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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.

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Tom Cherones

Writers:

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 1994 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

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4:3
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Trivia

The working title of this episode was "The Even Steven". See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Jerry Seinfeld: [George is telling Jerry he's been hired by the Yankees] The New York Yankees?
George Costanza: The New York Yankees!
Jerry Seinfeld: Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mantle... Costanza?
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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 28 May 2014 (2014) See more »

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Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
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"You're Even Steven!"
3 October 2011 | by itamarscomixSee all my reviews

Season 5, Episode 21, "The Opposite"

Since season 3, Seinfeld season finales were expected to break the status quo and introduce real change into the characters' lives. Season 5's finale is no exception. Elaine loses her long-time job with Pendant Publishing, which she's had for 5 seasons straight. While George finally moves out of his parents' house and gets a dream job with the New York Yankees, a job he'll hold for three more seasons, which finally put an end to his long-running unemployed loser period (he will now be an employed loser).

"The Opposite" isn't as grandiose as the finales for seasons 4 and 5; in fact it's quite a simple episode in it setting and presentation. But its brilliant construction and the relationship between the story lines for the four characters make it one of the best episodes in the season, and one of the best written episodes in the entire series.


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