Seinfeld: "The Bet" (cancelled episode of TV sitcom; 1990s)


Seinfeld: “The Bet” (cancelled episode)
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Seinfeld, known as “the show about nothing”, was an American sitcom that ran for 9 seasons from July 5, 1989 to May 14, 1998. Created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, it is considered to be one of the greatest and most influential sitcoms of all time.

“The Bet”, which is also known as “The Gun” was an unproduced season 2 episode written by Larry Charles (This is not to be confused with the season 4 episode “The Contest”) It would have aired on February 13, 1991 but was replaced by “The Phone Message”. The episode would have revealed Kramer’s first name as Conrad, but would later be revealed as Cosmo in the season 6 episode “The Switch”.

Plot

What is known about the plot is that there were two bets placed in the episode. The main plot featured Jerry and Elaine betting each other over if Elaine would buy a gun to protect herself. The subplot included Kramer returning from a vacation from Puerto Rico and claiming he had sex with the flight attendant. While Jerry believes him, George doesn't, leading to Jerry and George to bet against each other and go to the airport to see if Kramer was telling the truth. It was later revealed by the writer Larry Charles that Kramer did, in fact, have sex with the flight attendant.

Guest Stars

  • Bobbi Jo Lathan as Flight Attentand
  • Ernie Sabella as Mo Korn the Gun Salesman

Both guest stars later appeared in different episodes in season 3. Bobbi appeared as Patti in "The Stranded" (although it was produced in season 2) and Ernie appeared as the naked man in "The Subway"

Larry Charles, the writer of the episode, said he wanted a “funny dark-themed episode”.

Controversy

The whole cast at the table reading allegedly felt uncomfortable with the plot. Julia Louis-Dreyfus' character Elaine made a joke about shooting herself in the head and also referenced the JFK assassination. Jerry Seinfeld stated that trying to make the episode funny was no fun. The director of the episode, Tom Cherones, was also offended, saying there was no way to make guns funny. Cherones then went up to Charles office to confront him. While on his way he met an NBC executive, who had also talked to Charles about the script. The executive felt the same way so the episode was then cancelled.

Availability

It is unknown how much of the episode was filmed (if even filmed at all) or if a script of the episode still remains. It would be interesting to see what was so controversial about the episode that it didn’t even get made, as just about 2 years later, an episode from season 4 called “The Contest” plot involved George’s mother catching him masturbating to a Glamour magazine. After the group mocks George for saying he would quit, they all bet to see who can go the longest without masturbating. (The word “masturbate” is never actually said in the episode) However, “The Bet” would have been only the 9th episode of the entire series, and the show wasn't a huge hit yet, so it might have been too early to make darker episodes since they were still trying to attract new viewers to the show. Charles believed that had the episode been in a later season, the episode would have aired.

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Comments


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SADLAD84

1 months ago
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This is blatantly plagiarized from here: http://seinf...wiki/The_Bet
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SenaUW

1 months ago
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Thanks for pointing that out.

Well , this is a serious issue. The LMW's clearly state: "Plagiarism will not be tolerated and will ultimately result in a ban for repeat offenders; this includes copying text from other wikis, regardless of what their Creative Commons license states". Since you placed yourself at our disposal in case of any issues, you'll have a chance for rewriting this article in your words, and preferrably based on multiple sources that are not the WikiSein (playing Chinese Whispers only makes things more unreliable). I'll give you one week for at least the fundamentals to be done. Good luck.
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Kobochat

1 months ago
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Paraphrasing everything doesn't mean it's your own words, by the way. If it every sentence has the same exact meaning in the same exact order as the original article, it's not your work.

The author had previously copy/pasted the WikiSein article verbatim and it was deleted for that. It's good if he's making an effort to improve but he still needs to do more research on what actually constitutes plagiarism.
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Hankhill22

1 months ago
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I fixed it up, what do you guys think about it now?
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Hankhill22

24 days ago
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It should be noted that there is another Seinfeld that had a controversial plot and was rejected. http://uprox...ld-episodes/

It mention an episode about George making a "racist" comment about black never getting salads. It appears that is written by Larry Charles as well but I can't find any other information on it. Do you think this deserves a page as well?
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Kobochat

21 days ago
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Unless you can find a source stating that the script was actually written, I'd say no. That page implies it was rejected as soon as it was proposed.
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Hankhill22

20 days ago
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That's what I was thinking. The article referenced other rejected plots, so I thought the idea was rejected. I don't even know if it exists to be honest.
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Mysteryguy01

19 days ago
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I thought this episode existed?
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Mysteryguy01

19 days ago
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Nevermind, I was thinking of The Contest
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Anonymous user #1

15 days ago
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The gun jokes would've been more controversial later in the 90's due to Columbine and the

death of Phil Hartman (who was shot by his wife who later pulled the gun on herself).
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Hankhill22

15 days ago
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This was 1991 however, Columbine didn't happen until 1999 and Phil Hartman didn't die until 1998.
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Hankhill22

15 days ago
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And I still think the episode would have been fine later since Seinfeld ended in 1998.
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Hankhill22

13 days ago
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Does anyone think the title of this page should include The Gun since that was the other name of the episode?
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