Seinfeld (1989–1998)
9.4/10
2,893
6 user 3 critic

The Outing 

A prank by Elaine leads a newspaper journalist to think that Jerry and George are gay.

Director:

Tom Cherones

Writers:

Larry David (created by), Jerry Seinfeld (created by) | 2 more credits »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $1.99 on Prime Video

ON DISC

Photos

Edit

Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Seinfeld ... Jerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Elaine Benes
Michael Richards ... Kramer
Jason Alexander ... George Costanza
Liz Sheridan ... Helen
Barney Martin ... Morty
Estelle Harris ... Estelle Constanza
Paula Marshall ... Sharon
Kari Coleman ... Allison
Anthony Mangano ... Marine
Ben Reed ... Male Nurse
Lawrence A. Mandley ... Manager
Charley J. Garrett Charley J. Garrett ... Man #1 (as Charley Garrett)
Deck McKenzie Deck McKenzie ... Scott
David Gibbs David Gibbs ... Man #2
Edit

Storyline

A woman is eavesdropping on the conversation that Elaine has with Jerry and George at the coffee shop. Elaine decides to give the woman the impression that Jerry and George are a homosexual couple. Unfortunately that woman is a reporter from NYU who is doing an interview with Jerry for the school newspaper. She goes to Jerry's apartment and the suspicions are confirmed when Jerry and George get in a fight over a piece of fruit. She publishes an article using the angle that Jerry and George are a homosexual couple. Things get even worse when Jerry's birthday gifts don't help his case any when Kramer gives Jerry a faulty two-line phone and George gets Jerry tickets to the musical "Guys And Dolls". George doesn't help his case any when he uses the homosexual angle of the article to get out of a bad relationship and his mother freaks out and is admitted to the hospital. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Written by halo1k

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 1993 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

During Sharon's interview with Jerry & George, She says "You should hear how my boyfriend talks to me". And yet within just a few days Sharon is making out with Jerry. So is she just cheating on her boyfriend or did she break up with him to go out with Jerry. See more »

Goofs

In the end, how does George enter Jerry's apartment without anyone buzzing him in? He barges into the apartment without Jerry buzzing him in. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Jerry Seinfeld: [on homosexuality] Not that there's anything wrong with that!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in ER: What We Do (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

not that there's anything wrong with it..
30 June 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

Seinfeld

Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, the creators, of the dream sitcom for every stand up artist is the milestone set as an example on how to use your humor as a part of narrative. The series was clearly ahead of its time and fixated within that time limit when it was aired- or maybe not even then. This is how the series both remains timeless and also fails to test against time. The concept of the series- in fact there is an episode, where the series takes an almost meta turn, whispering the secretive meeting held within the confound of NBC walls about the pitch- is to just joke, just talk, analyse with a mockery tone, bombing brutally on a subject from the most privileged position under that circumstances. There is no storyline, no character development, no arc, no rhythm to follow. Usually, a film like such becomes more than a film with such an idea; take the Life Of Brian series. And similarly the series refuses to participate in the expected or not even expected aspects of the storytelling.

There is no end, no beginning, it captures a brief period with an agenda in mind that you will have the time of your life. But this is where this coherent plan backfires. First the runtime itself. Something so monotonous cannot withhold its audience for nine years. It is simply preposterous. For the style of the joke, the humor, the vocab of these characters, if as-planned is intended to be the same, will grow natural or normal to the viewers. This makes the relationship between the viewers and the characters, similar to what the viewers have in the outer world, maybe a friend or a family member.

Basically it would never be interesting, sure some cases would come up, just as chapters does in here, but that too will carry the momentum of just that brief period of screentime. Another major challenge it faces is, in order to stay far away from the textbook sitcom structure, the character has to and does deny on getting on or blending in with the society. Now that's fine. But in order to last longer they had to create an unfair world that takes uncalled detours just for the laughs, ignoring both emotional and ethical aspect of it, resulting into a physical distance that you, as an audience, carry for the rest of the series. By the end, it gets difficult to survive and something so beloved, something so smart, Seinfeld is left under a dry heap of jokes.

The Outing

The first act is really difficult to watch, especially the effort they tried to push how far they can go with double entendres is extraordinary. And the rest of the act is them trying to be politically correct as much as possible. This chapter is bonkers. This episode defines the genius that Seinfeld is.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 6 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed