"The Bizarro Jerry" - Season 8 Episode 3 of Seinfeld Premiers

"The Bizarro Jerry" is the 137th episode of the American television sitcom Seinfeld.

This was the third episode for the eighth season. It was originally broadcast on the NBC network on October 3, 1996. The title and plot extensively reference the Bizarro (the polar opposite of Superman) and Bizarro-Earth concepts that originally appeared in various comic books published by DC. This episode is famous for introducing the phrase "man hands".

David Mandel wrote the episode in response to his girlfriend ending their long-distance relationship. His now-wife was self conscious about what she calls her farm hands. According to Mandel, "It’s the modern equivalent of a Shakespeare sonnet.”

Plot Summary:

The signature Seinfeld theme song is played backwards in the tag scene of the episode - another reference to the "Bizarro" theme.

Elaine breaks up with her boyfriend Kevin (from "The Soul Mate"), but they decide to "just be friends." Much to Elaine's surprise, Kevin is thrilled at the idea, and starts becoming a much more reliable friend than Jerry. Meanwhile, Kramer accidentally gets a job at a company called Brandt/Leland when he aids an employee in the hall and starts going to meetings. He soon finds out he fits right in and starts working there for no pay, stating his reason as doing it "just for me."

Jerry starts dating Jillian, an attractive woman whose only flaw is that she has "man hands." George uses a picture of Jillian to get into the "forbidden city", a club of attractive women and models, by saying that Jillian is his late fiancee Susan. Unfortunately, his luck ends when he accidentally burns the picture with a hair dryer. Jerry becomes bored at home, now that Kramer is "working", Elaine is always hanging out with Kevin and his friends (Gene and Feldman, who are complete opposites, but physical look-alikes of George and Kramer, respectively), and George only comes to him when he wants something.

By the end of the episode, Kramer gets fired by Leland because of his shoddy work (due to his "lack of business training"). Jerry wants to be "just friends" with Jillian, who doesn't take too well to the idea. While trying to get another picture of her from her purse for George, she grabs Jerry's wrist (which Jerry later describes as almost ripping his arm right out of the socket). George tries to use a picture of a model from a magazine to get back into the club, but his plan is foiled when he accidentally confronts the exact same model from the magazine picture and gets kicked out. Elaine decides to stay with her "Bizarro friends", but is explicitly asked to leave by them when they don't take to some of the normal things she usually does with Jerry like eating from the fridge and pushing someone with her outbursts of "get out!"

Later, George takes Jerry to the location of the club, but all they find is a meat packing plant. George is shocked while Jerry doesn't believe there ever was a club there. As they leave, they miss seeing the photo George had taken from a magazine, lying amidst the sawdust on the ground.