"The Revenge"
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Season 2
Episode 12
Air Date April 18, 1991
Writer(s) Larry David
Director Tom Cherones
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"The Revenge" is the seventh episode of Season 2, and it was first aired on April 18, 1991. It was written by Larry David, and directed by Tom Cherones.


The episode relates three parallel plots in intertwining scenes. The first plot concerns George being banned from the executive toilet. Because of this he quits his job, but immediately regrets the decision. He discusses job opportunities with his friend Jerry, but is unable to think of an occupation that would suit him. Jerry suggests that George could try to go back to work and pretend he never quit. George takes this advice, but his former boss, Rick Levitan, refuses to let him stay and insults him. As revenge, George decides to slip a mickey into his drink during an office party, and enlists Elaine to help him. At the party, Elaine distracts Levitan while George puts the mickey in his drink. When Levitan notices George, however, he decides he was unreasonable and tells George he can have his job back. George attempts to intercept the drink, but after Levitan welcomes him back during a toast sprinkled with insults at George's expense, George tells him, "Drink up." He does just that. In the following scene we see George once again brainstorming job opportunity ideas, the subtext being that his boss discovered the spiking of his drink, connected it to George, and has fired him once again.

The second plot of the episode revolves around Jerry; when he prepares to go to the laundromat, Kramer asks if he could take his laundry with him. Jerry agrees after some reluctance, insisting that their clothes remain segregated. After retrieving the laundry the following day and returning Kramer's portion, Jerry remembers that he had hidden a large sum of money in his laundry bag, but is unable to find it. Vic, the owner of the laundromat, tells him that he did not see the money, but also points out that he is not responsible for valuables. Kramer and Jerry both assume Vic stole the money and Kramer comes up with a plan to put cement mix in one of Vic's washing machines as revenge. Once they have acted out the plan, Kramer discovers that he had the money all along; and it turns out to be just enough to cover the damage to the washing machine.

In a subplot, Kramer tells Jerry about his suicidal friend Newman who repeatedly threatens to kill himself by jumping off the apartment building. When he does jump, he jumps from the second floor and survives, much to Kramer's amusement. At the end of the episode, Newman threatens to jump again, Kramer asks Newman if he wants to go shoot some pool with him, but Newman declines, stating that he has plans to go to the movies.

Notes About Nothing

  • This episode features the first appearance of Newman, sort of. He doesn't actually appear on screen but his voice was provided by Larry David. In later episodes Newman was played by Wayne Knight, and Knight even voiced over Larry David for this episode for syndication.
  • Patrika Darbo, who plays George's colleague with a wig also appears in "The Sniffing Accountant".
  • Kramer can be spotted wearing Jerry's ruined suede jacket from "The Jacket" inside the laundromat.

Guest Stars

  • Fred Applegate as 'Levitan', George's Boss


For this episode's quotes, see The Revenge/Quotes.
Season Two Episodes
The Ex-Girlfriend | The Pony Remark | The Jacket | The Phone Message | The Apartment | The Statue | The Revenge | The Heart Attack | The Deal | The Baby Shower | The Chinese Restaurant | The Busboy

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