Season 2 Episode 7

The Revenge

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Apr 18, 1991 on NBC
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Episode Summary

George quits his job in a huff, but comes to regret the decision, and is later humiliated by his boss. Jerry believes that the man at the laundromat has stolen a large sum of money from his laundry bag. Employing Elaine's and Kramer's help, respectively, they each plan revenge.moreless

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  • "If that' not that, what is that?"

    When George quits his job in a huff and later regrets his decision, he tries to act as if nothing happened but ends up getting humiliated and decides to get back at his arrogant boss. Jerry also tries to get revenge on his laundromat who allegedly stole $1500. This episode effectively divides itself into the George/ Elaine and Jerry/Kramer saga and it's proved how naturally they can work with each other and as of this episode; the show becomes less about Jerry's comedic mishaps and more about the wacky adventures faced by the whole gang.

    While George's plot is great and Alexander is at his best (especially whilst quitting), the plot itself doesn't really work; George is getting revenge on someone just because he didn't forget that George quit on him and this whole "mickey" thing is such a random way to punish someone; i agree with Elaine when she says "wouldn't it be easier just to punch him in the nose?"

    Another plot - related mistake is the whole Newman story; it just doesn't belong here and doesn't even classify as a plot since the whole thing is told through Kramer and not seen.

    Aside from this though, the episode is hilarious and the awesome foursome all walk away with plenty of laughs under their belt but Kramer even moreso.

    Sometimes the humour relies on cultural references and as this was over 10 years ago a lot of them don't make sense to contemporary audiences but if you have the allusions section on this website at the ready then you should be fine.

    The Revenge is a very, very good episode of Seinfeld but it's massive plot holes deem it a missed opportunity.moreless
  • The early episodes of Seinfeld are and always will be classics. "The Revenge" is definitely one of my favourite episodes ever.

    In this episode, Jerry takes his and Kramer's Laundry to the dry cleaning store, after Jerry goes to pick it up later, he remembers he left 1500 dollars in with his dry cleaning. So he goes down to the store to ask the dry cleaner if he has it but says he dosen't. Jerry and Kramer than go and get revenge by putting concrete in the washing machine to get their payback. At the end of the episode Kramer finds the money in his dry cleaning... Very Funny Episode IMO. Now Meanwhile in the episode George kind of quits his job but than tries to go back the next week like nothing happened but gets kicked out. Later on George want his revenge on his fomer boss and asks Elaine for help. He ends up deciding to give his boss a "Mickie" which is a drug that can make you sick! Once George gets the "Mickie" in the drink, his boss wants him to come back but he drinks it and thats it for George.

    Very Good Episode! Recommended to all Seinfeld Fans!moreless
  • It gets me every time!

    This has to be one of my favorite episodes from the 1st/2nd season DVD set. It gets me laughing everytime.

    In this episode, George quits his job in a furry and then realizes it wasn't such a good idea so he tries to get it back; Newman tells Kramer that he's going to jump off the building and Kramer tells him to wave when he passes his window; Jerry discovers that the laundramat (sp?) may have stolen $1500 from him; Newman jumps, from the 2nd floor; Kramer and George pour cement into the laundramat's machines to get revenge for Jerry.

    Great episode!moreless
Fred Applegate

Fred Applegate


Guest Star

John Capodice

John Capodice


Guest Star

Teri Austin

Teri Austin


Guest Star

Larry David

Larry David

Voice of Newman (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Deck McKenzie

Deck McKenzie


Recurring Role

Wayne Knight

Wayne Knight


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Rick: (to George) You can't win. You can't beat me. That's why I'm here, and you're there. Because I'm a winner. I'll always be a winner, and you'll always be a loser.

    • Jerry: (to Kramer) You're like Lex Luthor!

    • George: I'm emotional!
      Jerry: That's right. You're emotional!

    • Rick: Is that Costanza over there?

