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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.

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Episode complete credited cast:
... Jerry Seinfeld
... Elaine Benes
... Kramer
... George Costanza
... Estelle Constanza
... Marla
... Joyce
... Shelly
... Nurse
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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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18 November 1992 (USA)  »

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Trivia

In Curb Your Enthusiasm: Shaq (2001), it is revealed that this is Shaquille O'Neal's favorite episode. See more »

Goofs

Jerry remarks to his mother that he's watching "Tiny Toons" on Nickelodeon. "Tiny Toon Adventures" didn't begin airing on Nickelodeon until 1995, whereas "The Contest" first aired in late 1992. See more »

Quotes

Jerry Seinfeld: But are you still "Master of your Domain?"
George Costanza: I am king of the county. You?
Jerry Seinfeld: Lord of the Manor.
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Featured in Curb Your Enthusiasm: Shaq (2001) See more »

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The Wheels on the Bus
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Performed by Michael Richards and Jerry Seinfeld
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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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