Saturday, April 7, 2012

SEINFELD - Season 3, Episode 2 - The Truth

"The Truth"

First Script Read:  Wed, August 14, 1991
Filmed: Tue, August 20, 1991
Aired: 9:30, September 25, 1991
Nielsen rating: 11.5
Audience share: 19 (lowest-rated show in time-slot among the big three networks)
Directed: David Steinberg (Steinberg directed this and season 3's “The Tape." This was the first episode Tom Cherones didn't direct since the Pilot.)
Writer: Elaine Pope (First episode written by a woman. Also wrote season 3’s “The Fix Up” and season 4’s “The Cheever Letters.”)

A Few Good Men wouldn't be released for almost a year and a half, but already George was learning some people just can't handle the truth. His girlfriend Patrice is driven to a mental institution (GEORGE: "It's not really a mental institution. It's more like a depression clinic.") after George offers an honest assessment as he breaks up with her. He critiques her clothes, her mannerisms, and her personality. 

This is enough to drive Patrice, in her own word, "cuckoo." She goes so nutty that she tosses Jerry's tax audit papers out of her window before checking herself into the Woodlawn Clinic.

The truth is dangerous. It makes Jerry's audit even more troublesome, and at the end of the episode George finds himself right back in his relationship with Patrice, as, guilt-ridden, he takes back his honest comments.

Elaine, though, is smarter. She lies. When her roommate Tina and Kramer, whose relationship has been driving her almost crazy, ask her for the truth, she tells them, "I think you make a very nice couple." Elaine retreats to her room, avoiding any tension with her roommate.

It will be a little different in the classic season five finale, "The Opposite." Then George, in doing the opposite of every instinct, ends up telling the truth about others, as well as himself. He attracts a woman with the pick-up line, "My name is George. I'm unemployed and I live with my parents." He gets a job with the Yankees by ranting at George Steinbrenner about his recent dealings. The lessons of "The Truth" are, by then, forgotten.

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