Seinfeld: Season 3, Episode 16

The Fix Up (5 Feb. 1992)

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Jerry and Elaine fix George up with a friend of hers.



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Cynthia (as Maggie Jakobson)


George is convinced he is fated never to have a relationship with an attractive, interesting woman. Similarly, Elaine's friend Cynthia is convinced all of the good men are either taken or know they're good and so not available to her. Jerry and Elaine decide to arrange an introduction for the two of them and agree to share everything they hear after their date. It turns out that they have quite a story, one that is made more interesting when the condoms Kramer got from a friend turns out to have been defective. Written by garykmcd

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Maggie Jakobson also worked with Jason Alexander in Sexual Healing (1993). See more »


When Cynthia talks to Elaine on the phone, the way her comforter is folded changes between shots. See more »


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Contrary to popular belief, it wasn't the fourth season that got Seinfeld recognized at the Emmys. Sure, the fourth year was the only time the show won Outstanding Comedy Series, but it could already boast a couple of awards at the end of its third series: Best Supporting Actor for Michael Richards (who else?) and, thanks to this wonderful episode, Outstanding Writing for Larry Charles (who went on to work with Larry David on Curb Your Enthusiasm) and Elaine Pope. And it's quite some writing.

The Fix Up does exactly what it says on the tin: it's about Jerry and Elaine fixing up George with a friend of hers, Cynthia (Maggie Wheeler). Despite some initial hesitation on either's behalf (Elaine's first description of Costanza is not the definition of a turn-on), the two get along fabulously, at least until Cynthia misses her period and George discovers the condom Kramer gave him was defective.

That a mainstream sitcom in the early '90s had the guts to make condom jokes is already very remarkable (even Friends waited until 2001 for that to happen), but what really makes the episode click, besides the usual witty conversations (case in point: Elaine and Cynthia discussing the fix-up): the impeccable chemistry between Jason Alexander and Maggie Wheeler. The latter made her name two years later on Friends, playing Chandler's on-off (and mildly psychotic) girlfriend Janice, perfecting the skills she first showed in The Fix Up: great timing, enviable ability to deliver the silliest lines and THAT instantly recognizable voice. The only thing missing in her excellent performance is her famous catchphrase, but that's no big issue: Alexander handles that part to perfection in the third act. A double act par excellence.

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