The Contest (season 4, episode 11)
written by Larry David, directed by Tom Cherones
original airdate: November 18, 1992
In this classic Emmy award-winning episode, Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer enter a contest to see who is “master of your domain.”
Jerry valiantly struggles with maintaining his “mastership” of his domain, while the rest of the gang around him drops off one by one, and Jerry fights off temptation from all sides. Jerry tells Marla the virgin about the contest, causing her to storm out and meet John F. Kennedy Jr. outside the building.
After finding out that George gets caught doing “that” by his mother, the gang sets the rules for the infamous “Contest,” agreeing that everyone will chip in $100 (Elaine $150), with the “master of their domain” winning it all.
George is caught doing “that” by his mother while reading Glamour while dropping the car off at their house, resulting in Estelle throwing out her back, and ultimately leading to the creation of the Contest.
Metropolitan Hospital Center
1901 First Ave., New York, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: 96th Street (6)
Estelle is checked in here after she throws out her back from falling in shock of seeing George pleasure himself, and where George discovers the beautiful patient next door.
Madison Square Garden
4 Pennsylvania Pl., New York, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: 34th Street – Penn Station (1,2,3)
Estelle suggests that George should do “that” for a living, and that he could maybe even sell out Madison Square Garden.
Manhattan Plaza Racquet Club
450 W. 43rd St., New York, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: 42nd Street – Port Authority Bus Terminal (A,C,E)
Elaine takes a class where she meets John F. Kennedy Jr., thus “eliminating” her from the contest that evening. A deleted scene shows the instructor, Joyce, telling Elaine that she is now leading a class at Manhattan Plaza, even though the establishing shot clearly shows the New York Health & Racquet Club (24 E. 13th St.).
George is seen tossing and turning in bed, struggling to sleep due to the Contest.
Elaine is seen tossing and turning in bed, struggling to sleep due to the Contest. Elaine also reveals that she lives downtown, as she had to lie about living near Jerry to split a cab with John F. Kennedy Jr., after which she headed back downtown.
Kramer is seen fast asleep, due to his early bowing out of the Contest.