episodes that do it, it is beeped out. See more »

Goofs

When the OTB mugger chases Kramer on the subway, they move from a car marked as "1 South Ferry" to one marked as "4 Utica Avenue" to one marked "A 207th Avenue". These trains all run on different lines and would not be connected. See more »

Quotes

Woman With Elaine: I started riding these trains in the '40s. Those days, a man would give up their seat for a woman. Now we're liberated and we have to stand.
Elaine Benes: It's ironic.
Woman With Elaine: What's ironic?
Elaine Benes: This, that we've come all this way, we have made all this progress, but you know we've lost the little things, the niceties.
Woman With Elaine: No, I mean what does "ironic" mean?
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Featured in Seinfeld: Highlights of a Hundred (1995) See more »

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Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
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a naked body..
30 June 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 Subway

Richards has the potential of physical comedy anyone would kill to have. And hence he comes out as the winner, since the episode has tons of physical action. What I love is how smoothly the transition is expressed, from necessity to luxury.


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