‘Ask Amy’ Columnist Not Pleased After Being Punked By Keith Hernandez ‘Seinfeld’ Episode
It's always a delight when life imitates Seinfeld, but when it all unfolds in the pages of your local newspaper as part of a glorious prank, then that's a great day indeed. So you're familiar with the Ask Amy column, we assume. Amy Dickinson is our current version of Dear Abby, doling out advice to the confused, the lonely-hearted and, in this case, the folks with problems concerning ex-Mets players.
A guy wrote in to Ask Amy, and his "problem" was that a pro sports personality that he had just met was taking their relationship too far, too fast -- asking him to help him move, and showing up to his house all the time. If that sounds familiar, it's because it's the exact plot of the Seinfeld episode "The Boyfriend", actually a two-part episode from Season 3, in 1992, featuring Keith Hernandez as Jerry's new friend.
The letter appeared in an Ask Amy column, and she dutifully gave her advice (dump him). Today she discovered she had been duped, and responded.
"I often think that if I didn’t actually have a job, punking advice columnists is exactly what I would do with my time."
Here's the letter, and the response:
Dear Amy: I recently ran into a famous local sports figure at my gym.
I didn’t want to bother him but much to my surprise he approached me. Turns out he knew me from my profession. He asked if I wanted to go out for coffee and we exchanged numbers. A few days later we had coffee and I thought it was pretty cool that he considered us friends.
Then everything changed. He told me he was interested in taking out a woman we ran into. She is my ex-girlfriend and we’ve remained good friends. He asked me a couple of times if I wouldn’t mind if he asked her out. I reluctantly said no. I made plans with him, and then after talking to my ex I found out that he ditched our plans to go out with her.
The next day he called me and asked if I could help him move some furniture. I barely know the guy, next thing he will be asking me to drive him to the airport. Two friends of mine warned me not to trust this guy. What’s the deal — am I being too rash or should I dump the guy as a friend?
— Feeling Foolish
Dear Foolish: The good news here is that you won’t have to dump the guy as a friend because he is not a friend. He’s an opportunist who just keeps asking you for stuff. I suspect that when you turn down his generous offer to let you move furniture for him, you’ll likely never hear from him again.
Dear Readers: Every once in awhile, I get punked by a villainous, fun-loving reader. I have some affection for these episodes because I often think that if I didn’t actually have a job, punking advice columnists is exactly what I would do with my time. But alas I do have a job and so I am left with the task of sharing my humiliation, as well as trying to enjoy readers’ reactions. Honestly, I can’t believe I missed this one, because I have absorbed enough Seinfeld episodes to power a parallel universe of columns based only on Seinfeld plotlines.
Notes: Hernandez reports that he still makes about $3,000 a year in Seinfeld royalties. ... Seinfeld himself has said that the two-part episode was his favorite. It also featured the "second spitter" plotline, in which Newman and Kramer recall the time that Hernandez spit at them following a Mets game, with Jerry theorizing that a single spitter never could have carried it out, and that Roger McDowell must have been the second spitter; also George dated the daughter of an unemployment clerk in order to get extended benefits.
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— Sam Farmer (@LATimesfarmer) January 25, 2016
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