Seinfeld was usually, by design, a show about nothing, but every now and then, Seinfeld was about something. For all of George Costanza’s romantic troubles, he was once very close to getting married and presumably would have if Susan had not died from licking a few poisonous envelopes too many. That episode, titled The Invitations, was unexpectedly dark, really more of a story arc for a drama than one for the least plot-driven comedy in television history.
YouTube user gBCptAwesome realized this and went about editing a faux trailer for a dramatic movie about the trials of George, which you can check out above. The clip tackles the glum story of Susan’s death, and therefore the end of George’s engagement, then offsets it with George joining the Big Brother program and finding happiness with his new mentee.
Giving George the dramatic treatment makes so much sense, seeing as the character is complex enough to be used as an example for diagnosing psychiatric disorders.
While Susan’s death came out of nowhere, the casting change was apparently necessary for the health of the show: Jason Alexander had no chemistry with Heidi Swedberg, the actress who played Susan, and once the rest of the cast realized she was difficult to work with, Larry David had no trouble killing the character off.
Alexander said in June, “I couldn’t figure out how to play off of her. Her instincts for doing a scene, where the comedy was, and mine were always misfiring. And she would do something, and I would go, ‘OK, I see what she’s going to do — I’m going to adjust to her.’ And I’d adjust, and then it would change.”
HT: Laughing Squid
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