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The Outing 

A prank by Elaine leads a newspaper journalist to think that Jerry and George are gay.

Director:

Tom Cherones

Writers:

Larry David (created by), Jerry Seinfeld (created by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Seinfeld ... Jerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Elaine Benes
Michael Richards ... Kramer
Jason Alexander ... George Costanza
Liz Sheridan ... Helen
Barney Martin ... Morty
Estelle Harris ... Estelle Constanza
Paula Marshall ... Sharon
Kari Coleman ... Allison
Anthony Mangano ... Marine
Ben Reed ... Male Nurse
Lawrence A. Mandley ... Manager
Charley J. Garrett Charley J. Garrett ... Man #1 (as Charley Garrett)
Deck McKenzie Deck McKenzie ... Scott
David Gibbs David Gibbs ... Man #2
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Storyline

A woman is eavesdropping on the conversation that Elaine has with Jerry and George at the coffee shop. Elaine decides to give the woman the impression that Jerry and George are a homosexual couple. Unfortunately that woman is a reporter from NYU who is doing an interview with Jerry for the school newspaper. She goes to Jerry's apartment and the suspicions are confirmed when Jerry and George get in a fight over a piece of fruit. She publishes an article using the angle that Jerry and George are a homosexual couple. Things get even worse when Jerry's birthday gifts don't help his case any when Kramer gives Jerry a faulty two-line phone and George gets Jerry tickets to the musical "Guys And Dolls". George doesn't help his case any when he uses the homosexual angle of the article to get out of a bad relationship and his mother freaks out and is admitted to the hospital. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Written by halo1k

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 1993 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

When Estelle Harris (Estelle Costanza) wasn't available for one scene in this episode, The The Nanny (1993)'s Fran Drescher stood in for her in the hospital scene. By having Drescher fill in, they could record the laughter from the audience and use that for when Harris was available to film. That scene with Fran Drescher is available to be seen on the Inside Look in the Season 4 DVD set. See more »

Goofs

The article refers to George (Jason Alexander) as "Costanza," but Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) only ever introduced him to Sharon (Paula Marshall) as "George." See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Jerry Seinfeld: [on homosexuality] Not that there's anything wrong with that!
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Connections

Referenced in ER: What We Do (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
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One of the Best of the Best
24 April 2008 | by ekebySee all my reviews

From one of the best sitcoms ever, a take on what it means to be thought of as gay.

As a gay man, it's my opinion that this Seinfeld episode is an extraordinarily sharp, clever, and brutally honest commentary on straight attitudes toward gay people.

Of course, I'm speaking about contemporary urban/suburban life where "liberal" or "tolerant" views are not only accepted, they're enforced. They're enforced by peer pressure; few would admit to homophobia or anything other than an accepting take on gay life. In a phrase: political correctness.

This episode exposes the hypocrisy of many straight people who declare gay people as their equals. It happens every time Jerry (or any other character) says, "Not that there's anything wrong with that." What they're really saying, of course, is that there's EVERYthing wrong with that if THEY are being thought of as gay. Acceptance for these people only goes so far.

Thankfully, in the 15 or so years since this episode first aired, attitudes have become more enlightened. Me, myself, I think lot of the change is due to media exposure in general, and this episode of Seinfeld in particular.


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