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April 19, 2012 – Reggie & Cosmo Kramer
In the Knicks’ 93–86 loss to the Indiana Pacers in Game 5 of the 1994 Eastern Conference Finals, Reggie Miller scored 25 points in the 4th quarter. Lee was taunting Miller throughout the 4th quarter, and Miller responded by making shot after shot. Born that evening was the infamous choke sign Reggie gave to Spike.
The headline of the New York Daily News the next day sarcastically said, “Thanks A Lot Spike”. This was parodied in the Seinfeld episode The Susie.
Here’s a quick recap of the episode, in case you’ve never seen it. And if you haven’t seen it, go watch some Seinfeld. Please.
Quick Note – “The Susie” is one of my favorites of the season and of the post-Larry David era.
As I write about this, I realize that the plot is classic George – he wants to take his girlfriend Allison (who looks great in a backless dress), to a Yankee ball, but she wants to talk to him, and break-up. He starts not leaving his house and screening his calls- “If she can’t find me, she can’t break up with me.”
Elaine is being called Susie by Peggy which seems to upset her a great deal. Of course, she could just tell Peggy her real name, but when Peggy starts talking smack about ‘Elaine’ to ‘Susie’ (remember, both are Elaine), Elaine goes along with the situation. Eventually, both Peggy and Peterman think that there are two people: Elaine and Susie. This back and forth eventually leads to Elaine, sadly, mentioning that Susie had passed away, and her funeral was imminent. The climactic scene is a conference organized by Peterman with Peggy, Elaine, and Susie—with Elaine somehow managing to play one part for one and one for the other without getting rumbled. Like most Peterman plots, it’s an adventure in absurdity. It’s all spun out of some weird little social miscue, like some of the best Seinfeld plots.
Now, let’s get the funniest part of the whole episode, and the main reason this episode review can even show up on this blog. We start off with Kramer and Jerry having no clue about Daylight Savings Time, and Kramer hilariously “springin’ ahead riiight now.” They soon run into Mike Moffit, who’s now in the process of starting a sports betting business, and Kramer makes a bet using Jerry’s money (well, Kramer has a gambling issue, you see. very normal to use his friend’s money, right? now it’s jerry’s problem, not his).
If the Knicks beat the Pacers by 35, Jerry turns that 100 to 1000 (10:1 odds). In what world are the 94 Pacers losing by 35 in? No fear, Kramer to the rescue.
“Well, first of all, for some reason, they started the game an hour Late. And uh, I was sittin’ next to Spike Lee and he and Reggie were jawin’ at each other, so I guess I got involved.” – Kramer
What do you mean “involved”?! – Jerry
“Well I.. ran out onto the court an’ threw a hotdog at Reggie Miller. “Involved.” An’ they threw meee, an’ Reggie, an’ Spike out o’ the game.” – Kramer
Well I, well I, felt, pretty bad about everything an’ uh, then the three of us, we went to a strip club. – Kramer
Can you believe that? – Jerry
I didn’t know Cheryl Miller’s brother played basketball. – Elaine
This whole scene just cracks me up. As stated earlier, the topic parodies the NY loss to the Pacers following Reggie Miller’s heroics in Game 5 of the ’94 ECF. We all know that game from Spike Lee and Reggie’s beef, and Seinfeld is on cue with this joke. New York was livid with Spike at the time, and the show makes note of that. But with Kramer in the picture, Lee and Reggie can become friends somehow, and share some great bonding time at the local strip club. How wonderful.
“I don’t see you as a Susie. Sharon, maybe,” Jerry tells Elaine. “What am I, a bulimic chain-smoking stenographer from Staten Island?” “Who are you describing?” “Someone I know.” “Named Sharon?” “I’d rather not say.”
Later on: “What am I, some pom-pom waving backseat bimbo!” “Who are you describing?” “Someone I know!” “Named Suze?” “Nope, still Sharon!”