Seinfeld (1989–1998)
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The Truth 

A bad breakup between George and his girlfriend leads to tax troubles for Jerry.



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Tina (as Siobhan Fallon)


Jerry is being audited by the IRS but everything is in hand as George's new girlfriend Patrice is an accountant and former IRS auditor and she has agreed to help him out. Unfortunately, George isn't too happy with the relationship and when she asks him to tell her the truth about how he feels, he obliges. Their break-up leads Patrice to a residential depression clinic and Jerry is desperate to get his tax receipts back. Elaine meanwhile is having to put up with Kramer who is dating her roommate. She is particular upset by the fact that Kramer accidentally saw her naked. Written by garykmcd

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25 September 1991 (USA)  »

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George Costanza's middle name is Louis, which is mentioned in the episode "The Truth". See more »


Right before George enters Jerry's apartment after telling his date "the truth", Jerry is telling Elaine and Kramer "here he I am, about to go to the electric chair, while my oldest friend is dating the governor". Jerry then crosses his arms and leans against the counter. In the very next shot, as George enters the apartment, Jerry's arms are no longer crossed and he is suddenly holding a glass of orange juice. See more »


George Costanza: The truth. You want the truth? It *is* your earrings. It *is* the chopsticks, but it's so much more. You're pretentious. You call everyone by their full name You call my doorman, Sammy, "Samuel" but you didn't even say "Samuel" You went "Sam - U - EL" Papie-eh Mach-eh What is Papie-ay Mach-ay?
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Featured in Seinfeld: Highlights of a Hundred (1995) See more »


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"Pity is very underrated"
3 November 2016 | by See all my reviews

There's something about this episode that kept me coming for more and I finally found what it is: realism. I noticed that specifically in the first seasons Seinfeld was really concerned about the realistic quality of the situations the gang experienced, hence, you can always find a Seinfeld referenced to quote in any given real situation. But, as I said, that is more notorious in the first 5 seasons (almost unseen in the last 2) and The Truth is a perfect example of this 'realistic quality'.

Apart from being a ridiculously entertaining episode, The Truth manages to tackle several situations that help build a realistic world within Seinfeld and to further explore their characters. George is dating a pretentious 'artist', Jerry is being audited and Kramer and Elaine are having trouble since he started dating Elaine's roommate. Every single storyline has this realistic quality and gives a sense of depth to each character to the point that you actually believe these people are experiencing this things.

To begin with, there is something about watching Jerry deal with tax problems that makes him extremely human and relatable. I couldn't see this kind of plot line in the latter seasons no matter what. His comments about the sticky situation all ring true and are actually funny and poignant. George problem with the papier-maché artist is just hilarious. We all know these kind of people and every thing George says about it is just on point. And my favorite of the bunch is Kramer and Elaine's story. I don't know what is it, but seeing Elaine deal with a very common issue like your roommate's boyfriend or antics is so refreshing and Julia's performance sells it perfectly. Also I kind of love the fact that Kramer cooks tomato sauce and makes a mess out of it and who couldn't love the picture of Kramer and Tina dancing to tribal music. Bizzardly lovely.

Overall, a perfectly rounded episode with relatable and funny situations and great performances.

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