The Conversion (Seinfeld)

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"The Conversion"
Seinfeld episode
Episode no.Season 5
Episode 11
Directed byTom Cherones
Written byBruce Kirschbaum
Production code511
Original air dateDecember 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 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. George visits the church and talks to the head priest (Kay E. Kuter) about converting. When Kramer arrives to pick George up, a novice, Sister Roberta (Molly Hagan), becomes smitten with him. The priests are worried over Sister Roberta's infatuation and tell Kramer that he has "the kavorka," a Latvian word for "the lure of the animal," making him irresistible to women. Not wanting to be the cause of Sister Roberta leaving the order, he is instructed to buy various foul-smelling foods and wear them, which stinks up the apartment building.

Jerry is disgusted when he sees a tube of fungicide in the medicine cabinet of his girlfriend Tawni (Kimberly Campbell). He takes the tube home and asks Elaine to get her podiatrist boyfriend (Tom Verica) to identify what it is used for, but they bicker over whether he is "really a doctor". He later finds out that her fungicide was only being used for her cat. At Elaine's apartment, she and her boyfriend are reconciled until he sees the tube of fungicide and is disgusted, thinking Elaine has a fungal infection.

George's parents discover that he is converting and are infuriated. George undergoes the conversion ceremony. Just before he is about to receive the final benediction from Sister Roberta, she reveals her attraction for Kramer. But when he arrives, smelling foul, she loses her attraction.

At Monk's, George tells Sasha that he has converted for her. She is charmed by the gesture but informs him she is moving to Latvia for a year.

Production[edit]

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

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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