The Finale (1)

Season 9, Ep 23, Aired 5/14/98
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  • Episode Description
  • The new president of NBC calls a meeting with Jerry and George and offers them a series based on the pilot "Jerry". On their way to a celebratory trip to Paris, NBC jet needs to make an emergency landing in Latham, Massachusetts. While there, the gang stands idly by during a carjacking and is arrested on a new "Good Samaritan Law".

  • Cast & Crew
  • Michael Richards (I)

    Cosmo Kramer

  • Jerry Seinfeld


  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    Elaine Benes

  • Jason Alexander

    George Costanza

  • Larry David

  • Fan Reviews (6)
  • one of the

    By sremnes, Dec 30, 2014

  • The End pt1.

    By captaindillo456, May 31, 2007

  • The End is coming!

    By GeorgeJobson, Mar 22, 2007

  • Pretty good.

    By cactusjack39, Feb 09, 2009

  • Events leading up to the final episode

    By jimbo_001, Jun 14, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (10)

    • Elaine: (Picking up the phone) I'm gonna call Jill before we go. Jerry: You can't make a call that important while you're walking out the door! You can't rush that conversation, that's worse than your cell phone walk-and-talk! Elaine: Well I can't call her from the limo, can I call her from the plane? Jerry: First you call her from the street, then she loses a call-waiting face off and now you're talking about a plane call? Elaine: (giving up) Alright then I guess I'll call her from Paris.

    • George: Really! Why don't you think before you do something?! Elaine: Here's a thought! Bye-bye! (walks off) George: (to Jerry) Too much?

    • George: I don't need any ideas. It's a show about nothing. Estelle: Nothing, please. I'll tell you the truth. The whole thing sounds pretty stupid to me.

    • George: I'm not getting on a regular plane now. I'm all psyched up to go on a private jet. No way I'm getting on a regular plane. Elaine: Well, I'm sure that they would fly us first class. George: First class doesn't make it anymore. (to Jerry) Now you get on the phone with Kimbrough, tell him what happened and tell him to get another plane down here, but this time, the good one--the "Ted Danson" plane.

    • Newman: All right, but hear me and hear me well. The day will come - oh, yes, mark my words, Seinfeld - your day of reckoning will come, when an evil wind will blow through your little play world and wipe that smug smile off your face! And I will be there, in all my glory. Watching, watching as it all comes crumbling down!

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    Notes (12)

    • According to the DVD notes; Kramer entered Jerry's apartment a total of 284 times over the series.

    • This two-part episode was nominated for the 1998 Emmy Award for Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Series.

    • Wayne Knight (Newman), Jerry Stiller and Estelle Harris (Frank & Estelle Costanze), and, Barney Martin and Liz Sheridan (Morty & Helen Seinfeld), receive the "With" credit.

    • Although they were replaced by different actors in "The Butter Shave," Peter Blood and Kevin Page return for this episode to reprise their roles as Jay Crespi and Stu Chermack respectively.

    • Jackie Chiles says near the end of this episode "you put the cheese on? i didn't tell you to put the cheese on, why did you put the cheese on?". This is almost the exact same thing he has said before, once to Kramer but instead of cheese was referring to a coffee top. He also said this phrase referring to a Chinese balm.

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    Trivia (8)

    • NBC President James Kimbrough said that he was planning on putting Jerry's show on Wednesday nights. This was the original timeslot for "Seinfeld" when it first premiered.

    • The actual "Good Samaritan Law" is a federal law that states that you do not have to help anyone in need, unless you are a doctor or police officer. The law as described in the show is illegal and unconstitutional.

    • Upon meeting with the NBC executives, George correctly guesses the spelling of Mr Kimbrough's last name. This is in direct contrast to his attempt at spelling Russel Dalrimple's name in Season 4's "The Pitch". In that episode he was "not even close".

    • When this episode originally aired on NBC, TVLand paid tribute by not programming any shows opposite it, instead just showing a still shot of a closed office door with a hand written note that said "Gone watchin' SEINFELD -- Back in 60 minutes."

    • Here's a bit of a mix-up: When George and Jerry go into Kimbrough's office, and they shake hands with the executives, George says: "Hello Stu!" and Stu replies, "You remember Jay Crespie?" BUT in the FIRST episode of this season (901 - The Butter Shave), Kenny Bania is approached by two executives from NBC who introduce themselves as Jay Shermack and Stu Crespie! Mixed up, jumbled up names!

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    Allusions (1)

    • Elaine: Why Japan? Kramer: Oh, geishas. They cater to your every whim. They're shy at first, but they're quite skilled at conversation. They can discuss anything from world affairs to the fine art of fishing...or baking. A geisha is a traditional female Japanese entertainer. Geisha typically start training at a young age and learn to perform several arts, including dance and music. Kramer's use of the word "geishas" is technically incorrect, as the word does not have a plural form.

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