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COMMENTATORS
[68] Stanus[69] Seinfeld Forever
[179] Stever[7] Suzy
[6] Bob Saccamano[4] Cretz
[8] Richard Costanza[4] The Moop
MISCELLANEOUS
Complete Series Rankings
Seinfeld Motifs
Jerry's Girlfriends
George's Girlfriends
Elaine's Boyriends
Kramer's Girlfriends

Nearby Episodes
Previous: [1.03] the Robbery
Next: [1.05] the Stock Tip
[1.04] Male Unbonding
Premiered: 06/14/90
Writer(s): Larry David, Jerry Seinfeld
Director: Tom Cherones
2.664
George thinks he's ruined his current relationship by telling his girlfriend that he likes her (said in a panic after a piece of floss comes out of his pocket). Meanwhile, no matter what he does, Jerry can't seem to ruin his relationship with childhood neighbor, Joel ("I was 10! I would've hung out with Stalin if he had a ping pong table."). George advises Jerry to treat Joel as if he were a woman and just break up with him. During this attempt, Joel begins to cry. Jerry feels so bad he takes everything back and even offers Joel a Knicks ticket (the same one he had promised to George earlier). Jerry feels even worse when George's girlfriend breaks up with him, so he makes up a quick excuse and gives Joel both tickets. Later that night, Kramer arrives home with Horneck, and even the combined effort of Jerry's excuse rolodex and Elaine's help are no match for Horneck's annoyance.
- Stanus

Characters appearing in episode
Cosmo Kramer . Elaine Benes . George Costanza . Jerry Seinfeld . Joel Horneck
Motifs
First, Only, Lasts
(none)
Kramerica Industries
Kramer answers the phone with "Kramerica Industries"
Make Your Own Pizza Parlor
Kramer introduces idea. Later, gets Joel Horneck (semi-friend of Jerry) to go in on it
Seinfeld Forever
3.570 / 2.664
(5)
This is the first episode to offer up a Seinfeldian "cringe" moment. In this case, it's Jerry's attempt to break away from Joel. What other sitcom would show a grown man cry over such matters?


Bob Saccamano
3.000 / 2.664
(5)
George's elevator monologue gives the viewer a glimse of how pathetic his life is, and even more so as he makes such a deal out of the pennies. Kramer's character is further established as a moocher when they come in the apartment and see Kramer on the couch. Clever plot where Jerry is in a boyfriend-girlfriend relationship like in high school with a childhood friend and experiences the same emotional stress. It connects well with the viewer finding himself in a real life situation similar to Jerry's. You also see a primitive connection between all characters as Kramer becomes friends with the very guy Seinfeld is trying to avoid but ends up unable to do so.


Suzy
2.750 / 2.664
(5)
Of the three mediocre plotlines -- Hornick, George's girlfriend, and Kramer's pizza idea -- George's girl is the weakest. We only hear about it in some Jerry/George dialogues, of which the best that can be said is that George's wearing a fanny pack is great characterization. The other two plotlines are notable because their being tied together, however tentatively, is a milestone in the maturation of the style of the show.

Kramer gets a little better in this ep, like when he won't tell Jerry who's on the phone. Jerry also makes some moves toward the sarcasm machine he'll become: the way he says "Tuesday, no I'm meeting...somebody", and the Hezbollah lines in the diner. But for now he's still the nice guy. Unfortunately, Elaine doesn't make an entrance until the last scene and is saddled with some weak jokes about the list of excuses Jerry's making to turn down Hornick.


Stanus
2.000 / 2.664
(5)
This is the first Seinfeld episode that shows why it will be better than any other sitcom: it's a work of art. One of the most easily recognizable, yet subtle work of genius that Seinfeld episodes use is the juxtapositioning of two characters. In this episode, George's relationship, that he wants to keep, breaks up while Jerry's relationship, that he wants to break up, stays together. Hot! Also, Kramer is shown for the first time as the group member who gets along with the enemy (I sense bigger things for this role later) With all the good, however, there is still much to be desired. The characters still aren't completely filled in, the laughs are thin, and well ... I've seen enough Seinfelds to know they get a lot better.


Stever
2.000 / 2.664
(5)
Jerry and the gang are still just beginning to grow into their personalities. Larry David and Seinfeld (who wrote the episode) are showing more growth in show pacing, although not necessarily with the jokes. I'm glad George looses this wimpiness shown here (that stupid sweater again?!?!) and develops into a more loveably pathetic loser. I think the best part of this episode is the whole idea behind making up excuses to not hang out with someone - something I'm sure everyone goes through…I know I have (This has Larry David written all over it.)


The Moop
1.250 / 2.664
(5)
These early episodes are really starting to look dated - this one originally aired nearly 20 years ago! The most dated reference is George's fanny-pack but I guess they were never cool because Jerry quickly makes fun of George's fashion choice.

There were multiple mentions of George's girlfriend yet we never see her on screen...would probably have been funnier to actually see the awkward interactions. The only memorable part about this episode is the first mention of Kramer's make your own pizza restaurant. Elaine is barely even in the episode.

I bet Stanus gave this a rating bump just because it mentions the (pre-Dirk) Mavericks!


Quotes
George: (when Jerry says he'll give Horneck both tickets) [mimes commiting hari kari and grumbles]
added by Suzy
Jerry: How can you talk to someone like that?
Joel: What are you saying, what, do you like turkey roll?
added by Bob Saccamano
Elaine: Come on let's go do something. I don't want to just sit around here. Want to go eat something?
Jerry: Where you wanna go?
Elaine: I don't care, I'm not hungry.
Jerry: We can go to one of those cuppacino places, they let you just sit there.
Elaine: What are we going to do there, talk?
Jerry: ... we can talk.
Elaine: I'll go if I don't have to talk.
Jerry: Then we'll just sit there.
added by Stever
Kramer: (on the phone) Okay, here he is. (hands Jerry phone)
Jerry: Who is it?
Kramer: Take it.
Jerry: Who is it?
Kramer: It's for you.
added by Stanus
Elaine: Deal with it. Act like a man.
Jerry: Oh, no.
added by Seinfeld Forever

Suzy's Motif Watch
Kramer wacky idea (make your own pizza pie)
Male relationship treated like romantic relationship for comic effect
Food fetish ("Have you ever had their egg salad?")
Character aborts confrontation due to crying
Making up bad excuses on the fly
added by Suzy

Suzy's Worst Line
Kramer: One day, you'll beg me to make your own pie.
added by Suzy

Cut From Syndication
Jerry's stand up discusses the simplicity of the male-male friendship.
added by Stanus

Original Character Name
In the script for this episode, Elaine's character was originally called Eileen.
added by Stanus

34 Seconds
The amount of time it takes to travel from the lobby to Jerry's floor by elevator (revealed in a real-time scene from this episode).
added by Stanus

Joel Costanza
Kevin Dunn, the actor who portrayed Joel, was considered for the part of George in the pilot.
added by Stanus

Jerry's First Apartment
In this episode, Jerry's apartment number is 411 (will be changed later).
added by Stanus

Out of Order
Male Unbonding was filmed to be [1.02], but was bumped down 2 slots to premeire as episode [1.04]
added by Stanus

Elaine's Other Women
From the DVD: Other actresses who auditioned for Elaine include Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond), Wendie Malick (Just Shoot Me), Rosie O'Donnell, and Megan Mullally (Will and Grace).
added by Stanus

Deleted Scene
In an alternate ending Jerry finally tells Joel never to see him again. Before he leaves, however, Joel mentions how he'll be back the following week to return Jerry's K.D. Lang tape.
added by Stanus