Seinfeld (1989–1998)
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The Wait Out 

A comment from George ends up causing a married couple to get divorced and Jerry and Elaine to date the soon-to-be exes. Kramer tries wearing jeans.


Andy Ackerman


Larry David (created by), Jerry Seinfeld (created by) | 8 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Jerry Seinfeld ... Jerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Elaine Benes
Michael Richards ... Cosmo Kramer
Jason Alexander ... George Costanza
Cary Elwes ... David
Heidi Swedberg ... Susan Ross
Danny Woodburn ... Mickey Abbott
Debra Messing ... Beth
Allan Havey ... Policeman
Diana Castle ... Mrs. Zanfino
Todd Bosley ... Joey
Nicole Tocantins Nicole Tocantins ... Barbara


After George suggests she could have done better, Beth decides to leave her husband David. While George obsesses over whether he was the cause of the break-up, Elaine and Jerry swoop in, much to their delight, and offer the distraught couple a shoulder to cry on. When George tries to make amends, Elaine and Jerry want him to stop. It all gives George an idea on how to end his own relationship with Susan. Kramer meanwhile wears a particularly tight pair of blue jeans which he can't now get off. Written by garykmcd

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9 May 1996 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Cary Elwes (David) and Heidi Swedberg (Susan) were both in the movie Hot Shots! (1991). See more »


When George is sitting on the couch talking to Beth in her apartment after Jerry and Elaine have roughed him up, the left side of his collar goes from up to down in various shots, and his shirt is alternately wrinkled or smooth. When he gets up to talk to Jerry on the phone his shirt is tucked in and when the conversation ends his shirt is partially untucked and the left side of his collar is up again. See more »


Mickey: So, Bradley. I guess this is the last place you expected to find yourself.
[Kramer takes a deep breath]
Mickey: Well we're gonna be here a while so take a seat.
[Kramer is struggling to sit down in the chair, while Mickey has his back turned with a pack of cigarettes]
Mickey: You know if it hadn't been for that secretary of yours... I said sit down!
[Kramer is still struggling to sit down, and a frustrated Mickey throws the pack of cigarettes to the floor]
Cosmo Kramer: [under his breath, which is hard to make out] I'm trying!
Mickey: ...
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References Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home (1995) See more »


Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
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Very good
24 July 2009 | by pdelamoreSee all my reviews

While not the best Seinfeld episode, this is still an enjoyable little romp.

George makes a remark to a couple who are having a rough time. The couple then break-up and George is left feeling guilty. Meanwhile, Jerry and Elaine try to get dates with the new singletons. Watching Jerry and Elaine co-ordinate their moves raises a smile.

The episode isn't remarkably funny, but still engaging. The funny parts come from Kramer and his tight jeans - brilliant! The Frankenstein bit had me chuckling!

All in all, worth a watch. 7/10

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