'The Finale, Parts 1 and 2'
Aired: May 14, 1998
Jerry and George get called in for a meeting with a new NBC executive who wants to resuscitate the pilot for "Jerry" and give them a 13-episode commitment. Before they head to LA to start working on the show, they are offered use of the NBC jet, and decide to bring Elaine and Kramer along for a quick Paris getaway. The plane nearly crashes en route, and they make an emergency landing in Latham, MA, where they are soon arrested for failing to intervene when they witness a carjacking. The Latham prosecutor invites dozens of witnesses to build his case that the foursome's indifference to the carjacking was "part of a pattern of antisocial behavior that's been going on for years." He calls everyone from Marla the Virgin and and Babu Bhatt to the pharmacist who sold Elaine a case of contraceptive sponges. Though it's fun to see so many familiar faces, the episode as a whole feels like a bleak resolution to a show that had spent years making its four principals lovable in spite of their selfish quirks. Any finale would have been a letdown, but I always wish Larry David had let himself get a little more sentimental on this one.