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The Outing 

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

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Jerry Seinfeld
... Elaine Benes
... Kramer
... George Costanza
... Helen
... Morty
... Estelle Constanza
... Sharon
... Allison
... Marine
... Male Nurse
... Manager (as Lawrence A. Mandley)
Charley J. Garrett ... Man #1 (as Charley Garrett)
Deck McKenzie ... Scott
David Gibbs ... Man #2
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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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11 February 1993 (USA)  »

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According to interviews accompanying the DVD version, the writers were worried that the story might be offensive. Writer Larry Charles wrote a note that read, "Not that there's anything wrong with that", and Jerry Seinfeld recognized that if that line were added to the script it would not only be funny but it might make it less offensive. Seinfeld seemed to be proved right when the show won a GLAAD Media Award. See more »

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The second line on a two line telephone would not work unless a second telephone number was acquired from the telephone company. See more »

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[repeated line]
Jerry Seinfeld: [on homosexuality] Not that there's anything wrong with that!
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Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
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"They don't know what's going on"
15 July 2016 | by See all my reviews

The other high point in Season 4 (and in Seinfeld actually), along with The Contest, The Outing is one of the most entertaining, clever and funniest episodes of the show. It actually comes out as a sequel to The Contest, not just because of the risky material but also because of one scene that makes reference to the classic. And this is what The Outing is: an immediate classic.

Although this episode doesn't revolve around our four protagonist, what makes this episode classic is the absurd amount of great scenes. From the interview to the two- line phone malfunction and the newspaper article aftermath (Kramer, Jerry's parents and Estelle's reactions are all hilarious) and last, but not least, the conclusion of the episode. There's not a dull moment.

Beside from the main story, we get some nice details that enrich the episode, like Elaine's problem with Jerry's birthday gift, Kramer's last line, the gang discussing ugliest leaders, Elaine and her coat problem, the guy from the militia.

Without a doubt, one of the best.


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