Seinfeld: Season 4, Episode 17

The Outing (11 Feb. 1993)

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A woman is eavesdropping on the conversation that Elaine has with Jerry and George at the coffee shop. Elaine decides to give the woman the impression that Jerry and George are a homosexual... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Male Nurse
Manager (as Lawrence A. Mandley)
Charley J. Garrett ...
Man #1 (as Charley Garrett)
Deck McKenzie ...
David Gibbs ...


A woman is eavesdropping on the conversation that Elaine has with Jerry and George at the coffee shop. Elaine decides to give the woman the impression that Jerry and George are a homosexual couple. Unfortunately that woman is a reporter from NYU who is doing an interview with Jerry for the school newspaper. She goes to Jerry's apartment and the suspicions are confirmed when Jerry and George get in a fight over a piece of fruit. She publishes an article using the angle that Jerry and George are a homosexual couple. Things get even worse when Jerry's birthday gifts don't help his case any when Kramer gives Jerry a faulty two-line phone and George gets Jerry tickets to the musical "Guys And Dolls". George doesn't help his case any when he uses the homosexual angle of the article to get out of a bad relationship and his mother freaks out and is admitted to the hospital. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Written by halo1k

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When George is in the hospital visiting his mother and sees a male nurse bathing a male patient, it is reminiscent of "The Contest" when he visits his mother in the hospital and sees the same situation over in the next curtain but with two women. See more »


When George is visiting his mother in the hospital, the male nurse enters the room and gives Estelle's roommate, Scott a sponge-bath. U.S. hospitals do not have "coed" rooms, and Estelle and "Scott" would never be hospitalized in the same room together. See more »


[repeated line]
Jerry Seinfeld: [on homosexuality] Not that there's anything wrong with that!
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References Guys and Dolls (1955) See more »

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24 April 2008 | by (wisconsin) – See all my reviews

From one of the best sitcoms ever, a take on what it means to be thought of as gay.

As a gay man, it's my opinion that this Seinfeld episode is an extraordinarily sharp, clever, and brutally honest commentary on straight attitudes toward gay people.

Of course, I'm speaking about contemporary urban/suburban life where "liberal" or "tolerant" views are not only accepted, they're enforced. They're enforced by peer pressure; few would admit to homophobia or anything other than an accepting take on gay life. In a phrase: political correctness.

This episode exposes the hypocrisy of many straight people who declare gay people as their equals. It happens every time Jerry (or any other character) says, "Not that there's anything wrong with that." What they're really saying, of course, is that there's EVERYthing wrong with that if THEY are being thought of as gay. Acceptance for these people only goes so far.

Thankfully, in the 15 or so years since this episode first aired, attitudes have become more enlightened. Me, myself, I think lot of the change is due to media exposure in general, and this episode of Seinfeld in particular.

Now if only some sitcom writer would come up with a similarly clever way to demolish the truly hurtful phrase: "That's so gay" . . . .

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