Seinfeld

Season 4 Episode 17

The Outing

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 11, 1993 on NBC
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No thanks to Elaine, Jerry must work hard to prove he is straight when a college reporter mistakenly reports that he and George are gay, "not that there is anything wrong with that." Things really get out of hand when the article is picked up by the New York Post. Jerry ends up dating the college reporter to clear his name, but all does not go well.moreless

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  • Series classic.

    9.5
    "Not that there's anything wrong with that." The one phrase that is synonymous with Seinfeld was uttered in this episode, which as a whole is one of the best in series history. Not a bad line said during the half hour and just such a well-told story.



    This almost felt like a Curb Your Enthusiasm episode with the way everything blew up in George's face. This is one of the best examples of the Seinfeld/Curb style of writing where all the storylines come together at the end and just why this is superior to any other series throughout time.



    Just not too many better episodes out there than this.moreless
  • "Not that there's anything wrong with that"

    10
    A local New York reporter writes in the paper that Jerry & George are gay after eavesdropping the coffee place. Which George thinks is a perfect opportunity, to break up with his psychotic girlfriend, right in time as Jerry convinces the reporter that he isn't gay And as all this goes on, Jerry's birthday revolves around it. I really love this episode. Sorry for the description. But I love explaining it. First of all, I love the actress that played the reporter & I also liek how the paper affects everyone's life. Plus we see George's mom in the hospital again. And we see a male nurse giving a sponge bath?



    Overall amazing!moreless
  • Another classic Season Four episode; not that there's anything wrong with that

    9.5
    In this classic episode, a reporter is made to believe that Jerry and George are gay (not that there's anything wrong with that) after she overhears something Elaine makes up about them. This is a funny episode. It features great dialogue, great scenes, some great moments, another classic Seinfeld line (not that there's anything wrong with that) and some of the show's best writing.



    Larry Charles, the unsung third part of the Seinfeld trilogy, crafted his best and my favorite of his episodes. I can't stress how much I enjoy this episode. It's such a treat to watch; not that there's anything wrong with that.moreless
  • The "Not that there's anything wrong with that" episose. One of the greatest examples of comedy.

    10
    Jerry and George are into a huge misunderstanding with a university journalist. She thinks they are gay because of a prank by Elaine. This goes on for the whole episode with hilarious consequences. Things get even more complicated when a birthday gift by Kramer, a two line phone, reveals "a piece of junk" and the journalist overehars a conversation between George and Jerry. The great thing about this episode, and the reason why it still remains in the public memory is that every time the protagonists mentions the word Gay the immediately say "not that there's anything wrong with that" like usually people do to not seem hostile to people sexual choices. Great and extremely funny episode.moreless
  • Funny, funny, funny...

    9.5
    I'd just like to say that this episode, "The Outing", which spurred the phrase "Not that there's anythign wrong with that" (still remembered today) contains one of my favorite lines in Seinfeld history (George's final line):



    Jerry: We're not gay! Not that there's anything wrong with that...

    George: No, of course not...

    Jerry: I mean that's fine if that's who you are...

    George: Absolutely...

    Jerry: I mean I have many gay friends...

    George: My father's gay.



    This episode, along with "The Contest" earlier this season, proves how off-the-wall Seinfeld can really be. All the characters in this episode acted (and reacted) so pefectly, from Elaine's little game on the eavesdropping reporter which would later begin the whole mess to the reaction of George's mom when she "finds out."



    Anyway, this episode is a must-see. I'll leave you with one final quote from this classic episode:



    (after finding out the reporter thinks Jerry and George are gay)

    Kramer: (comes in) Hey, C'mon! Let's go! I thought we were going to take a steam!

    George: No!

    Jerry: No steam!

    Kramer: Well I don't want to sit there naked all by myself!moreless
Paula Marshall

Paula Marshall

Sharon

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Kari Coleman

Kari Coleman

Allison

Guest Star

Anthony Mangano

Anthony Mangano

Sailor

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Lawrence Mandley

Lawrence Mandley

Manager

Recurring Role

Deck McKenzie

Deck McKenzie

Scott

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Liz Sheridan

Liz Sheridan

Helen Seinfeld

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • During the audience taping of this show, Estelle Harris couldn't be there, so Fran Drescher went on to fill in Estelle's role in front of the audience, so that way their laughter could be recorded for the version with Estelle that was later filmed.

    • The article refers to George as "Costanza," but Jerry only ever introduced him to Sharon as "George."

    • When Sharon is interviewing Jerry, the zipper on her sweatshirt moves up and down between shots.

    • The hospital scene with George and his mother, when the male nurse comes in to give the male patient a sponge bath, is similar to a scene in the episode "The Contest". The dialogue between George and his mom, and the nurse and patient is almost identical. The only difference is the sex of the nurse and patient, obviously to go with the theme of this episode.

    • When Kramer is confronting Jerry about the article, and talking about how Jerry is single, thin, and in his 30's, Jerry is shaking his head. When the camera angle changes, Jerry is not shaking his head.

  • QUOTES (12)

  • NOTES (5)

    • In Latin America, this episode aired before "The Shoes".

    • Running Gag: Someone saying "Not that there's anything wrong with it".

    • When this episode was first presented to NBC, they thought it was an absolute disaster. One of the main problems was that it was far too racy for public, and knew that it would offend the gay and lesbian couple. Later, as they were discussing how they could fix the insults to gays, someone in the meeting was saying that there's nothing wrong with being gay. This comment led to Jerry proposing the "not that there's anything wrong with that" line, which turned out to be a huge hit. The gay and lesbian communties especially liked this episode.

    • This episode was nominated for the 1993 Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement In Writing In A Comedy Series.

    • The hospital scene with George and his mother, when the male nurse comes in to give the male patient a sponge bath is a take off of a similar scene in the episode "The Contest." The dialogue between George and his mom, and the nurse and patient is almost identical. The only difference is the sex of the nurse and patient, obviously to go with the theme of this episode.

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