Season 7 Episode 1

The Engagement

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Sep 21, 1995 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Jerry and George reevaluate their relationships with women, so they make "a pact" to change their ways, though Jerry doesn't know it. Elaine has a problem sleeping in her new apartment because of a nearby constantly barking dog; Kramer recommends a solution. George gets back with Susan, his former girlfriend from NBC; he asks her to marry him, and after a couple hours of convincing she says yes. Kramer, his solution (Newman) and Elaine commit a dognapping and take the dog far out of the city. Jerry breaks up with his girlfriend again; however, George is now trapped in his relationship with Susan, almost to the point where he is married already. Elaine almost gets a good night of sleep.moreless

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    It is nice,but for a Season Begining it is supossed to be nicer.I love George\\\'s Fionce,she\\\'s so much cool!But all the engagement history it was not very cool,just some scenes,like the movie scenes,but it was not really a SEINFELD episode.But the Elaine\\\'s part it was really funny.Newman it is a dog kidnapper!!!!!LAUGH>The jokes whit him are the best jokes of the show!The kidnapp of the dog,and when Kramer left him in a house.So,my final conceit is that:It was a funny episode,but not really,is like a HAHAHAH episode.The only thing that save it is the George\\\'s engagement,the Elaine\\\'s scene and NEWMAN!moreless
  • A funny, well written episode that is one of my favourites.

    One of my all-time favourite episodes of Seinfeld. Definitely one of the most well-written shows from Larry David. The way he deals with character development, a thing seldom seen on Seinfeld, is perfect for the show's tone. Jerry and George realize what we've all been thinking for 6 seasons of the show, that they act like children. They are in their 30's and are still single and have hardly any friends outside each other. "Are we going to be sitting here when we're 60, like two idiots?", asks Jerry. George responds, "we should be having dinner with out sons when we're 60!" So, Jerry exclaims he is going to make a change. George says so too, but it is easier to believe that George will go back on this and not Jerry. Jerry then breaks up with his girlfriend (because she eats her peas one at a time, hilarious), while George proposes to an old partner in Susan. The fact that George gets so upset with Jerry's actions shows how he values their friendship, in that he's only willing to mature as an individual if Jerry does too. This also brings forth the idea of "the pact" George believes was made, which is mentioned again from time to time in the seventh season.

    The scene at the end, where we are shown George being forced to watch Mad About You in bed with his new fiance Susan instead of watching a Yankee game, is the most I've laughed at anything in an episode of Seinfeld. I laugh hysterically every time I see it, and it just gets funnier every time. The expression on George's face is unbelievable. It's at this moment where he fully realizes how much he is going to regret this decision. You can see in his face that he is thinking "What have I done?", and it is hilarious. No dialogue; just the happy, content face of Susan and the anguish of George, helped only by the frivolous theme music of Mad About You in the background. Possibly my all-time favourite Seinfeld scene.moreless
  • First episode of season 7.

    This was a decent episode for the first one of season 7. The big news, George is getting engaged! I loved Elaine's reaction when Jerry told her and she pushed him. That was so hilarious. In fact, I loved Elaine's story this episode, with the whole dog kidnapper thing with Newman. Hilarious!!! Jerry is so oblivious to George's pain, it was saddening. Poor George, he gets married and his really happy about it until his friend Jerry breaks there so called "pact" and he realizes the down side of marriage. At least it's all good, and so is this episode! End of review.moreless
Mario Joyner

Mario Joyner


Guest Star

Janni Brenn

Janni Brenn

Woman #2

Guest Star

Mailon Rivera

Mailon Rivera

Cop #1

Guest Star

Wayne Knight

Wayne Knight


Recurring Role

Jerry Stiller

Jerry Stiller

Frank Costanza

Recurring Role

Estelle Harris

Estelle Harris

Estelle Costanza

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • When the police arrest Newman for his part in the dognapping, he says, "What took you so long?" The same thing David Berkowitz (Son of Sam) said when he was ultimately arrested. In an earlier episode ("The Diplomat's Club" 6.21), Newman reveals he used to double-date with Berkowitz, and took over his mail route when he was arrested.

    • Goof: Jerry and George are supposed to go see Firestorm at night, but when the outside of the theatre is shown it's clearly daytime.

    • When Elaine finally decides to call Newman to "handle" the dog, she just picks up the phone and dials. Why would she know Newman's number by heart?

    • Watch closely. When Elaine first enters Jerry's apartment complaining about the dog, a production mic is seen above Elaine for a couple of seconds. It is hard to notice, as only the top of it is there, but it is there.

    • They mention that they dropped the dog off almost in Monticello, which is 95 miles by road from 129 W. 81st Street. At 5 mph (which is generous for a dog of that size, not to mention whether a dog has the endurance to travel so far), the trip would have taken 19 hours - clearly not allowing the dog to make it back the same night.

