The Wait Out

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  • 8.7

    George and Elaine wait out a marriage which ends sooner than expected after a rude remark by George. Meanwhile, Kramer helps Mickey audition for the Actor's Studio.

    By bd2007, Jul 30, 2007

    "Seinfeld" is one of the few shows where I didn't really care at all about the arcs for each character. I actually found it somewhat annoying when we had to follow a relationship for too long. They always did such a great job of making fun of the absurdities in life. This episode is no exception. George's comment to Beth and David ("You could have done better than him.") results in the breakup of their marriage and of course this is great news for Jerry and Elaine who have eagerly been awaiting their opportunity to date the two halves of this pair. It's so ridiculous, but also hilarious of course! And Kramer was at his best in the too-tight jeans. Seriously, this show is always great and never takes itself too seriously and this episode is an excellent example of the show at it's best.moreless

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  • 9.3

    An episode that really shows who the characters are

    By BlakeMP, Jan 12, 2006

    This is one of those episodes that really defines the characters. Jerry and Elaine meet up with a married couple they've been "waiting out" -- Jerry wanting to date the woman (Debra Messing) and Elaine pining for the man (Cary Elwes). After George makes his usual thoughtless remark and accidentally splits up the couple, Jerry and Elaine jump onto them like vultures onto a rotting carcass.

    The characters on "Seinfeld" are famously amoral, and this is a perfect example of that -- the precipitating incident is caused by one of them not thinking and the rest of the episode is driven by two others simply not caring about anyone other than themselves. Only George shows any conscience here, trying to fix his original error (and even that isn't so much because it's the right thing to do but because he feels guilty).

    I still can't figure out why the characters on this show, all of whom would be so completely unlikeable in real life, have become cultural icons. But darn it, there you are.moreless

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