Season 8 Episode 13

The Comeback

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jan 30, 1997 on NBC
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Episode Summary

George has trouble thinking of a comeback to a comment made by Reilly; he does think of one, but it's a little too late. Jerry buys a new tennis racket from a supposed professional. Elaine and Kramer discuss video picks. Elaine prefers picks by Vincent. He prefers picks by Gene or his own. He watches his latest pick and it makes him concerned about spending the rest of his life in a coma. Elaine is intrigued when she receives a phone call from the mysterious Vincent. Jerry discovers that the tennis pro is a hack player. George comes up with what he thinks is the perfect line and will listen to no one else's opinion. Kramer makes a living will, with Elaine as the executor. The tennis pro, fearing he will be exposed, tries to bribe Jerry, including a rendezvous with his wife. Elaine opts for another movie and makes Vincent angry. George finds out that Reilly doesn't work for the Yankees anymore, so he tracks him down to Ohio, where he plans to deliver his line. Kramer finishes the movie he rented and discovers it is possible to recover from a coma, he decides to change his will. Milos' wife has no respect for him; he asks Jerry to let him beat him in tennis. Elaine receives a phone call from Vincent and she convinces him to let her meet him. She is surprised by his appearance. Kramer goes into a coma after being hit with tennis balls. Meanwhile, in Akron, George delivers his line about "the jerk store."moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Ben Stein!

    "Hey, how you doing?"

    Milos was such a great guest character on this show and kind of wish there was some way that he could have become a recurring character on the show. He brought such an interesting dynamic, a European foreigner that Jerry struggled with as opposed to an Asian. And of course Ben Stein was absolutely hilarious with his ability to make you laugh just by hearing his dry, uncharismatic, monotone voice. Why more shows have not brought him in and why he is not in more comedy films is mind-boggling as he is guaranteed to make you laugh?

    George hating writing in large groups was a nice shot at departed head writer Larry David, but the Jerk Store storyline was kind of weird, even for later season George Costanza.

    Funny ep, not a classic though.moreless
  • Gotta laugh at this stuff.

    Ok, first, Jerry's story. Jerry, after getting a two hundred dollar racket from a supposedly tennis "expert", Jerry see's him play tennis(yes, badly worded, whatever). He is horrible, and take this from a fellow tennis player. Note that Jerry is very good at playing tennis. His serves are amazing! Where did he learn to do that? Well anyway after Jerry see's that the guy stinks the guy bribes him by letting him have s*x with his wife. Afterwards Jerry turned this deal down, and now the wife has no respect for the husband. After trying to let the guy beat him, Jerry whoops him. That took up a ton of space. Ok, to not take up that much more space, I will try to end this fast. George has a very good diss story, very nice it made me laugh the entire time escpecially when the four of them were talking in Jerry's apartment. Elaine and Cramer's stories were also humorous, involving movies. I don't want to spoil it, so if you want to see it just go buy the DVD! End of review.moreless
  • Great!

    This episode is really funny and is really cool actually. Jerry buys a raquet and thinks that it was a professional the one who tell him to buy it, later on Jerry discovers that he is really bad and for him not to say anything, he gives out his wife, but they are not able to do anything, and Jerry is convince to lose in purpose so he comes back. Meanwhile, George tries to think of a comeback when an employee makes fun of him, later on, he finally manages to tell him when he moves to Ohio but he has a comeback for that comback, Kramer wants to be unplugged when he falls into a comma but later discovers that you can actually get out of comma and Elaine begins to take movie advices from a stranger called Vincent that is actually a teenager. Really cool episode!moreless
  • A good season eight episode.

    The Comeback is a good episode of a season which many, including myself, believe to have 'jumped the shark.' The plot for the comeback is a return to the style of earlier series, with the plot being driven more by the minutiae of everyday life than unrealistic plot devices.

    The conclusion to the Elaine/ Kramer plot thread doesn't make much sense, but I'm not sure if I was watching a syndicated version of the show or not.

    While still not up to the standards of classic Seinfeld such as The Contest and the whole of Series 6, The Comeback is memorable mostly for being a 'comeback' of good writing to post-LarryDavid Seinfeld.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • When Kramer watches the end of his movie, he is sitting in his couch eating spaghetti. Behind him is a sign, that says "Elevator, forsigtig!". This is Danish, and means "Careful, Elevator!".

    • When Kramer tells Jerry he's set up a meeting with a lawyer, he refers to him at "Shelbig". Then, when he arrives late for his appointment, the secretary calls him "Shelbock". And finally, when Kramer goes to find him at his tennis lesson, he calls him "Shelback".

    • Vincent calls Elaine as soon as she finishes watching the first movie and asks her if she enjoyed the movie. Then, when Elaine rents "Weekend At Bernie's 2," he calls during the movie and asks if she's enjoying it. How does he always seem to know what point in the movie she's at?

    • In the scene which Jerry catches Milos at the tennis court and realizes his tennis abilities you can see a boom mic at the top of the screen.

