The Wait Out

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"The Wait Out"
Seinfeld episode
Episode no.Season 7
Episode 23
Directed byAndy Ackerman
Story byPeter Mehlman & Matt Selman
Teleplay byPeter Mehlman
Production code723
Original air dateMay 9, 1996
Guest appearance(s)
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"The Wait Out" is the 133rd episode of the NBC sitcom Seinfeld. This was the 23rd episode for the seventh season. It aired in the U.S. on May 9, 1996. Julia Louis-Dreyfus won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for this episode at the 48th Primetime Emmy Awards.


George makes an off-hand joking remark to a married couple with a rocky relationship, leading to their breakup; Elaine and Jerry make plans to move in on the separated couple, but George, troubled by the results of his comment, tries to get them back together. David Lookner (Cary Elwes) makes the same remark to George and Susan, who acts in somewhat the same way the couple did when George made the remark; George sees this as a hopeful sign that Susan would call off the marriage. Eventually, the couple gets back together again. Susan wants to be alone for a while, which leads George to think that she could do better and presumably call off the wedding. However, it turns out her thinking was to have chicken instead at the wedding; George is once again stuck in their engagement.

Elaine starts driving again and almost makes Jerry sick.

Kramer starts wearing tight jeans (he calls them Dungarees), because he likes the slim fit (calling them streamlined). However, they are so tight that he cannot get them off, nor can he sit down. Kramer helps Mickey with his Actors Studio audition, but due to the jeans is unable to sit, causing Mickey to (unintentionally) improvise the scene. Later that evening, a resident asks Kramer to babysit her son, but the child mistakes Kramer's stilted gait — due to the jeans — as that of Frankenstein's monster. Kramer (after getting Mickey to substitute for the kid) runs after him, but is arrested by a cop who thinks Kramer is trying to kidnap the boy; he again faces problems in the interrogation room, due to the jeans that render him unable to sit.

Episode notes[edit]

  • Michael Richards hurt his back during the scene in which Jerry attempts to pull Kramer's jeans off. However, he was still able to finish filming for the episode.
  • Debra Messing would reprise her role in "The Yada Yada".
  • Elaine mentions having driven in the episode "The Busboy".
  • Cary Elwes accidentally breaks character during the dinner scene with Elaine, by mentioning his anniversary, in his natural English accent.

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