“The Chronicle” is the twenty-first and twenty-second episode of the ninth and final season of Seinfeld, and the 177th and 178th episode overall. This episode first aired on May 14, 1998. It was written by Darin Henry and was directed by Andy Ackerman.
Clip Show, Part 1
Jerry Seinfeld, Elaine Benes, George Costanza, and Cosmo Kramer plan to go to the movies, but Jerry takes out a little time to look at nine years of memories. During the opening scene, Jerry breaks the fourth wall by talking directly to the audience, while Kramer and George, down the hall on their way to the movies, are still entirely in character and keep interrupting Jerry by yelling back at him, worried that they'll miss the previews.
The first montage of clips is set to John Williams' Superman score. Superman is Jerry Seinfeld's favorite superhero and is often referenced in the show. It plays out short clips of great moments of the series.
The swing music shows short clips of cast wearing different costumes and hairstyles throughout the series. That includes "The Puffy Shirt", "The Barber", "The Wig Master", "The Subway", and "The Reverse Peephole".
Clip Show, Part 2
More clips are seen and finally the closing minutes feature a series of bloopers and a musical montage that features the song "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" by the band Green Day, from their 1997 album Nimrod.
Although mentioned in "Notes About Nothing", during the musical montage of the beginning of this half of the show, "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" by Michael Jackson (from his 1979 album Off the Wall) plays during clips of the cast dancing. This montage also contains a spoiler of the final episode. At one point, Jerry, George and Elaine can be seen dancing down the hallway of a prison (a prison guard is standing by the door in the background).
Notes About Nothing
- “The Chronicle” (also known as “The Clip Show”) is the penultimate episode of Seinfeld, which was the lead-in to “The Finale”. It aired for an hour, but it was split into two halves for syndication.
- An outtake of the cast dancing between takes during the filming of the finale is featured in this episode.