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Doubtless the spot raised the profile of Jerry's little Internet show. But though clearly made to be seen in the context of the game, during whose halftime it takes place, as shortened for Sunday's broadcast it lacked the existential essence, the rhythms, the music of what made "Seinfeld" "Seinfeld." It was as if you took an old familiar Beatles song and removed three out of every four measures. It lurches, where it should glide.
On the other hand, I would direct you without hesitation, to the unabridged original, which you can find here.
To be sure, even the full, six-minute version of "George Costanza: The Over-Cheer," otherwise known as season 3, episode 6 of "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee," may not be your dream "Seinfeld" reunion — which the 2009 "Curb Your Enthusiasm" sideways stealth reunion should have put to rest, in any case.
Is it a work of comic genius? Does it need to be? Written by Seinfeld and Larry David and directed by David — and reuniting the "Seinfeld" co-creators only with
It has the usual "Coffee" form: Seinfeld, in some classic car, picks up a comic person of note — guests have included Jay Leno, Don Rickles, Sarah Silverman, Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner,
Even at the greater length there is a sense of trying to do a lot in a tight space. Seinfeldean memes here include cinnamon ("Is cinnamon ever bad? It enhances everything"), the curly chip, the mumble, the over-cheer and the proper use of a host's master bathroom. (Some do zip by.) Nevertheless, there is a satisfying sense of tension and release (and, this being "Seinfeld," tension), of irritation building to revelation, and time enough for the signature verbal fillips that tell us where we are and who we're with — Jerry's "I don't think you do" in response to George's "I know the point of the mumble," his "They do not" to George's "The Wassersteins don't like me?"
And this exchange, when George offers that Jerry leave him at Tom's while he goes off to a Super Bowl party to which George is not invited.
"I think you mean it."
"Here's my coat."
"Put it on."
None of that was in Sunday's cut.
Reunions — which reunite not only the players but the players with their audience — can be difficult. They remind us that we are getting old — it has been 16 years since "Seinfeld" went off the air, in another world — and will die. Many seem convened only as evidence that you can't go home again. But when they do work, they remind us that, while nothing lasts forever, they can last a while; that continuity is possible, even with interruption, and that there can always be One More Time, while there's time.