S09E24 - The Finale (Part 2)
No: 180 | Season: 9 Episode: 24 | Air Date: 14-May-1998 | Production #924
Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer stand trial, defended by Jackie Chiles. Character witnesses are called from the show's nine seasons, and the four are sentenced to a year in prison.
Director and Writers
Director: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Larry David
Jerry: See now to me that button is in the worst possible spot.
Jerry: Oh yeah. The second button is the key button. It literally makes or breaks the shirt. Look at it, it's too high. Its no mans no land.
George: Haven't we had this conversation before?
Jerry: You think?
George: I think we have.
Jerry: Yeah, maybe we have.
(This is the same conversation the series opened up with between Jerry and George in "The Seinfeld Chronicles".
Steinbrenner: He had one little problem though (speaking about George). He was a communist! Pink as they come! Like a big juicy steak!
Frank Costanza: HOW COULD YOU GIVE 12 MILLION DOLLARS TO HIDEKI IRABU?!!!!
Marla: Well... I heard of a... of a... oh I can't!
Prosecutor: It's alright, just... slowly...
Marla: I was... made aware of a-a contest, between the four of them. In which they... to see who could go the longest without--oh I can't do it! It's too embarrassing!
Prosecutor: Its okay, it'll be okay just tell us what happened.
Marla: To see who could go the longest without... gratifying themselves!
(The court reels back in disgust)
Jackie Chiles: Didn't I tell you I wanted you to wear the cardigan?
George: It makes me look older.
Jackie Chiles: Look older? Do you think this is a game? Is that what you think this is? I'm trying to give you a moral compass. You have no moral compass. You're going to walk into that courtroom, and the jury's going to see a mean, nasty, evil George Costanza. I want them to see Perry Como. No one's going to convict Perry Como. Perry Como helps out a fat tub who's getting robbed.
(Walking to their cell)
Jerry: Well, it's only a year. That's not so bad. We'll be out in a year, and then we'll be back.
Kramer: Could be fun. Don't have to worry about your meals, or what you're going to do Saturday night. And they do shows. Yeah, we could put on a show - maybe "Bye Bye Birdie" or "My Fair Lady". Elaine, you could be Eliza Doolittle.
Elaine: Why don't you just blow it out your...
(Epilogue, on stage in the prison)
Jerry: So what is the deal with the yard? I mean when I was a kid my mother wanted me to play in the yard. But of course she didn't have to worry about my next door neighbor Tommy sticking a shiv in my thigh. And what's with the lockdown? Why do we have to be locked in our cells? Are we that bad that we have to be sent to prison, in prison? You would think the weightlifting and the sodomy is enough. So, anyone from Cellblock D?
Prisoner 1: I am.
Jerry: I'll talk slower. I'm kidding - I love Cellblock D. My friend George is in Cellblock D. What are you in for,sir?
Prisoner 2: Murder one.
Jerry: Murder one? Oooooo, watch out everybody. Better be nice to you. I'm only kidding sir - lighten up. How about you, what are you in for?
Prisoner 3: Grand theft auto.
Jerry: Grand theft auto - don't steal any of my jokes.
Prisoner 3: You suck - I'm gonna cut you.
Jerry: Hey, I don't come down to where you work, and knock the license plate out of your hand.
Guard: Alright, Seinfeld, that's it. Let's go. Come on.
Jerry: Alright, hey, you've been great! See you in the cafeteria
Notes and Trivia
Jason Alexander's real wife Daena Title is among the jurors in the courtroom scenes.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is the only one of the core four characters not to be in the last scene, as she could not have logically been present in a men's prison.
It was revealed that the Soup Nazi's real name is Yev Kassem.
This two-part episode was nominated for the 1998 Emmy Award for Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Series.
The voice of the last heckler to call out at Jerry's jail performance was provided by Larry David. Throughout the series, Larry David has played more parts than any other actor or actress.
The scene with Jerry in the prison cafeteria was in fact the last scene to be shot for the show.
Two different verdicts were shot, so no one knew the real ending of the story.
Jon Hayman, who played the "Bubble Boy", now plays the prison guard who escorts Jerry off the stage at the very end.
This episode drew 76 million viewers.
Jerry Seinfeld is the only cast member to have appeared in every single episode of "Seinfeld".
The jury was made up of friends and family of the cast and crew. The front row was made up of Dana Alexander (Jason's wife), Darin Henry (Larry David's assistant), the mother of an unknown crewmember, Carol Brown (the mother of Jerry's assistant), Spike Feresten (writer), and actress Myra Turley as the Forewoman. The back row was made up of the parents of the show's production accountant, some production guy, Steve Koren (writer), the show's set designer and Michael Richards' girlfriend.
The trial pays homage to the 1960 film "Inherit the Wind." Particularly, the scene where the attorney discusses how many important people will descend upon their little town, because the case is so high profile.
The Massachusetts "Good Samaritan Law" does not mandate that aid be provided, but rather prohibits the recipient from suing the provider for any injury suffered.
|Jerry Seinfeld||Jerry Seinfeld|
|Julia Louis-Dreyfus||Elaine Benes|
|Michael Richards||Cosmo Kramer|
|Jason Alexander||George Costanza|
|Jerry Stiller||Frank Costanza|
|Estelle Harris||Estelle Constanza|
|Ian Abercrombie||Mr. Pitt|
|Stanley Anderson||Judge Vandelay|
|Frances Bay||Mrs. Choate|
|Peter Blood||Jay Crespi|
|Steve Carlson||Captain Maddox|
|Brian Doyle-Murray||Mel Sanger|
|Geoffrey Ewing||Bailiff (as Geoffrey C. Ewing)|
|Warren Frost||Mr. Ross|
|Philip Baker Hall||Bookman|
|Jon Hayman||Bubble Boy (voice) (as John Hayman)|
|Keith Hernandez||Keith Hernandez|
|Steve Hytner||Kenny Bania|
|Carlos Jacott||Pool Guy|
|Scott Jaeck||Officer Vogel|
|Robert Katims||Mr. Deensfrei|
|Len Lesser||Uncle Leo|
|Phil Morris||Jackie Chiles|
|John O'Hurley||J. Peterman|
|Ed O'Ross||Det. Blake|
|Kevin Page||Stu Chermak|
|James Pickens Jr.||Det. Hudson|
|Victor Raider-Wexler||Dr. Wexler|
|James Rebhorn||D.A. Hoyt|
|Gay Thomas Wilson||O'Neal (as Gay Thomas)|
|Larry Thomas||Soup Nazi|
|Patrick Warburton||David Puddy|
|Grace Zabriskie||Mrs. Ross|
|Jeffery Thomas Johnson||Criminal (as Jeff Johnson)|
|Lee Bear||George Steinbrenner|
|Tom Cherones||Man in Coffee Shop (uncredited)|
|Ruth Cohen||Ruthie Cohen|
|Larry David||George Steinbrenner|
|Daniel D. Harris||Man with Elaine in Taxi (uncredited)|
|Shawn Lockie||Secretary (uncredited)|
|Scott Milne||Murder One! (uncredited)|
|Daena E. Title||Juror|