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.
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