Seinfeld: Season 9, Episode 22

The Finale (14 May 1998)

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After George and Jerry land a production deal with NBC, the four head out for Paris on NBC's private plane and are waylaid in a small Massachusetts town.

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Five years after he and George made their original pitch, Jerry gets a call from NBC saying they want to go ahead with the original proposal. As a perk, they offer him the company jet to take him anywhere he likes and he, Elaine, George and Kramer are soon winging their way to Paris. They don't get very far when the plane has to make an emergency landing - thanks to Kramer's water-logged ear - and soon find themselves with a few hours to kill in a small town. When they see a fat man being car-jacked, they make fun of it but are soon arrested under a new Good Samaritan law for failing to help him. Written by garykmcd

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Because of the immense amount of scrutiny around the plot of the final episode, security during production was high. Audience members who attended the taping (most of whom were family and friends of those involved with the show) had to sign affidavits swearing not to reveal the events of the episode. See more »

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While Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer are witnessing the robbery of the Massachusettian, the reflection of the police officer is visible in the store window just over Kramer's left shoulder. The officer is waiting for his cue to join the scene but has inadvertently already made his appearance; had his visibility been intentional, he too would have been guilty of breaking the Good Samaritan Law because he was idly watching the robbery. See more »

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Cosmo Kramer: [after Jerry tells Kramer he's moving to California] You're moving to California?
Jerry: Yeah!
Cosmo Kramer: But Jerry, what happens if the show's a hit? You could be out there for years. You might never come back!
Jerry: No, I'll be back.
Cosmo Kramer: Jerry, it's L.A., nobody leaves. She's a suductress, she's a siren, she's a virgin, she's a whore.
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a misunderstood conclusion to the series...
16 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Seinfeld was in part so enjoyable because the characters had no real responsibilities at all. There was a unique escapism in the humor and simplicity of their relationships. We were free to laugh at anything and everything because nothing mattered. The truth is that humans are not meant to live that way, though. It was a state of isolation.

As much as everyone enjoyed the lighthearted notion that Seinfeld had no specific point to make, the reality was that an undercurrent of social apathy was present throughout. The finale was all about reaping what they sowed. The wrath of the fan base that felt so slighted by the story was misplaced. In the entire series the characters contributed virtually nothing to society; they are the representation of a whole generation of single, aimless people who have no purpose or direction.

We would be naive to think that the ending wasn't obsessed over for years. I'm convinced that it was exactly the way the story was meant to finish. Brilliant.


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