Season 5 Episode 22

The Opposite

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM May 19, 1994 on NBC
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Episode Summary

George comes to the realization that he should try to do the opposite of everything, so he does, his luck changes and everything begins to go his way including getting a girlfriend, a job with the Yankees and moving out of his parents' house. Things begin to be unlucky for Elaine after she buys a box of "Jujyfruits." Kramer appears on Regis & Kathie Lee to promote his coffee table book. Rachel wants to break up with Jerry and he readily agrees, because his luck has been "even Steven." Elaine's eating of "Jujyfruits" causes Pendant Publishing to go under, and later she realizes that she and George have traded places.moreless

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  • My favourite episode

    Of the episodes that I have seen, this is my favourite for many reasons, the main one being that we find out that every instinct George ever had was wrong and doing the opposite gets him a job, a girl and confidence, which is definitely not the George we know. Highlights of this plot is George insulting Steinbrenner in the job interview and getting hired for it and telling his parents he loves them since that's his opposite instinct aswell as the wellknown "I'm unemployed and I live with my parents" pickup line.

    Jerry being Even Stevens is also a fantastic plot and turns out to be true in the end when one of his friends is always happy and the other is miserable since George becoming happy and having a job would obviously mean Jerry's other side, Elaine, would have to lose her job and be miserable.

    Overall, opposite George is one of the funniest episodes I've ever seen and is definitely my favourite.moreless
  • Seinfeld Episode reveiw

    This a great funny episode of Seinfeld with the stories to being so funny as George and Elaine turn opposite of themselves or basically turning in to each other was really done well in this episode and the coffee table book storyline with Kramer is just plain funny the two must funny scenes in this episode is Georges interview in the Yankees and when Kramer appears on Regis & Kathie Lee this is a great episode with great stories a nice way to end one of the best scenes of Seinfeld that is all I have to say on this episode of Seinfeldmoreless
  • Up is down, left is right, black is white, night is day, and Elaine is the new George. Jerry discovers that everything in his life "evens out", Kramer promotes the coffee table book, and Elaine and George both experience a change in their fates.moreless

    There are so many good things about this episode. Let's start with Kramer. His coffee table book about coffee tables gets published and he promotes it on Regis and Kathy Lee. Pendant Publishing responds negatively to his TV appearance after he spits out his coffee and makes out with Kathy. Meanwhile, George decides that every instinct he has is wrong, and that by doing the opposite of what he would normally do, he can lead a successful life. George's new outlook lands him a job at the Yankees and an apartment away from his parents. Jerry, on the other hand, comes to the conclusion that everything in his life has a way of evening out. For instance, the same day he looses twenty dollars, he finds twenty more dollars in his coat pocket. Lastly, Elaine's life falls apart when she brings about the end of Pendant Publishing, gets kicked out of her apartment, and looses her boyfriend. Of all of the hilariously crazy things in this episode, Elaine's story is my favorite. The fact that her boyfriend brakes up with her because she stopped to buy candy after finding out he was in a car accident is hysterical. But I think the funniest Elaine moments in this episode are the ones where we find out why Elaine is getting kicked out of her apartment. First of all, she buzzed up a jewel thief into the building, then she buzzed up a pack of Jehovah's Witness who won't vacate the building, and then we find out she uses Canadian quarters in the washing machines. All in all, this episode is great and if you don't want to watch it just for the Elaine moments, then watch it because it is among the finest Seinfeld has to offer. It is truly a great episode.moreless
  • It's a Good Day (George)/Bad Day (Elaine)

    George has a good day. He's got a girlfriend, He told some losers off at a movie theatre and he's promoted to the home office of the New York Yankess. Not a bad day for George. But it was a bad day for Elaine. She lost her boyfriend and the publishing comapny folded. all over her obbession over Jujyfuilts. You pop them in the mouth and can not talk. also Krammer's Coffee Table book fell apart. I did get a glipse of Regis and Kathy Lee. I love Kathy Lee Gilford, I don't care what her critics think. The rest of the epsiode is funny.moreless
  • But in a good way!

