Seinfeld "The Bet" (lost production material of unproduced TV sitcom episode; 1990s)

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Seinfeld, known as “the show about nothing”, is 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.

But a lot of you might not know that there was an episode from season 2 that was written but never produced. It is called “The Bet”, which is also known as “The Gun” (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”.


What is known about the plot is that there two bets in the episode. The main plot was Jerry and Elaine betting each other over if Elaine would buy a gun to protect herself. The subplot has Kramer returning from a vacition from Puerto Rico and claims he had sex with the flight attendant. George bets Kramer that he didn't so they go to airport to see if Kramer was telling the truth. The episode would have revealed Kramer’s first name as Conrad, but would late be revealed as Cosmo in the season 6 episode “The Switch”.

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


The episode was written by Larry Charles. Sets were built for the episode and even had cast members. Bobbi Jo Lathan was cast the flight attendant and Ernie Sabella was cast as the gun salesman Mo Korn. Ernie would later appear as the naked man in the season 3 episode “The Subway”.

Elaine made a joke about shooting herself in the head and also referenced the JFK assissination.

The cast rehearsed for 20 minutes, but they felt very uncomfortable doing the episode. So the director of the episode, Tom Cherones, went up to talk to Larry Charles. He thought there was no way to make guns funny. He then spoke to NBC executive, who had also talken to Charles about script. He felt the same way so they then cancelled the episode.


It is unknown how much of the episode was filmed (if it was filmed it all) and 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 was George’s mother catching him masturbating to a Glamour magazine and after the group mocks him 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 to attract new viewers to the show.