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The Millennium 

Kramer and Newman compete during the early planning of each of their millenium parties.

Director:

Andy Ackerman

Writers:

Larry David (created by), Jerry Seinfeld (created by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Jerry Seinfeld ... Jerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Elaine Benes
Michael Richards ... Cosmo Kramer
Jason Alexander ... George Costanza
Wayne Knight ... Newman
Richard Herd ... Wilhelm
Lauren Graham ... Valerie
Louan Gideon ... Mrs. Hamilton
Victoria Mahoney ... Gladys
Michael Laskin ... Minkler
Bruce Jarchow ... Mooney
Maria Cina ... Saleswoman
Steve Koren Steve Koren ... Steve Koren
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Storyline

Kramer and Newman begin preliminary planning on elaborate parties for New Year's Eve 1999, but separate over whether or not Jerry should be included. George gets a job offer with the Mets and devises creative ways to get fired from the Yankees. Jerry dates a girl named Valerie who uses her speed dial as a way of measuring relationships. But when Jerry takes over the top spot, Valerie's step mother steps in demanding that her spot be put back in place. Meanwhile, Elaine gets in a feud with the owner of a Mayan clothing store when she's completely ignored. Written by halo1k

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Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1997 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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4:3
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Trivia

Wilhelm (Richard Herd) is asked if he's "got the crazies again," a reference to his running off with the carpet cleaning cult a few episodes earlier. See more »

Goofs

In addition to the party, Jerry has a new girlfriend that uses her speed dial as a relationship barometer. After a bad date Jerry is moved from 7 to 9. However, when we see the numbers slot 7 has always been Jane and Jerry was not erased and replaced. The evidence shows that they wrote Jerry on 9, erased it and re-wrote it. See more »

Quotes

George Costanza: To think I'd fail at failing.
Jerry Seinfeld: Oh come on.
George Costanza: I can't do anything wrong.
Jerry Seinfeld: Nonsense. You do everything wrong.
George Costanza: You think so?
Jerry Seinfeld: Absolutely. I have no confidence in you.
George Costanza: Well, I guess I'll have to pick myself up, dust myself up, and throw myself right back down again!
Jerry Seinfeld: That's the spirit! You suck.
George Costanza: I know.
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Connections

Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 10 July 2015 (2015) See more »

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Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
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i'd fail at failing..
1 July 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

Seinfeld

Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, the creators, of the dream sitcom for every stand up artist is the milestone set as an example on how to use your humor as a part of narrative. The series was clearly ahead of its time and fixated within that time limit when it was aired- or maybe not even then. This is how the series both remains timeless and also fails to test against time. The concept of the series- in fact there is an episode, where the series takes an almost meta turn, whispering the secretive meeting held within the confound of NBC walls about the pitch- is to just joke, just talk, analyse with a mockery tone, bombing brutally on a subject from the most privileged position under that circumstances. There is no storyline, no character development, no arc, no rhythm to follow. Usually, a film like such becomes more than a film with such an idea; take the Life Of Brian series. And similarly the series refuses to participate in the expected or not even expected aspects of the storytelling.

There is no end, no beginning, it captures a brief period with an agenda in mind that you will have the time of your life. But this is where this coherent plan backfires. First the runtime itself. Something so monotonous cannot withhold its audience for nine years. It is simply preposterous. For the style of the joke, the humor, the vocab of these characters, if as-planned is intended to be the same, will grow natural or normal to the viewers. This makes the relationship between the viewers and the characters, similar to what the viewers have in the outer world, maybe a friend or a family member.

Basically it would never be interesting, sure some cases would come up, just as chapters does in here, but that too will carry the momentum of just that brief period of screentime. Another major challenge it faces is, in order to stay far away from the textbook sitcom structure, the character has to and does deny on getting on or blending in with the society. Now that's fine. But in order to last longer they had to create an unfair world that takes uncalled detours just for the laughs, ignoring both emotional and ethical aspect of it, resulting into a physical distance that you, as an audience, carry for the rest of the series. By the end, it gets difficult to survive and something so beloved, something so smart, Seinfeld is left under a dry heap of jokes.

The Millennium

It is a big pot of hotchpotch ideas that are maybe told and retold plenty of times. Just the angles is new and eerily specific, again. Seinfeld gets a new way to- I don't know whether it is supposed to be metaphorical or not- see himself where he stands for someone else.


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