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  • The next-to-last episode, "The Chronicle". At the end, the montage of best moments, bloopers, and behind the scenes footage of the cast members joking and laughing together, while "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" by Green Day plays over it, ending with the cast taking a deep bow for the audience, hand-in-hand... The last slow pans of the quiet, deserted sets of Jerry's apartment and Monk's Cafe, both places that viewers were as familiar with as they were with their own real-life hangouts. Plus the phrases "I hope you had the time of your life" and "For what it's worth, it was worth all the while" .... there are simply no words to describe the exquisitely painful sheer excellence of it. For a sitcom that never had a truly serious emotional moment, it sure invoked a hell of a lot of emotion in its huge viewer share.
  • George gets a brief one in the Frogger episode. He overtly declares that the only accomplishment in his life that he cares about is a video game high score.
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    • George gets a lot of these that border on Fridge Horror. Case in point, when he becomes attracted to Jerry's girlfriend—because she doesn't like him. What does it say about how bad his self-esteem is that he'd want to be with a woman who hates him?
      • It's a Somebody Doesn't Love Raymond situation. When George chooses Jerry's girlfriend over his own, his own girlfriend says that she now hates him. George doesn't care, because he's used to his own girlfriends hating him, just not Jerry's.
  • Susan's death in the finale of season seven. While many deaths of Seinfeld characters are either comedic or done off screen, the death of George's beloved fiancee was very tragic and sympathetic. Especially the fact that George himself is responsible for her death because he picked out invitation envelopes for their wedding from a store that has poison glue, which killed Susan after she licked it. Susan's death is considered to be the saddest moment of the entire series. George himself was in pure shock and barely speechless to her death, regardless of his own indecision of getting married in the first place (he did, however, get over it rather quickly and resumed his bachelor life). Not to mention the Adult Fear of Susan's parents.
    • Jerry actually seems legitimately sad at the realization that George will be married soon and that this is probably the first step towards the gang breaking up—"They'll move out to Long Island, she'll get pregnant"—especially since Elaine herself declares that she's determined to get married soon.
  • Sure they were horrible people, but the fact that the series ended with the four characters that we've grown to love for nine years getting arrested is extremely depressing.
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  • In "The Bizarro Jerry", it's actually a little sad to see Elaine's sincere efforts at improving herself by hanging out with better versions of Jerry, George, and Kramer blow up in about five minutes when she does her typical "Get Out!"! move and shoves the guy so hard that he falls and hurts himself.
  • The soap opera that Mickey and Kramer are stand-ins for in "The Stand-In" contains a brief tearjerker scene played straight:
    Son: How long are you going to be away for Daddy?
    Father: I'm not really going away, I told you, I'll be back every other weekend.
    Son: Don't go Daddy, don't go.
    Father: Now Porter, you know your mother and I love you very much, but sometimes people fall out of love. Now give me a big hug.
    • Of course, this swings right back into comedy immediately when Kramer and Mickey re-enact the scene as the stand-ins, with Kramer's wooden/hammy acting and Mickey's disinterested line reads.
  • There's another brief one for George in "The Statue". When Kramer manages to get back the statue that George wanted to give to his parents, to replace the one he broke as a child, George is overcome with emotion. The way he stammers "I feel happy!", with such juvenile bewilderment and shock, shows just how miserable George is for most of his life. Of course, this all goes out the window as George breaks the new statue just seconds later.
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  • In season 4's "The Pilot", NBC president Russell Dalrymple, who earlier in the season was more confident, quickly slips into a shell of his former self after being rejected by Elaine, because he was the president of a TV network, which Elaine has no respect for. The rejection left him a broken man and the vain attempts to win her over, which results with Elaine avoiding him, even going as far as wearing a wig and sunglasses to disguise herself when attending the taping of Jerry's pilot. Russel even breaks down to the point where he fires a crew member just for bumping into him. He leaves NBC to join Greenpeace, hoping he can win over Elaine's love. But that ended up costing him his life when the mission goes wrong and he ends up lost at sea.
    Greenpeace member: (after Russell's line breaks) I'll remember her name: Elaine Benes! I'll write to her! I'll tell her all about you and what you did out here! Goodbye, matey! Goodbye... (a page from the Jerry pilot floats on the waves)
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