Sunday, January 02, 2011

Akin Gump Counsel: "She Was Sitting in My Seat Wearing an Orioles Cap?"

 From the Seinfeld episode, "The Letter":

(CUT TO: Lippman's office. Lippman is on the phone when Elaine walks in and places something on his desk. After she does, she tries to leave but Lippman, still on the phone, motions for her to stay in the room)

LIPPMAN: (into phone)...yeah, yeah. But she wouldn't take the cap off? (beat)  But didn't she know they were the owner's seats? (beat) Aw, that's unbelievable. (beat) Yeah. Okay. Alright Lenny, thanks again. Take care. (hangs up the phone, and then, to Elaine) That was Lenny West, my accountant, who is a hell of a guy. And he handles the Yankees too; it's his biggest account. So every once in a while they throw him a couple of seats and last weekend he gave them to his daughter.  She's an artist, by the way. Anyway, her daughter gives 'em to some friends, you know. One of her friends shows up wearing a Baltimore cap! (beat) You're from Baltimore, right?

ELAINE: Um, oh, it's Towsend, which is NEAR Baltimore.

LIPPMAN: Yeah, but you're an Oriole fan, right?

ELAINE: Well, uh, fan. My father--

LIPPMAN: Anyway, she refused to take the cap off; caused a whole big scene!

ELAINE: Really?


ELAINE: So... impudent.

LIPPMAN: Yeah, so Lenny gave me the tickets for tomorrow night. I'm inviting Frank and Marsha. 'Wantcha to come.

ELAINE: (pause) Ah. I've-I've got plans, though, Mr. Li--

LIPPMAN: Well, break 'em. You missed the bris, I want you at the game.

ELAINE: (very reluctant) Okay.

LIPPMAN: Good. (Elaine stars to leave) Oh--and Elaine. You know the Baltimore cap you got in your office? Wear it. I'm gonna have a little fun with him.

ELAINE: That will be fun.

Randy L. Levine, Senior Counsel at the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, is focused on labor and employment matters.   He is also the president of the New York Yankees.

Jerry Seinfeld used to do TV commercials for American Express.

Coincidentally, Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., another senior attorney at Akin Gump, serves on the American Express Board of Directors.  Jordan reportedly tried to buy the silence of Monica Lewinsky by securing employment for Lewinsky at American Express.  Small world!

1 comment:

Gary Freedman said...

Kramer poses for a portrait to be painted by Jerry's new girlfriend, Nina, which an elderly, art-loving couple admire. George feels obligated to buy something when he accompanies Jerry to Nina's art studio, especially when she offers George her father's tickets to the Owners Box at Yankee Stadium. George then reluctantly purchases a $500 painting, which he tries to sell to Jerry for $10 at the end of the episode.

With Nina's tickets, George brings both Elaine and Kramer to the Yankee Stadium's Owners Box. In order get out of a prior engagement, her boss's son's bris, Elaine lies to her boss, Mr. Lippman, saying she must tend to her ill father. However, once the three are seated in the box, Elaine refuses to remove her Baltimore Orioles baseball cap and they are consequently evicted. Kramer, while attempting to climb over the dugout, is struck in the head by a baseball. At the same time, Nina and Jerry have an argument and break up.

Upon returning to Jerry's apartment, Elaine discovers her confrontation in the Yankees' owners box was published with a picture in the sports section of the paper. After an unsuccessful attempt at stealing the sports section of the paper from his office, Elaine fears her boss will realise and fire her. Meanwhile, a poetic and emotional letter is delivered to Jerry's from Nina. Although he is initially moved and humbled, Jerry soon finds out that the letter was plagiarized from the Neil Simon play Chapter Two. Upon confronting Nina, the elderly couple who admired Kramer's portrait walk in to confirm their purchase.

Elaine is summoned to her boss's office, whose accountant is revealed to be Nina's father. As he recites the baseball cap story over the phone, Lippman is amused and apparently does not realize that the offender was Elaine. He informs her that Nina's father has given him tickets to Yankee Stadium and invites her to wear a Baltimore cap (which she coincidently has in her office) as a joke.

In the closing scene, Kramer is seen to be dining with the elderly couple who purchased his portrait.