By any normal standards, the Seinfeld four aren't always the best of friends to each other. But despite their often questionable morals, sometimes we just can't help but wish we were part of their circle. Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer are admittedly hysterical, and they're not afraid to tell it like it is. Their brutal honesty and misguided shenanigans make for a gang that we expect would be endlessly entertaining to roll with. So here's a list of the top 8 Seinfeld moments that make us long to be a part of the group.
1. When the gang compared hands after George became a hand model
Season 5, Episode 2 - "The Puffy Shirt"
While we could have harped on how fun it would be to make fun of Jerry's puffy shirt with the rest of the gang, this classic episode provides another great reason to make us wish we were part of the group: George's (short-lived) hand modeling career. When George shares the news of his new gig with Jerry, the two compare their hands in an attempt to figure out what makes George's so model-worthy. Then Kramer joins in, telling George his hands are "smooth, creamy, delicate, yet masculine." It makes us wonder how our hands would hold up against George's.
2. When the gang guest starred on Kramer's version of the "Merv Griffin Show"
Season 9, Episode 6 - "The Merv Griffin Show"
It seems like a normal day when Kramer and Jerry are walking down the street, chatting about how Kramer broke Jerry's blender making gravel - but suddenly, Kramer spots the old set pieces from "The Merv Griffin Show" in a dumpster. To the rest of the gang's surprise, they enter Kramer's apartment later only to find that he has recreated the entire "Merv Griffin" set -- and, even better, he starts pretending that they're guests on his show. This episode makes us wish we could push Jerry, Elaine, and George out of their seats to sit next to Kramer for an interview.
3. When the gang practiced a line for a Woody Allen movie
Season 3, Episode 11 - "The Alternate Side"
Of all the outrageous experiences that Kramer stumbles into, having a line in a Woody Allen movie is possibly the greatest. And of course, when he announces his not-so-prominent role, the rest of the gang all have to give their 2 cents on how he should deliver his only line: "These pretzels are making me thirsty." While George's exasperated attempt at the line, yelled out the window at the noisy New York City traffic, is one of the best, we feel confident that if we were part of the gang, we could top it. We'd at least like a shot at it.
4. When Jerry recruited from the gang to chaperone his date
Season 6, Episode 1 - "The Chaperone"
In the Season 6 premiere, Jerry finds himself at a Yankees game, sitting across from a slew of Miss America hopefuls. After flirting with Miss Rhode Island, Jerry scores a date with her -- but is disappointed to learn of the Miss America pageant rule that all contestants must be chaperoned when going out. And to make things worse, Miss Rhode Island's chaperone can't make it-- so Jerry turns to the gang for help. His only choice of chaperone: Kramer. We can't help but wistfully watch Kramer as the hilarious third wheel (until he hijacks the date and makes Jerry feel like the third wheel), wishing we could be part of a group where chaperoning your friends' dates is a thing.
5. When the gang debated what to bring to a dinner party
Season 5, Episode 13 - "The Dinner Party"
Without context, deciding what to bring to a dinner party doesn't sound like an interesting moment that makes us wish we could join in. But when it's with the Seinfeld gang, it's infinitely more remarkable. Mostly because George thinks it's totally appropriate to bring Ring Dings and Pepsi to the host. But also because Elaine finds the perfect cake to bring (the infamous chocolate babka), only to have it stolen by line cutters. And because the whole ordeal spawns Jerry's philosophical insights on black and white cookies. Preparing for a dinner party with the gang would be even better than the dinner party itself.
6. When the gang collectively cringed at Elaine's dance moves
Season 8, Episode 4 - "The Little Kicks"
One of Elaine's greatest quirks is, without a doubt, her pitiful, embarrassing dance moves. Described by George as "a full-body dry heave set to music," Elaine's signature dance is a weird mix of kicks and thumb gestures. Even better, the rest of the gang's reactions to seeing her dance for the first time are probably just as priceless as the moves themselves. As part of the Seinfeld group, we would be entitled to feel great about your own pathetic dancing in comparison to Elaine's. And that's reason enough to be their friend.
7. When the gang tried out volunteer work
Season 4, Episode 17 - "The Old Man"
We never thought we'd see the "Seinfeld" gang being charitable, but this episode proved us wrong...kind of. When George and Jerry find out that Elaine is volunteering to spend time with the elderly, they want in too -- but only to feel good about themselves, of course. When they each visit their respective assigned elderly partners, they all leave with excuses as to why they can never return. So much for being good Samaritans. We like to think that if we were part of the gang, we could have shown them up and stuck it out...or more realistically, quit on the first day with them. Come on, it's just a goiter.
8. When the gang made a scene at a piano recital
Season 3, Episode 14 - "The Pez Dispenser"
It's amazing that Jerry, George, and Elaine are allowed out in public together, given their track record for offensive and disruptive behavior. At a piano recital for George's girlfriend, Jerry casually places a Tweety Bird Pez dispenser on Elaine's lap, which spawns an unprecedented giggle fest. Unable to control herself, Elaine bursts out laughing in the middle of the concert, and has to leave the room. This moment embodies everything that your core group of friends should be: hysterical to each other, but unbearable to the general public.
-- Johanna Gruber