10. The Outing
Plot Summary: When Elaine notices that two young women in the next booth are eavesdropping she decides to have a bit of fun and tells George and Jerry that they should come out and tell everyone they are a couple. They play along but unbeknownst to anyone, one of the women is a student journalist from NYU who later interviews Jerry. When he finally makes the connection, he tries to convince her that he and George are not gay – not that there’s anything wrong with that! – but the more he tries, the more he convinces her otherwise. The story goes viral and George decides to put their new found notoriety to use in his own relationship.
Fun Fact: Interestingly, the writers were worried that the originally script for this episode would offend the gay community. When Larry David used the phrase “not that there’s anything wrong with that” in conversations about salvaging the episode, Jerry Seinfeld added the line to make the episode socially acceptable.
9. The Pilot
Plot Summary: In the fourth season finale, Jerry and George’s pilot is finally a go. But before the taping, Elaine desperately tries to avoid NBC president Russell Dalrymple after an awkward date, while Kramer comes face to face with his TV show counterpart. Before the pilot airs, Crazy Joe Davola (see episode “The Opera”) shows up to put a damper in the gang’s plans. As the pilot is finally finished and ready for airtime, the executives at NBC aren’t impressed with the result.
Fun Fact: Rosie O’Donnell, Patricia Heaton, Mariska Hargitay, Jessica Lundy, Amy Yasbeck and Megan Mullally all auditioned for the role of Elaine. Mariska Hargitay would return playing a TV executive here in The Pilot.
8. The Parking Garage
Plot Summary: The four get stuck in a parking garage for hours when they forget where they parked.
Fun Fact: The original ending was supposed to have the foursome driving around without finding the exit, but it revised in the end when, during shooting, the car actually would not start.
7. The Limo
Plot Summary: Jerry and George lie their way into a limo heading for Madison Square Garden to, or so they think, a Knicks/Bulls basketball game. Along the way they pick up Elaine and Kramer but soon become fearful of two Neo-Nazis and discover the event they’re really headed to.
Fun Fact: Suzanne Snyder, who plays Eva, would return as Poppie’s daughter, Audrey, in “The Pie.” (Sorry, that was the best fact I could find.)
6. The Boyfriend: Part I
Plot Summary: This first hour long episode details a very extensive story line. For one Jerry develops a man crush on Mets first baseman, Keith Hernandez. While Keith on the other hand yearns for Elaine. Also, George struggles to keep his unemployment money coming. And during all this commotion Kramer and Newman accuse Keith of perpetrating a JFK style spitting assassination on Kramer.
Fun Fact: According to Keith Hernandez, Darryl Strawberry was originally supposed to play the “Second Spitter,” but due to Strawberry’s drug problems, he was replaced.
5. The Contest
Plot Summary: After George is caught masturbating by his mother, the four main characters devise a contest to see who can go the longest without pleasuring him/herself. Marla, Jerry’s girlfriend, with whom he has yet to have sex, learns of the contest and is disgusted.
Fun Fact: The episode was based on an actual contest that Larry David held with friends. It lasted several months, and David eventually won it.
4. The Soup Nazi
Plot Summary: A soup stand owner obsesses about his customers’ ordering procedure, but his soup is so good that people line up down the block for it anyway.
Fun Fact: Larry Thomas based the Soup Nazi’s accent on Omar Sharif’s in Lawrence of Arabia.
3. The Stall
Plot Summary: Jerry’s new girlfriend and Elaine have an argument at the toilet, unaware of each other’s identities. Jerry finds himself in an awkward position, as both parties claim their right on the matter, as well as trying to avoid confrontation between the two.
Fun Fact: Only one of two episodes in which Jerry actually uses the computer in his apartment.
2. The Bubble Boy
Plot Summary: Jerry agrees to visit a boy who lives in a plastic bubble on the way to Susan’s parents’ cabin. Jerry and Elaine, however, get lost; George and Susan visit the bubble boy instead, which later results in a fight after a misprint in Trivial Pursuit.
Fun Fact: In 1999, a computer virus “Bubbleboy,” named after this episode was the first of its kind: Malware that would activate itself when the recipient opened the email, as opposed to opening the attachment.
1. The Invitations:
Plot Summary: It’s finally time for George and Susan’s wedding. George doesn’t think he can go through with the wedding. But when Susan puts George in charge of the wedding invitations, George gets the cheapest ones in the lot, knowing that the glue for the envelopes is cheap. Unfortunately for Susan, the glue is also toxic and licking the envelopes has fatal consequences. Meanwhile, Jerry courts a woman just like him named Janeanne Steinberg and holds up his end of George’s “pact.”
Fun Fact: Elaine tells George that the best way to get his wedding called off is to ask Susan to sign a prenup. This is an inside joke. Jerry Seinfeld’s girlfriend Shoshanna Lonstein called off their engagement after being asked to sign a prenup.
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