    • When exactly did George's parents get back together? In "The Understudy" Frank almost got back with a Korean woman, which means he and Estelle didn't get back together at that point. Is it possible they did during the summer? There's no specific explanation.

    • Firestorm was meant to be a fake movie. The real movie "Firestorm" with Howie Long didn't come out until 1998, three years after this episode aired. None of the movies discussed in Seinfeld are real movies. It's just a coincidence that a real Firestorm was made. [ Editor's note: Several real movies have been referred to, or seen by the gang; examples include "The English Patient", "Schindler's List" and "Plan 9 From Outer Space." ]

    • At one point, George is standing on a pier, watching other couples, and thinking about marriage. He's actually standing on the Santa Monica Pier.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • (about George asking Susan to marry him)
      Jerry: And she said yes?
      George: Well, it took a couple hours of convincing, but I was persistent.

    • Estelle: Georgie's getting married!!
      Frank: Get the hell outta here. He's getting married?
      Estelle: Yes.
      Frank: To a woman?

    • George: I'm much more comfortable criticizing people behind their backs.

    • George: You know, it was really very wrong of you to back out on that deal.
      Jerry: I didn't make a deal, I just shook your hand.
      George: Yeah, well that's a deal where I come from.
      Jerry: We come from the same place.

    • Elaine: There is this dog in the courtyard across from my bedroom window that never, ever stops barking. I lost my voice just screaming at this thing. I can't sleep. I can't work. I mean, I just moved. I can't move again. What am I gonna do? What? What am I gonna do?
      Kramer: Well, there is something you can do.
      Elaine: What? Kramer, I'll do anything.
      Kramer: Well, what if there should be an unfortunate accident?
      Jerry: You're gonna rub out the dog?

    • Jerry: What is this? What are we doing? What in God's name are we doing?
      George: What!?
      Jerry: Our lives. What kind of lives are these? We're like children. We're not men.
      George: No, we're not. We're not men.

    • (George is playing chess with his girlfriend, Alice.)
      George: Well, you got no place to go. I'll tell you what your problem is. You brought your queen out too fast. What do you think? She's one of these feminists looking to get out of the house? No, the queen is old fashioned. Likes to stay at home. Cook. Take care of her man. Make sure he feels good.
      Alice: Checkmate.
      (Short silence)
      George: I don't think we should see each other anymore.

    • Newman: (singing) How much is that doggy in the window?
      Elaine: Will you two shut up?!
      Kramer: Is that a new song?

    • Kramer: You started wondering, "Isn't there something more to life?"
      Jerry: Yes!
      Kramer: Well, let me fill you in on something: there isn't.
      Jerry: There isn't?
      Kramer: What were you thinking, Jerry? Marriage? Family?
      Jerry: Well . . .
      Kramer: They're prisons! Man made prisons! You're doing time! You wake up in the morning: she's there. You go to bed at night: she's there. It's like you have to ask permission to use the bathroom.

    • (talking to Estelle on the phone)
      Susan: Hello?
      Estelle: Congratulations!
      Susan: I just want you to know that I love your son very much.
      Estelle: Really? You do? May I ask why!?

    • Newman: What took ya so long?

  • NOTES (8)

    • Julia Louis-Dreyfus accidentally shouted herself hoarse while filming the scene where Elaine yells at the dog. Rather than postpone filming or have Julia redub her lines later, the staff decided to write her laryngitis into the script, which is why Elaine speaks hoarsely throughout the entire episode.

    • So far, the credits format has been showing the regular actors and the main producers during Jerry's opening stand-up, and, the creators, script writers and directors during the second scene. But, as from this episode, if the first scene isn't one of Jerry's opening stand-up, it will shown the regular actors and the creators, and, the main producers, script writers and directors during the second scene.

    • From this episode onwards, Wayne Knight will receive "With" crediting.

    • In a deleted scene for "The Engagement", a police officer gives Kramer a ticket during the dog heist. The same man (Gary Yates) plays the security guard in "The Maestro" (two episodes later).

    • In one Mad About You episode, Kramer appears, and Jerry appears in another (he was playing himself, so we can't now if he was the Jerry known by the show, or by his comedic performances in the clubs). But, in this episode, George & Susan said they wanted to watch Mad About You on TV.

    • Jerry asks George if Susan's skin has "a pinkish hue?" and George says yes.
      George first mentioned he likes a pinkish hue in "The fix-up"

    • The man that Jerry is talking to as he's leaving the theatre after seeing Firestorm is Maroon Golf from the Puerto Rican Day Parade.

    • All of the episodes in the next three seasons will have a loose and connecting thread, very similar to Season Four. George's engagement with Susan is a recurring storyline, as well as Elaine's on and off relationship with Puddy.