Monday, September 24, 2012

SEINFELD - Season 7, Episode 11 - The Rye

“The Rye”

First Script Read: Sunday, November 19, 1995
Filmed: Wednesday, November 22, 1995
Aired: January 4, 1996
Nielsen rating: 23.1
Audience share: 34
Directed: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Carol Leifer (This is Leifer's final Seinfeld script before leaving to create and star in her own sitcom, Alright Already, which aired for one season on the WB.)

Carol Leifer's last contribution to Seinfeld gives her one final shot to do what she does best - write insightful comedy about the female's role in relationships. This time she has Elaine in a relationship with a jazz saxophonist, John. Almost everything is going great. Elaine just isn't completely satisfied with their sex life. To put it far more bluntly than the script does, John won't give her oral sex. In Larry David-ian fashion, Leifer's script dances playfully around the issue, meeting network television standards:

ELAINE: Well, actually, he, um, doesn't really like to do...everything.
ELAINE: Yeah. It's surprising.
JERRY: Yes, it is. It is surprising. Does that bother you?
ELAINE: No. No, it doesn't bother me. I mean, it would be nice. I'm not gonna lie to you and say it wouldn't be nice.
JERRY: Sure. Why not? You're there.
ELAINE: Exactly.

Eventually Elaine, in her own words, "gets the little squirrel to come over to her." John isn't completely satisfied with the result though. Plus, his mouth is tired. He ends up bombing a big performance, leading Elaine to quietly slip away.

Meanwhile, in the more hilarious and memorable storyline, Kramer, Jerry, and George are involved in a complex scheme to take Susan's parents out for a hansom cab ride so they can smuggle a marble rye back into the apartment so the Rosses won't realize George's parents took back a rye they had brought to dinner. The horse ends up with Beef-a-Rino-caused gas. The rye ends up on a fish hook. And George ends up busted by Susan and her parents.

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