Seinfeld (1989–1998)
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The Strike 

Jerry goes out with a woman who is beautiful one day and ugly the next. Kramer goes back to work at H&H Bagels. George makes up a charity. Elaine gives a fake number to a man.


Andy Ackerman


Larry David (created by), Jerry Seinfeld (created by) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Seinfeld ... Jerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Elaine Benes
Michael Richards ... Cosmo Kramer
Jason Alexander ... George Costanza
Jerry Stiller ... Frank Costanza
Estelle Harris ... Estelle Constanza
Bryan Cranston ... Tim Whatley
Daniel von Bargen ... Kruger (as Daniel Von Bargen)
Karen Fineman Karen Fineman ... Gwen
Dave Florek Dave Florek ... Harry
Kevin McDonald ... Denim Vest (as Kevin Hamilton McDonald)
Tracy Letts ... Counterguy
Amit Itelman Amit Itelman ... Employee
Stacey Herring Stacey Herring ... Sandy
Colin Malone Colin Malone ... Sleazy Guy


Kramer returns to H&H bagels after a 12 year strike. Elaine gives "denim vest" a fake number on her free sub card. Jerry meets a woman named Gwen who is "two faced". (She doesn't look good in some light)George creates a fake charity called "the human fund" to give fake Christmas presents at Kruger. He invites Kruger over to celebrate "Festivus" when he can't cash the 20,000 dollar charity check to "the human fund". Written by Jim

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18 December 1997 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Tracy Letts ("Counterguy") won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play "August: Osage County". See more »


Kramer's 12 year old business card features the name "Cosmo Kramer", but Kramer had abandoned his first name until "Seinfeld: The Switch", 3 years earlier. See more »


Estelle Constanza: I think you can take him, Georgie!
George Costanza: Oh, come on! Be sensible.
Frank Costanza: Stop crying and fight your father!
George Costanza: Ow!... Ow! I give! I give! Uncle!
Frank Costanza: This is the best Festivus ever!
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Featured in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 11 August 2015 (2015) See more »


Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
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Festivus for the rest of us.
25 February 2007 | by TOMNELSee all my reviews

With: Jerry Stiller and Estelle Harris.

This episode is a really well remembered episode for the Frank Costanza sub-plot, and for good reason. The plots of this episode are really funny. Jerry is dating a woman who looks good one moment and hideous the next, Kramer is back working at a pretzel shop after a 12 year strike, Elaine's using fake phone numbers causes her to have problems getting a free sandwich, George's Christmas presents at work are donations to a fake foundation and Frank Costanza gets ready to celebrate his own holiday, Festivus. Every plot, except the Elaine one, are really clever and funny. This episode is mainly remembered and quoted for the Festivus plot, and it's good Jerry Stiller got a remembered phrase for his work on Seinfeld. It's a very funny episode.

My rating: Great episode. TV PGD

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