The Invitations (season 7, episode 24)
written by Larry David, directed by Andy Ackerman
original airdate: May 16, 1996
As the wedding nears, George picks the cheapest invitations in the shop. A woman just like Jerry saves his life, and he proposes marriage to her. Kramer disputes his bank over their offer of $100 if they don’t greet you with a “hello.” Janeane Garofalo guest stars.
Jerry takes Jeannie to see his set, and proposes to her at the bar following the show.
George consults with the gang to think of ways to put a stop to the wedding, resulting in him trying smoking and asking Susan to sign a pre-nup. Elaine and Kramer discover they aren’t in George’s wedding party. Jerry realizes he is in love with himself (via Jeannie), but later comes to realize his engagement may be a mistake, since he actually hates himself.
Jerry and Jeannie discover their mutual love of cereal…but then Jerry realizes he may have proposed in error, after realizing Jeannie seemingly eats only cereal.
Melody Stationers (NOW CLOSED)
1070 Madison Ave., New York, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: 77th Street (6)
This is the infamous store where George buys the dreaded cheap wedding invitations, which result in Susan’s untimely ultimate demise.
George proposes he writes Susan a letter to dump her, and then moves to China, disappearing “in a sea of people”, for 6 months to a year…but decides it can’t work because he’d lose his job.
Staten Island, NEW YORK (map)
Jerry argues to George that it’s a lot easier to blend into a sea of people on Staten Island than China, when George contemplates escaping there to avoid Susan. He eventually decides that can’t work, because he wouldn’t be able to take his clothes with him.
In a deleted scene, Elaine tells George she won’t attend his wedding as she is dateless and not in the bridal party, but is interrupted by Mr. Steinbrenner, who forces himself on Elaine as her date, warning George that if she does not go with him, then George will be fired from the Yankees.
New York, NEW YORK
In a deleted scene, Elaine and Mr. Steinbrenner go for dinner, where Steinbrenner starts off on a usual rant, before switching seats with Elaine…where she proceeds to “turn” into Steinbrenner, hopelessly ranting on and on.
O’Hare International Airport
10000 W. O’Hare Ave., Chicago, ILLINOIS (map)
In a deleted scene, Elaine, now talking like Mr. Steinbrenner, she recalls a long-winded story where she once walked through the Chicago airport without shoes after losing them on a plane, and never felt more comfortable doing so.
George tries smoking to drive Susan away, after Susan kaiboshes Kramer and Elaine from the wedding party. George later tries getting Susan to sign a pre-nup to drive her away…but Susan simply laughs and signs, since she has more money. Susan eventually dies as a result of licking all the toxic wedding envelopes, after which George calls Marisa Tomei for a date, as Susan is now no longer a concern.
Home Federal Savings Bank (NOT REAL)
New York, NEW YORK
Kramer starts a conundrum when he isn’t greeted with a “hello,” but rather a “hey,” which is supposed to guarantee him a $100 reward. Kramer eventually gets $20 from the bank, since he got a greeting starting with an “H.”
New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center (now New York-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medical Center)
525 E. 68th St.., New York, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: 68th Street – Hunter College (6)
George is informed of Susan’s death, prompting his reaction of “repressed jubilation.” The awning in the establishing shot says 685 E. 25th St., however, it is implied to be same hospital as “The Summer Of George,” which shows the true correct address.