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PostPosted: November 16, 2004 7:57 PM 

can you tellme the name of the episode where jerry always breaks even, and elaine throws a twenty out the windows, george finds it then jerry finds a twenty in his jacket pocket???

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Magnificent Bastard

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PostPosted: November 16, 2004 8:11 PM 

one of my favorites, The Opposite Read the script of The Opposite Download the full epiosde video of The Opposite Discuss The Opposite


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PostPosted: November 17, 2004 8:57 AM 

i really love 'the opposite' as well, though there's a sequence in it that always gives me pause.

two different things are going on here. firstly, george is practicing his new "religion," ignoring, as he says, common sense and good judgment, doing the opposite of everything he'd normally do by intsinct. secondly, jerry is discovering, after a small chat with kramer, that he always breaks even, no matter what, in any situation.

these two plot threads should gravitate toward each other when elaine throws the twenty out the window. instead of george keeping jerry's twenty and jerry finding another twenty in his jacket, i think george -- by doing the opposite -- should give the twenty to jerry as an act of generosity. this would make more sense not only in terms of george's transformation, but also from a purely logistical point of view. after all, even though jerry finds another twenty in his jacket, it's still his twenty. the original is gone. it'd be like me losing a tenner from my pocket, and then finding another tenner in my wallet. i'm still down ten bucks.

how they missed this opportunity is beyond me.

Bob Sakamano

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PostPosted: November 17, 2004 4:06 PM 

why would he give the 20 to jerry he should have to elaine because she needed it more. or he would have split it if he wanted to do the opposite.


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PostPosted: November 18, 2004 8:46 AM 

what i'm saying is that when jerry finds the twenty in his jacket, he isn't breaking even. he's still out the twenty that elaine threw away. besides, at that point in the episode, pendant hadn't crumbled yet. elaine was doing just fine financially. george keeping the twenty is hardly the opposite of what he'd normally do. giving it to someone else, anyone else, would be the opposite. giving it to jerry would have made the most sense in terms of the two plot threads.

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PostPosted: November 18, 2004 11:11 AM 

Never thought of that, Gack. But it makes sense. It would have been perfect because it would have satisfied George's "oppositeness" and Jerry would have come out even. Giving it to Elaine is not an option because she's "down" while George is "up", so her getting 20 free dollars wouldn't conform to that pattern.

Bubble Boy

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PostPosted: November 18, 2004 6:09 PM 

The point is he got rid of 20$, and found 20$ he didn't know he had. So, in his mind, he is breaking even.

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PostPosted: November 18, 2004 7:11 PM 

Yes, that is the point, but it would have made more sense (to me and Gack) if George gave it back because then he REALLY would have broke even and George would have done the opposite of what he usually would do. The way they have it, Jerry simply loses 20 bucks, because the 20 bucks he found in his jacket was already his anyway. It would have made total sense if George gave the 20 back to Jerry and then if GEORGE found 20 bucks in his jacket. That way, Jerry breaks even, George comes out ahead AND does the opposite.


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PostPosted: November 18, 2004 7:32 PM 

yes Gack - you are right - I was glad to see you wrote that cuz I have always thought the same thing.. Jerry is still down 20 bucks and George didn't do the opposite of normal..
Now I know I wasn't the only one that thought that..... I can now die happy
Very Happy

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PostPosted: November 18, 2004 8:08 PM 

Don't die. Live! Damn it live!!! like it's the last year of your life...because in a lot of is.

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