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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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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Jerry Seinfeld ... Jerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Elaine Benes
Michael Richards ... Cosmo Kramer
Jason Alexander ... George Costanza
Estelle Harris ... Estelle Costanza
Jane Leeves ... Marla Penny
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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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Estelle Harris, who played George's mother, had not seen Seinfeld before she auditioned. See more »

Goofs

When Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) & Marla (Jane Leeves ) are kissing on the couch, a person walking behind the set is visible through the window in Jerry's bathroom. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jerry Seinfeld: You don't want to visualize your parents having sex. You know what I mean? It's somehow a very uncomfortable thing. You know, in your mind that they had to have sex at least once to have you. But you still kind of maintain the image in your head of, "Well, I don't know. I'm not positive. I can't prove it. I don't know if that actually happened." That's why I think if I found I was adopted, that would really come as great news. I'm adopted? That's great! I'd be happy to hear that. ...
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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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4 May 2018 | by coverplex-12802See all my reviews

This probably has to be the best episode in situational comedy. A show that had everything including slapstick comedy went right to the line and never crossed it.


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Official Sites:

Hulu | Sony Pictures Television

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1992 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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