    • George: I like sports. I could do something in sports.
      Jerry: Uh-huh. Uh-huh. In what capacity?
      George: You know, like the general manager of a baseball team or something.
      Jerry: Yeah. Well, that - that could be tough to get.
      George: Well, it doesn't even have to be the general manager. Maybe I could be like, an announcer. Like a colour man. You know how I always make those interesting comments during the game.
      Jerry: Yeah. Yeah. You make good comments.
      George: What about that?
      Jerry: Well, they tend to give those jobs to ex-ballplayers and people that are, you know, in broadcasting.
      George: Well, that's really not fair.
      Jerry: I know. Well, okay. Okay. What else do you like?
      George: Movies. I like to watch movies.
      Jerry: Yeah. Yeah.
      George: Do they pay people to watch movies?
      Jerry: Projectionists.
      George: That's true.
      Jerry: But you gotta know how to work the projector.
      George: Right.
      Jerry: And it's probably a union thing.
      George: (scoffs) Those unions. (sighs) Okay. Sports, movies… what about a talk show host?
      Jerry: Talk show host. That's good.
      George: I think I'd be good at that. I talk to people all the time. Someone even told me once they thought I'd be a good talk show host.
      Jerry: Really?
      George: Yeah. A couple of people. I don't get that, though. Where do you start?
      Jerry: Well, that's where it gets tricky.
      George: You can't just walk into a building and say "I wanna be a talk show host".
      Jerry: I wouldn't think so.
      George: It's all politics.
      Jerry: All right, okay. Sports, movies, talk show host. What else?
      George: This could have been a huge mistake.
      Jerry: Well, it doesn't sound like you completely thought this through.

    • George: Don't worry. It's perfectly safe. I researched it. He'll get a little woozy. He might keel over.

    • Jerry: So, anybody leaves anything here, you can just take it? You have a license to steal? You are like the James Bond of laundry?

    • Elaine: So I'm going to a nudist colony next week.
      Rick: Nudist colony?
      Elaine: Oh yeah, yeah I love nudist colonies they help me unwind. Bleh.
      Rick: I've never been to one.
      Elaine: Oh really you should go their great! Except when there over it's hard to get used to clothes, so sometimes when I'm in my office I just sit there naked.
      Rick: Really?
      Elaine: Oh yeah I usually sit around naked a couple hours a day. I cook naked, I clean naked, I drive naked, naked, naked, naked!
      Rick: Who are you!?
      Elaine: Trust me mister you don't wanna know.

    • Kramer: (about a suicidal friend) What am I supposed to do? Tell him how much there is to live for? Why should I lie to the guy?

    • Jerry: (about the laundromat's "Not Responsible For Items Lost Or Stolen" sign) Oh, I see, so you put up a sign and you can steal whatever you want. You're not a part of society.
      Laundromat Owner: That's right, cause this is my country, I'm the president, and that's my constitution: "I'm not responsible."

    • Kramer: Well… Newman jumped last night.
      Jerry: What? Did you talk to him? What did you say?
      Kramer: I said 'Wave when you pass my window.'

    • George: I like horses. I could be a stable boy.
      George: Nah, it's probably a union thing.

    • Newman: Kramer!
      Kramer: Oh! That's Newman.
      Newman: I'm on the roof!
      Kramer: Well? What are you waiting for?
      Kramer: You wanna shoot some pool tonight?
      Newman: I can't, I'm goin' to the movies.

    • Jerry: My guys don't know your guys! You can't just lock 'em all in the same machine together! They'll start a riot!
      Kramer: Have you ever met my guys?
      Jerry: No, I can't say as I have.
      Kramer: We-ell!

    • George: This is just like what they do in the movies.

    • Jerry: You got a "mickey" source?

    • George: What about like an announcer? Like a color man? You know how I always make those interesting comments during the game?
      Jerry: Yeah. Yeah. You make good comments.
      George: So? What about that?
      Jerry: Well, they tend to give those jobs to ex-ballplayers and, ya know, people in broadcasting.
      George: That's really not fair.

    • George: I'm gonna slip him a "mickey."

    • Jerry: The best revenge is living well.
      George: There's no chance of that.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Kramer says that Mr. Papanickolas, from across the street, saw Newman after he jumped. This name is taken from Pete Papanickolas, the key grip of the show.

    • George quitting his real estate job and then walking back in is similar to what Larry David did when his SNL sketches were cut.

    • Even in the recently released DVD "Season 1&2", Larry David is the voice of Newman and NOT Wayne Knight.


    • Peter Lorre:

      When George first suggests to Jerry that he's going slip a Mickey to his ex-boss after quitting and then trying to return to work nonchalantly (to no avail of course) Jerry then says "Who are you, Peter Lorre?" Peter Lorre was a Hungarian born actor especially known for playing roles with sinister overtones in Hollywood crime films and mysteries, hence Jerry compares George to him after what he plans to do and the particular phrase he uses. Lorre had a very unique voice and acting style which has been much imitated throughout TV and cinema.