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Seinfeld: 10 Most Heartwarming Scenes Of The Entire Series

Considering that Seinfeld makes fun of pretty much everything, there are very few instances in which the characters express genuine emotion. Instead, they spend a large fraction of their time behaving in as selfish a manner as humanly possible. Their actions have consequences, though, and they end up going to jail for a year at the conclusion of the series.

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That being said, there are a few moments in Seinfeld that can be categorized as heartwarming (even if it means pushing the definition of the word to its utmost limits). None of the characters learn from their mistakes, unfortunately, so the bigger question is: does it really matter what they do, in the end?

10 When George (Probably) Wants To Be A Good Father

George Costanza seems like the kind of guy who runs from responsibility, and that's because it's generally true. An inveterate coward by his own admission, he avoids anything in his life that has the slightest chance of making him act like an adult.

When he hears about his then-partner, Cynthia, missing her period, George's first instinct is euphoria because his "boys can swim," and he tells her that he's ready to "support [her] in whatever way" necessary. Cynthia isn't really pregnant in the end, but it was a nice gesture from an otherwise fickle and selfish character.

9 When Kramer Srops Rachel From Eating The Lobster

Rachel, Jerry's date that he took to the Hamptons, refuses lobster for dinner because she's kosher, which prohibits consuming all shellfish-based foods. However, Kramer later catches her sneaking to the refrigerator in the middle of the night to try some, and he stops her by strongly insisting that she maintain her kosher status.

While preventing Rachel from eating what she wants is slightly problematic, and not really Kramer's place to intervene, she thanks Kramer the next morning for not letting her succumb to temptation. Unfortunately, his kind act is almost immediately subverted by George.

8 When Everyone From The Past Watches The Finale

In the show's finale, the fab four are forced to endure a humiliating court case after they are accused of "criminal indifference," a punishable offense in Latham, Massachusetts.

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In the series of events that follows, many previous guest stars return, including Jackie Chiles, Kenny Bania, David Puddy, Mickey Abbott, J. Peterman, Sidra Holland, Keith Hernandez, Babu Bhatt, Mr. Pitt, the Soup Nazi, and the Bubble Boy, to name a few. Their testimonies are ultimately responsible for the four going to jail, but there's a strange warmth in watching the entire history of Seinfeld compressed into a courtroom.

7 When Kramer Says He Likes To "Help The Humans"

Elaine is excited at the prospect of moving into the apartment above Jerry's, but the latter doesn't share her enthusiasm. Kramer naturally intervenes and convinces Elaine to take a $5,000 loan from Jerry to "book" the apartment.

Seinfeld is furious, referring to his neighbor as "a pod" who can't comprehend that people "sometimes feel awkward, uncomfortable, even inhibited in certain situations with other human beings." Later in the episode, Kramer mentions that he "found a guy who's willing to pay $10,000 for the apartment," adding that he "occasionally likes to help the humans." Too bad he doesn't show this level of tact more often.

6 George's Meteoric Rise

George does something he has never had the courage to do before and displays a kind of honesty that should theoretically get him in serious trouble. However, he notices that doing "the opposite" gets him the best results, including dates, jobs, and a generally improved mindset.

It's certainly pleasant to see the positive changes George experiences after suffering for most of his life. Sadly, as per Seinfeld rules, Elaine takes the brunt of George's success by failing at her own endeavors.

5 When Elaine Returns From Europe

Elaine goes on a European vacation when the other three travel to L.A., a plot point added to cover for Julia Louis-Dreyfus's maternity absence from the show.

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The actress actually misses the major chunk of the first four episodes of season 4, but is greeted with delight by Kramer, Jerry, and George when she makes a grand entrance in "The Wallet." The audience is as excited to see her return, responding with cheers and applause.

4 When Jerry Buys A Cadillac For His Parents

Jerry wants to do something nice for his parents in Florida, but he goes just slightly overboard by getting them a Cadillac Fleetwood. His parents appreciate the gift, informing their neighbors and generally acting proud of their son, which is genuinely heartwarming.

Of course, Jerry's present blows up in his face when his dad loses his position as the condo board president. But Seinfeld absurdism shouldn't take away from what counts — the thought.

3 When Kramer Films The Gang

Kramer's latest passion is his camcorder, which he uses to film Elaine, Jerry, and George. He asks them to "be yourselves," adding that Elaine is an "adult film star on the set of her new picture," which she happily plays along with.

Kramer makes Jerry the fictional director, who jokes that "she had the anger and intensity" he is looking for. Elaine then mentions that she simulates sex with everyone, "except with George." The entire scene is simply adorable and a silly moment in their friendship, if a tad bizarre.

2 When Jerry Goes From Merry To Morose For George

George begs Jerry not to be his usual comedic self on a double date with their respective girlfriends, which isn't surprising given how neurotic the former can be.

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Although it's clear that George's numerous problems would complicate his relationship long before Cheryl discovers that he isn't funny, Jerry agrees and tries to be as dark and brooding as he possibly can. It's a truly nice thing to do for a friend, until of course, Cheryl reveals that she prefers "dark and disturbed" men.

1 When Elaine And Jerry Talk About "This, That, And The Other"

The ninth episode of season 2 actually makes a direct reference to Jerry and Elaine's budding romance. The pair embark on a friends-with-benefits pact that ultimately doesn't pan out because they can't seem to agree on the ground rules.

Elaine tells him that she wants "this, that, and the other," meaning she wants to be friends, continue having sex, and consider the possibility of a proper relationship. Jerry seemingly accepts her terms, which makes for a charming conclusion. However, the next episode pretends that the deal never existed in the first place.

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