Last week, I was recovering from a nasty flu virus, sitting on the couch and flipping channels. When I saw the Seinfeld listing on the on-screen guide, I checked and, lo and behold, "The Yada Yada." I admit I love Seinfeld, in fact significantly more than I enjoy the stand-up comedy of Jerry Seinfeld himself, though I am a big fan of his Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee web series which just began season three. And when I watch "The Yada Yada" again for what must be the umpteenth time, I realized just how brilliant it is.
The best Seinfeld episodes were usually the ones that had three intertwining stories that would bob and weave their way in and out of one another. Each would be centered around one of the characters, often Kramer, Elaine and George while Jerry sat in the eye of the storm. But, every once in a while, there would be that stellar confluence of four simultaneous stories, the pinnacle of the show. "The Yada Yada" is one of those. The entire episodes illustrates how brilliant the Seinfeld writers could be.