Season 4 of Seinfeld is one of the highlight seasons. It has some of the best episodes and there's a strange dramatic element in some of these episodes that makes them more entertaining. Seinfeld had been on for three years but didn't really pick up with audiences until season 4 with the episode "The Contest". Actually it's kind of funny to look back at it, an episode about four people in their 30's having a contest to see how long they can go without, well, touching themselves. Or maybe it's just anything sexual in general. Who knows. Actually, virtually all the episodes on here are good to great, with a few interweaving plot threads that keep the show's loose storyline going without really getting in the way. This was before the show had multiple, interweaving plotlines with the four characters but the stories were still very well written. I'm not sure Season 4 is the best season, I actually prefer most of the later seasons except for the final one (The writing kind of gave up at that point) but this one has enough good episodes to make it worthwhile.
The funniest one is possibly The Junior Mint, just for how obtuse the concept is. There's a live surgery with an open viewing booth (It's very farfetched) and Kramer and Jerry knock a junior mint into the patient's open chest cavity. They seal him up, and say nothing about it, because as we know about Seinfeld, every character is out for their own best interest. When it turns out the junior mint may have been the thing that saved him, for some reason it's funnier. There's also this hilarious situation with George watching Home Alone and insisting to watch it on Jerry's couch for some reason, then crying because "the old man got to him". The great thing about this episode is that both main plotlines are hilarious. Not just the junior mint, but Jerry can't remember the name of the girl he's with, other than that it rhymes with a part of the female anatomy (Delores).
The Bubble Boy is another fantastic episode. George ends up in a situation where he's playing Trivial Pursuit with a boy in a plastic bubble, gets into an altercation about something very minute and unimportant, and gets choked by the bubble boy, complete with death threats. The bubble boy painfully gets deflated and the audience laughs as he is rushed to the hospital, which is funnier. At the end of this episode, Kramer leaves a cigar in George's girlfriends' cabin which causes it to get burned down, which is later addressed in following episode, The Cheever Letters, where we find out George's girlfriend Susan's father was in a gay affair based on letters which were the only thing recovered from the fire. This issue is never addressed again, which is bizarre.
The Pick is a prime example of an episode where something small gets blown out of proportion, in this case a girl Jerry is dating thinks she catches him picking his nose and refuses to talk to him after that. The end of this episode is hilarious, as he recreates the ending of The Elephant Man in an impassioned speech. There's also an accidentally risque Christmas photo which reveal's Elaine's nipple which is also a very funny plotline.
The other episode highlight is The Opera, a moderately underrated episode. The character Crazy Joe Diavola is one of the weirder ones on Seinfeld, he's an outright psychopath and the way this episode tries to recreate the story of the sad clown Pagliacci is actually exceptionally deep for a sitcom. Overall this is one of the best seasons of the show and if you're going to watch one season this is a great place to start.
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