The Betrayal

Season 9, Ep 8, Aired 11/20/97
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  • Episode Description
  • In this unique, "backwards" episode, Jerry, George, and Elaine go to India for Sue Ellen Mishky's wedding. Meanwhile, Kramer stays behind in New York and tries to "out wish" a friend who wants him to drop dead.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Michael Richards (I)

    Cosmo Kramer

  • Jerry Seinfeld


  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    Elaine Marie Benes (not in pilot)

  • Jason Alexander

    George Louis Costanza

  • David Mandel (I)

  • Fan Reviews (14)
  • Episode Seinfeld kind-a-of-one a....

    By uk6strings, Dec 02, 2011

  • Here it is,the famous backwards episode!

    By TomBosley11, Nov 24, 2008

  • Epsiode that plays backwards, making it very interesting and funny to watch the story unravel...or de-ravel...or something like that

    By omarlittle, Jul 27, 2008

  • The show starts in the present and goes backward, all the way back to where Jerry moves in next door to Kramer years ago. Three themes weave together -- the wedding in India, Kramer getting hit by a snowball and Newman dating a model.

    By jlawn, Jan 09, 2008

  • A truly original episode...

    By titiembe, Dec 24, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (19)

    • Elaine: (drunk and peering through the slats in Jerry's door) Goodnight, Jugdish!

    • Elaine (drunk): What if I got myself a nose piercing? That'd be pretty freaky!

    • George: So, how come nothing ever happened between you and Nina? (suspicious) Is there a problem with her? Is she a man? Jerry: Are you?

    • Elaine: The wedding is in one week. I got this (Holds up invitation) today.
      Jerry: So you think it's a "non-vite"?
      Elaine: It's an "un-vitation"!

    • Jerry: Well, everybody's a little cranky on their birthday. George: Oh, it's a bad day. You got everyone in your house, you're thinkin', "These are my friends?!" Jerry: (Sarcastic) Every day is my birthday.

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    Notes (12)

    • All the producers were credited during the ending credits.

    • For the first and only time, Heidi Swedberg receives the "And" credit.

    • Wayne Knight receives the "With" credit.

    • As the episode continues backward in time, Heidi Swedberg returns as George's girlfriend/fiancée, Susan, even though the character died in the Season 7 finale, "The Invitations".

    • The continuity staff had fun with this one -- in the scenes where Kramer goes back and forth between FDR's and Jerry's apartments, he has a lollipop that starts as a tiny chewed nugget and gradually expands to the giant all-day sucker.

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    Trivia (17)

    • Elaine tells Elaine that "Jugdish" is how to say Jerry in "Indian". However, there is no language called Indian. Furthermore, most languages do not have direct translations of English names. I think a lot people would call Hindi "Indian" when they're as drunk as Elaine was.

    • When Sue Ellen is pleased to see Elaine, Elaine cites the reasons why they "hate each other", namely that Sue Ellen doesn't wear a bra and is tall. Sue Ellen's previous appearances were in Season 7's "The Caddy" and "The Bottle Deposit (1)", and in Season 8's "The Abstinence". Although "The Caddy" deals with Sue Ellen's habit of not wearing a bra and how this infuriates Elaine, neither in that episode, nor in either of the other two, is there any references to Sue Ellen's height being a source of annoyance for Elaine.

    • At the end of the episode, upon just moving into his apartment, Jerry, having read his name on the mailbox, calls Kramer, "Kessler". This is a reference to the fact that Kramer's name was originally going to be Kessler, and that Jerry even calls him by that name in the pilot.

    • On the plane, George says that he and Jerry have been friends since the fourth grade; however, in "The Outing," they explain that they met in high school gym class. CORRECTION: Actually, in "The Outing," they explain to the NYU reporter that they met "in a gym locker room" (which plays into the theme of the episode) not a high school gym class. The meeting could easily have taken place in fourth grade, according to their description.

    • It doesn't make any sense that Newman would pick up a Vogue magazine just as he's sitting down to blow out his candles. EDIT: I think it does. He's about to blow out the candles to make a wish and his wish was to go out with the model in the cover. So eventually, he got his wish.

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    Allusions (2)

    • George: FDR? Kramer: Yeah, Franklin Delano Romanowski. FDR's name and initials are an allusion to 32nd president of the United States - Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

    • This episode's backward theme is not unique or original. It is actually based on a Harold Pinter play called "Betrayal." Sue-Ellen Mishkie's fiancée is named Pinter in homage to this playwright.

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