Seinfeld (1989–1998)
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The Ex-Girlfriend 

After George breaks up with his girlfriend, Jerry decides that he wants to see her.


Tom Cherones


Larry David (created by), Jerry Seinfeld (created by) | 4 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
Tracy Kolis ... Marlene
Karen Barcus Karen Barcus ... Receptionist


George has gone cold on his latest girlfriend, Marlene, but he hates breaking up and is tied up in knots at the prospect. Jerry encourages him to just do it quickly, just like taking off a band-aid. George finally works up the gumption to do it but forgets a few books at her apartment and asks Jerry to get them for him. Soon Jerry is under Marlene's spell, wanting her and wanting to break up with her at the same time. Elaine meanwhile is growing increasingly annoyed with one of her neighbors who won't acknowledge her when they pass each other in the building. Written by garykmcd

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23 January 1991 (USA) See more »

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This episode was originally scheduled to air on January 16, 1991. But it was postponed one week due to news coverage of the beginning of the first Gulf War with Iraq. See more »


The lemon wedge in Marlene's glass of tea is first in the glass then on the edge and back in the glass between shots. See more »


Jerry: [in his monologue to his audience at the club] The Waiting room. I hate when they make you wait in the room. Because it says waiting room. There's no chance of not waiting. Because they call it the waiting room. They gonna use it. It's set up for you to wait. You sit there and you got your little magazine. You pretend you read it but you're really looking at other people. You know you're thinking about them. Things like:"I wonder what he's got?"
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Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
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6 October 2016 | by juanmaffeoSee all my reviews

I've recently finished a revisiting of the latter seinfeld seasons and my God does this episode feel like a pack of fresh air. I mean, I'm not kidding here, these are two completely different shows. One concerned with social and relationship commentary and another with surrealistic tales of four weirdos. I know I'm probably in the minority here, but I've always preferred the early seasons over the last ones and I know they are imperfect and the creators are still trying to catch the tone and style, but there is a sense of creativity, of wanting to do something unique. I mean, it's not totally unique cause what they really did was take Woody Allen's movie subjects and translate that to the small screen (with the romantic and philosophical themes put aside). But over the years that initial idea would slowly vanished, so I will always considered the first five to six seasons of Seinfeld as their ultimate statement.

Now we can move on to this episode. I don't know what was I thinking but I've always remember this episode to be a kind of "meh" one. My God was I wrong. From start to finished The Ex-Girlfriend is an unstoppable vehicle for Seinfeld to explore as much social situations as they can. From relationships breakups to dating with a friend's ex girlfriend to even minor story lines like Elaine's (a situation a could definitely see myself experiencing) or Jerry's stand up bits. The only things that hold this episode from being truly great for me is the underusage of Kramer (though he wasn't that prevalent on this early episodes) and a couple of odd serious scenes that really feel most un-seinfeld. Nevertheless, this is Seinfeld's sixth episode ever and it is astounding that they already have a clear sense of purpose even if they don't match with style or tone.

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