It’s impossible to watch Jerry Seinfeld and Michael Richards together without recalling their Seinfeld characters. But in the season finale of Seinfeld’s web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, the pair were more somber during their reunion than we remember their sitcom counterparts.
The episode started off on a light note, with Seinfeld driving to pick up his former on-screen neighbor in a rusted “dove blue” VW. Richards questioned Seinfeld’s new-found coffee obsession: “What is that coffee, liquor, money? Is that your life now?” he asked.
Once they reach their destination, Richards got philosophical. He told an anecdote about playing chess with a homeless savante and discussed the “great universality” of Kramer’s soul before addressing his controversial 2006 rant when he used racial epithets. “I should have been working selflessly that evening,” he said. “I blew it in the comedy club. … I lashed out in anger.” Richards said he hasn’t been able to perform since that incident which “still kicks him around a bit” inside.
Watch the episode below: