Seinfeld (1989–1998)
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The Comeback 

George tries to come up with a good comeback after someone insults him. Elaine falls in love with a mysterious employee at the video store. Kramer wants to die a certain way. Jerry takes advice from a tennis player who stinks.


D. Owen Trainor (as David Owen Trainor)


Larry David (created by), Jerry Seinfeld (created by) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Seinfeld ... Jerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Elaine Benes
Michael Richards ... Cosmo Kramer
Jason Alexander ... George Costanza
Mark Harelik ... Milos
Ben Stein ... Shellbach
Joel Polis ... Reilly
Ivana Milicevic ... Patty (as Ivana Milavich)
Danny Strong ... Vincent
Richard Livingston Richard Livingston ... Bill
Charles Kahlenberg Charles Kahlenberg ... Fred
Stan Sellers ... McAdam
Peggy Mannix ... Woman
Fatima Lowe Fatima Lowe ... Secretary
Nancy Linehan Charles ... Woman Exec.


George gets insulted by a co-worker named Reilly during a business meeting with the line "Hey George, the ocean called and they're running out of shrimp." He plans to get back at him with the "jerk store" remark, which all his friends try to change. Jerry buys a new tennis racket from Milos, a tennis pro-shop worker, because he thinks he is a great tennis player. Jerry finds out that Milos is a terrible tennis player and Milos offers Jerry his wife, Patty as some sort of "medieval sexual payola." Patty loses respect for Milos so Milos begs Jerry to let him win a game of tennis in front of Patty. Elaine is renting videos from "Vincent's Picks" and develops a secret phone relationship with him. She betrays him when she rents "Weekend at Bernie's," a "Gene Pick." Kramer asks Elaine to act as a witness to "pull the plug" if he ever goes into a coma because he watches "The Other Side of Darkness." He finds out that the woman coma victim wakes up and changes his mind after he signs the will... Written by Jim

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A huge tent was used to cover an outdoor court in this episode, because the only indoor court in California was booked. During taping the episode a torrential rain storm occurred, and if you look carefully you can see large puddles of water all over the court. Rain water managed to get inside the tent, sparking fears people could be electrocuted. Not long after the shoot was wrapped, a gust of wind caused the tent to collapse, and the terrified cast and crew ran to the exits. Producer Tim Kaiser stated that 500,000 pounds of rain water ended up pelting them. Following this incident, a half-court set was built at the CBS Radford Studios to finish shooting the sequence. Many of the close-ups, Ben Stein's tennis lesson and all of the Kramer (Michael Richards) scenes were recorded during this much safer shoot. See more »


Kramer (Michael Richards) tells Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) he's meeting with "Shelbig", his lawyer, yet later his secretary calls him "Shelbock." Later still, when Kramer goes to find the lawyer (Ben Stein) at his tennis lesson, he calls him "Shelback." See more »


Reilly: Hey, George. The ocean called, they're running out of shrimp.
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References Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (1994) See more »


Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
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Delightfully stupid
8 February 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

Overall, 'The Comeback' is a strong episode.; jam-packed as usual, but the plots hang together pretty well. Kramer's efforts to amend his will offers Ben Stein in an apt guest shot (in all of his monotone glory). It's silly, but not outlandish.

And then there's George's masterful retort: "Well, the jerk store called . . . !" The line is glorious, even if it doesn't make sense. But screw it, it's relatable; how many of us have concocted just the right burn *after* an altercation? It's one of the show's best lines and (honestly) what the Internet meme was made for. And seeing him jet off to Akron just to zing a guy is a brilliant example of how big of an idiot George is. This whole episode iw roth it just for Jason Alexander's full-on storm-off tirade.


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30 January 1997 (USA) See more »

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