||Well I started out working in mortgage bonds, but I just found that so limiting.
||My friend Kramer and I were discussing that same thing the other day. He was with Brant-Leland for a while.
||Wow. Well then my mentor suggested that I move into equities, best move I ever made.
||Mentor? You mean your boss.
||Oh, no no no, Cynthia's just a successful businesswoman who's taken me under her wing.
||Hmm. So Cynthia's your mentor.
||And I'm her protg. You must have someone like that. You know, who guides you in your career path.
||Well, I like Gabe Kaplan.
||I still don't understand this. Abby has a mentor?
||Yes. And the mentor advises the protg.
||Is there any money involved?
||So what's in it for the mentor?
||Respect, admiration, prestige.
||Pssh. Would the protg pick up stuff for the mentor?
||I suppose if it was on the protg's way to the mentor, they might.
||Laundry? Dry cleaning?
||It's not a valet, it's a protg.
||Alright. Listen, I gotta get some reading done. You mind if I do this here? I can't concentrate in my apartment.
||(checking out George's textbook) Risk management?
||Yeah. Steinbrenner wants everyone in the front office to give a lecture in their area of business expertise.
||Well what makes them think you're a risk management expert?
||I guess it's on my resume.
||Please hold for Elaine Benes.
||You know what? I can't do this. I can't read books anymore; books on tape have ruined me, Jerry. I need that nice voice. This book has *my* voice. I hate my voice.
||So get this book on tape.
||You can't, it's a textbook.
||Hey, Jer. Are you going to this Bob Sacamano party?
||Am I going? It was three nights ago.
||What? You're kidding, I just got this invitation today. Oh, I was so excited. It's really a beautiful invitation.
||Oh, it was a lovely affair.
||Wait a minute; this postmark is three weeks old. Man, this happens all the time. (Into intercom) Jeanine? Who the hell runs the mailroom?
||Alright, send him up here.
||You gonna do a little yelling?
||I'm gonna do a little firing.
||That is so cool, can you put me on the speaker?
||Oh yeah, sure. (hangs up) Gimme a break.
||Eddie Sherman is here.
||Oh, great. Send him in.
||You wanted to see me?
||Eddie. Yes, um, I am so sorry but I'm afraid we're gonna have to... promote you.
||So, what did you say?
||Well, I called him all the way up to my office, so I had to tell him something important. So I promoted him.
||What? What did you--
||He's writing copy?
||Well it can't be any worse than the pointless drivel we normally churn out.
||Yowza yowza. Check it out.
||(reading) Jewish singles night?
||I expect you both to be there.
||I'm not Jewish.
||Well neither am I.
||Well why are you going?
||I'm not, I'm running it.
||What are you talking about?
||Well Lomez, he usually runs it but he's in the Everglades.
||Lomez is Jewish?
||Oh yeah yeah yeah. Orthodox, Jerry. Old school.
||(reading) At the Knights of Columbus?
||Yeah, Frank Costanza, he's getting me a room at his lodge. So Jerry, you know I'm really counting on you to come to this.
||Kramer, you know, I--
||No, Jerry, look I'm cooking all the food myself.
||(reading) A tempting schmear of authentic Jewish delicacies.
||Do you like tsimmis?
||My mentor says the duck is outstanding here.
||I'm not really a duck fan, the skin seems sort of human.
||Oh! Look who's here, Cynthia!
||Hello. Jerry, this is Cynthia Pearlman, my mentor.
||Hi Jerry, nice to finally meet you.
||Well come join us, we could pull up a chair.
||Great, my boyfriend's just parking the car. Actually, Jerry, you
||Hey, Jerry!! How's it going?! You gonna join us for dinner? The duck here's the best. The best, Jerry.
||Excuse me, I'm sorry to bother you, I noticed that you have a textbook on tape. May I ask where you got that?
||Reading for the Blind. They can get any book on tape.
||I tell ya, I am hooked on these books on tape.
||Oh, tell me about it. These things have ruined me for Braille.
||Reading for the Blind?
||I take an eye test; I flunk it, the next thing you know I am swinging to the sweet sounds of risk management.
||So, I finally met the mentor.
||What's she like? Impressive?
||Oh yeah, she's dating Bania.
||Yeah. I had to spend two hours at dinner last night with that specimen.
||What did you have?
||Chicken, how could she look up to a person who voluntarily spends time with Bania?
||Piccata, if anything I should be dating a mentor and Bania should be setting pins in a bowling alley.
||Hey, good luck with that.
