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The Engagement 

While sitting in the coffee shop, Jerry and George resolve to grow up and take life more seriously. Jerry decides to call the woman he recently broke up with - because she shushed him. For ... See full summary »

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While sitting in the coffee shop, Jerry and George resolve to grow up and take life more seriously. Jerry decides to call the woman he recently broke up with - because she shushed him. For his part, George has been thinking a lot about his former girlfriend Susan. After imagining the ideal life they could have together, he goes to her apartment and proposes. She accepts and George almost immediately begins to have second thoughts, especially after Jerry breaks up with his girlfriend a second time. Elaine meanwhile is having trouble with a neighbor's barking dog and enlists the help of two professionals to get rid of the problem: Kramer and Newman. Written by garykmcd

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21 September 1995 (USA)  »

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Newman is often referenced in relation to infamous New York serial killer David Berkowitz, the 'Son of Sam'. He claims to have taken over his postal route and inherited his mailbag which he offers as collateral for Kramer's gambling debts. Berkowitz claimed that his actions were forced upon him by his neighbours dog and Newman states the same when he helps Elaine kidnap her neighbour's dog. When the police turn up to arrest him Newman asks 'How come it took you so long?' which is exactly what Berkowitz said when he was arrested. See more »

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At about 3:23, at the very end of the scene where George and Jerry make their pact to "make some changes," the shadow of a boom mike sweeps over Jerry's hair. See more »

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Jerry Seinfeld: [after George tells Jerry he's marrying Susan] Hey, wait a second. Wait a second. ! How about some champagne?
George Costanza: Champagne?
Jerry Seinfeld: Yes, come on! How often do you get engaged? Come on!
[Jerry looks around his kitchen for champagne]
George Costanza: Okay! Alright!
Jerry Seinfeld: [after he can't find any champagne] You know what? No champagne. I'll see you later.
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References Mad About You (1992) See more »

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You Stepped Out of a Dream
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Music by Nacio Herb Brown
[Plays when George has memories of Susan.]
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"What are we doing?"
8 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

A perfect episode to start out Season 7.

Larry David is a freaking genius. The idea of George getting engaged is absolute gold. This is probably about the only thing Seinfeld hadn't tackled before: marriage. It is not marriage per se in this season but is the world of long-term relationships and who better to be the protagonist of that situation that our hero George Costanza.

Everything about George's story is perfect. From the opening conversation with Jerry to the Costanza's reaction and him regretting his decision in a matter of minutes. And it makes perfect sense that Susan is his choice considering his past with her and above that she just makes the perfect hateable wife. I got nothing against her, but you could see why George would have.

That being said, it is not a perfect episode and the main reason is the other parallel story. Elaine situation with the barking dog is very funny and surprisingly relatable but it is the way they handle it that takes Seinfeld into more absurd ground, a ground they would approach further on the series. Because up until this season there were no incredibly weird or improbable events in Seinfeld track record (except for a few times) but it is in Season 7 that the weirdness started taking hold of the show. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Here it definitely works but it differentiates too much with such a realistic thing as marriage on the other side. Plus, it doesn't connect at all with the other story.

Nevertheless it's a great opening episode for this season and the start of one the most memorable arcs in the series.


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