Seinfeld: Season 3, Episode 15

The Suicide (29 Jan. 1992)

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After a suicide attempt by Jerry's neighbor lands him in a coma, Jerry begins a relationship with his girlfriend. George visits a psychic who predicts trouble on his upcoming trip. Elaine agonizes over having to fast before surgery.



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When Jerry's neighbor Martin tries to commit suicide after his girlfriend Gina tries to break up with, Martin ends up in a coma in the hospital. As for Gina, she ends up in bed with Jerry as they begin a fling. He can help but wonder about the morality of it all. Elaine meanwhile takes George to a psychic who tells him something terrible will happen during his forthcoming holiday to Grand Cayman. He frets over it and gets Kramer to take his ticket off his hands. Kramer has quite a tale to tell him on his return. As for Elaine, she has to fast for a few days before undergoing medical tests. Written by garykmcd

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First mention of George's brother. While visiting a psychic George claims that his "brother once impregnated a girl named Pauline." In later episodes, George is portrayed as being an only child. See more »


After Jerry leaves his garbage on Kramer's door and knocks when he closes his apartment door you can see the whole wall shake. See more »


Gina: [Gina's boyfriend Martin is in a coma] Kiss me right in front of him.
Jerry: I can't. What if he wakes up.
Gina: A man is lying here unconscious and you're afraid of him. What kind of a man are you?
Jerry: I'm a man who respects a good coma.
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Hello, Newman!
13 November 2008 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Chubby, wearing glasses, constantly hungry, hatching mischievous plans and giggling like only true maniacs are able to: that would be Newman, then. Best described as Jerry Seinfeld's nemesis, the character first made a voice-only cameo in Season Two, with Larry David (subsequently dubbed in reruns and on the DVD after the part was recast) expressing the fat loser's frustration. It is here, however, that he makes his first real appearance, played by Wayne Knight, also known for smaller parts in films like basic Instinct and Jurassic Park.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves: the main focus of the episode is the suicide attempt by one of Jerry's neighbors. When the incident lands him in a coma, Jerry embarks on a relationship with his girlfriend. As it happens, Newman is a good friend of the poor guy, and vows to make sure Jerry gets in trouble, while also finding time to hang out with Kramer. As this goes on, George sees a psychic who has no good news for him, and Elaine gets mad when she has to stop eating before surgery.

Suicide is something that few sitcoms at the time would have had the guts to deal with in a lighter fashion. Then again, given the bolder choices of content made by the writers in later seasons, their approach to the matter is rather tame. Besides, the whole story is just an excuse for Jerry and Newman to square off. The series co-creator has acknowledged in interviews that he and Larry David knew right off the bat that Knight would be perfect for the role, and their confidence is repaid more than expected from the very moment the villainous nerd makes his entrance, with Jerry sarcastically saying: "Hello, Newman!" and his adversary replying with fake cheerfulness: "Hello, Jerry!". No offense to Jerry Stiller, who later joined the show as George's father, but Wayne Knight could easily be the funniest guest star in Seinfeld's wildly successful history.

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