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    JonathanOHara

    [41]Sep 17, 2012
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    There are two possible outcomes here, both of which require an assumption of something not expressly stated in the show. Both can be correct based on your belief of whether or not Newman knew the explicit date of his restaurant reservation. Scenario 1: Newman booked the reservation for 12/31/99 thinking it was the millennium new year. Jerry informs him that the actual millennium new year would be 12/31/00, and he should have said Newman booked his party one year too EARLY. thus the line is an error. Scenario 2: Newman booked the restaurant for "the millennium new year" assuming that the date was 12/31/99. Jerry tells him that the actual millennium new year is 12/31/00, and thus his party is booked for one year later than his invitations indicate. Thus, the last line of the show would be correct as is, and Newman's party would be one year late. Given the evidence, I choose scenario 1 for the following reasons: 1. It is very unlikely that Newman would have not known the exact date of his restaurant reservation. 2. The second explanation assumes that the restaurant would know that the actual millennium new year was actually 12/31/00. Given the confusion around the date and the fact that Newman made the reservation in the 1970's, this is highly unlikely. 3. Scenario 1 just makes more sense to me. It makes Newman look like an idiot for making the common mistake of throwing a millennium party one year too early. Given his excitement for starting off a new millennium on the right foot, that seems much more likely to me. Of course, my wife disagrees completely and goes with scenario 2. :-)

    Edited on 09/17/2012 6:11pm
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    ChipsTheButler

    [42]Sep 30, 2012
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    That's misinformation.
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    junkies

    [43]Jul 9, 2014
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    There is NO MISTAKE in this episode. There is a PROBLEM but not a mistake. Jerry says that Newman booked his party one year too late because NOBODY would book a 'millenium party' on 12/31/00, because EVERYBODY thinks of the millenium as being 12/31/99. Proof? Remember the Y2K bug? It was also called the 'millenium bug'. By booking his party for the ACTUAL millenium, Newman has booked his party too late. The PROBLEM with this is that when Newman booked his party, whoever at the restaurant who took the reservation as for 'the millenium' would naturally assume Newman meant 12/31/99. Even if the person at the restaurant happened to be one of the few people who knows that the millenium actually occurs at 12/31/00, that person would obviously verify with Newman which date he means to book, since that person would be aware of the potential for confusion. So there is no error in this episode, but it is very illogical for Jerry to assume that because Newman booked for 'the millenium', that would mean his reservation is on 12/31/00, because if the person taking the reservation didn't know the millenium actually starts on 12/31/00 like most people, he or she would have booked the reservation for 12/31/99, and if he or she DID know that the millenium actually starts on 12/31/00, then he or she would know about the popular confusion and would prompt the customer (Newman) for verification of what date he actually wants to book.



    It's very silly for some of the posters here to insist that a mistake was made because that would mean that Newman really did want his party to be on 12/31/00, which is preposterous because NOBODY celebrated the flip from the year 2000 to 2001, EVERYONE at that time who threw a millenium party did so on 12/31/99 for the flip from the year 1999 to 2000. Since I was ALIVE at the time, I REMEMBER. Possibly, just to be snarky, a few pockets of college-dorm nerds here and there did celebrate the millenium on 12/31/00, but they would have done so as an excuse to be nerdy and have a party.



    So make no mistake, there IS no mistake, whether you think so or not. If you think there is a mistake, then you are mistaken. Despite the fact that your thinking is technically logical, it ignores the blatantly obvious.

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    seinfeld111690

    [44]Oct 17, 2014
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    junkies wrote:

    There is NO MISTAKE in this episode. There is a PROBLEM but not a mistake. Jerry says that Newman booked his party one year too late because NOBODY would book a 'millenium party' on 12/31/00, because EVERYBODY thinks of the millenium as being 12/31/99. Proof? Remember the Y2K bug? It was also called the 'millenium bug'. By booking his party for the ACTUAL millenium, Newman has booked his party too late. The PROBLEM with this is that when Newman booked his party, whoever at the restaurant who took the reservation as for 'the millenium' would naturally assume Newman meant 12/31/99. Even if the person at the restaurant happened to be one of the few people who knows that the millenium actually occurs at 12/31/00, that person would obviously verify with Newman which date he means to book, since that person would be aware of the potential for confusion. So there is no error in this episode, but it is very illogical for Jerry to assume that because Newman booked for 'the millenium', that would mean his reservation is on 12/31/00, because if the person taking the reservation didn't know the millenium actually starts on 12/31/00 like most people, he or she would have booked the reservation for 12/31/99, and if he or she DID know that the millenium actually starts on 12/31/00, then he or she would know about the popular confusion and would prompt the customer (Newman) for verification of what date he actually wants to book.



    It's very silly for some of the posters here to insist that a mistake was made because that would mean that Newman really did want his party to be on 12/31/00, which is preposterous because NOBODY celebrated the flip from the year 2000 to 2001, EVERYONE at that time who threw a millenium party did so on 12/31/99 for the flip from the year 1999 to 2000. Since I was ALIVE at the time, I REMEMBER. Possibly, just to be snarky, a few pockets of college-dorm nerds here and there did celebrate the millenium on 12/31/00, but they would have done so as an excuse to be nerdy and have a party.



    So make no mistake, there IS no mistake, whether you think so or not. If you think there is a mistake, then you are mistaken. Despite the fact that your thinking is technically logical, it ignores the blatantly obvious.



    Thanks for clearing that up finally.
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