|Air Date||June 14, 1990|
|Writer(s)||Larry David, Jerry Seinfeld|
|← The Robbery · The Stock Tip →|
“Male Unbonding” is the fourth episode of Season 1. It first aired June 14, 1990.
George Costanza, Jerry's friend, tells Jerry that he was out with a girlfriend. They went to see a play, during which he put his hand in his pocket to get some money and accidentally got some dental floss stuck to his hand. George worries that his girlfriend is going to leave him because of it. As Jerry and George enter the apartment "411" is the apartment number. This would change several times during the series.
Jerry has problems with a childhood friend, Joel Horneck, who persists in keeping in touch with him. He does not like Joel, who does not pay attention to anything that Jerry says. Jerry claims that the reason he has not broken up the relationship is because Joel is a man; George suggests that he should pretend that Joel is a woman and break up normally. Jerry therefore attempts to break up with Joel at Monk's Cafe, but when he does so, Joel breaks into tears. As a result, Jerry changes his mind and agrees to take him to see the New York Knicks, although he was supposed to take George.
As George tells Jerry that his girlfriend no longer wants to see him, Jerry mentions to George that he gave away his ticket to Joel. George does not go to the game because he does not know Joel, so Jerry decides to give Joel both tickets, claiming that he cannot make the game because he is tutoring his nephew. Later, when talking to his platonic girlfriend Elaine, she tries to provide Jerry with a list of excuses to help him avoid Joel. He later discovers that Joel took Kramer to the game and that Joel is in the building. When Joel meets Jerry and Elaine, Joel invites them out to another Knicks game. They come up with more unusual excuses in an attempt to avoid going out. However, Joel then gets out a newspaper and tries to organize a time when they can all meet, weeks in advance. Jerry realizes that no matter what excuses he comes up with, he cannot avoid him.
Kramer, working under the name "Kramerica Industries", conceptualizes building "a pizza place where you make your own pizza pie." Jerry and George try to persuade Kramer to forget the idea, but Kramer is determined to go on with it. Kramer's pizza parlor idea reappears in later episodes such as "The Puffy Shirt" in season 5, and "The Couch" in season 6.
- In the opening stand-up, Jerry talks about the phenomenon of men being attracted to watching other men work with tools.
- Jerry talks about breaking up with a guy friend in the second stand-up.
- In the third stand-up, Jerry compares the line at a bank to a rat maze.
- The closing stand-up segment focuses on how to handle lifelong friends that you don't want to be friends with. Jerry treats conversations with these friends like he's the host of a talk show.
Notes About Nothing Edit
- Kramerica Industries is first referenced in this episode. Kramer envisions a restaurant franchise where the customers get to build and bake their own pizza.
- The idea resurfaces in "The Couch".
- This is the only episode whose title does not begin with "the".
- The episode had an alternative ending, in which Joel borrows a k.d. lang tape from Jerry. Jerry then finally manages to "break up" with Joel. Joel leaves, but then comes back again to tell Jerry that he will bring back the tape. Jerry then refers to Joel as Jason from the Friday the 13th films.
- This was the second episode produced, but was the fourth to air. On the DVD, this was listed after "The Seinfeld Chronicles".
- This episode is the only appearance of Joel Horneck.
- This is the first episode, in both airing and production order, to feature Monk's.
- Jerry's Apartment's Lobby
- Jerry's Apartment's Elevator
- Jerry's Apartment
- Monk's Cafe
- Security Merchants Bank
- Kevin Dunn - Joel Horneck
- For this episode's quotes, see Male Unbonding Quotes.
|Season One Episodes|
|The Seinfeld Chronicles | The Stake Out | The Robbery | Male Unbonding | The Stock Tip|