Season 7 Episode 24

The Invitations

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



  • Trivia

    • 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.

  • Quotes

    • 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

    • 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.

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