In what has to be the Worst Timing Ever, the one Seinfeld episode that I was never all that crazy about airs tomorrow night on TBS, at 6:30 pm EST/5:30 pm CST. It's not so much the episode itself, which was titled, "The Wife," and revolves around some foolishness with guest star Courteney Cox, as one of Jerry's girlfriends, telling a dry cleaner that she's Jerry's wife, in order to get a family discount. The dry cleaner ends up telling Jerry's Uncle Leo about the "wife" and then word spreads to Jerry's parents that he's gotten married and hasn't even bothered to tell them--or, as they say in Hollywood, "hijinks ensue." No, my problem is with the Kramer storyline and the so-called "sight gag" at the end of the episode. Kramer has an Afro-American (sorry, couldn't resist) an African American girlfriend, and that night he's going to meet her parents and the rest of her family for dinner. He falls asleep in a tanning bed that day, and so when he gets there and the girlfriend opens the door, there stands Kramer, all "darkened" and "blackened" from the tanning bed. At the time, I was thinking, "A blackface gag. In 1994. Really??" I could kind of see it coming throughout the episode, but I couldn't believe they would actually take it there. But they did. Really not one of the show's sparkling moments. And so now, after this insanity with the Laugh Factory, I can't believe that it's this episode, with Michael Richards all but in blackface, that's going to run tomorrow, all over the country. You'd think someone would remember this tasteless, untimely gag and pull it.
Or never filmed the silly storyline in the first place, but that's a whole 'nother discussion!
At least the last line of the episode, which comes from the girlfriend's grandfather, is still apropos:
I thought you said you was bringin' a white boy home! I don't see a white boy! I see a damn fool!