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The Keys - Season 3 Episode 23

Hot & Heavy: The Elaine Benes Podcast

Release Date: 02/18/2022

The Pilot - Season 4 Episode 22 PART TWO show art The Pilot - Season 4 Episode 22 PART TWO

Hot & Heavy: The Elaine Benes Podcast

That's a wrap for season 4! Elaine's charm causes Russell to leave NBC, join Greenpeace and die which also leads to the new NBC president to pass on Jerry and George's show. This season finale is packed with comedy, but JLD doesn't get enough even though I feel there were some missed opportunities for some funny scenarios. 

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The Pilot - Season 4 Episode 22 PART ONE show art The Pilot - Season 4 Episode 22 PART ONE

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In the first part of this hour-long season finale, Elaine deals with creepy Russell Dalrymple, who cannot accept the fact that she's not interested in him. Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Bob Balaban in a scene together is a gift. Elaine also decides to take action against Monk's new management since it seems they are only hiring waitresses with big jugs. I'm glad Elaine has her own plots within this jam-packed finale, I just wish she got more comedic moments. 

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The Handicap Spot - Season 4 Episode 21 show art The Handicap Spot - Season 4 Episode 21

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Elaine tries to be the voice of reason about parking in a handicap spot at the mall, but gets overruled. Not a ton of comedy for JLD to play with in this episode, but it's a fun one!

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The Smelly Car - Season 4 Episode 20 show art The Smelly Car - Season 4 Episode 20

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Elaine gets clam-jammed by clingy BO from Jerry's car. JLD perfectly portrays all shades of Elaine here, from flirty to horny - horrified to desperate. We also the return of Susan Ross as a lesbian which causes George to spiral. 

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The Junior Mint - Season 4 Episode 19 show art The Junior Mint - Season 4 Episode 19

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This episode presents a fat-shaming, shallow Elaine! Not the best look for our Lainey, but I discuss that it's actually liberating to see her be as shallow as the men. It's complicated, but I explain. Oh, and there's a junior mint gag. 

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Jerry draws the line at fake breasts when it comes to dating, so he breaks up with a woman after Elaine insists her boobs are definitely implants. However, Elaine learns she was incorrect after using the woman's jugs as life-saving devices. JLD gets so much wonderful comedy, both physical and with dialogue. We get to see Teri Hatcher and Megan Mullally in early roles before their superstardom, which is very fun. All in all, one of the best episodes of the series. 

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Elaine inspires George and Jerry to volunteer with senior citizens. Distracted by a goiter, Elaine's act of kindness is met with a real challenge until the old woman gives her some juicy personal gossip. JLD is cheated out of some really great scenes with Edie McClurg (Mrs. Oliver) due to an inane plot involving Kramer and Newman selling records.  

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This groundbreaking episode of Seinfeld where Jerry and George are terrified of being outed as gay (not that there's anything with that), isn't a very strong Elaine episode. All JLD gets is a plot to refuse all attempts to have her take her jacket off. Nevertheless, this episode was unlike anything at the time, and I get some thoughts on that from friends in the LGBTQ+ community. 

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It was tough to record this week after the horrific mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Texas. I get pretty emotional, but I'm positive my emotional outburst in this episode mirrors what so many of us are feeling. We're tired. We're angry. We feel helpless. But, we cannot give up. Oh, and Elaine's popping cleavage saves the day. 

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I don't care enough about Babu Bhatt to enjoy this episode, especially when there was a very big opportunity for Elaine to be a bigger part of the most interesting plot. At least we get a stellar auto show spokesmodel impression from JLD!

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Jerry taking his spare keys away from Kramer sparks a lot of uninteresting key drama between the main four. We spend a lot of time watching Kramer trek across the country to Los Angeles when we had a perfectly great storyline with Elaine writing a spec script for Murphy Brown to flesh out... but hey, I always want more Elaine.