Mom, where’s my picture?
That is your picture, Shana; I’m being paid in cartoons now! We can thank Nasir for this one.
Wow! Imagine, me as a cartoon!
I don’t have to imagine, you are nothing if not a cartoon. Where are all your announcements, other than the dreaded James Taylor concert at the Borgata, August 1st?
Are you sure you know how to get to the Borgata?
With any luck, we’ll drive right past it. I know exactly where it is, it’s in New Jersey–somewhere.
As long as you know where it is. At least no one died this month.
Actually, that’s not quite true; which, ironically, brings us to this month’s quiz! Anne Meara died. She was the wife of Jerry Stiller, of the comedy team “Stiller and Meara”. They made many appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show.
In the late ’80’s, Jerry Stiller was cast as Frank Costanza, George Costanza’s father, on the most popular sitcom ever, “Seinfeld”. I watch reruns of “Seinfeld” every night while I’m eating my midnight snack! For our quiz this month, I’ll be asking you to give me the constitutional remedies of George and Frank Costanza.
As you can see, Frank, played by Jerry Stiller, is often angry:
He starts his sentences off softly, but by the time he reaches the end, he’s yelling!
This is his son George played by Jason Alexander. George is Jerry Seinfeld’s best friend since high school.
Not surprisingly, George suffers from low self-esteem, self-loathing, and feeling like a failure. For half the series, George was unemployed and living with his parents. His parents are a constant source of embarrassment to him.
Our video clip is the famous “Festivus” episode. “Festivus” is a holiday Frank Costanza created to counter Christmas. “Festivus” is a huge embarrassment to George, but he was forced to go to the family “Festivus” celebration because instead of giving presents to his co-workers at Christmas time (George is also very cheap!), he gave out cards stating he donated, in their name, to a fake charity called the “Human Fund”! His boss, Mr. Kruger, found the whole thing suspicious; hence, George’s only option was to take Mr. Kruger to the disastrous Festivus holiday dinner at his parents’ house!
So, let me sum up the episode for you:
Kramer, Jerry Seinfeld’s neighbor, who’s a bit eccentric, asks Frank Costanza to explain the Festivus story to him. Frank is flattered and explains as follows:
“Many Christmases ago, I went to buy a doll for my son. I reached for the last one they had, but so did another man. As I rained blows upon him, I realized there had to be another way!”
Frank continues with his recitation: “At the Festivus dinner, you gather your family around and tell them all the ways they’ve disappointed you over the past year!”
Kramer is totally on board! They run into George and Jerry in their favorite restaurant. Frank says to his son George:
“George, you’re forgetting how much Festivus has meant to us all. I brought one of the cassette tapes.” George is now horrified as Frank turns the cassette player on which reveals the following:
Frank: “Read that poem!”
George: “I can’t read it, I need my glasses!”
Frank: “You don’t need your glasses, you’re just weak, you’re weak!”
George runs screaming out of the restaurant after the tape starts playing. The scene shifts to the Festivus dinner at the Costanzas’. All are seated at the dinner table including George’s boss, Mr. Kruger.
Frank stands up to call the festivities to order:
“Greetings, new-comers. The tradition of Festivus begins with the airing of grievances. I got a lotta problems with you people! Now you’re gonna hear about it! Kruger, my son tells me your company stinks!”
George is mortified. Frank continues:
“And now as Festivus rolls on, we come to the feats of strength.” Kramer is chosen for this honor but Kramer suddenly remembers he’s supposed to be at work! That leaves George, who, of course, is mortified–again!
“Until you pin me, George, Festivus is not over. Let’s rumble! Stop crying and fight your father!”
Now, to further assist you in identifying the constitutional remedy of George, I give you a second video, the “Bosco” episode. Bosco is a brand of chocolate syrup.
