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The Opposite

Published: 6.27.2018
Level 4   |   Time: 4:36
Accent: American
Source: Seinfeld

George's life is not going well, so he decides to do the opposite of his first thought in every situation.


triangle Directions

  1. REVIEW the vocabulary / background.
  2. WATCH the video.
  3. ANSWER the questions.
  4. CHECK your answers. (Show Answers)

triangle Vocabulary

  • turn out [phv] - happen
  • promise [n] - potential
  • personable [adj] - friendly
  • bright [adj] - smart
  • perceptive [adj] - able to notice small details
  • an instinct [n] - a feeling
  • intimidated [adj] - scared
  • work out [phv] - happen successfully
  • rye (bread) [n] - a dark wheat bread
  • superficialities [n] - focus on appearance or things that are not important
  • cut (someone) off [phv] - move in front of another car suddenly while driving
  • Take it easy! [exp] - Relax!
  • It's not the end of the world [exp] - It is not very important.
  • tongue action [exp] - kissing
  • shut your traps [exp] - shut your mouths
  • take it outside [exp] - go outside and fight
  • kidding [exp] - not serious
  • come up [phy] - come (up) to my apartment

[n] - noun,  [v] - verb, [phv] - phrasal verb,  [adj] - adjective,  [exp] - expression

triangle Background

picture picture picture
George Jerry Elaine
  • George, Jerry and Elaine are friends who all live in New York City.
  • George and Jerry went to high school together.
  • George has not had a job for a long time.

triangle Questions

  1. George is planning to go to the beach.

  2. George is happy with his life.

  3. Elaine thinks that George is very smart.

  4. Geroge thinks he always makes the wrong decision.

  5. George orders the same lunch that he always orders.

  6. Jerry thinks that tuna is the opposite of salmon.

  7. Elaine encourages George to talk to the woman that looked at him.

  8. George lives with his parents.

  9. Jerry encourages George to do the opposite of what he normally does.

  10. The woman ordered the same lunch as George.

  11. George lies to the woman about his job and his life.

  12. George would normally lie to the woman about his job and his life.

  13. George tells the woman that he is very concerned about his appearance.

  14. George gets very angry when someone cuts him off while he is driving.

  15. George would normally get very angry when someone cuts him off while he is driving.

  16. The woman suggests moving to another seat in the movie theater.

  17. George tells the two men in the theater to shut up.

  18. George would normally tell two loud men in a theater to shut up.

  19. The woman invites George to come up to her apartment.

  20. George comes up to the woman's apartment.

triangle Language Review

Directions: Choose the expression that best completes the sentence

  • George thinks that he is (perceptive) because he always knows when people feel unhappy at a party.
  • George thinks he is (personable) because he is able to talk to new people easily.
  • George often feels (intimidated) when he talks to attractive women.
  • Elaine thinks that George is not (bright) because he is not good at academics.
  • George didn't get angry when a car (cut him off) while he was driving.
  • George is sad because he thinks nothing ever (works out) in his life.
  • The woman invites George to (come up) to her apartment.
  • George wants to (take it outside) if the two men in the theater won't be quiet.

triangle Script

Jerry: Speaking of having it all ... Where were you?
George: I went to the beach. (Jerry and Elaine exchange looks)
Jerry: Oh, the beach.
George: It's not working, Jerry. It's just not working.
Jerry: What is it that isn't working?
George: Why did it all turn out like this for me? I had so much promise. I was personable, I was bright. Oh, maybe not academically speaking, but ... I was perceptive. I always know when someone's uncomfortable at a party.
Jerry: Gotta napkin over there?
George: It became very clear to me sitting out there today, that every decision I've ever made, in my entire life, has been wrong. My life is the complete opposite of everything I wanted to be. Every instinct I have, in every aspect, be it something to wear, something to eat ... It's all been wrong.
Waitress: Tuna on toast, coleslaw, cup of coffee.
George: Yeah. No, no, no, wait a minute, I always have tuna on toast. Nothing's ever worked out for me with tuna on toast. I want the complete opposite of tuna on toast – chicken salad on rye, untoasted with a side of potato salad and a cup of tea.
Elaine: Well, there's no telling what can happen from this.
Jerry: You know chicken salad is not the opposite of tuna. Salmon is the opposite of tuna, 'cos salmon swim against the current, and the tuna swim with it.
George: Good for the tuna.
Elaine: Ah, George, you know, that woman just looked at you.
George: So what? What am I supposed to do?
Elaine: Go talk to her.
George: Elaine, bald men with no jobs, and no money, who live with their parents don't approach strange women.
Jerry: Well here's your chance to try the opposite. Instead of tuna salad and being intimidated by women, chicken salad and going right up to them.
George: Yeah, I should do the opposite, I should.
Jerry: If every instinct you have is wrong, then the opposite would have to be right.
George: Yes, I will do the opposite. I used to sit here and do nothing, and regret it for the rest of the day, so now I will do the opposite, and I will do something!
George: Excuse me, I couldn't help but notice that you were looking in my direction.
Victoria: Oh, yes I was. You just ordered the same exact lunch as me.
George: My name is George. I'm unemployed and I live with my parents.
Victoria: I'm Victoria. Hi.

Victoria: Are you growing a beard?
George: Why shave every day? It just grows right back.
Victoria: I guess ...
George: I'm afraid I'm just not interested in how I present myself. If those kind of superficialities are important to you, this probably isn't gonna work.
Victoria: Hey watch it, he just cut you off! Did you see that?!
George: Take it easy. Take it easy. It's not the end of the world.

Man 1: Hey baby, how about a little tongue action, huh?
Man 2: Yeah, stick your tongue down his throat!
Victoria: What are we gonna do? Shall we just move?
George: That won't be necessary. Shut your traps and stop kicking the seats! We're trying to watch the movie! And if I have to tell you again, we're gonna take it outside and I'm gonna show you what it's like! You understand me? Now, shut your mouths or I'll shut'em for ya, and if you think I'm kidding, just try me. Try me. Because I would love it!

Victoria: Are you sure you don't wanna come up, I mean, it's only nine thirty.
George: I don't think we should. We really don't know each other very well.
Victoria: Who are you, George Costanza?
George: I'm the opposite of every guy you've ever met.

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