Seinfeld

Season 5 Episode 21

The Hamptons

5
Aired Thursday 9:00 PM May 12, 1994 on NBC
9.5
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Everyone makes a trip to the Hamptons to "see the baby" and enjoy the weekend. George's girlfriend goes topless and everyone sees her chest before he does. "The baby" is the most hideous thing they've ever seen. Elaine is confused when a handsome doctor refers to her as "breathtaking" - the same term he later uses to describe the baby. Kramer finds a filled lobster trap. Jerry's girlfriend sees George naked, after he's just gotten out of the pool, so something isn't as it should be.moreless

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  • I WAS IN THE POOL!!!!!!

    10
    I tell you that this is the reason why I watch Seinfeld. This is way beyond my favorite episode. I cracked up when I saw the scene where Jerry, Elaine, and George were talking about the shrinkage factor. "What do you mean, like laundry?" LMMFAO!!!! I also like the fact that Kramer got caught catching lobsters that were authorized by the law and he had to do community service. Hahahahahaha!!! I gave this a episode a perfect 10.0 score. Kudos to the Seins.moreless
  • One of the funniest episodes ever.

    10
    This is classic Seinfeld and one of the best episodes in the series. There are memorable moments throughout the show that will keep you laughing until the end. From George's "shrinkage", to Kramer stealing Lobsters, and to the infamous ugly baby, if you're looking for laughs pop in this disc from Season 5. Also, Desperate Housewives' Richard Burgi plays the pediatrician.
  • Awesome.

    9.7
    Without question one of the best episodes of Seinfeld ever. So many great storylines here from the ugly baby (which would reemerge in later episodes) to the shrinkage incident (which has been mentioned in Arrested Development, proving it's a big deal) to just about everything Kramer did in this episode.



    "No, I'm sorry sister, not on my watch." This episode is just the quintessential example of how to write a sitcom with the cast on a trip. Many shows have tried, but in comparison they all fail compared to Seinfeld's "The Hamptons". Just a genius, Emmy-worthy episode of television here.moreless
  • "I was in the pool!"

    9.5
    This is another great episode. The gang goes to the Hamptons for the weekend. Kramer fishes for lobster, George has some more below the equator trouble, Elaine meets a doctor and Jerry has to balance an ugly baby and a girlfriend. Some old friends return wanting Jerry and Elaine to see their baby (an ugly baby). Elaine meets and dates the baby's doctor and gets crazy when he calls both her and the baby "breathtaking". Kramer gets in trouble pulling lobsters out of traps, incurring legal troubles. And finally, George is a victim of "shrinkage", in another of the classic moments of the show. He spends the rest of the episode trying to see Jerry's girlfriend naked after she saw him and his girlfriend goes home.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (15)

    • George: I never tasted a cough medicine I didn't love.

    • George: I think that you think that a certain something is not all that it could be, when, in fact, it is all that it should be… And more!
      Jane: I'm sure it is.
      George: Look, you don't understand. There was shrinkage.

    • George: Ordinarily I wouldn't mind, but…
      Jerry: But what?
      George: Well, I just got back from swimming in the pool. And the water was cold…
      Jerry: Oh, you mean… Shrinkage.
      George: Yes. Significant shrinkage.
      Jerry: So you feel you were shortchanged.
      George: Yes. I mean, if she thinks that's me, she's under a complete misapprehension. That was not me, Jerry. That was not me.

    • George: (upset that Jerry saw Jane topless before him) It's like I'm Neil Armstrong. I turn around for a sip of Tang, and you jump out first!

    • Kramer: I saw Jane topless.
      George: You saw who what?

    • Rachel: The train was so crowded; I had to sit in a seat facing the wrong way.
      Jerry: Oh, I like that. It's like going back in time.

    • Kramer: Hey, Jerry, rub some lotion on my back.
      Jerry: Who are you, Mrs. Robinson?
      Kramer: C'mon, and I'll rub some on you.
      Jerry: That's not sweetening the deal.

    • Jerry: Is it possible they're just having babies to get people to visit them?

    • Jerry: (about topless Jane) George hasn't even seen her yet.
      Elaine: Why do you think we're getting a sneak preview?
      Kramer: Maybe she's trying to create a buzz.
      Elaine: What?
      Kramer: You know, get some good word-of-mouth going.

    • George: This is fantastic. Man, what do we get? Swimming, lobster for dinner!
      Kramer: I know, it's great. I saw Jane topless.

    • Elaine: (about the baby) He was like a Pekinese.
      Jerry: Yeah, too much chlorine in that gene pool.

    • George: (about Jane) I can't believe that you saw her before me.
      Jerry: Think of me as a doctor.
      George: Well, how good a look did you get?
      Jerry: What do you mean?
      George: Well, if she was a criminal and you had to describe her to a police-sketch artist…
      Jerry: They'd pick her up in about ten minutes.

    • Elaine: I don't know how you guys walk around with those things.

    • Jerry: Do women know about shrinkage?
      Elaine: What do you mean like laundry?
      Jerry: No, like when a man goes swimming afterwards.
      Elaine: It shrinks?
      Jerry: Like a frightened turtle!
      Elaine: Why does it shrink?
      George: It just does.

    • George: I was in the POOL! I was in the POOL!

  • NOTES (2)

    • Despite being shown out of production order, this episode is shown in the proper continuity order. It explains how Jerry patched things up with Rachel's father after the events of "The Raincoats", and has them still dating before their break-up in "The Opposite".

    • The original script featured a line in which Kramer suggests that Elaine become a jockey. However, it never made it to production.

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

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