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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 ... 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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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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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Trivia

Although it's implied George is the winner of the contest, we never actually see him collect the prize money or acknowledge the win. See more »

Goofs

When Elaine is talking to Joyce in the health club, Elaine grabs her and Joyce's jacket comes down off of her left shoulder. In the next few shots, the jacket is back on her shoulder and back off of her shoulder. See more »

Quotes

Jerry Seinfeld: It's easier for a woman not to do it than a man, we have to do it, it's part of our lifestyle. It's like shaving.
Elaine Benes: Oh, that is such baloney! I shave my legs.
Cosmo Kramer: [while eating] Not everyday.
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Connections

Referenced in ECW It Ain't Seinfeld (1998) 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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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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