The Outing

Season 4, Ep 17, Aired 2/11/93
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  • Episode Description
  • No thanks to Elaine, Jerry must work hard to prove he is straight when a college reporter mistakenly reports that he and George are gay, "not that there is anything wrong with that." Things really get out of hand when the article is picked up by the New York Post. Jerry ends up dating the college reporter to clear his name, but all does not go well.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Michael Richards (I)

    Cosmo Kramer

  • Jerry Seinfeld


  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    Elaine Marie Benes (not in pilot)

  • Jason Alexander

    George Louis Costanza

  • Larry Charles

  • Fan Reviews (6)
  • Series classic.

    By thefanof, Nov 27, 2009

  • "Not that there's anything wrong with that"

    By Canogaparkcindy, Apr 11, 2009

  • Another classic Season Four episode; not that there's anything wrong with that

    By poinsecurra, Aug 07, 2008

  • The "Not that there's anything wrong with that" episose. One of the greatest examples of comedy.

    By MatteoBigFish, Mar 09, 2008

  • Funny, funny, funny...

    By zone46, Jan 19, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • George: (trying one more tactic to end their relationship) I'm gay! I'm a gay man! I'm very, very gay. Allison: You're gay? George: Extraordinarily gay. Steeped in gayness.

    • George: (trying to convince a reporter that he's not gay) Look, you wanna have sex right now? Do want to have sex with me right now? Let's go! C'mon, let's go baby! C'mon!

    • George: (explaining how he and Jerry met) Actually it was in gym class. I was trying to climb the ropes and Jerry was spotting me. I kept slipping and burning my thighs and then finally I slipped and fell on Jerry's head. We've been close ever since.

    • George: You can do better than me. You could throw a dart out the window and hit someone better than me. I'm no good!

    • (When Elaine refuses to remove her coat) George: Ya know, there are tribes in Indonesia where if you keep your coat on in somebody's house, the families go to war!

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    Notes (4)

    • In Latin America, this episode aired before "The Shoes".

    • Running Gag: Someone saying "Not that there's anything wrong with it".

    • When this episode was first presented to NBC, they thought it was an absolute disaster. One of the main problems was that it was far too racy for public, and knew that it would offend the gay and lesbian couple. Later, as they were discussing how they could fix the insults to gays, someone in the meeting was saying that there's nothing wrong with being gay. This comment led to Jerry proposing the "not that there's anything wrong with that" line, which turned out to be a huge hit. The gay and lesbian communties especially liked this episode.

    • This episode was nominated for the 1993 Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement In Writing In A Comedy Series.

    Trivia (5)

    • During the audience taping of this show, Estelle Harris couldn't be there, so Fran Drescher went on to fill in Estelle's role in front of the audience, so that way their laughter could be recorded for the version with Estelle that was later filmed.

    • The article refers to George as "Costanza," but Jerry only ever introduced him to Sharon as "George."

    • When Sharon is interviewing Jerry, the zipper on her sweatshirt moves up and down between shots.

    • The hospital scene with George and his mother, when the male nurse comes in to give the male patient a sponge bath, is similar to a scene in the episode "The Contest". The dialogue between George and his mom, and the nurse and patient is almost identical. The only difference is the sex of the nurse and patient, obviously to go with the theme of this episode.

    • When Kramer is confronting Jerry about the article, and talking about how Jerry is single, thin, and in his 30's, Jerry is shaking his head. When the camera angle changes, Jerry is not shaking his head.

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