"The Chronicle"
Seinfeld episodes
Episode nos.Season 9
Episodes 21/22
Directed byAndy Ackerman
Written byDarin Henry
Production code921/922
Original air dateMay 14, 1998
Running time42 minutes
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"The Chronicle" (also known as "The Clip Show") is an hour-long, two-part episode of the NBC sitcom Seinfeld. These were the 177th and 178th episodes of Seinfeld from the ninth and final season. It aired on May 14, 1998. Both parts of "The Chronicle" were seen by 58.53 million viewers. To accommodate the long running time of "The Finale," "The Chronicle" ran for 45 minutes on its initial airing.[1] When rerun it was split into two half-hour episodes, with a new scene added to introduce the second episode.[1] The episode is a clip show containing just a few minutes of previously unseen footage, most of which is bloopers from previous episodes and behind-the-scenes photographs rather than newly filmed content. While referred to by fans as "The Clip Show," its official title is "The Chronicle".

Plot

Part 1

Jerry, Elaine, George, and Kramer plan to go to the movies, but Jerry takes out a little time to look at nine years of memories. Jerry breaks the fourth wall by talking directly to the audience, while Kramer and George interrupt by yelling back at Jerry, worried that they'll miss the previews.

The first montage of clips has the original audio removed and replaced by "Superman Theme" by John Williams. Superman is Jerry Seinfeld's favorite superhero and is often referenced in the show. The montage consists of action sequences and shots of characters expressing a sense of triumph.

Swing music shows short clips of the cast wearing different costumes and hairstyles. Clips are from "The Puffy Shirt", "The Barber", "The Wig Master", "The Subway", and "The Reverse Peephole".

Part 2

Kramer comes up to get Jerry. "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" by Michael Jackson plays during clips of the cast dancing. More clips are seen and the closing minutes feature a series of bloopers, behind the scenes production, and a montage set to the Green Day song "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)". The show ends with a clip of the four main characters getting off a subway train and going their separate ways.

As the closing credits play, an outtake from “The Little Kicks” plays where Julia Louis-Dreyfus cannot stop laughing at Jerry Stiller’s delivery during the scene where Frank comes to bail George out of jail and Elaine goads him into a physical confrontation.

References

  1. ^ a b Seinfeld Season 9: Notes About Nothing - "The Chronicle" (DVD). Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. 2007.