The Motion Sickness
Jerry spends an entire set telling personal anecdotes — but there’s nothing funny about them. “The only joke,” he says, closing out his set, “is myself.”
One day, Kramer notices that he’s been suffering a terrible malaise for the longest time. Not only is he no longer praying, he is no longer even thinking of God. Deciding to end this horrible feeling, he goes to church and steps in a confessional. “Father,” he says, “I am beginning to worry that I no longer feel God’s love not because I have done evil, nor because He is angry with me, but because He is not there at all.” The priest is silent for an awkward moment, then says, “I have been fearing the same thing my whole life.” There is another moment of silence, then a stifled sob.
When George takes the Staten Island Ferry on a particularly windy day, he comes down with an incurable case of motion sickness. The queasiness sets upon him again when he takes the subway, so he starts taking taxicabs everywhere. When one cabbie drives far too erratically, he is similarly unable to ride anywhere by car. Soon, he is unable to walk, stand, or even lie down without feeling an extraordinary nausea. It is only during the autopsy that his family learns he was walking around obliviously for ten days after his appendix ruptured.
Elaine gets her hair styled in a new way, which turns out to have been a terrible mistake.