Season 9 Episode 8

The Betrayal

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Nov 20, 1997 on NBC

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  • Great episode -- it\'s a very clever parody of Harold Pinter\'s movie \"Betrayal.\"

    Based on the movie \"Betrayal\" by Harold Pinter (newest holder of the Nobel Prize for Literature, 2005). The movie starred Jeremy Irons and Ben Kingsley as long-time friends and business associates. As the movie opens, Irons\' character meets with Patricia Hodge, the wife of Kingsley\'s character, to reminisce about an affair they\'d broken off about a year earlier. The movie then moves backward in time until the closing scene that occurs just before Irons and Hodge embark on their affair. At every moment, the audience knows more than the characters do, which gives the story a compelling poignancy.

    Seinfeld takes this conceit to hysterically funny levels by continually introducing \"prior\" information that makes what we just saw happen \"later\" all the funnier. The episode incorporates some inside jokes as well: there are several \"love trianges\" going on (Elaine, Susan, Pinter form one, Jerry, George, and Nina the other) and of course, the character of Pinter is an homage to Harold Pinter. The fact that they all go to India for the wedding may be a nod to Kingsley\'s heritage (he\'s half Indian).

    Very creative and very funny, this episode proved that \"Seinfeld\" could be fresh and innovative even in its 9th season.