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Reluctant groom sets hotel on fire?
TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese man set fire to the hotel where he was due to get married at the weekend, rather than go through with the ceremony later the same day, newspaper reports said Monday.

Tatsuhiko Kawata, 39, had gone along with wedding plans despite already having a wife, the Yomiuri newspaper said.

"I thought if I set a fire I wouldn't have to go through with the wedding," the Yomiuri quoted him as telling police.

I imagine George about to get married in Tokyo (due to a translation misshap with the father of the bride, a Japanese baseball executive), freaking out about it, and figuring out with Kramer that he could just set up a 'small fire' ("Yes... yes, that would work" said George. Kramer made his "there you go" gesture.) Meanwhile Jerry and Elaine are sitting in the hotel's bar (there's a subplot there, but let's not go into that), discussing the chances that George will actually get married to a beautiful heiress. Elaine is all "I can't believe it. He gets to marry a fortune. What about me?" Jerry answers "Don't worry, he'll screw up." "Yeah, probably. I mean, it's George." The fire alarm sounds, and hotel personnel begins to evacuate them. "You see?".

At the end it turns out that the woman was in love with Kramer, but by then the four of them are sitting together in the business class of an airplane, with George bitching about something, Kramer freaking out as all the Tamagotchis he bought second-hand for resale are dying in his hands, Elaine trying to flirt with the guy sitting behind her, and Jerry testing stupid "airplane peanuts" jokes on the very nonplussed kid sitting next to him.



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Oct. 28th, 2008 07:07 pm (UTC)
compelling, but I am moved to point out that anything can make a good Seinfeld episode. A bizarre or ultimately trivial event? The gang is obsessed or involved in it. A compelling or significant story? The gang is present, but ignores the primary tale out of apathy and moral rectitude, instead being obsessed or involved with a trivial or bizarre side issue.

The strangeness of Seinfeld as a framing device is that it can convert almost anything into fodder for self-obsessed rich folk to slowly self-destruct upon, it's 'inspiring'? There needs to be a word for something that extends your mental horizons, but in a neutral or irrelevant way.

"I never dreamed it could be so... something"
Oct. 28th, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)
There needs to be a word for something that extends your mental horizons, but in a neutral or irrelevant way. I feel that extending your mental horizons can never be neutral or irrelevant, but I know what you mean. What makes Seinfeld interesting to me is the deliberate, explicit combination of intricate form with barely any meaning. It doesn't matter, it knows it doesn't matter, it doesn't care that it doesn't matter, and it doesn't attempt to matter. There's a form of honesty there. As a counterexample, Torchwood gets to my nerves; not because the characters often behave in amoral or unprofessional ways, but because the show portrayed them as morally sanctioned heroes; Seinfeld makes not such claim.
Oct. 28th, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)

I really can see this.
Oct. 28th, 2008 07:29 pm (UTC)
Bummer alert
Now I wonder if it'd be possible to write *serious* Seinfeld fic. Suppose one of them died; would they be emotionally involved, or would they react with their usual detachment? Probably both, I guess, but leaning toward the latter...

Brr. That'd be a somewhat creepy scene (hypocritical of me, I know, as I've laughed during Seinfeld scenes taking place in wakes... but it's not the same when it happens to a regular character[*])

[*] I bet a lot of what's fucked up with people, me included, comes from one form or another of that feeling.
Oct. 28th, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Bummer alert
And now I've got the idea of Krammer/ George in my head. I'm by turns horrified and amused.
Oct. 28th, 2008 08:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Bummer alert
*tries to un-see it, fails miserably*

Oct. 28th, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Bummer alert
My work here is done.
Oct. 28th, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Bummer alert
what that requires, for maximum effectiveness, is a new *meta* cast of main characters, who can be bored, darkly amused, and contemptuous of their emotional responses to Kramer's death.

Particularly if Kramer dies in a truly meaningless way, (rapid bacteriological illness, for example). The former cast of Seinfeld are casting about, trying to feel things and find sincere responses to this, and the new cast are just laughing at their bad outfits and poorly applied makeup and poorly written funeral eulogies.
Oct. 28th, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Bummer alert
I'd love to see that. Might have made an interesting final episode.
Oct. 28th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
"Reluctant groom" makes it sound like his bride was dragging him to the altar, and he set fire to the hotel rather than marry this horrible woman he'd shackled himself to. "Lying bigamist whose two-timing ways caught up with him" might not be as catchy a title, but it's a lot more honest. :-)
Oct. 28th, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
I agree :). Webs of lies don't always end up catching the very people who built them, but when they do (until you take into account the damage caused to other people in the meanwhile), it's sometimes amusing.
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