After George's mother catches him alone in a somewhat embarrassing situation, Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer stage a contest to see who can last the longest without any sexual gratification. Temptation quickly sets in for everyone. Kramer is the first to fall after ogling the woman across the street who walks around her apartment naked. George is next after he visits his mother in hospital and her roommate gets a sponge bath across from the curtain separating them. Elaine signs up for a fitness class where none other than JFK Jr. is enrolled. Her fantasizing does the rest. Finally, Jerry's new girlfriend Marla decides it's time to lose her virginity but Jerry has to explain the contest. Written by
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This episode was based on a real-life "contest" that Larry David had with friends of his which lasted several months. David won. He had wanted to a write an episode based on the contest earlier in the series but was unsure of what the cast's reaction would be. See more
Jerry remarks to his mother that he's watching "Tiny Toons" on Nickelodeon. "Tiny Toon Adventures" didn't begin airing on Nickelodeon until 1995, whereas "The Contest" first aired in late 1992. See more
[after Kramer is out
And then there were three.
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