Line(s) of the Day #Seinfeld

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George: It was an inferno in there! An inferno!

Eric: There he is! That’s him!

Robin: That’s the coward that left us to die!

George: I…was trying to lead the way. We needed a leader! Someone to lead the way to safety.

Robin: But you yelled “get out of my way”!

George: Because! Because, as the leader…if I die…then all hope is lost! Who would lead? The clown? Instead of castigating me, you should all be thanking me. What kind of a topsy-turvy world do we live in, where heroes are cast as villains? Brave men as cowards?

Robin: But I saw you push the women and children out of the way in a mad panic! I saw you knock them down! And when you ran out, you left everyone behind!

George: Seemingly. Seemingly, to the untrained eye, I can fully understand how you got that impression. What looked like pushing…what looked like knocking down…was a safety precaution! In a fire, you stay close to the ground, am I right? And when I ran out that door, I was not leaving anyone behind! Oh, quite the contrary! I risked my life making sure that exit was clear. Any other questions?

Fireman: How do you live with yourself?

George: It’s not easy.

Jason Alexander, Melanie Chartoff and Lawrence LeJohn in the superlative sitcom Seinfeld (1989 – 1998). My love of the ‘show about nothing’ should not be a surprise. You can find many more posts about George’s exploits and more here

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30 thoughts on “Line(s) of the Day #Seinfeld

  1. This is one of my favorite “Seinfeld” moments. When I taught college-level English, I always used this clip as an example of how people use rhetoric (both verbal and non-verbal) to present arguments, regardless whether the claim was weak or not. Most of my students were young so they had never seen “Seinfeld” (is that even possible?!) but they seemed to have enjoyed it. George’s “argument” was fun to analyze – even if it’s as full of holes as Swiss cheese! 😀 Thanks for sharing.

    • That’s an awesome story. Sadly, Seinfeld isn’t as popular here in the UK.

      I remember George’s level of reasoning. In the extra notes for the episode, it was revealed that a bit was cut where George said “She should be thanking me. How can her son know who to look up to if he doesn’t know who to look down on? I mean someone had to run away from the dinosaurs!”

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