The Finale - Part 2
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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.
The judge who presides over the "New York Four's" trial is named Arthur Vandelay.
This episode originally aired as part of a one-hour-and-fifteen-minute special.
Some of the character witnesses for the prosecution include the following people from the show's previous episodes: Mabel Choate ("The Rye"); Marla Penny ("The Virgin"); Donald Sanger ("The Bubble Boy"); Dr. Wexler ("The Junior Mint," "The Invitations"); Sidra Holland ("The Implant"); Joe Bookman ("The Library"); George's ex-girlfriend Robin ("The Fire"); Kramer's ex-girlfriend Leslie ("The Puffy Shirt"); Marcelino ("The Little Jerry"); Mr. Pitt ("The Diplomats Club"); Yev Kassem ("The Soup Nazi"); Babu Bhatt ("The Café," "The Visa").
You can see Uncle Leo consoling Babs Kramer. A scene involving the two of them flirting was cut for time.
Two different verdicts were filmed to keep anyone from being able to give away the real ending to the show. Interactions between Mickey and Bania, Newman and Keith Hernandez and J. Peterman and Puddy were filmed, but were cut due to time constraints.
The prison cafeteria stand-up which Jerry performs was in fact the last scene of Seinfeld to be shot. It was thought up during production and filmed two days after the official audience shoot. In the scene, Larry David is who heckles Jerry from off-camera, saying, "You suck. I'm gonna cut you." Meanwhile, Jon Hayman, aka "The Bubble Boy," appears on-camera as the prison guard who escorts Jerry off the stage and off the NBC schedule for good.
JUDGE ART VANDELAY:
"I can think of nothing more fitting than for the four of you to spend a year removed from society so that you can contemplate the manner in which you have conducted yourselves."