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Seinfeld: Good News, Bad News

A girl that Jerry met on the road and likes calls and asks if she can stay in his apartment for the night while she's in town. George thinks that she's just using Jerry, and when she arrives, she asks to stay over even more. Then, after things begin to go well, Jerry learns that she's engaged.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 101
Airdate: Wednesday July 05th, 1989
Special Airtime: 09:30 pm

Guest Stars
Main Cast
Jerry SeinfeldJerry Seinfeld
As Jerry Seinfeld
Michael RichardsMichael Richards
As Cosmo Kramer
Jason AlexanderJason Alexander
As George Louis Costanza


Jerry and George have lunch at Pete's. Jerry tells George that the second button on his shirt is in the "worst possible spot". George worries that the coffee he is drinking isn't decaf. Jerry mentions that Laura, the girl he met at Michigan might be coming in to see him tomorrow. They speculate about her reasons for visiting Jerry, analyzing the specific wording she used on the phone. George believes that Jerry is just a backup, and they both ask the waitress, Claire, for her opinion. She answers that Laura called just to "be polite", agreeing with George. Jerry heads to the laundromat, and Claire mentions that she gave George "a little caffeine."..

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Episode Notes
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Elaine) does not appear in this episode.

Seinfeld was originally supposed to be a half-hour documentary that would fill in for Saturday Night Live about stand-up comedians and how they come up with their routines.

Lee Garlington, who played Claire, was originally part of the main cast as a waitress who gave Jerry and George advice. Her role was later cut because she was considered boring.

This was one of the lowest rated and least watched episodes in NBC history and has seldom been reshown.

Jerry refers to Kramer as Kessler. Later in "The Betrayal" we learn that this is because "Kessler" was the name above the buzzer for Kramer's apartment.

In the TVGuide summary for this episode, Kramer's character is credited as Hoffman, a working name for Michael Richard's character while Kenny Kramer, the man Kramer is based on, decided whether or not his name could be used for the series.

For this episode, the series title was The Seinfeld Chronicles. Prior to "The Stakeout" being aired, the series was renamed to Seinfeld.

The comment that Jerry makes to George about the button on his shirt will later be revisited in the final episode of the series, "The Finale (2)".

It's revealed that Kramer hasn't left the building in 10 years.

It's revealed that Kramer once wanted to be a lawyer.

Episode Quotes
George: (to Jerry) I can't believe you want to bring in an extra bed for a woman who wants to sleep with you. Why don't you bring in an extra guy too?

Jerry: If you've got a t-shirt with blood stains all over it, maybe laundry isn't your biggest problem right now.

George: (to Jerry) The second button literally makes or breaks the shirt. Look at it. It's too high. It's in no-man's land. You look like you live with your mother.

(While watching laundry)
George: Jerry, I have to tell you something. This is the dullest moment I've ever experienced.

Jerry: Don't interrupt the cycle. The machine is working. It knows what it's doing. Just let it finish.
George: You're going to over dry it.
Jerry: You can't over dry.
George: Why not?
Jerry: The same reason you can't over wet.

George: (to Kramer/Kessler) I'm aware of you.

Jerry: Wouldn't it be great if you could ask a woman what she's thinking?
George: What a world that would be if you could just ask a woman what she's thinking.
Jerry: You know, instead I'm like a detective. I gotta pick up clues. The whole thing's a murder investigation.

Clair: Trust me George, no one has any interest in seeing you on caffeine.

George: What, it was purple, I liked it. I don't actually recall considering the button!
Jerry: Oh you don't recall?
George: Uh no, not at this time.
Jerry: Well senator I'd just like to know what you knew and when you knew it

Episode Goofs
Jerry has a different apartment number than he does in the rest of the series.

Where Kramer's apartment door normally is there is a Cuba picture instead.

This is the only episode in which Kramer has a dog.

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