"The Summer of George" - Season 8 Episode 22 of Seinfeld Released
"The Summer of George" is the 156th episode of the sitcom Seinfeld.
It was also the 22nd and final episode of the 8th season. It aired on May 15, 1997.
George discovers he has a severance package from the New York Yankees that should last him about 3 months. He decides that he is going to take the summer off, which he declares the "Summer of George." Jerry and Kramer are going to the Tony Awards. Jerry has a real seat; Kramer is a seat-filler. Elaine critiques a co-worker (Molly Shannon) who walks with no arm movements and is accused of being "catty." Jerry picks up his date to the Tonys, a waitress named Lanette (Amanda Peet), only to find out that she has a man (or rather, a "dude") living with her. While filling a seat for a nominee who has stepped away, Kramer is accidentally whisked to the stage by excited Tony winners moving through his row. As a result, he receives a Tony Award for a musical in which Raquel Welch is the star. Elaine tries to work things out with her co-worker, to no avail. Kramer uses his Tony as a ticket into a place he really shouldn't be, Sardi's, where the producers of Scarsdale Surprise have a proposition for him. Jerry's date decides to commit to him. Elaine's complaints to men about her co-worker only seem to pique their interest in the possibility of a cat fight. Jerry's girlfriend begins to wear him out; she is always on the go. George suggests that perhaps they team up to handle Lanette. To keep his Tony award, Kramer must fire the non-arm swinging Raquel Welch from the production. Jerry goes on a date and needs George to handle the invitations for Lanette's party. He is not to skimp this time. Kramer does his duty and pays a price. A mad Raquel walking down the street gets into a cat fight with Elaine, who she thinks is making fun of her by imitating her co-worker's lack of arm-swinging. George gets distracted and slips on an invitation. In the aftermath, the gang is back where they were a year ago, only this time George is the one in a hospital bed. The final scene of this episode pays homage to the ending of Season 7's "The Invitations." "The Summer of George" was originally going to be titled "The Dude."