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The Contest 

George's mother throws her back out when she falls down after catching George performing a personal act; the gang partakes in a contest of self-denial.

Director:

Tom Cherones

Writers:

Larry David (created by), Jerry Seinfeld (created by) | 2 more credits »
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Episode complete credited cast:
Jerry Seinfeld ... Jerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Elaine Benes
Michael Richards ... Kramer
Jason Alexander ... George Costanza
Estelle Harris ... Estelle Constanza
Jane Leeves ... Marla
Ilana Levine ... Joyce
Rachel Sweet ... Shelly
Andrea Parker ... Nurse
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Storyline

After George's mother catches him alone in a somewhat embarrassing situation, Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer stage a contest to see who can last the longest without any sexual gratification. Temptation quickly sets in for everyone. Kramer is the first to fall after ogling the woman across the street who walks around her apartment naked. George is next after he visits his mother in hospital and her roommate gets a sponge bath across from the curtain separating them. Elaine signs up for a fitness class where none other than JFK Jr. is enrolled. Her fantasizing does the rest. Finally, Jerry's new girlfriend Marla decides it's time to lose her virginity but Jerry has to explain the contest. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy

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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1992 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander, Michael Richards, and Jerry Seinfeld had a superstitious ritual they completed before the taping of every episode. They gathered in the set of Jerry' bathroom and placed their hands on top of each others, and as they released them, they would all make a quick, very loud yelping sound. The group called this "The Circle of Power." This gesture made it into a couple of episodes, including this one. See more »

Goofs

When Jerry and Marla are making out on the couch someone walks past the bathroom window. See more »

Quotes

[after Kramer is out]
Elaine Benes: And then there were three.
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Connections

Spoofed in Family Guy: Jungle Love (2005) See more »

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The Wheels on the Bus
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Traditional
Performed by Michael Richards and Jerry Seinfeld
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The greatest episode of Seinfeld
17 June 2006 | by SupermanDude90See all my reviews

George's mother is forced to hospital after she throws her back out when she falls down after catching him doing "you know." When George says he'll never do it again, Jerry challenges him to a contest of being "master of your domains", when he accepts, Elaine and Kramer want in on the action, or rather the lack of it.

Things get worse when Kramer discovers that the women across the street is walking around with nothing on. Jerry is in the contest and dating a virgin leads him to say the hilarious rant,,, 'I can't take it anymore! She's driving me crazy! I can't sleep, I can't leave the house, and I' here, I'm climbin' the walls. Meanwhile, I'm dating a virgin, I'm in this contest - something's gotta give'

'The contest' is comedy at it's finest

Are you 'master of your domain'.


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