Seinfeld: Season 9, Episode 8

The Betrayal (20 Nov. 1997)

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The gang goes to a wedding in India.



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The famous "backwards episode". Elaine decides to spite her old college roommate Sue Ellen Mischkie by taking her, Jerry and George to India to attend Sue Ellen's wedding. Elaine repeatedly reveals secrets about her past when Jerry discovers the combination to Elaine's "vault". Jerry runs in to an ex-flame - Nina, who is a "great conversationalist". George wears boots that alter his height to impress Nina and doesn't use the bathroom the entire time they are in India. Meanwhile, Kramer has a nasty encounter with a man named Franklin Delano Romanowski who tells him to drop dead. Written by halo1k

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The expression "You can stuff your sorries in a sack, mister" is used throughout this episode and is a reference to an "Odd Couple" episode entitled "Strike Up the Band or Else." See more »


When the airplane they are flying to India on is "Somewhere between New York and India" the aircraft shown is clearly a Boeing 747. However, during the interior shots of the aircraft, it is clearly a Boeing 737 or a similar airframe. See more »


George Costanza: Hello, friend. Enjoying the flight?
Jerry Seinfeld: Coach to India: only way to go.
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Because of the backwards nature of this episode, the Castle Rock logo appears at the beginning with the lighthouse spinning the other way. Additionally, all the credits show in backwards order. See more »


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A very clever parody of Harold Pinter's movie "Betrayal."
10 April 2007 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

This episode is based on the movie "Betrayal" by Harold Pinter (winnerof the Nobel Prize for Literature, 2005). The movie starred Jeremy Irons and Ben Kingsley as long-time friends and business associates. As the movie opens, Irons's character meets with Patricia Hodge, the wife of Kingsley's character, to reminisce about an affair they'd broken off about a year earlier. The movie then moves backward in time until the closing scene that occurs just before Irons and Hodge embark on their affair. At every moment, the audience knows more than the characters do, which gives the story a compelling poignancy.

Seinfeld takes this conceit to hysterically funny levels by continually introducing "prior" information that makes what we just saw happen "later" all the funnier. The episode incorporates some inside jokes as well: there are several "love triangles" going on (Elaine, Susan, Pinter form one; Jerry, George, and Nina the other) and of course, the character of Pinter is an homage to Harold Pinter. The fact that they all go to India for the wedding may be a nod to Kingsley's heritage (he's half Indian).

Very creative and very funny, this episode proved that "Seinfeld" could be fresh and innovative even in its 9th season.

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