||What are you wearing, an athletic sweat suit?
||What are you doing here?
||Well, he came by to pick up his check for the banquet hall. You know I got a hundred and eighty-three responses? Oh, it's gonna be a rager.
||Kramer, how are you gonna cook Jewish delicacies for a hundred and eighty-three people?
||Yeah, you're right. That's a lot of pupkitz. Hey Frank, you know anybody who can help me cook?
||Cook? No, I don't know any cooks. I don't know anything about cooking!
||What's the matter with him?
||My dad was a cook during the Korean War. Something very bad happened, ever since you can't get him near a kitchen.
||Oh yeah, but that has nothing to do with it.
||That's good work, guys. That aught to do it for today.
||Wait. You didn't ask me about my ideas.
||Oh, Eddie, well it's your first day.
||(reading) It's a hot night. The mind races. You think about your knife; the only friend who hasn't betrayed you, the only friend who won't be dead by sun up. Sleep tight, mates, in your quilted Chambray nightshirts.
||What am I gonna do? He is a disaster.
||Well, if he's doing that bad, maybe he's in line for another promotion.
||You know what? You are exactly right. That is what I should do, I should promote him. I'll give him another office on another floor and he can sit there with his nice title and his bayonet and stop freakin' me out.
||Nothing at all.
||Well George, your vision is quite impaired. If you'll just sign this insurance form, here's a pen.
||You're a very handsome man, by the way.
||What the hell is going on here?
||What are you doing?
||I got three kitchens going. I got brisket going at Newman's, I got kugel working at Mrs. Zamfino's, this is kreplach. Here, try some of this.
||No, I don't want to.
||Eat, eat! You're skin and bones.
||Oh, this is awful.
||Jerry, it's kreplach. It's an acquired taste, yeah.
||Did you follow the recipe?
||The recipe was for four to six people; I had to multiply for a hundred and eighty-three people. I guess I got confused.
||It tastes like dirt.
||Well I also dropped it on the way over. Look I'm in trouble, I got no skills. I can't peel, I can't chop, I can't grate. I can't mince! I got no sense of flavor, obviously. You know, I gotta talk to Frank.
||Kramer, you can't talk to Frank.
||No I gotta talk to him, I know that he can help me, Jerry.
||I think there's a dead animal in the elevator.
||My stuffed cabbage!
||So, great dinner last night.
||Yeah, it was alright.
||I told Cynthia we'd double with her and Bania Saturday and then catch his act.
||No. No, no way, no Bania.
||Have you seen his act? He's got a twelve-minute bit about Ovaltine. He's a punk, a patsy, a hack.
||Cynthia would not date a hack.
||Would. Does. Is.
||Before we get started, I am happy to tell you that Eddie Sherman is no longer writing for this catalog.
||He's upstairs, I made him Director of Corporate Development.
||You promoted him?
||Well, no, I would hardly--
||I bust my hump ever day.
||As far as I'm concerned, you and your deranged protg can run the catalog by yourselves! I quit!
||Well, hey? Hey. Hey!!
||Chapter one. In order to manage risk we must first understand risk. How do you spot risk? How do you avoid risk and what makes it so risky?
||This guy sounds just like me.
||To understand risk, we must first define risk.
||This is horrible.
||Risk is defined as--
||(banging the recorder) Stop it! Stop it!
||C'mon Frank, I need you. I mean the war was fifty years ago.
||In my mind, there's a war still going on.
||Alright, what happened, Frank? What is it that you can't get over?
||Inchon, Korea, 1950. I was the best cook Uncle Sam ever saw, slinging hash for the Fighting 103rd. As we marched north, our supply lines were getting thin. One day a couple of GIs found a crate, inside were six hundred pounds of prime Texas steer. At least it once was prime. The Use date was three weeks past, but I was arrogant, I was brash, I thought if I used just the right spices, cooked it long enough...
||I went too far. I over seasoned it. Men were keeling over all around me. I can still hear the retching, the screaming. I sent sixteen of my own men to the latrines that night. They were just boys.
||Frank, you were a boy too. And it was war. It was a crazy time for everyone.
||Tell that to Bobby Colby. All that kid wanted to do was go home. Well he went home alright, with a crater in his colon the size of a cutlet. Had to sit him on a cork the eighteen-hour flight home!
||Frank, now listen to me. Two hundred Jewish singles need you. This is your chance to make it all right again.
||No. No, I'll never cook again! Never! Now get out of my house!! Get out. Go.
||So you saw Bania's act?
