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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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Trivia

Susan tells George that she taped "Mad About You". However, in an episode of "Mad About You" (Season 1, Episode 8, "The Apartment") it is revealed that Paul has been subletting his old apartment to Kramer, thus putting both "Mad About You" and "Seinfeld" within the same fictional universe. See more »

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When Jerry says, "I have a real problem with shushing!" his arms are spread and his coffee is on the table. In the next shot, he is holding his coffee near his face. See more »

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Susan Ross: [after George tells his mother he and Susan are getting married, her mother asks to speak to Susan] I just want you to know that I love your son very much.
Estelle Constanza: You do?
Susan Ross: Yes.
Estelle Constanza: Really?
Susan Ross: Yes.
Estelle Constanza: May I ask why?
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Performed by Don Was
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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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