    Every time George lies, cheats and steals trying to get girls, he always winds up on the wrong side of the tracks and when that happens, the episode doesn't have a happy ending for him.

    That is, until this episode. Where he decides to tell the truth and do the exact OPPOSITE of what he does. He starts with his famous line: "My name is George. I'm unemployed and I live with my parents". LOL

    And things go great for George, he meets a beautiful girl, he doesn't act like a wimp, and he gets a job working for the New York Yankees!!!!

    As for Elaine, she starts to do the exact opposite, and nothing goes right for her. She gets fired, gets thrown out of her apartment and finally concludes: "I'M GEORGE! I'M GEORGE!!!"

    Unfortunately, George couldn't tell the truth for long because in the next season, he's right back to lying again! :Pmoreless
French Stewart

French Stewart


Guest Star

Kathie Lee Gifford

Kathie Lee Gifford


Guest Star

Marty Rackham

Marty Rackham

Jake Jarmel

Guest Star

Larry David

Larry David

Voice of George Steinbrenner (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Estelle Harris

Estelle Harris

Estelle Costanza

Recurring Role

Jerry Stiller

Jerry Stiller

Frank Costanza

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • When the players add up the money they won or lost during poker, the totals were 1- Won 50, 2- Lost 32, 3- Won 37, 4- Lost 15, Jerry - Broke Even

      Well when you add 50, negative 32, 37, negative 15, and even, you get a total of 40 dollars. So someone must have mis-counted their total winnings/losing's then, considering all totals should equal to 0, where instead it equals 40.

      The second man says lost 72 not 32. It evened out.

    • Working Title: "The Even Steven".

    • In this episode, Jerry becomes "Even Steven."

    • If the 20 bucks George finds are really Jerry's (the ones Elaine through out the window), as we're expected to believe, it's a bit peculiar that George comes in about ten seconds after Elaine threw them out the window, as the way to Jerry's apartment usually takes much longer than that, as we see in many episodes after someone buzzes Jerry.

    • Kramer prefaces his ski slope response with an aside to the audience: "This is actually a true story", signaling to those who know better that it isn't. Rather than a goof, it's a great bit of in-house humour.

    • Kramer tells Regis Philbin that he came up with the idea for his coffee table book while skiing. However, in The Cigar Store Indian, he appears to get the idea in George's parents' home after Jerry stains their coffee table.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Jerry: Elaine, don't get too down. Everything will even out. See, I have two friends. You were up, he was down. Now he's up, you're down. You see how it all evens out for me?

    • George: A job with the New York Yankees! This has been the dream of my life ever since I was a child, and it's all happening because I'm completely ignoring every urge towards common sense and good judgment I've ever had. This is no longer just some crazy notion, Elaine, Jerry. This is my religion.
      Jerry: So I guess your messiah would be the Anti-Christ.

    • Regis Philbin: (introducing Kramer) This guy could be a little bonkos.

    • Kramer: (to Jerry) You know who you are? Even Steven.

    • Kramer: I'm starting the book tour! First stop - Regis and Kathie Lee!
      Jerry: You're going on Regis and Kathie Lee?
      Kramer: Oh, you better believe it.
      Jerry: I'll loan you my puffy shirt.

    • Jerry: (to George) If every instinct you have is wrong, then the opposite would have to be right.

    • George: Bald men with no jobs and no money who live with their parents don't approach strange women.

    • George: Why did it all turn out like this for me? I had so much promise. I was personable. I was bright. Oh, maybe not academically speaking, but I was perceptive. I always know when someone's uncomfortable at a party. It all became very clear to me sitting out there today, that every decision I've ever made in my entire life has been wrong. My life is the complete opposite of everything I want it to be. Every instinct I have in every aspect of life, be it something to wear, something to eat… It's often wrong.

    • Victoria: Who are you George Costanza?
      George: I'm the opposite of every guy you've ever met.

