Review: ‘Seinfeld the Marine Biologist’

This typically clever "Seinfeld" episode juggles storylines involving main characters that intertwine throughout. In the world of finely tuned, character-driven sitcoms, the creators of "Seinfeld" remain masters of their domain.

This typically clever “Seinfeld” episode juggles storylines involving main characters that intertwine throughout. In the world of finely tuned, character-driven sitcoms, the creators of “Seinfeld” remain masters of their domain.

George Costanza (Jason Alexander) is romancing old college friend Diane (Rosalind Allen), with Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) having convinced her that George is a marine biologist — an interesting calling, Jerry evidently feels, for his friend.

Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfuss) is charged with escorting an important Russian author (George Murdock) around town. And Kramer (Michael Richards) can’t get anybody interested in driving into the Atlantic several hundred golf balls.

Upset by noises from Elaine’s malfunctioning new electronic pocket organizer, the Russian throws it from the limo window, where it hits Corinne (Carol Kane), who traces it back to Jerry.

Somehow, the threads come together, in a way that’s funny enough to allow extreme improbability — though it is difficult to understand why, in another subplot, Jerry’s good friend Elaine has to be told the significance of his longtime favorite T-shirt.

Ron Hauge and Charlie Rubin’s script has its share of funny lines and situations, among them Kramer’s entrance singing the theme from 1959-62 Western series “The Rebel.”

Seinfeld the Marine Biologist

(Thurs. (10), 9-9:30 p.m., NBC)

Production

Filmed in L.A. by West/Shapiro Prods. in association with Castle Rock Entertainment. Exec producers, Larry David, George Shapiro, Howard West; producers, Jerry Seinfeld, Tom Gammill, Max Pross; co-producer, Peter Mehlman; supervising producers, Larry Charles, Tom Cherones; line producer, Joan Van Horn; director, Tom Cherones; script, Ron Hauge, Charlie Rubin.

Crew

Camera, Wayne Kennan; editor, Janet Ashikaga; production designer, Tho. E. Azzari; music, Jonathan Wolff.

Cast

Cast: Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, Michael Richards, Jason Alexander , Wayne Knight, Carol Kane, Richard Fancy, George Murdock, Rosalind Allen, David Blackwood, Heather Morgan.
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