The Contest

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    By futuramarama, Nov 13, 2010

    the gang have a contest to see who can go the longest without... doing something... and they all bet 100 (Elaine bets 150). but they are soon all tempted. who will end up winning this bet?

    hilarious episode, i can't think of one scene that did not make me laugh. are you master of your domain?, and the ever famous "I'm out!" line, this episode is really hilarious from start to finish, with every scene being funny and memorable. series classic, no doubt, and my overall grade for this episode is an A+, simply a hilarious episode and very well-writtenmoreless

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  • 10

    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, Sep 27, 2010

    This certainly has to rank among the funniest and wildest TV sit-com episodes ever.Dealing with a subject which is so taboo,the actual word describing it is never used during the entire episode.The ways in which each is tempted are hilarious,from the naked girl across the street to the sexy nurse in Georges moms hospital room,to Jerry dating a virgin,not to mention Elaine meeting John Kennedy,Jr.This episode is brillantly written.This is an example of most season 4 episodes,where the humor just seems to come so naturally from simple situations.George in his insecure mode is at the top of his game,and we actually empathize with poor,frustrated Jerry.Kramer is,well,Kramer,and even Elaine comes off fairly sympathetic in this episode.We never actually learn who wins in this episode,but there is a reference to it in "The Puffy Shirt"where George claims that "he won a contest".However,in the series finale,it is suggested that George cheated.Im not sure how he could do that though.Im prone to go along with the idea that he won.The George in the later episodes might have found a way to cheat,but I dont think the George in this episode could pull it off.moreless

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  • 9.3

    Defining episode.

    By thefanof, Sep 05, 2010

    "The Contest" is one of the most recognizable episodes of television and really set the pace for what a sitcom is supposed to be. One story, one idea driving all the characters toward a common goal, with some funny detours along the way.

    The episode is legendary because of its execution, how they could have such a raunchy topic without even mentioning it by name.

    This is one of the reasons Kramer became an icon, for distinguishing characteristics and behavior like this and why he is one of television's greatest personalities.

    You would be hard-pressed to find a more meaningful episode of television for a series than this.moreless

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  • 10

    "Are you the master of your domain?"

    By Canogaparkcindy, Apr 11, 2009

    This episode, although not clever. It was perfectly amazing. It was probably because this episode was so controversial. I love how the group of friends did a contest like this. I cannot believe Elaine came in third place! Well I thought she was going to win. i love the JFK Jr. scenes. He ends up with Marla the virgin!? Elaine must of been pissed. I know George ended up winning but they never actually talk about it, and did Jerry actually give in to the naked woman. He goes to the window, but at the end you see George sleeping. Nobody won? I also fell in love with the sleeping scenes. It was hilarious!moreless

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  • 9.6

    Master of your Domain

    By poinsecurra, Aug 07, 2008

    What a great episode!

    The four decide to host a contest to see who can go the longest without gratifying themselves. It features of the best dialogue in all of the and some of the best moments, especially when George visits his mother in the hospital. This is what make Seinfeld such a reveled series. You really can't beat "The Contest" episode.

    As the foursome try to see who can hold out the longest, we're treated to a crazy storyline with Jerry and his girlfriend, "The Virgin", we also get Elaine seeing John F. Kennedy Jr. at the health club. It's a definite treat.moreless

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  • 10

    Kramer, George, Elaine and Jerry engage in a contest to see who can go longer without pleasuring themselves.

    By Mega_Emperor, Nov 27, 2007

    This is quite possibly the episode that gave the show all of the success that it achieved over the next five years. It broke the taboo of talking about self-gratification and was really funny. Kramer is out and the Elaine is out. Strangely, the winner is not actually named in this episode. Although in the finale George says that he cheated in the contest and that would make Jerry the real winner. That is, assuming that Jerry didn't also cheat which would make Elaine the winner. This episode won an Emmy and it surely deserved it. Larry David had just been set for life.moreless

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  • 10

    How Long would you be "The Lord of the Manor"

    By arabey, Sep 09, 2006

    Is this the best idea for an episode or what?

    Seinfeld is one of these shows that it's about the things that you do, things that you can see in real life..

    I guess many people can't stand being the master of thier domain for a long time. But who can talk about that? Only Seinfeld did.. which was very funny due to the very well writtien script.,funny actors and actress.

    I really can't talk about the show cause of one thing... you just love it... it's very simple story but at the same time very great. Since the whole Terrorist thing till "OH That was so good."

    It's really One great episode.moreless

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  • 10

    My favorite episode of this show is all about masturbation.

    By sam_el, May 18, 2006

    I am shocked that this show is only rated a 7.7! I don't really have much else to say, but I feel like I need to say something. This episode is tremendous. From the various ways the term "masturbation" is skirted around to Kramer's quick exit of the contest to the various situations that so tempt our heroes. George in the hospital room with his mom and a hot nurse giving a hot woman a sponge bath are reason enough to love this episode. Then there's the simple fact that this episode sets up so much comedy to come. A classic.moreless

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  • 9.5

    Seinfled in a nutshell.

    By Proteus-x, May 13, 2006

    Maybe one of the best episodes of Seindfeld in the entire series. It has everything that makes Seinfeld what it is. After George is caught doing "you know" a debate is brought up which leads to a contest to see who can last the longest. Filled with laughs from end to end and great preformances from the regualrs as usual is obvious why this episode will always be remembered. Even the extras and side characters do a great job giving the episode the final touch it needed to be Seinfled. Not one part is out of line.moreless

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  • 10

    Emmy Award!

    By mrvandelay2, Jan 14, 2006

    Let me just say that I loved this episode! As I bet the rest of America did, because it won an emmy award for it. I just think the whole thing was well done, very well done. My favorite part would have to be when Kramer walks in the room and says: "I'm Out!"

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