The Contest

Season 4, Ep 11, Aired 11/18/92
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  • Episode Description
  • George swears off doing 'you know' after being caught by his mother, causing her to throw her back out and ending up in the hospital. When Jerry proposes a contest to see who can go the longest without. Elaine and Kramer want in, but the four of them soon get into situations that test their will power to temptation.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Michael Richards (I)

    Cosmo Kramer

  • Jerry Seinfeld


  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    Elaine Marie Benes (not in pilot)

  • Jason Alexander

    George Louis Costanza

  • Larry David

  • Fan Reviews (21)
  • perfect

    By futuramarama, Nov 13, 2010

  • George gets caught master-bating by his mother,which leads to George,Jerry,Kramer and Elaine contesting who is "master of their domain".All 4 are tested in various ways.In the end they all give in,but as a later episode suggests,George apparentl

    By drwoowoocl, Nov 29, 2006

  • Defining episode.

    By thefanof, Nov 27, 2009

  • "Are you the master of your domain?"

    By Canogaparkcindy, Apr 11, 2009

  • Master of your Domain

    By poinsecurra, Aug 07, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (30)

    • Jerry: I haven't been myself lately. I've been snapping at everybody. George: Me too. I've been yelling at strangers on the street.

    • Kramer: I'm out!!

    • Marla: (sleeping with JFK Jr.) Oh, John. That was wonderful.

    • Jerry: (looks out the window, shocked) Oh my God in heaven! (all three crowd around the window) Elaine: (gasps) Is that…? George: Kramer?! Elaine: He's waving… (all three wave back)

    • Elaine: (angrily) He left with Marla, the virgin?!

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    Notes (10)

    • In 2008, The Emmys Academy chose the most memorable comedy TV moments. The scene where the gang create and start the contest, was in the top 5.

    • This episode received an Emmy nomination in 1993 for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing in a Comedy Series.

    • I think that, like Jason Alexander, Michael Richards does a little spontaneous acting. It's right in the beginning, after the talk about laundry while being held hostage by terrorists. He says "You, take off your socks, your pants, your underwear, we're doing a wash" and I think this wasn't in the script because Julie Louis-Dreyfus' reaction and especially Jerry Seinfeld's reaction is quite natural. If you ever watched bloopers of Seinfeld (or if you watched "The Clip Show"), you know how Jerry laughs when he laughs for real, naturally. Now, just after Richards says that line, the laugh is the same, if you listen to it carefully, you understand that. Also when the frame is cut to George entering, we can see that both Seinfeld and Dreyfus sit straight, but both were laughing and thier heads were bowed down. I think Jerry Seinfeld couldn't stop laughing after Richards' improvised line and they taped the rest afterwards.

    • Although it is, of course, alluded to, the word "masturbation" is never once mentioned throughout the entire episode.

    • The "hot nurse" is played by Andrea Parker, most known for her role as Miss Parker on NBC's drama The Pretender and currently a regular on the ABC sitcom Less Than Perfect. After having started as a dancer, this was her first speaking part as an actress on a network show. As she's later said, if you were going to be on just one episode of Seinfeld, this was the one to be on.

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    Trivia (9)

    • First appearence of George's mother Estelle.

    • When Kramer enters Jerry's apartment and says "I'm out", it is the 100th time Kramer enters Jerry's apartment starting from the first episode. How fitting.

    • When Marla and Jerry are making out on his couch, we can see someone walking behind the set through the window in Jerry’s bathroom.

    • The whole issue of the naked woman that Jerry and Kramer could see out their respective windows was discussed extensively in Usenet at the time the episode aired. The conclusion reached was that, although they are across the hall from each other, their apartments DO share a common view -- because Jerry's window is NOT 180 degrees across from his door. The angles in his apartment are obtuse, not right angles, so the window is actually 90 degrees away from the door. (Look carefully at the apartment during an episode and you'll see.) Detailed drawings were proffered in support of this argument. Thus this was NOT a goof.

    • In "The Baby Shower", while Elaine *claims* to think the Kennedys are boring, she nevertheless asks breathless questions about them at the shower, clearly showing that she is in fact intensely interested in them. Thus, this episode does not contradict the earlier one.

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    Allusions (1)

    • Elaine: And then there were three.
      This quote is the recurring line in Agatha Christie's book "And Then There Were None," also published as "Ten Little Indians."

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