Seinfeld (1989–1998)
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The Opposite 

George decides to turn his life around by doing the exact opposite of what he would usually do. Elaine is having a lot of bad luck. Jerry keeps breaking even. Kramer gets the coffee table book published.


Tom Cherones


Larry David (created by), Jerry Seinfeld (created by) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Seinfeld ... Jerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Elaine Benes
Michael Richards ... Kramer
Jason Alexander ... George Costanza
Estelle Harris ... Estelle Constanza
Jerry Stiller ... Frank Costanza
Richard Fancy ... Lippman
Marty Rackham ... Jake
Siobhan Fallon Hogan ... Tina (as Siobhan Fallon)
Paul Gleason ... Cushman
Dedee Pfeiffer ... Victoria
Melanie Smith ... Rachel
Regis Philbin ... Regis Philbin
Kathie Lee Gifford ... Kathie Lee Gifford
Hiram Kasten ... Michael


A simple pick up line in the coffee shop proves Jerry's theory that every instinct George has is wrong. George decides to try the opposite, and that lands him an attractive girlfriend, a job offer with the New York Yankees, and an apartment that allows him to finally move out of his parent's house. Simultaneously, Elaine's mistake of stopping off for candy after learning her boyfriend was hospitalized causes her fortune to take a downturn. She gets kicked out of her apartment, breaks up with her boyfriend, and the candy causes a chain reaction that ultimately leads to the end of her longtime employer. Jerry sees the parallel between his two friends and realizes that he breaks even on just about everything. Kramer continues to take the book tour for his coffee table book, but Pendant Publishing's bankruptcy puts the book on the shelf. Written by halo1k

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19 May 1994 (USA) See more »

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Richard Fancy previously appeared together in The Art of Being Nick (1986), a Family Ties (1982) spin-off. See more »


George gets into Jerry's apartment without being buzzed upstairs or the apartment door being opened. See more »


Elaine Benes: [Closing scene at Monk's. Elaine is telling Jerry and Kramer how, by eating Jujyfruits, she couldn't tell Mr. Lippman to take his handkerchief. Because he didn't have it after he sneezed, he didn't shake hands with the Japanese businessmen who were going to buy Pendant Publishing, which led to them not going through with the merger] I must've had at least eight in my mouth. I couldn't talk. I couldn't talk!
Jerry Seinfeld: Why'd you have to eat so many?
Elaine Benes: Because they're Jujyfruit. I like them. I didn't know it ...
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Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.103 (2010) See more »


Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
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This was a perfect culmination of a season of Seinfeld!!!
31 October 2018 | by zesli1See all my reviews

I absolutely loved this episode. In two weeks I watched nearly five seasons of George Costanza being, well, George Costanza, a bumbling fool whose life is in complete dissaray (to be honest the stark similarities between George and me make me feel a little uneasy about my future). And so, when the status quo was flipped, it was hilarious. The bit where he yells at the guys in the cinema made me laugh for a good minute. This show, is epic. Kramer's humour was on point, but then, when isn't it? I don't find Elaine that funny, it could be the actress, I don't know, I just don't find her as funny as the other three.

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