"The Summer of George"
Summer of george
Season 8
Episode 156
Air Date May 15, 1997
Writer(s) Alec Berg
Jeff Schaffer
Director Andy Ackerman
The Muffin Tops · The Butter Shave

"The Summer of George" is the 156th episode of the sitcom Seinfeld. It was also the 22nd and final episode of the eighth season. It originally aired on May 15, 1997.


George discovers he has a severance package from the New York Yankees that should last him about 3 months, so he decides that he is going to take full advantage of three months off and become very active. Jerry and Kramer are going to the Tony Awards, Jerry as an invited guest, Kramer as a seat filler. Elaine mocks Sam (Molly Shannon), a co-worker who walks without moving her arms.

Jerry picks up his date to the Tonys, a waitress named Lanette (Amanda Peet), only to find out that she lives with a man with whom her relationship is unclear, much to Jerry's dismay. While filling a seat for a nominee who has stepped away, Kramer is accidentally whisked to the stage by excited Tony winners moving through his row. As a result, he receives a Tony Award for the musical Scarsdale Surprise in which Raquel Welch is the star.

Meanwhile, instead of living a very active lifestyle as he had hoped, George becomes incredibly lazy. He never changes out of his pajamas, and feels too weak to even come to Jerry's Apartment, asking Jerry, Elaine, and Kramer to instead visit him.

Elaine's co-worker Sam catches Elaine mocking her and in a rage proceeds to trash Elaine's office and leave her threatening phone messages, leading the men in Elaine's life to excitedly say that she is now involved in a "catfight".

Kramer uses his Tony as a ticket into Sardi's, where the producers of Scarsdale Surprise have a proposition for him - he can only keep his Tony award if he fires Raquel Welch, who like Sam, also doesn't swing her arms when she moves; the reason the producers ask Kramer to fire Welch is because they are terrified of her. Kramer does fire her and she responds by attacking him and destroying his Tony award as well. While walking down the street afterwards, Raquel sees Elaine describing Sam's walk to the police. Thinking that Elaine is mocking her, Raquel attacks her, too.

Meanwhile, Lanette begins to wear Jerry out with her busy lifestyle, and George suggests that perhaps they team up, with George acting as Jerry's dating assistant. When Lanette needs invitations to a party, George picks them up, but as he returns to his apartment, he is practicing "frolf" (frisbee golf) and an invitation falls out of the box and lands on the stairs. When George leaves again to deliver the invitations, he slips on the stairs and is sent to the hospital.

The final scene pays homage to the ending of Season 7's "The Invitations". In the wake of George's accident, the gang meet up at the hospital where the same doctor who informed them of Susan's death informs them that George may never walk again. The others respond with the same callous reaction as they did the year before. The end credits show George learning to walk again through physiotherapy, along with Sam, who is being taught how to swing her arms.

Season Eight Episodes
The Foundation | The Soul Mate | The Bizarro Jerry | The Little Kicks | The Package | The Fatigues | The Checks | The Chicken Roaster | The Abstinence | The Andrea Doria | The Little Jerry | The Money | The Comeback | The Van Buren Boys | The Susie | The Pothole | The English Patient | The Nap | The Yada Yada | The Millennium | The Muffin Tops | The Summer of George
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