The Engagement (season 7, episode 1)
written by Larry David, directed by Andy Ackerman
original airdate: September 21, 1995
As a result of the pact he made with Jerry to grow up, George proposes to Susan. A barking dog keeps Elaine up all night so she enlists Kramer and Newman to help her solve the problem.
The Improv is not featured in this episode.
George tells Jerry that he is engaged, but criticizes Jerry for breaking their “pact” by dumping Melanie. Kramer warns Jerry of the dangers of married life. Kramer offers to assist Elaine with her dog problem, by arranging a meeting with someone who “specializes in sticky situations.”
Sitting at Monk’s, disgusted with their lives, Jerry and George make a pact to make drastic changes in their lives and relationships. Jerry: “OUR LIVES! What kind of lives are these? We’re like children. We’re not men!” Jerry quickly breaks this pact within the episode, after dumping a woman for eating peas one at a time.
George dumps Alice for beating him at a game of chess.
Elaine is tortured by a barking dog across her courtyard, prompting her to hire Kramer and Newman to take care of the problem.
Elaine and Kramer visit Newman to inquire about his “services” in helping remove the noisy dog across from Elaine’s building.
Santa Monica Pier
200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CALIFORNIA (map)
George is filmed pondering his life and his loves at the Pier.
Symphony Café (NOW CLOSED)
238 W. 56th St., New York, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: 57th Street – 7th Avenue (N,Q,R)
Jerry breaks his “pact” with George and dumps Melaine, due to his issues with her eating peas one at a time.
New York, NEW YORK
George triumphantly proposes to Susan, three years and a bout of lesbianism removed from their past relationship.
George calls his parents to tell them he’s engaged…and Estelle asks Susan “may I ask why?”
Cineplex Odeon Regency (NOW CLOSED)
1987 Broadway, New York, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: 66th Street – Lincoln Center (1)
Jerry goes to see “Firestorm,” while Susan drags George to see “The Muted Heart” with Glenn Close and Sally Field.
Monticello, NEW YORK (map)
Newman tells Kramer and Elaine they’re okay to dump the dog, as they’re nearly in Monticello.
Chestertown, MARYLAND (map)
In a deleted scene, Kramer gets pulled over with Elaine and Newman, telling the officer they are en route to pick up wood for their cabin in Chester…town, which the cop questions, as he knows that is in Maryland.
Rudy’s (actually Antique Boutique, NOW CLOSED)
714 Broadway, New York, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: 8th Street – NYU (N,R)
Roxy the dog rips Kramer’s shirt from Rudy’s, helping its owner track Newman and Kramer down.
New York, NEW YORK (map)
Roxy the kidnapped dog is seen running through the park on her way back home.
Brooklyn, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: High Street (A,C)
Roxy the kidnapped dog is seen running across the bridge back into Manhattan.
Pearl Harbor Historic Site
1 Arizona Memorial Pl., Honolulu, Oʻahu, HAWAII (map)
Jerry tells Elaine that the news of George’s engagement is “beyond news, like Pearl Harbor or the Kennedy assassination!”
Kramer is initially questioned by police about the dog-napping, before Jerry helps the police determine the caper’s true mastermind, Newman.