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The Opposite 

George decides to turn his life around by doing the exact opposite of what he would usually do. Elaine is having a lot of bad luck. Jerry keeps breaking even. Kramer gets the coffee table book published.

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A simple pick up line in the coffee shop proves Jerry's theory that every instinct George has is wrong. George decides to try the opposite, and that lands him an attractive girlfriend, a job offer with the New York Yankees, and an apartment that allows him to finally move out of his parent's house. Simultaneously, Elaine's mistake of stopping off for candy after learning her boyfriend was hospitalized causes her fortune to take a downturn. She gets kicked out of her apartment, breaks up with her boyfriend, and the candy causes a chain reaction that ultimately leads to the end of her longtime employer. Jerry sees the parallel between his two friends and realizes that he breaks even on just about everything. Kramer continues to take the book tour for his coffee table book, but Pendant Publishing's bankruptcy puts the book on the shelf. Written by halo1k

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19 May 1994 (USA)  »

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Jerry and George discuss what is essentially the premise of this episode way back in a scene from the pilot. See more »

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Elaine takes a bottle of water from Jerry's fridge and drinks from it. She is then seen taking the cap off the unopened bottle. See more »

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George Steinbrenner: [George is being interviewed by Mr. Cushman, Victoria's uncle, for a job with the New York Yankee. Cushman introduces him to George Steinbrenner, the owner of the Yankees] Nice to meet you.
George Costanza: Well, I wish I could say the same, but I must say, with all due respect, I find it very hard to see the logic behind some of the moves you have made with this fine organization. In the past twenty years you have caused myself, and the city of New York, a good deal of distress, as we have watched you take our ...
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"You're Even Steven!"
3 October 2011 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

Season 5, Episode 21, "The Opposite"

Since season 3, Seinfeld season finales were expected to break the status quo and introduce real change into the characters' lives. Season 5's finale is no exception. Elaine loses her long-time job with Pendant Publishing, which she's had for 5 seasons straight. While George finally moves out of his parents' house and gets a dream job with the New York Yankees, a job he'll hold for three more seasons, which finally put an end to his long-running unemployed loser period (he will now be an employed loser).

"The Opposite" isn't as grandiose as the finales for seasons 4 and 5; in fact it's quite a simple episode in it setting and presentation. But its brilliant construction and the relationship between the story lines for the four characters make it one of the best episodes in the season, and one of the best written episodes in the entire series.


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