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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  • 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.
  • "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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • "Not that there's anything wrong with that," created in reaction to a Castle Rock execs notes that the episode needed to be more politically sensitive.

    10
    The Outing is a perfect example of how truly hysterical, fall on the floor funny, Seinfeld is. Taking a subject like sexual preference and the chaos and confusion that ensues when Jerry and George are suspected of being gay partners by a misguided NYU journalist, writer Larry Charles has created a 22 minute masterpiece. The creative team behind the show has stated that Season 4, in their opinion was the best, with so many classics. Charles would leave to pursue other projects by the season\'s end, but not before creating the memorable catch phrase, \"not that there\'s anything wrong with that.\" Jerry seems truly uncomfortable in many of the scenes, and look for his genuine disgust when George tries to touch him. Also, look for the cast trying to control their laughter, especially when the camera is not directly on. An Emmy nominated episode that lost to the other Larry (David) for The Contest.
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