Season 8 Episode 22

The Summer of George

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM May 15, 1997 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Receiving three months pay as a severance package from the Yankees, George decides to make the most of his summer. Jerry asks out a waitress, but when she accepts, he's surprised to learn that she already has a live-in boyfriend. Elaine has trouble dealing with a female co-worker, but the situation is perceived by others as a "catfight". Kramer gets a job filling seats at the Tony Awards, and ends up receiving an award himself.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Elaine, Raquel Welch and Molly Shannon? This is a GREAT episode and definitely a series classic.

    The presence of Molly Shannon in this episode is truly a special moment for Seinfeld. Her bantering with Elaine is downright hilarious. And Raquel Welch? Awesome. Of all of the Seinfeld episodes that I remember, this is one of the funniest of the bunch. I will definitely buy season 8, just so I can see the look on Elaine's face when Molly clears off her desk for her, with her swinging arms!

    The "cat fight" comments are so funny and the whole episode just makes me giggle. I love this episode! Swing those arms, Molly and Raquel! Unforgettable, really. See it again!moreless
  • I loved this episode! Hi-larious!

    Ok, to get this all cleared out, Kramer's story I did not like. Ok, it was funny, but I didn't like it. To be honest, it just seemed overplayed. Funny, but kind of un realistic. Ok, Jerry's story was awesome. The whole break up boyfriend thing that lives with her, the whole thing was funny. Elaine's whole catfight thing was the funniest for me, with the two female guest stars, the whole cat fight thing with the male definition. The look on Elaine's face when she was swinging her arms all over her desk was hilarious, I loved this whole story! George's part was the one that when I finally stopped laughing, I started laughing again! I mean the Summer Of George and then you see him struggling to walk between swinging her arms lady. So, very nice way to end a season.moreless
  • Good but not one of the best.

    This is a pretty standard episode of Series 8 Seinfeld in that a couple of the plot lines are amusing and have their moments but is let down by some heavy duty shark jumping, in this case regarding Kramer's story. In The Summer of George, the tall haired one is accidentally "shoved" into a Tony award acceptance speech by the actual award recipients. It is highly unbelievable that the award winners could have successfully pushed anyone all the way onto the stage by accident without realizing what they were doing. After this point the episode gets better as it becomes more grounded in reality. Apart from an unmemorable cameo from Raquel Welch, this is a good episode if not one of the best.moreless
Molly Shannon

Molly Shannon


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Amanda Peet

Amanda Peet


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Victor Raider-Wexler

Victor Raider-Wexler


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Joe Urla

Joe Urla


Recurring Role

Lauren Bowles

Lauren Bowles


Recurring Role

John O'Hurley

John O'Hurley

J. Peterman

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • If you look at the awning outside Jerry's building; the building's name "The Shelley" has been painted over to hide the fact that it's filmed in California not New York City.

    • In this episode when Jerry is wearing just towels with his girlfriend, she asks him if he shaved his chest. Of course in the previous episode "Muffin Tops" we see that Jerry does shave his chest and gets really itchy from it, so he obviously didn't learn his lesson.

    • Jerry and George begin the episode talking about how the Yankees "fired" him; however, George was never fired. In the previous episode, "The Muffin Tops," George was "traded" by the Yankees to Tyler Chicken.

    • A partial scene is cut from the syndicated version of this episode. The scene with George in the invitation shop remains. However, in the originally aired version, the clerk, says something along the lines of "If I remember correctly..." and flips to the cheapest invitations in the binder. Not having to pay for them himself, in typical George fashion, George flips all the way to the front of the binder and picks the most expensive invitations.

    • in the scene where George is phoning Jerry to see whats happening, Kramer has his outer part of his suit closed but when Jerry's girlfriend gets there and Kramer leaves his suit is open

    • The doctor tells George that he will have trouble walking due to extreme inactivity...wasn't he just playing frolf, a very active game, that afternoon?

  • QUOTES (15)

    • George: Listen to me. We're always sitting here. I'm always helping you with your girl problems, you're always helping me with my girl problems. Where do we end up?
      Jerry: Here.
      George: Exactly. Because neither one of us can handle a woman all by ourselves.
      Jerry: I'm trying.

    • Jerry: Can you believe she expected me to squire her around town while the dude sits at home in swaddling clothes?
      George: Do they make swaddling clothes for adults?
      Jerry: It's like she's split the job of boyfriend into two jobs. Except the dude's playing the showroom and I'm stuck doing food and beverage.

    • Jerry: So, has the summer of George begun? Or are you still decomposing?
      George: Decompressing.

    • Kramer: Jerry, you got any Tums?
      Jerry: Stomach ache?
      Kramer: I drank too much water in the shower.

    • Invitation Store Clerk: Have I seen you in here before?
      George: About a year ago . . . wedding invitations.
      Invitation Store Clerk: Oh, right. How'd that work out?
      George: No complaints.

    • Elaine: What is so appealing to men about a cat fight?
      Kramer: Yeah, yeah, cat fight!
      Jerry: Because men think if women are grabbing and clawing at each other there's a chance they might somehow kiss.

    • George: Maybe the two of us, working together at full capacity, could do the job of one normal man.
      Jerry: Then each of us would only have be like a half man. That sounds about right!

    • Kramer: I can't describe how great it is to win.
      Jerry: That's because you didn't win.

    • Jerry: When I went to pick her up there was this dude.
      George: How do you know it was her dude?
      Jerry: What, do you think it could've been just some dude?
      George: Sure, dudes in this town are dime a dozen.
      Jerry: I reckon.
      George: Or maybe, she just wanted to go to the Tony's. I tell you what; you ask her out again. No Tony, just Jerry. That way you know it he was her dude or just some dude.
      Jerry: Dude!

    • George: The Yankees are giving me three months full pay for doing nothing.
      Jerry: They did it for three years, what's another few months?

    • Peterman: Woof!
      Elaine: Do you mean 'reeyar'?

    • Jerry: What's that?
      Kramer: (almost weeping) Tony.
      Jerry: What happened to you?
      Kramer: Raquel Welch!
      Jerry: Yikes.
      (enter Elaine.)
      Jerry: What happened to you?
      Elaine: Raquel Welch!

    • Jerry: (in George's mind) What's the deal with airline peanuts?

    • George: This was supposed to be the "Summer of George!"

    • (using George's 'mumbling under breath' escape at the Mump's)
      Jerry: The one with the… the flavman.

  • NOTES (2)

    • A new contract for Season 9 was signed around the time of this airing that would pay Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Michael Richards $600,000 each per episode. Until this time they had been receiving $160,000 each per episode. Jerry Seinfeld, as star, co-creator and producer would continue to receive approximately $1 million.

    • Writer/producer Dave Mandel makes an appearance as the guy who asks George if he wants to play frolf (frisbee-golf).


    • Kramer: (to the group at Sardi's) So I said to him: Arthur, Artie come on, why does the salesman have to die? Change the title! The Life of a Salesman. That's what people want to see.

      This is a reference to the 1949 play Death of a Salesman, written by Arthur Miller. The play won a Tony Award and a Pulitzer Prize for drama.

    • This episode is, in fact, based on an incident from real life. Faye Dunaway, who is a contemporary of Raquel Welch, played Norma Desmond in Sunset Blvd., Andrew Lloyd Webber's newest musical at the time. The reviews she received were horrendous and she was consequently fired.