Seinfeld

Season 9 Episode 8

The Betrayal

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

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  • Trivia

    • Elaine tells Elaine that "Jugdish" is how to say Jerry in "Indian". However, there is no language called Indian. Furthermore, most languages do not have direct translations of English names.

      I think a lot people would call Hindi "Indian" when they're as drunk as Elaine was.

    • When Sue Ellen is pleased to see Elaine, Elaine cites the reasons why they "hate each other", namely that Sue Ellen doesn't wear a bra and is tall. Sue Ellen's previous appearances were in Season 7's "The Caddy" and "The Bottle Deposit (1)", and in Season 8's "The Abstinence". Although "The Caddy" deals with Sue Ellen's habit of not wearing a bra and how this infuriates Elaine, neither in that episode, nor in either of the other two, is there any references to Sue Ellen's height being a source of annoyance for Elaine.

    • At the end of the episode, upon just moving into his apartment, Jerry, having read his name on the mailbox, calls Kramer, "Kessler". This is a reference to the fact that Kramer's name was originally going to be Kessler, and that Jerry even calls him by that name in the pilot.

    • On the plane, George says that he and Jerry have been friends since the fourth grade; however, in "The Outing," they explain that they met in high school gym class. CORRECTION: Actually, in "The Outing," they explain to the NYU reporter that they met "in a gym locker room" (which plays into the theme of the episode) not a high school gym class. The meeting could easily have taken place in fourth grade, according to their description.

    • It doesn't make any sense that Newman would pick up a Vogue magazine just as he's sitting down to blow out his candles. EDIT: I think it does. He's about to blow out the candles to make a wish and his wish was to go out with the model in the cover. So eventually, he got his wish.

    • In the end we learn where George got the line "You can stuff your sorries in a sack, mister" that he's been using on Jerry throughout--Susan had used it on him two years earlier. But where did Susan learn it from? Perhaps she saw episode #98 of "The Odd Couple" where both Felix and Oscar use it on each other. (God, I hate when True Classic Television isn't given its proper credit!)

    • When Kramer tells George and Jerry that FDR had been giving him a dirty look, they ask if it was the stink-eye or crook-eye. These are references to Season 8's "The Van Buren Boys." In that episode Kramer tells that a guy at Lorenzo's Pizza was giving him the stink-eye, and that he had countered with the crook-eye.

    • We never learn the real reason Elaine was invited to the wedding.

    • On the plane to India, George and Nina are sitting next to each other and Elaine is sitting near them, but across the aisle. Jerry is sitting by himself elsewhere on the plane. If Elaine bought all four tickets, why are the seats scattered and not all together?
      Probably Elaine got an extra ticket for Jerry because he does not like to fly in the economy class.

    • It seems odd that Elaine would have bought four tickets to India without knowing if anyone else is going to come with her.

    • Viewer Tom Smith notes that when Elaine enters Jerry's apartment, indignant because of her late notice "nonvite / unvitation" to Sue Ellen Mischke's wedding, she wonders, "if Pinter Ranawat is related to that guy I dated, Peter Ranawat." Jerry replies, "Ah, it's probably like Smith over there." OVER WHERE?? Elaine hadn't yet mentioned that the wedding was in India.

      EDIT: We assume Jerry knew Ranawat was an Indian name. So he said over there, cause that's where he was named...in India.

    • It could just be because Elaine's completely drunk, but she asks Jerry, "You know what 'Jerry' is in Indian?" There is no such language as Indian; she should have said
      "in Hindi."

    • I don't think the Mad About You episode necessarily contradicts the fact that Kramer moved into the building before Jerry. Paul and Kramer seemed friendly, and it's not unreasonable that they kept in touch, in which case Kramer would have to had mentioned Jerry at some point.

    • In the scene where Elaine enters the apartment with the "unvitation/non-vite," Kramer (already freaked out by the idea that FDR might wish him dead) makes a noise as the opening door almost hits him. The shot then cuts to Elaine -- Kramer is no longer behind her, but he couldn't have left the room that quickly.

    • On a side note: Paul Buchman's Uncle Arnold on Mad About You (Citizen Buchman) was played by none other than Len Lesser, aka Uncle Leo. Does this make Jerry and Paul related somehow? haha.

    • This episodes establishes that Kramer already lived across the hall when Jerry moved in, but on "Mad About You", Kramer was subletting from Paul, and asked "if that guy Jerry still lived across the hall who was trying to make it as a comedian". This implies that Jerry had moved in before Kramer since he was already living there when Paul lived in Kramer's apartment.

    • Syndication edit: The ending where Jerry and Kramer first meet is edited to remove Jerry accidentally calling Kramer "Kessler".

  • Quotes

    • Elaine: (drunk and peering through the slats in Jerry's door) Goodnight, Jugdish!

    • Elaine (drunk): What if I got myself a nose piercing? That'd be pretty freaky!

    • George: So, how come nothing ever happened between you and Nina? (suspicious) Is there a problem with her? Is she a man?
      Jerry: Are you?

