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"Seinfeld" The Invitations (TV Episode 1996) Poster

(TV Series)

(1996)

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Up until the series finale, this was the last episode to feature Jerry's stand-up routines. This is because Jerry Seinfeld took over from Larry David as executive producer and head writer for seasons 8 and 9, and was too busy to come up with new stand-up material while simultaneously running the show.
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Kramer (Michael Richards) tells George (Jason Alexander) a sure way for Susan (Heidi Swedberg) to call off the wedding is by being asked to sign a prenup, this is an inside joke as Jerry Seinfeld's girlfriend Shoshanna Lonstein called off their engagement after being asked to sign a prenup.
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When Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) decides to propose to Jeannie (Janeane Garofalo), he does so after observing other happy couples on the pier- the exact same ones George (Jason Alexander) saw in the seventh season opener Seinfeld: The Engagement (1995).
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George M. Steinbrenner III filmed scenes for a guest appearance in this episode, but they were deleted. Steinbrenner's scenes involved him taking Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) out to dinner in anticipation of escorting her to George's (Jason Alexander) wedding.
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In Jerry's (Jerry Seinfeld) "daydream" Kramer (Michael Richards) has an idea for a periscope in a car. This invention surfaces to reality in another Larry David series Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000).
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In light of the anthrax scares in the US in late-2001, the planned syndicated rerun of the episode "The Invitations" (originally aired on 16 May 1996) on 22 Oct 2001 was cancelled. Since that time, it has been reported (on summer 2002) that the episode has reappeared in some markets.
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Carol Leifer is a writer & producer on the show. She has a cameo as Barbara (bank employee) in this episode. Leifer & Jerry Seinfeld dated prior to Seinfeld, and she was the basis for Elaine. She also appears in episodes 6.16, Seinfeld: The Kiss Hello (1995), and 7.7, Seinfeld: The Secret Code (1995).
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This episode became a casualty of the post-9/11 environment. Envelopes that contained anthrax were mailed to specific targets in 2001. When envelopes that had a white powder in them were mailed to the studio, the episode was pulled from syndication for a time. It has since been put back in the rotation and airs as normal.
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Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, a confessed fan of the show, long portrayed on Seinfeld by the voice of Larry David, filmed scenes for a guest appearance in this episode, but none of the footage made it to air.
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The first episode of this season contained a scene of George (Jason Alexander) on a pier, when he was contemplating marriage. This closing episode of the season repeats this, with Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) on the pier. Both scenes were shot on the Santa Monica Pier in California. (A third scene was also shot here - episode 9.2, Seinfeld: The Voice (1997).)
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Stephen Root plays Mr Lager in this episode. He also auditioned for the part of the doorman in episode 6.17, Seinfeld: The Doorman (1995).
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During the montage sequence, Jerry is reading Superman: Man of Steel #53 (February 1996) while Jeannie is reading Action Comics #686 (February 1993).
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Jason Alexander commented that there were only two times that fans turned on George: when he ate an éclair out of a trash can, and when Susan died. Similarly, Heidi Swedberg stated that fans who recognized her on the street after the episode aired expressed frustration at her character's fate.
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On Susan's death, Larry David later said, "I saw this show recently, and I can't believe that I killed this girl."
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In June 2015, it was revealed by Jason Alexander during an interview on 'The Howard Stern Show' that Swedberg's character had been killed off due to her unpopularity with other stars on the show, and the decision was made to cut Swedberg after Jerry Seinfeld acted alongside her. Prior to Seinfeld's personal experience, Jason Alexander had never made vocal his gripes about acting with Heidi Swedberg, but both Seinfeld and Larry David were aware of his complaints.
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In 2005, TV Guide ranked the episode #8 as part of its "Top 100 Most Unexpected Moments in TV History".
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Heidi Swedberg, who played Susan, has stated she enjoyed the fact her character was killed off and had no problem with it, adding in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that fans of the show liked that the main characters were not nice people who "express the things the rest of us think but don't want to admit."
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The episode's ending received a very mixed public reaction, and generated many letters to publications such as TV Guide regarding the tastelessness of Susan's demise, and the characters' indifference. Seinfeld mocked the backlash in the first scenes of "The Foundation", the following season's opener, in which Jerry and George visit Susan's grave. The two show emotion only when they start remembering the death of Spock in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
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Commenting on the public's anger surrounding Susan's death, Jason Alexander later said, "I think the coldest moment ever played on a television show was the reaction of George and his friends to the death of his fiancée. If it was funny, it was the ruler, and it was unquestionably funny. Wrong and rude and dangerous-but funny."
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