"The Opposite"
The opposide
Season 5
Episode 86
Air Date May 19, 1994
Writer(s) Larry David
Jerry Seinfeld
Andy Cowan
Director Tom Cherones
The Hamptons · The Chaperone

“The Opposite” is the 22nd episode of the 5th season of Seinfeld, and the 86th episode overall. It premiered on May 19, 1994.


George does the opposite of everything, his luck changes and everything begins to go his way including getting a girlfriend, a job with the Yankees and moving out of his parents’ house. Elaine starts seeing bad luck after she buys a box of Jujyfruits. Kramer appears on Live! with Regis & Kathie Lee to promote his coffee table book. However, he spits coffee all over Kathie Lee's clothes, resulting in his book tour being cancelled. Elaine's purchase of Jujyfruits upon hearing her boyfriend, Jake Jarmel, was involved in a car accident led him to break up with her. Mr. Lippman leaves his handkerchief in her office. Elaine tries to tell Mr. Lippman that he forgot his handkerchief, but to no avail. When he goes to shake hands with the head of Matsushimi, he realizes that he doesn't have his handkerchief. The head of Matsushimi takes extreme exception to Mr. Lippman's refusal to shake his hand; as a result, he refuses to close the deal, putting Pendant Publishing to an end. Elaine later realizes that she and George have traded places. In her words, “I’ve become George.”

Notes About Nothing

  • George first mentions doing the opposite in "The Seinfeld Chronicles" when advising Jerry to not clean his toilet before Laura comes over.
  • This is Larry David’s first episode in which he voices George Steinbrenner. Lee Bear, of course, was the actor who lent his body to Larry’s character. After George Costanza chastises him for the bad moves that he has made in recent years, he says, “Hire this man.”