    • Elaine: The wedding is in one week. I got this (Holds up invitation) today.
      Jerry: So you think it's a "non-vite"?
      Elaine: It's an "un-vitation"!

    • Jerry: Well, everybody's a little cranky on their birthday.
      George: Oh, it's a bad day. You got everyone in your house, you're thinkin', "These are my friends?!"
      Jerry: (Sarcastic) Every day is my birthday.

    • Kramer: Franklin Delano Romanowski: I go to his birthday party, and just before he blew out his candles, he gives me this look.
      George: Stink eye?
      Jerry: Crook eye?
      Kramer: Evil eye.

    • Elaine: I'll put it in the vault.
      Jerry: No good. Too many people know the combination.
      Elaine: What combination?
      Jerry: *mimes drinking schnapps*

    • Jerry: Hey, Kramer, wait up. I'll go with you.
      Kramer: I'm goin' to Newman's!
      Jerry: (follows Kramer) Great, I love Newman!

    • Kramer: Does your girlfriend have to be here?
      Newman: Does yours? *camera pans to Jerry*

    • Elaine: Oh boy. There's Sue Ellen. She didn't want me at this wedding, but here I am with a bunch of my idiot friends!
      Jerry: (enthused) This is gonna be great!

    • Elaine: What's that smell?
      Jerry: I think it's the stench of death.

    • Elaine: Would you grow up, George?! What is the difference? Nina slept with him, he slept with me, I slept with Pinter. Nobody cares! It's all ancient history.
      George: (very loud) You slept with the groom?!
      *room goes silent*

    • George: (whispering) Look, we are gonna settle this right now! I demand reparations! I should get to sleep with Elaine. That's the only way to punish you!
      Jerry: That doesn't punish me. It punishes Elaine! And cruelly, I might add.

    • Usha: Don't go. India is a dreadful, dreadful place.
      Zubin: You know, it's the only country that still has the plague? I mean the plague! Please!

    • George: Good one. Very funny. You're very funny, Jerry. That's what I always tell people.(Shouting) Jerry Seinfeld's a funny guy!

    • Newman: I'll tell you a little secret about zip codes; they're meaningless!

    • Newman: (To his new girlfriend) You see, my dear, all certified mail is registered but registered mail is not necessarily certified.
      Girlfriend: I could listen to you talk about mail all day.

    • Elaine: He schnapped me!

    • George: You can stuff your sorries in a sack, mister!

  • Notes

    • All the producers were credited during the ending credits.

    • For the first and only time, Heidi Swedberg receives the "And" credit.

    • Wayne Knight receives the "With" credit.

    • As the episode continues backward in time, Heidi Swedberg returns as George's girlfriend/fiancée, Susan, even though the character died in the Season 7 finale, "The Invitations".

    • The continuity staff had fun with this one -- in the scenes where Kramer goes back and forth between FDR's and Jerry's apartments, he has a lollipop that starts as a tiny chewed nugget and gradually expands to the giant all-day sucker.

    • The original airing of this episode was done without the time cards. In syndication they were added to lessen confusion.

    • Deleted Scene: A scene not shown in syndication is the one where Elaine says later (or is it earlier?!?) in the episode at Monks': "I think I chipped a tooth" and then you see 5 minutes earlier which IS in the syndicated episodes she rolls her head backwards with a Schnopps bottle held in her teeth.

    • Viewer Rick Marshall wonders why Jerry, the one with the cleanliness fetish, wasn't the character trying to avoid using the bathroom while in India. He also wonders about the name Kessler appearing on the mailbox, shouldn't it have been Buchman? After all, after the broadcast of "The Virgin" we learned that Kramer had sublet his apartment from Paul Buchman in the Mad About You episode called "The Apartment". Did the writer's forget about this little continuity detail? They cleaned up after themselves for the original Kessler reference in "Good News, Bad News" but forgot about the crossover episode!

    • Kyle Westphal notes that the part of the episode that took place two years earlier would have occurred between "The Secret Code" and "The Pool Guy" assuming that Jerry, George and Elaine returned on the air date of this episode.

    • Kent Yoder e-mailed me that Elaine's boyfriend named Pinter is an obvious reference to that of playwright Harold Pinter whose plays frequently reflect a logical nonsense. He said that Pinter's well known drama, "Betrayal," deals with love triangles as the scenes are performed backwards in time.

    • Andy Ackerman won the Director's Guild of America Award for this episode.

    • This episode was shown backwards in the following fashion: all scenes were shown normally, but they were shown in reverse order with a caption indicating the time frame of the scene in relation to the previous scene. Essentially the punch line was delivered and the setup was shown later. The description for the episode reflects the order in which the scenes appear. This was an intriguing concept that forced the viewer to pay closer attention than normal.

  • Allusions

    • George: FDR?
      Kramer: Yeah, Franklin Delano Romanowski.

      FDR's name and initials are an allusion to 32nd president of the United States - Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

    • This episode's backward theme is not unique or original. It is actually based on a Harold Pinter play called "Betrayal." Sue-Ellen Mishkie's fiancée is named Pinter in homage to this playwright.

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