It’s for making chocolate milk or swirling over vanilla ice cream. “Bosco” is George’s password for ATM bank withdrawals. He won’t tell anyone what his password is, even Jerry, forcing Kramer to try and guess it. Kramer looks George over and says the following:
“We can throw out birthdays immediately–too obvious. And no numbers for you, you’re a word-man. Let’s go deeper. What kind of man are you…well, you’re weak, spineless, a man of temptations; but, what tempts you? You’re a portly fellow, round in the waistband, so what’s your pleasure? Is it the salty snacks you crave? No, no, no, no, no. Yours is a sweet tooth! Oh, you may stray but you’ll always return to your dark master, the cocoa bean! And only the purest syrup nectar can satisfy you; if you could, you’d guzzle it by the gallon! Ovaltine? Hersheys? Nestles Quick?” Before Kramer can get to Bosco, George runs out the door!
OK, people! You’ve got your marching orders. What’s the constitutional remedy(s) of Frank and George Costanza? Write to me at LEWRA@aol.com and let me know. We’ll find out next month! See ya….
Belladonna Baryta carb.
Nux v. Staphysagria
Nux v. Silica
Hello everybody! The correct answers to last month’s quiz were: Frank–Nux vomica; George–Lycopodium. As you can see, four people were half right. Who wants to defend their prescriptions?
Hi Elaine and Shana!
I haven’t watched “Seinfeld” ever
Are you going to watch it now????
but my vote for this month’s quiz is
Well, I can understand that. I actually decided to repertorize Frank’s case. Now, what do we have to do first? We have to pick out the elements of the case, right? And they are…
Right! Very good Maria, I missed that one completely! I’m going to add that to my repertorization!
No, I wouldn’t pick Loud Speech. He starts out softly, but he ends up….YELLING!!!!!! So I picked “Mind: screaming, shrieking, shouting”.
the explosive personality
We cover that with “vivacious”, there’s no “explosive personality” in the repertory. What else?
criticism- that’s what festivus is all about anyway!
Yes! “Critical”! Very good! What else, got anything more? Here’s what I picked:
and I just added vivacious, thanks to you, and here’s what turned up–Nux vomica!
George is Lycopodium
Well, you said already “no self-confidence, self-loathing, feels like a failure…” I will add Avarice,
Oh! Good one, Maria, I let that completely slip by me! Right! George is very well-known for being cheap. He wouldn’t buy anyone at the office a Christmas present, instead he supposedly gave, in their name, to a (fake) charity! You know, Robin Murphy always said that Nux vomica fathers have Lycopodium sons. It makes sense when you think about it, and I guess this proves it.
I will also add “weak, desires sweets (enough to name the ATM code after his chocolate syrup), timid to superiors- boss
I missed that one too! Timid to his boss, very good! Well, you really scored big with George’s remedy, Maria!
PS Great tidbits article–Tidbits 29!
Wow, thank you! And speaking of Tidbits, remember Tidbits 23? (“Can Someone Pick Me Up At The Airport?”) Remember that Nux vomica was one of the Picker-Uppers? And what did I say that Nux vomica would say if he picked you up?
“He presumes you have filled up on junk food so he launches into a lecture about what will happen if you continue to eat so irresponsibly and informs you that colon cancer is no laughing matter! This leads him to report that he doesn’t understand you at all, that you have been a big disappointment to him…!”
And what did Frank Costanza say about the meaning of Festivus? “You gather your family around you and tell them all the ways they’ve disappointed you over the past year!”
Almost the exact same words! It’s uncanny!
Who else is here to defend their remedy choice?
I think George is a Staphysagria because of the humiliation, and as for Frank, Frank is an Alpha Male. He has anger issues and always needs to be dominant so my guess for him is Nux Vomica.
Hooray!!!! You nailed Frank!!! Your first guess for Staphysagria? A reasonable choice; but, George happens to match Lycopodium perfectly: sweet tooth, craves chocolate, fear of failure, fear of his boss, embarrassed by his parents, stingy (remember he wouldn’t buy Christmas presents for the people he worked with?) and as Kramer said, “spineless” and “weak”! The only thing missing was “worse 4-8 pm”!