S09E08 - The Betrayal
No: 164 | Season: 9 Episode: 8 | Air Date: 20-Nov-1997 | Production #908
In this unique, "backwards" episode, Jerry, George, and Elaine go to India for Sue Ellen Mishky's wedding. Meanwhile, Kramer stays behind in New York and tries to "out wish" a friend who wants him to drop dead.
Director and Writers
Director: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Peter Mehlman and David Mandel
Kramer: Franklin Delano Romanowski: I go to his birthday party, and just before he blew out his candles, he gives me this look.
George: Stink eye?
Jerry: Crook eye?
Kramer: Evil eye.
Elaine: I'll put it in the vault.
Jerry: No good. Too many people know the combination.
Elaine: What combination?
Jerry: *mimes drinking schnapps*
Jerry: Hey, Kramer, wait up. I'll go with you.
Kramer: I'm goin' to Newman's!
Jerry: (follows Kramer) Great, I love Newman!
George: (whispering) Look, we are gonna settle this right now! I demand reparations! I should get to sleep with Elaine. That's the only way to punish you!
Jerry: That doesn't punish me. It punishes Elaine! And cruelly, I might add.
Jerry: Well, everybody's a little cranky on their birthday.
George: Oh, it's a bad day. You got everyone in your house, you're thinkin', "These are my friends?!"
Jerry: (Sarcastic) Every day is my birthday.
Elaine: Would you grow up, George?! What is the difference? Nina slept with him, he slept with me, I slept with Pinter. Nobody cares! It's all ancient history.
George: (very loud) You slept with the groom?!
*room goes silent*
Notes and Trivia
At the end of the episode, Jerry calls Kramer, "Kessler". This is a reference to the fact that Kramer's name was originally going to be Kessler, and that Jerry even calls him by that name in the pilot. Incidentally, in syndication, the scene is edited to remove Jerry accidentally calling Kramer "Kessler".
The backwards episode "The Betrayal" is based on a Harold Pinter play, "Betrayal", which also uses the same gimmick. Sue-Ellen Mishke's fiance in the episode is named Pinter in tribute to the playwright.
As the episode continues backward in time, Heidi Swedberg returns as George's girlfriend/fiancee, Susan, even though the character died in the Season 7 finale, "The Invitations".
There is a deleted scene where Elaine says, "I think I chipped a tooth", and then you see five minutes earlier where she rolls her head backwards with a Schnapps bottle held in her teeth.
Andy Ackerman won the Director's Guild of America Award for this episode.
When the airplane they are flying to India on is "Somewhere between New York and India" the aircraft shown is clearly a Boeing 747. However, during the interior shots of the aircraft, it is clearly a Boeing 737 or a similar airframe.
|Jason Alexander||George Costanza|
|Michael Richards||Cosmo Kramer|
|Julia Louis-Dreyfus||Elaine Benes|
|Jerry Seinfeld||Jerry Seinfeld|
|Brenda Strong||Sue Ellen|
|Heidi Swedberg||Susan Ross|
|Bill Lee Brown||Partygoer|
|Ruth Cohen||Ruthie Cohen|