    • After Kramer throws out Jerry's old racket a second time (and it lands in the trash can headfirst), Jerry protests and pulls it out of the garbage, holding the handle in one hand and the head in the other. From what we know about Jerry and cleanliness, why would he do that?

    • When Elaine gets caught by Vincent's mother with the little hoard of vodka, cigarettes, fireworks, etc, we see that she was very much out of character. She normally would break up with a guy if he smoked, yet she is providing cigarettes to a man she is trying to meet and start a relationship with.

    • In this episode Kramer tells Jerry that he "Never knew it was possible to come out of a coma". But in "The Suicide", an earlier episode, Kramer knows full well that it's possible and even explains to Jerry that if the victim doesn't come out of the coma in 24 hours it's a "land rush". His ignorance on comas is inconsistent with earlier episodes.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Yankee exec: (to George) We only wake you up for the important meetings.

    • Kramer: (to Elaine) You're a calculating, cold-hearted business woman. And when there's dirty work to be done, you don't mind stomping on a few throats.

    • Kramer: (on being in a coma) I don't want to be a vegetable, Elaine. I just want out.

    • Elaine: (on turning off a life support system) Yank it like you're starting a mower.

    • Fred: All right, let's get to it.
      George: Wha…wait a minute, wha-what about Reilly?
      Fred: Reilly doesn't work here anymore.
      George: (surprised) What? I-I didn't hear about that.
      Fred: Oh, we only wake you up for the important meetings.
      (Everyone at the table collapses into laughter)

    • George: So, guess where Mr. "Ocean phoned" turned up? He's working for Firestone, in Akron, Ohio.
      Elaine: Ohio?
      George: Yep. I'm leaving first thing tomorrow morning.
      Jerry: You're flying to Akron, just to zing a guy?
      George: Don't you understand? It's not about him. To have a line as perfect as "jerk store" and to never use it. I, I couldn't live with myself.
      Elaine: See, there are no jerk stores. It, it's just a little confusing, is all.
      George: It's smart. It's a smart line, and a smart crowd will appreciate it. And, I'm not gonna dumb it down for some bonehead mass audience!
      (George realizes that everyone in the coffee shop is staring at him)
      George: (waving apologetically) Not you.

    • Reilly: So, George, you're proposing a snow tire day at Yankees Stadium?
      George: (through a mouthful) As long as they don't throw 'em on the field. (laughs)Help yourself to some shrimp, I brought enough for everybody.
      McAdam: I have to say this, this proposal doesn't make a whole lot of sense.
      George: Well, you never know. (picks up more shrimp) Let's see how many I can fit in my mouth.
      (George begins picking up shrimp one by one and stuffing them into his mouth)
      Reilly: You know, George…
      (George looks up, expectantly)
      Reilly: The ocean called, they're running outta shrimp.
      (Everyone except George starts laughing)
      George: Oh yeah, Reilly? (wipes his mouth and stands up) Well, the jerk store called, they're runnin' outta you.
      Reilly: (unperturbed) What's the difference? You're their all-time best seller.
      (Everyone except George starts laughing again)
      George: Yeah? Well, I had sex with your wife.
      (long silence)
      McAdams: (standing up and leaning over to speak in George's ear) His wife's in a coma.

    • Jerry: You actually said that to him?
      George: Well, no… I thought it up on the way over here.

    • Kramer: Go around ya bunch a crazies!

    • Kramer: I didn't know it was possible to come out of a coma.
      Jerry: I didn't know it was possible not to know that.

    • Gene: We have a wide variety of 'Gene picks.'
      Elaine: Gene's trash!
      Gene: I'm Gene.
      Elaine: ...Hi.

    • Milos: You're not planning to hit these balls with that racket are you?

    • Jerry: Trust me, Kramer. Given the legal opportunity, I will kill you!

    • George: I'm going with jerk store. Jerk store is the line. Jerk store!

  • NOTES (2)

    • In the scene where Kramer is watching "The Other Side of Darkness" in his apartment, there are some figures on the shelf behind him that look very much like fusilli Jerry.

    • Viewer Jeffrey Abucay notes that Kramer should have known that you can come out of a coma, after all he witnessed the event occurring in "The Suicide". Viewer Mark Byerly notes that in an installment of Ben Stein's diary in The American Spectator, Stein reveals that in the original script for this episode he was to play a role closer to Reilly, that is, as George's adversary at the office. However, someone decided that Reilly should be a younger, edgier character, so the character was rewritten. Since Stein had been promised a part already, the part of Shellbach was offered to him instead.


    • Vincent is a reference to Vincent Van Gogh. The VCR Play Button is his ear.

    • When George can't think of a comeback, he says "D'oh!" This is a resemblance to Homer Simpson whenever he says "D'oh!" in The Simpsons.

    • Elaine's story with the romantic unseen Vincent is an allusion to the CBS version of "Beauty and the Beast" in which a poety-reading romantic catlike beast named Vincent charms a beauty while (in the pilot) hidden from shadows and through sewer tops.