‘Seinfeld’: Jerry Seinfeld Said He’s Most Proud of Writing This Joke for 1 Iconic Episode

Seinfeld fans have their favorite moments from the hit series and one of those is an iconic joke that Jerry Seinfeld is particularly proud of writing. It’s a fan-favorite moment and with good reason — the epic joke ties together two characters’ stories and packs a huge comedic punch.

Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Michael Richards
‘Seinfeld’ stars Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Michael Richards | George Lange/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Jerry Seinfeld is most proud of writing this ‘Seinfeld’ joke

During a 2016 Reddit AMA, the comedian was, of course, asked questions about his time on Seinfeld. One fan wondered if there was a joke Seinfeld was “most proud of” during his career and the comedian landed on one fan-favorite episode where things came together in a hilarious way.

“I think the best Seinfeld episode idea I ever contributed was that George pretending to be a marine biologist would find Kramer’s golf ball in the blowhole of the whale,” the comedian shared.

He continued, “Believe it or not, we were doing both of those stories without seeing any connection that Kramer was gonna hit golf balls at the beach, and George was gonna be pretending to be a marine biologist. And it was in the middle of the week that it suddenly hit me of a way to connect the two stories.”

“So, I think that’s probably the best joke I ever thought of on the series,” he added. “But, I love when people say ‘regift’ or ‘giddyup,’ or ‘yadda yadda.’ The real and spectacular … I was a very big fan of the show.”

‘The Marine Biologist’ joke

Among the stories in the Seinfeld Season 5 episode “The Marine Biologist,” Jerry tells an old crush of George’s that George is a marine biologist and she asks for his number. Kramer also acquires 600 golf balls from a driving range that he decides to hit into the ocean.

While walking on the beach with the woman, a dying beached whale is in need of assistance and George must step up after he lied about his occupation.

At the diner, George retells what happened at the beach, delivering an epic monologue about gathering the courage to be a marine biologist in that moment.

“The sea was angry that day, my friends — like an old man trying to send back soup in a deli,” he tells them.


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“I got about 50 feet out and then suddenly the great beast appeared before me. I tell you he was 10 stories high if he was a foot,” he continued. “As if sensing my presence, he let out a great bellow. I said, ‘Easy big fella!’ And then, as I watched him struggling I realized that something was obstructing its breathing. From where I was standing, I could see directly into the eye of the great fish!”

Jerry interjects, “mammal,” to which George says, “Whatever.” Asked what he did next, George details the outcome of the encounter.

“Then, from out of nowhere, a huge tidal wave lifted me, tossed me like a cork and I found myself right on top of him, face to face with the blowhole,” he explains. “I could barely see from the waves crashing down upon me but I knew something was there so I reached my hand and felt around and pulled out the obstruction.”

After pulling a golf ball from his inside jacket pocket, Kramer asks, “What is that, a Titleist? … A hole in one, eh.”