Season 7 Episode 24

The Invitations

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM May 16, 1996 on NBC
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Episode Summary

As George and Susan pick out their wedding invitations, George is desperate to find a way out of getting married. Kramer is obsessed with a bank's promise to pay $100 to any customer not greeted with 'hello'. Meanwhile, Jerry thinks he's fallen in love with a woman with the exact same personality as him.moreless

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  • Hi-larious!

    Seinfeld's season 7 finale marked the end of two eras on Seinfeld. The first being it was Larry David's last year as a writer for Seinfeld, and two it was Susan's last appearance on the show.

    It was clear after Season 7 that the show was done. The last two seasons were as funny as the show we'd loved for years, but the storylines were pretty weak and sometimes borderline outrageous.

    This episode was nothing short of superb though. The episode actually had a Curb Your Enthusiasm like feel as it was pretty much a George-centric installment, and his behavior seemed more Larry David-esque than usual.

    Kramer's performance also stood out as great as well. From his rants on marriage, to his behavior at the bank, this was Cosmo at his best.moreless
  • SEINFELD At Its Darkest (and Funniest)

    Few sitcoms have tried to mine humor from subjects like death, sickness and physical handicaps, but SEINFELD managed to find comic gold in the most unlikely places. What other show would dare use a woman in a wheelchair for a sight gag and somehow manage to make an audience laugh instead of being offended? "The Invitations" brilliantly caps what is perhaps the show's greatest season. In retrospect, everyone should have seen the final gag coming a mile away. After all, how else could George possibly (and plausibly) escape his wedding? It's obvious but so ruthless that I don't think it ever registered as a possibility. I remember watching it for the first time and when I saw Susan getting sicker and sicker, my jaw literally fell open. I couldn't believe Larry David would go there, but he did and his decision was as audacious as it was absolutely and hilariously right. Putting aside the macabre denouement, one also has to applaud everything leading up to it: Jerry's engagement to "himself", Kramer's attempt to bilk 100 bucks out of a bank, and (especially) George's last-ditch attempts to sabotage the engagement (that smoking bit makes me laugh out loud every time). The episode perfectly completes the story arc set up in "The Engagement" and would've made for a perfect series finale. I'm glad it wasn't the last show, but this one stands as final testament to both Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David's combined genius.moreless
  • What a great episode!

    This episode is pretty cool, because George is finally getting married but he doesn't wants to because is too much pressure, so in order to get out from it he tries anything he can, but every thing turns against him, so George only hopes are gone, at least until the doctor tells George that his wife died of intoxication from the invitations, and George tries to simulate he is really depressed, but he is really happy indeed. Meanwhile, Jerry finds the perfect woman for her, that apparently is the exactly the same as Jerry, for a moment he enjoys it, but later he discovers that he hates himself, and it turns out worse when Jerry asks her to marry with him. This episode is really cool and is one of the best ones I have seen.moreless
Janeane Garofalo

Janeane Garofalo

Jeannie Steinman

Guest Star

Stephen Root

Stephen Root

Mr. Lager

Guest Star

Victor Raider-Wexler

Victor Raider-Wexler


Guest Star

Heidi Swedberg

Heidi Swedberg

Susan Ross

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The first episode of the season included a scene of George on a pier, contemplating marriage. This closing episode of the season repeats this scene with Jerry. In both cases, they were shot on the Santa Monica Pier in California. (A 3rd scene was shot here, in The Voice.)

    • The footage of couples at the beach when Jerry is contemplating marriage is the same footage shown in episode 701, when George asks Susan to marry him.

    • In this episode, George says that he doesn't smoke, and gets very sick when he tries. However, in "The Stock Tip", after some lucky investments, he is shown contentfully smoking a large (and expensive) cigar.
      Smoking cigars has a different impact on the lungs than cigarettes do. This is relating to the statement that Elaine always talks about her hate for smokers; even though she has been seen in many occasions smoking cigars.
      Another reason may be that a number of years have passed between then and this episode, perhaps George quit smoking in the meantime.
      He also said, in an earlier episode, that he tried to smoke one of the cigars he got from Susan's father, but ended up throwing up.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Elaine: Now I'm gonna be stuck at the singles' table with all the losers!?
      Jerry: You can go with Kramer.
      Kramer: No, no, no. Weddings are a great place to meet chicks. I have to be unfettered.

    • Jerry: Why don't you just break it off with her? Tell her it's over.
      George: I can't.
      Jerry: Why not?
      George: Cause I can't face that scene. You know what kind of scene that would be? I'd rather be unhappy for the rest of my life than go through something like that.

    • George: (plotting a way out of his engagement) If only I could get her on a plane somewhere.
      Jerry: And do what: hope for a crash?
      George: It happens.
      Jerry: Do you know what the odds of a plane crash are? It's a million to one.
      George: It's something! It's hope!

    • Bank Manager: This man says he came in here the other day and you didn't say "hello"?
      Bank Clerk: That's not true; I said "hey," you know, like a friendly greeting hey.
      Kramer: But hey's not hello.
      Bank Manager: This is a tough one. I'm gonna have to get some other people in on this.

    • Kramer: What is this, oak?
      Bank Manager: I think it's pine.
      Kramer: Pine is good.
      Bank manager: Yeah, pine's aaalright.

    • Jerry: Now I know what I've been looking for all these years. Myself. I've been waiting for me to come along. And now I've swept myself off my feet!

  • NOTES (5)

    • After this episode, Larry David left the show and won't be an executive producer anymore, although he became one again in the final episode, and he'll still provide the voice of George Steinbrenner.

    • This episode has several parallels, and is almost like a mirror version of this season's premiere episode, "The Engagement."

    • This episode is supposed to take place on the day it aired, as
      was said in the final episode.

    • In light of recent anthrax scares in the US (fall/winter 2001), the planned syndicated rerun of this episode on 22 Oct 2001 was cancelled. Since that time, it has been reported (summer 2002) that the episode has reappeared in some markets.

    • In an uncredited appearance writer / producer Carol Leifer appears as one of the bank employees. The scenes shot with the real George Steinbrenner for this episode, were cut from the final edit. It is reported that these scenes might be included in an episode, next season. Steinbrenner reportedly missed opening day of the Yankees' baseball season to make this appearance.