Seinfeld

Season 7 Episode 23

The Wait Out

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM May 09, 1996 on NBC
8.3
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After George makes an off-hand remark to a married couple with a rocky relationship, Jerry and Elaine wait in anticipation of their inevitable separation. Elaine sports a new hairstyle, starts driving again and almost makes Jerry car sick. Kramer starts wearing jeans again. The jeans are much too tight, so tight in fact, that he can't get them off when he really needs to. Elaine and Jerry make plans to move in on the separated couple, which they do. George feels guilty about breaking up the marriage and wishes to undo the damage. Jerry and Elaine physically oppose this action. David returns the off-hand remark to George in the presence of Susan. She tells George she has to think about some things- he thinks it is his ticket out.moreless

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  • Out - of - form and i'm not just talking about Kramer's jeans.

    6.5
    The marriage of Jerry and Elaine's friend David and Beth is collapsing thanks to a passing comment from George and Jerry and Elaine see it as an oppotunity to "sweep them up before they knew what hit them". Meanwhile Kramer attempts to wear "slimfit" jeans but it ends in turmoil. The main problem with this episode is that it tiptoes around the megastars Cary Ewles and Debra Messing as David and Beth as they both come off as flat and uninteresting characters and the writing joins in.



    There is something basically mean-spirited at the heart of this episode and it makes Jerry and Elaine come off as unattractive people as it's all about adding another knotch to their belt while their "friends" marriage is crumbling. By the end, you're happy that both of the would - be relationships fail.



    It's as if George is punished for being the only moral person in this episode and he's reduced to basically a cameo role. Michael Richards supplies tonnes of laughs as Kramer and gets to imitate a slinky in human form but his plot is given as much room to move as his legs in the super - tight jeans which is not a lot. Casting Cary Elwes as a middle American has always been and still is an odd choice as his uneven American accent just doesn't convince and he carries far too much Britain with him to make the character "David" work. Debra Messing however is great and shines with real will and grace.



    It could be blamed on the shock departure of Larry David but this episode just drags.moreless
  • George and Elaine wait out a marriage which ends sooner than expected after a rude remark by George. Meanwhile, Kramer helps Mickey audition for the Actor's Studio.

    8.7
    "Seinfeld" is one of the few shows where I didn't really care at all about the arcs for each character. I actually found it somewhat annoying when we had to follow a relationship for too long. They always did such a great job of making fun of the absurdities in life. This episode is no exception. George's comment to Beth and David ("You could have done better than him.") results in the breakup of their marriage and of course this is great news for Jerry and Elaine who have eagerly been awaiting their opportunity to date the two halves of this pair. It's so ridiculous, but also hilarious of course! And Kramer was at his best in the too-tight jeans. Seriously, this show is always great and never takes itself too seriously and this episode is an excellent example of the show at it's best.moreless
  • An episode that really shows who the characters are

    9.3
    This is one of those episodes that really defines the characters. Jerry and Elaine meet up with a married couple they've been "waiting out" -- Jerry wanting to date the woman (Debra Messing) and Elaine pining for the man (Cary Elwes). After George makes his usual thoughtless remark and accidentally splits up the couple, Jerry and Elaine jump onto them like vultures onto a rotting carcass.



    The characters on "Seinfeld" are famously amoral, and this is a perfect example of that -- the precipitating incident is caused by one of them not thinking and the rest of the episode is driven by two others simply not caring about anyone other than themselves. Only George shows any conscience here, trying to fix his original error (and even that isn't so much because it's the right thing to do but because he feels guilty).



    I still can't figure out why the characters on this show, all of whom would be so completely unlikeable in real life, have become cultural icons. But darn it, there you are.moreless
Cary Elwes

Cary Elwes

David

Guest Star

Debra Messing

Debra Messing

Beth

Guest Star

Allan Havey

Allan Havey

Policeman

Guest Star

Heidi Swedberg

Heidi Swedberg

Susan

Recurring Role

Danny Woodburn

Danny Woodburn

Mickey Abbott

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Goof: Frankenstein

      When everyone is commenting on Kramer's jeans being too tight, he starts to walk away and Jerry says, "You're walking like Frankenstein".

      * Frankenstein was the scientist who created life out of various body parts, but he was one whole human himself; Frankenstein's Monster was the one who is known to walk stiffly.

    • You can hear Carey Elwes's real accent when he says the date of his anniversary to Elaine.

    • Why is there so much red (or brown) in this episode? Both Jerry and Elaine wear the color in several scenes and Beth's phone is also red.

    • Beth's Ex's apartment # is 5A and the door opposite says 5B, is it a coincidince that their door numbers are the SAME as Jerry's and Kramer's??? I think not!

    • If Joey's mom's place is in the same apartment as Jerry and Kramer's why is it so much bigger??

    • Watch George's light blue button down shirt when he shows up at Beth's (Debra Messing's) apartment. His shirt is messed up from fighting through Elaine and Jerry to get out of Jerry's apartment to tell Beth that he was just being "folksy" instead of being serious about her being able to do a lot better than David as a husband. His collar goes up and down during the scene and oscillates between being tucked and partially untucked on one side obviously indicating the scene was shot more than once.

    • When Kramer goes into Jerry's apartment the first time after his performance with Mickey you can see a production mic at the top of the screen pretty obviously.

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