The episode guest starring Jami “I simply can’t spare a square” Gertz is a classic, without a doubt. Elaine is all out of toilet paper and requests from the stall next to her some help from Jami Gertz, who just happens to be dating Jerry. The conclusion of this show is good on revenge. “The Wife” show in which Courteney Cox guest stars as Jerry’s fake wife in order to get dry-cleaning discounts is only one of the many shows in which very cool guests help out the Seinfeld cast. Others who appear in this season are: Lisa Edelstein (the Rizotto girl), Bryant Gumbel (as himself in the puffy shirt show), Marlee Matlin (the deaf lines-woman), Jennifer Coolidge (as a masseuse but won’t give her boyfriend Jerry a massage), Dan Cortese (Elaine’s “mimbo”), Carol Kane, Danny Woodburn, Judge Reinhold (the close talker), and even Jon Favreau as the clown in the episode “The Fire”. It would be a shame to leave out the two sets of parents: Liz Sheridan and Barney Martin as Helen and Morty Seinfeld, Jerry’s folks, and of course, the very funny and beloved Estelle Harris and Jerry Stiller as Estelle and Frank Costanza, George’s folks. Jerry Stiller is fantastic as George’s hyper, strange but oddly sweet father. His mother is a basket case who screams loudly, and often. It’s a real thrill to have the parents acting in any of the shows, they only make it funnier.
But, before we move on to discussing the special features on this DVD set, let’s take a short look at the most famous, infamous maybe, show of the entire fifth season: The Puffy Shirt. Some editions even come with a tiny personal “puffy shirt” for you to enjoy along with the DVD. Mine didn’t. So in this show, Kramer’s girlfriend, the low-talker, asks Jerry to wear her latest fashion creation on the “Today Show”. Since he can’t hear her, he simply nods and ends up wearing the most ridiculous, puffy pirate shirt ever on national TV. Hilarious, especially the comments that Bryant Gumbel makes to Jerry as they chat on the show. For fans of the show, the “puffy shirt” has become a very well-known piece of clothing, my friends. It’s enough to say that this show and some of its classic lines have certainly infiltrated popular culture in many ways and that’s saying a lot (shrinkage anyone?) I would also like to add that it’s good the show ended when it did, we’ll always remember it so fondly.
Yada, Yada, Yada: Audio commentaries by the cast and crew on different episodes offer us a variety of takes on the making of the shows and on where the ideas came from. A very interesting feature.
Master of His Domain: Jerry Seinfeld never before seen stand-up comedy routine is too short, that’s my only complaint. When it’s that funny, you want more than 8 minutes.
Notes About Nothing: This is a feature we can switch on or off and it includes the production notes written over the episodes as well as behind-the-scenes scoop. An interesting feature, quite informative.
In the Vault: Deleted scenes from many of the fifth season’s episodes, saved from the cutting room floor, are actually very enjoyable and funny.
Inside Looks: Short video commentaries by cast and creators about the behind-the-scenes aspects of most shows. Worth checking out if your interest is piqued.
Not That There’s Anything Wrong With That: Twenty minutes worth of actually funny bloopers unlike the so-called bloopers I’ve seen lately, which were not funny at all. These bloopers are great fun and laughing that hard, it’s healthy. The second best feature after the stand-up routine.
Sponsored by Vandelay Industries: A bunch of NBC promotional ads and trailers.