    • George: I'll tell you this, something is happening in my life! I did this opposite thing last night. Up was down! Black was white! Good was…
      Jerry: …bad
      George: Day was…
      Elaine: …night
      : Yeah!

    • George: ( to his parents ) I want you to know how much you mean to me. I love you both very very much.
      Jerry: (whispering to Kramer) Opposite....

    • Jerry: You're going on Regis & Kathy Lee? I'll loan you my puffy shirt.

    • Mr. Cushman: Why don't you tell me about some of your previous job experiences?
      George: Alrighty. My last job was in publishing. I got fired for having sex in my office with the cleaning woman.

    • Jerry: Chicken salad's not the opposite of tuna. Salmon is the opposite of tuna, because salmon swim against the current, while the tuna swim with it.

    • George: Shut your traps and stop kicking the seats! We're trying to watch the movie! And if I have to tell you again, we're gonna take it outside and I'm gonna show you what it's like! You understand me!? Now, shut your mouths or I'll shut 'em for ya, and if you think I'm kidding, just try me! Try me, because I would love it!

    • Elaine: (after realizing she and George have switched fates) I'm George. I'M GEORGE!

    • Yankees exec: This is Mr. Costanza. He's one of the applicants.
      Steinbrenner: Nice to meet you.
      George: Well, I wish I could say the same. But I must say, with all due respect, I find it very hard to see the logic behind some of the moves you have made with this fine organization. In the past twenty years you have caused myself, and the city of New York, a good deal of distress, as we have watched you take our beloved Yankees and reduce them to a laughing stock, all for the glorification of your massive ego!
      Steinbrenner: Hire this man!

    • George: My name is George. I'm unemployed and I live with my parents.
      Woman: I'm Victoria. Hi.

    • Jerry: The New York Yankees?
      George: The New York Yankees!
      Jerry: Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mantle... Costanza?!

  • NOTES (8)

    • Regis Philbin receives the "With" credit.

    • Kathy Lee Gifford receives the "And" credit.

    • This episode won the 1994 Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Editing for a Series - Multi-Camera Production. This episode received a nomination for the 1995 DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series.

    • This episode won the 1994 Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Editing for a Series - Multi-Camera Production. This episode received a nomination for the 1995 DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series.

    • French Stewart, who has a few lines here as the movie theatre manager, would go on in 1996 to co-star as Harry Solomon in the NBC series 3rd Rock From the Sun, which also featured Seinfeld co-star Wayne Knight in the supporting player role of Officer Don Orville.

    • When Kramer mentions that he thought of the book while skiing, he says at the end "true story". This is an obvious reference to the stories celebrities tell on talk shows. I think he was making it up, like a alot of celebrities do when they are on talk shows.

    • Viewer Paul Redkoles notes that in this episode Kramer mentions he thought of the idea for the book while skiing; however, it is in "The Cigar Store Indian", that Kramer first thinks of and mentions the book.

    • Starting with this episode, Larry David supplies the voice of George Steinbrenner. Steinbrenner is only seen from the back. Steinbrenner's back is occasionally played by Larry David or actor Lee Bear. Kenny "real" Kramer does a great impression of Larry David and by default does a great impression of Steinbrenner.


    • Kramer: What about Sonya Live? Now you're not canceling Sonya Live!
      Mr. Lippman: It's out.
      Kramer: She's a doctor. I've got a thing for her.

      Sonya Live was a call-in news program on CNN that ran during the late 1980s and early 90s. The show was hosted by Dr. Sonya Friedman, who holds a PhD in psychology.

    • Elaine: Yeah, it's getting serious. We're talking about moving in together.
      Jerry: Boy, you really got it all. I'm sure Helen Gurley Brown would be very proud of you.

      Helen Gurley Brown is an author and publisher who served as Cosmopolitan magazine's editor-in-chief from 1965 to 1997. Brown was a strong advocate of women's sexual freedom during the 1960s.