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
I have a feeling you and I like many of the same things
I take that as a big compliment. I challenge you to read this without laughing. Like eating a jam doughnut without licking your lips.
It’s the first episode of Seinfeld I remember seeing it. Not a bad choice at all to have started with. I loved series 5. Probably my favourite actually.
Funny. Thanks for sharing this.
I’m such a fan. It’s a phenomenal show that rewrote the rules on comedy. What shows make you laugh most?
George and Krama are my favorites. Escpecially the day George suffered from shrinkage.
Ha! Or the one when George does the opposite. Or Festivus. or Kramer’s chat show 🙂
Yeah, I love Festivus for the rest of us. And Serenity Now.
So many brilliant catchphrases. And that’s just from those two episodes.
Exactly. I have to go my friend. It has been great chatting with you. I will visit you again tomorrow. -Andrew
MIspelled Kramer. Love that show
I love the fact that anyone who came into contact with them always ended up worse off!
Never really thought of it but so true. I loved the way they dumped love interestd for the stupidest of reasons
One time Elaine dumps her boyfriend over an exclamation point haha.
I remember that. lol
Jerry’s line: “I thought I’d heard everything. But I never thought I’d hear of a relationship being affected by punctuation.!
LOL How do you remember these?
Along with Frasier, it’s the greatest sitcom ever.
Never got to see much of that one, but I did love Frasier on Cheers.
If you check my TV link at the top of the page whenever you get a chance, you’ll see a few things that will interest you 🙂
Will do it tomorrow. Thanks
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!”
Haha! I love George. Seinfeld is the best.
Haha so funny. I really need to see Seinfeld all over again.
I’ve mentioned it nearly a dozen posts. Such a fan of the show. There will never be a comedy as good as it.
The last two lines are just so great!! “How do you live with yourself?” “It’s not easy.” George is great
Those lines sum up George so well. Such a sneaky and devious guy.