The Finale - Part 1
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After getting a call from NBC about the pilot they wrote several years ago, Jerry and George are asked to write thirteen episodes for the new Fall schedule. Despite George's pessimism, Jerry is ecstatic about the prospect of moving to California. Although Kramer worries that they will never come back, he's more than happy to come along when NBC lets Jerry and George take their friends to Paris on the corporate jet. And while George is less than taken with the network's plane, Jerry and the others are quite happy to be on their way to Paris -- until Kramer's bumbling nearly causes a crash and forces the pilot to land in Latham, Massachusetts for repairs.
Sent into town to wait until the plane can be readied to resume their trip, Jerry and company witness a car jacking. After failing to stop the crime, the foursome is arrested for breaking the town's new Good Samaritan Law. Faced with a large fine and prison if found guilty, they hire lawyer Jackie Chiles to argue their case. And aware of the upcoming media circus the trial will generate, the district attorney sets out to prove that their callous indifference to the victim was just one in a long string of the defendant's heartless and selfish acts.
As family and friends arrive in Latham for the trial, the D . A. calls a parade of witnesses who testify to the thoughtlessness of Jerry, George, Kramer and Elaine. And despite lawyer Chiles's objections, the judge allows the testimonies. Having taken a beating at the hands of the D . A.'s witnesses, Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer anxiously await the jury's verdict. Although everyone settles in for a long deliberation, the jury quickly returns to pronounce the four defendants guilty. Finally, with their fates decided, Jerry and friends prepare to serve their time together.
For the first time since Season Seven, Seinfeld begins with an opening stand-up monologue.
The working title for this episode was "A Tough Nut To Crack." This was to aid in disguising the fact that it was the finale to outsiders.
In this episode, Newman claims to be one-quarter French.
When the NBC jet is plummeting back to Earth, George admits that he actually cheated in the masturbation contest, despite having claimed to win in "The Puffy Shirt." This means that Jerry won the contest.
Thirty-three sets were built for this episode and three soundstages were used.
Former Seinfeld director Tom Cherones can be seen drinking coffee in Monk's during the scene in which the gang decide where to fly the NBC jet. Cherones is seated across from then-NBC President Warren Littlefield.
"Oh my God, we're going down. We're going to die!"
"Just when I was doing great. I told you God wouldn't let me be successful."