'I Choose Not to Run'
"The Race": Season 6, Episode 10
For one episode, Jerry Seinfeld became the Bartleby of the Nineties. Much like Herman Melville's scrivener, Jerry, without providing rhyme or reason, just didn't want to do something — in this case, run. Also a riff on Calvin Coolidge's proclamation regarding the 1928 presidential election, Jerry spent years declaring "I choose not to run" to avoid a footrace rematch against his high school adversary Duncan Meyer. Two decades after the episode aired, sitcom fans still use the phrase as their "I'd prefer not to."