The Conversion (Seinfeld)

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"The Conversion"
Seinfeld episode
Episode no. Season 5
Episode 11
Directed by Tom Cherones
Written by Bruce Kirschbaum
Production code 511
Original air date December 16, 1993
Guest appearance(s)
  • Molly Hagan as Sister Roberta
  • Kay E. Kuter as Older Priest
  • Bill Rose as Younger Priest
  • Jana Marie Hupp as Sasha
  • Kimberly Campbell as Tawni
  • Randy Brenner as Waiter
  • Darlene Kardon as Mrs. Lupchek
  • Karen Rizzo as Woman Hailing Cab
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"The Conversion" is the 75th episode of the NBC sitcom Seinfeld. It is the 11th episode of the fifth season, and first aired on December 16, 1993.

Plot[edit]

George decides to convert to [fictionalized] Latvian Orthodoxy after his girlfriend Sasha (Jana Marie Hupp) tells him that her parents will not allow her to date a man who is not a member of their religion. Meanwhile, Jerry is disgusted when he sees a tube of fungicide in the medicine cabinet of his girlfriend Tawni (Kimberly Campbell). Elaine is dating a podiatrist (Tom Verica) but they bicker over whether he is "really a doctor".

George visits the church and talks to the head priest (Kay E. Kuter) about his conversion (when asked what aspect of the religion he likes he announces he likes "the hats"). When Kramer arrives to pick George up, a nun, Sister Roberta (Molly Hagan), becomes smitten with him.

Jerry returns to Tawni's apartment and takes her tube of fungicide. He takes it home and asks Elaine to get her podiatrist boyfriend to investigate what it is used for. He later finds out that her fungicide was only being used for her cat.

The priests at the church are worried over Sister Roberta's infatuation with Kramer and tell him that he has "the kavorka," a Latvian word for "the lure of the animal," a man who is irresistible to women. He is given instructions to buy various foul-smelling foods and wear them, which inevitably stinks up the apartment building.

George's parents discover that he is converting and they are infuriated, thinking that it is a cult. George attends the conversion ceremony and just before he is about to receive the final benediction from Sister Roberta, she reveals her attraction for Kramer. But when he arrives, smelling and stinky, she loses her attraction.

At Elaine's apartment, her boyfriend sees the tube of fungicide Jerry gave her, and he is disgusted, thinking Elaine has a fungal infection.

Finally, at Monk's, George tells Sasha that he has converted for her, but she tells him she's not ready for a commitment and she is moving to Latvia for a year.

Production[edit]

The writer of the episode, Bruce Kirschbaum, revealed later that he was unaware that the Latvian Orthodox Church actually existed while writing the episode. His original intention was to have a fictitious sect.[1] Kirschbaum received many thank you letters from the church for bringing attention to the denomination.

In the episode, the exterior shots of the church are of the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Transfiguration of Our Lord in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Inside Looks" Seinfeld on DVD Volume 4 Disc 3

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