Season 4 Episode 17

The Outing

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 11, 1993 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • George: (trying one more tactic to end their relationship) I'm gay! I'm a gay man! I'm very, very gay.
      Allison: You're gay?
      George: Extraordinarily gay. Steeped in gayness.

    • George: (trying to convince a reporter that he's not gay) Look, you wanna have sex right now? Do want to have sex with me right now? Let's go! C'mon, let's go baby! C'mon!

    • George: (explaining how he and Jerry met) Actually it was in gym class. I was trying to climb the ropes and Jerry was spotting me. I kept slipping and burning my thighs and then finally I slipped and fell on Jerry's head. We've been close ever since.

    • George: You can do better than me. You could throw a dart out the window and hit someone better than me. I'm no good!

    • (When Elaine refuses to remove her coat)
      George: Ya know, there are tribes in Indonesia where if you keep your coat on in somebody's house, the families go to war!

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

    • Jerry: I've been outed, and I was never in!

    • George: I'm Buck Naked!

    • (To Jerry in front of reporter from NYU)
      George: You see the way he talks to me?

    • Kramer: Come on, I thought we were all gonna take a steam.
      Jerry & George: No! No Steam!
      Kramer: Well I don't wanna sit there naked all by myself!

    • George: Two tickets to "Guys And Dolls"! I'm gonna go with you!
      Jerry: "Guys And Dolls"? Isn't that a lavish, Broadway musical?
      George: It's "Guys And Dolls," not "Guys And Guys."

    • (on being homosexual)
      Jerry and/or George:Not that there's anything wrong with that!

  • Notes

    • 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.

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