Season 7 Episode 23

The Wait Out

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM May 09, 1996 on NBC

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

    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.
  • 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.

    "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.
  • An episode that really shows who the characters are

    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.