The Betrayal (season 9, episode 8)
written by David Mandel & Peter Mehlman, directed by Andy Ackerman
original airdate: November 20, 1997
The “backwards” episode. Elaine spites Sue Ellen Mischke by going to her Indian wedding with Jerry and George. Jerry and George learn secrets by unlocking Elaine’s vault with schnapps. Kramer and his friend FDR exchange wishes that the other would drop dead.
The Improv is not featured in this episode.
Flashbacks reveal Jerry first moving into the building, meeting Kramer for the first time and offering him pizza (“we’re neighbors, what’s mine is yours”), instigating perhaps the biggest mistake of his life.
Flashbacks reveal that Elaine first introduced the groom, Pinter (then he went by “Peter”) to the gang at Monk’s years earlier, before they broke up and he met Sue Ellen Mischke.
Jerry, Elaine, George and George’s girlfriend Nina head to India for Sue Ellen Mischke’s wedding…until its discovered that Elaine slept with the groom (which George blurts in front of the entire wedding).
New York, NEW YORK (map)
Kramer and FDR (Franklin Delano Romanowski) argue over shooting stars, wishing wells and pulled eyelashes, trying to use their wishes to determine whether Kramer will, in fact, drop dead.
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport
Sahar Rd., Mumbai, INDIA (map)
“Notes About Nothing” on the Season 9 DVD set mentions the flight distance from New York City to Mumbai Airport, so its implied this is the airport they flew to and from.
Kramer and Newman argue in Newman’s apartment over Newman spending Kramer’s birthday wish on a new girlfriend.
Mr. and Mrs. Ranawat’s apartment
164 W. 79th St., New York, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: 79th Street (1)
Elaine is warned by Pinter’s parents to just send a gift and avoid going to India altogether, as they are not even going. This is the same building exterior as Peggy’s apartment in “The Apology.”
New York, NEW YORK
Kramer goes to FDR’s to try to understand why FDR wished for Kramer to drop dead, only getting an angry “I have my reasons!” as a reply. The episode implies that FDR lives only ten minutes from Kramer’s Apartment.
New York, NEW YORK
In a deleted scene, George is shown at Nina’s apartment, constantly putting on and taking off his boots whenever he gets up, to ensure the façade of seeming taller in front of Nina is maintained.