The Betrayal

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

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.

  • Kramer: Franklin Delano Romanowski: I go to his birthday party, and just before he blew out his candles, he gives me this look.
    George: Stink eye?
    Jerry: Crook eye?
    Kramer: Evil eye.

  • Elaine: I'll put it in the vault.
    Jerry: No good. Too many people know the combination.
    Elaine: What combination?
    Jerry: *mimes drinking schnapps*

  • Jerry: Hey, Kramer, wait up. I'll go with you. Kramer: I'm goin' to Newman's! Jerry: (follows Kramer) Great, I love Newman!

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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.

  • The original airing of this episode was done without the time cards. In syndication they were added to lessen confusion.

  • Deleted Scene: A scene not shown in syndication is the one where Elaine says later (or is it earlier?!?) in the episode at Monks': "I think I chipped a tooth" and then you see 5 minutes earlier which IS in the syndicated episodes she rolls her head backwards with a Schnopps bottle held in her teeth.

  • Viewer Rick Marshall wonders why Jerry, the one with the cleanliness fetish, wasn't the character trying to avoid using the bathroom while in India. He also wonders about the name Kessler appearing on the mailbox, shouldn't it have been Buchman? After all, after the broadcast of "The Virgin" we learned that Kramer had sublet his apartment from Paul Buchman in the Mad About You episode called "The Apartment". Did the writer's forget about this little continuity detail? They cleaned up after themselves for the original Kessler reference in "Good News, Bad News" but forgot about the crossover episode!

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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.

  • In the end we learn where George got the line "You can stuff your sorries in a sack, mister" that he's been using on Jerry throughout--Susan had used it on him two years earlier. But where did Susan learn it from? Perhaps she saw episode #98 of "The Odd Couple" where both Felix and Oscar use it on each other. (God, I hate when True Classic Television isn't given its proper credit!)

  • When Kramer tells George and Jerry that FDR had been giving him a dirty look, they ask if it was the stink-eye or crook-eye. These are references to Season 8's "The Van Buren Boys." In that episode Kramer tells that a guy at Lorenzo's Pizza was giving him the stink-eye, and that he had countered with the crook-eye.

  • We never learn the real reason Elaine was invited to the wedding.

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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.