Thursday, November 29, 2012

SEINFELD - Season 8, Episode 22 - The Summer of George



“The Summer of George”

First Script Read: Saturday, March 29, 1997
Filmed: Monday-Wednesday, March 31-April 2, 1997
Aired: May 15, 1997
Nielsen rating: 29.7
Audience share: 33
Directed: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Alec Berg and Jeff Schaffer

The season eight finale brings George's year full circle. He began the year "punished" for the freedom he gains by Susan's death by poison wedding invitations. Susan's parents put him in charge of a foundation in Susan's memory. By the end of the finale George ends up in the hospital with his legs badly injured after slipping on an invitation. His dreams of living off the severance package the Yankees gave him are dashed as he will have to spend all summer in rehabilitation.

Before that punishment hits, George spends much of the episode running around helping Jerry maintain his relationship with his new girlfriend, Lanette:


GEORGE: No, listen. We are always sitting here. I am always helping you with your girl problems and you are helping me with my girl problems. Where do we end up?
JERRY
: Here.
GEORGE
: Exactly! Because neither one of us can handle a woman all by ourselves.
JERRY
: I'm trying.
GEORGE
: I've tried. We don't have it. But maybe the two of us, working together at full capacity, could do the job of one normal man.
JERRY
: Then each of us would only have to be like a half man. That sounds about right!

George pitches in, helping Jerry cover the details of his relationship. He buys tickets for the couple, helps choose Jerry's wardrobe so Lanette approves, reminds Jerry to complement Lanette on her manicure, gives him mouth spray, and buys party invitations. Until George's accident, the partnership works great. Lanette is pleased with Jerry's punctuality, the fact that he notices her nails, and his clothing choice.

Theoretically, then, a relationship is only as strong as the amount of labor hours put into covering the details. In reality, of course, all kinds of relationships take time to grow. But according to this episode, the type of time needed is time spent on completing tasks on behalf of the girlfriend as well as time spent making sure the girlfriend approves of her boyfriend's appearance and attention to detail. It's not the time spent together that is important so much as it is the time the male spends on the relationship when the female isn't even around. It's no wonder George longed to be free of Susan! In Seinfeld, a successful relationship eats every facet of a male's being: his identity and his every waking second. That makes both Jerry and George very unhappy.

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