||He got two minutes into that Ovaltine thing and I just couldn't take it anymore.
||I told you, it's like getting beaten with a bag of oranges.
||Why is he so obsessed with Ovaltine?
||He just thinks that anything that dissolves in milk is funny.
||Anyway, Cynthia and I got into this big argument afterwards and I think it's over.
||No more mentor?
||Looks that way.
||Well at least you and I are okay again.
||Actually I was kind of thinking that maybe we shouldn't see each other for a while.
||Well I'm feeling a little disoriented. It's just weird for me not to have an advisor.
||I can tell you what to do.
||No, it's more than that.
||I can tell you what to think.
||I need someone I can trust.
||I got a big problem here, Jerry. The tapes are worthless.
||Kind of in the middle of something here, George.
||I gotta run anyway.
||I can't believe you feel you really need a mentor.
||I just need someone who can give me some kind of direction. I'll see ya.
||Yeah, see ya.
||What's your problem.
||Hey, I think I got something here. The Bengalese Galoshes.
||(reading) It's tough keeping your feet dry when you're kicking in a skull.
||You know, Eddie, that might be just a tad harsh for womenswear.
||Well, I'm not married to it.
||Here's your omelet.
||That's the way I always make it.
||Well it sucks.
||What did you say?
||Your meatloaf is mushy, your salmon croquettes are oily and your eggplant parmesan is a disgrace to this house!
||Well that's too bad, because I'm the only one who cooks around here!
||Not any more! Gimme that spatula! I'm back, baby!
||And you're sure with your busy schedule you'd have time to take on a protg?
||I'll make time, because Abby, I was once like you; wide-eyed, naive, I didn't know the first thing about a subject as fundamental as risk management.
||I'm not familiar with that, you'll have to explain it to me.
||I'll tell you what, why don't you read this book and let's just see if you can explain it to me.
||Oh, hey Bania.
||Didja hear what happened? The mentor saw my act. She dumped me.
||Oh, that's too bad.
||Maybe she's right. Maybe I am a complete hack. I'm the absolute worst. The worst, Jerry.
||Well it's just that you got so many things with the milk. You got that Bosco bit then you got your Nestl's Quik bit, by the time you get to Ovaltine--
||You think you can give me a hand with my material?
||You still need a cook?
||Oh yeah, come on in, Frank.
||Ya got T-Fal?
||No! Follow me.
||(reading) Why do they call it Ovaltine? The mug is round. The jar is round. They should call it round tine. That's gold, Jerry! Gold!
||Let's just replace "hail of shrapnel" and "scar tissue" with "string of pearls" and "raspberry scones".
||George Costanza is your mentor?
||Yeah, he's great! I am learning so much.
||About what? How to calculate five percent of a restaurant check?
||You know what your problem is? You just have no respect for the mentor/mentor relationship.
||As a matter of fact, I happen to have a protg of my own.
||A Mister Kenneth Bania.
||I'm gonna mentor this kid to the top.
||Huh, well, I don't think I want to date a mentor whose protg is a hack.
||Well, I don't think I want to date a protg whose mentor is a Costanza.
||I don't know how we did it, but there's some kind of chemistry between us, we turned out one hell of a catalog.
||Hey Ed, let me ask you something. What's with the fatigues and all the psychotic imagery? Huh?
||I don't want to talk about it.
||Come on, don't be a baby.
||I went out on a couple of dates with this woman, I thought she really liked me, and then things kind of cooled off.
||Well it's tough meeting somebody you like, let alone somebody Jewish.
||Mm. This food is fantastic.
||Have you tried the hamentashen?
||I can't get off the kishkas.
||I just stopped by to thank you. That risk management stuff you wrote for me? It's killer!
||Aw, it's gold, Jerry! Gold! I got all these corporate gigs and even Cynthia took me back.
||So you went from the mailroom to the director of corporate development in two days?
||How much are they paying you? I'll double it.
||Ya know these latkes are going like hotcakes.
||Where's the powdered sugar?
||You know Frank, you could take a break.
||No breaks. I fell reborn, I'm like a Phoenix rising from Arizona.
||I can't churn out that pointless drivel any more.
||Well, you can't quit, you're all I've got. I need you!
||Our next speaker is George Costanza on the subject of risk management.
||Ovaltine. Have you ever had this stuff? Why is it called Ovaltine?
||They should call it round tine. You know what I'm talking about.
||(proudly, to the man seated beside him) He's my protg.
||Noooo!!! Don't eat it! No good!"