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
Did You Know?
The word "masturbation" (the subject of the episode) is never mentioned. The script originally did use the word but Seinfeld and David realized that the episode would be funnier and less controversial without it. David claims that if NBC had rejected the episode he would have quit. NBC received only 31 complaints from viewers. 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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