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

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Status: Lost

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.

“The Bet”, which is also known as “The Gun” was a 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 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 vacation from Puerto Rico and claims he had sex with the flight attendant. Jerry believes him but George doesn't, so they bet against each other and go to the airport to see if Kramer was telling the truth. It was 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 Gun Salesman

Both guest stars later appeared in different episodes in season 3. Bobbi appeared as Patti in "The Stranded" 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 felt uncomfortable with the plot. Elaine made a joke about shooting herself in the head and also referenced the JFK assissination. The director of the episode, Tom Cherones, was also offended. He said there was no way to make guns funny. Cherones then went up to Charles office, while on his way he met the NBC executive, who had also talken to Charles about the script. He felt the same way so they then cancelled the episode.

Availability

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. Charles even believes that had this been in a later season, the episode would have aired.

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