Season 5 Episode 22

The Opposite

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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.

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