Monday, December 3, 2012

SEINFELD - Season 9, Episode 4 - The Blood

“The Blood”

First Script Read: September 18, 1997
Filmed: September 24, 1997
Aired: October 16, 1997
Nielsen rating: 20.9
Audience share: 32
Directed: Andy Ackerman
Writer: Dan O’Keefe

Jerry and Kramer try to take care of their health in different ways. Concerned he might be gaining weight, Jerry allows his parents to set up private training sessions with Izzy Mandelbaum (prompting a return to the show for the great Lloyd Bridges, who would die the following March after this episode premiered). Kramer, on the other hand, starts hoarding his own blood. As he admits, he is more likely than most to have an emergency requiring a blood transfusion. "I know myself," he tells Jerry. "If I'm out on the street and it starts to go down, I don't back off until it's finished." When Jerry is injured twice in the episode, he ends up with first Kramer's than Newman's blood in his body. Needless to say, Jerry is freaked out.

 Elaine, like Jerry, is concerned with other people's perception of her. In her case, she is offended when her single parent friend, Vivian, doesn't think she is responsible enough to babysit her son. Ultimately, Elaine steals the babysitting job from Kramer, but then finds the boy is handful. However, when Vivian returns home she finds her son sound asleep, worn out from tormenting Elaine. Now Elaine can't get out of the babysitting job she thought she wanted.

Unlike his friends, George is solely preoccupied with himself. After his girlfriend's vanilla scented candle makes him hungry while they make love, George tries to incorporate first food and then television into their sex lives. Distracted by these pleasures, George neglects his girlfriend and their relationship ends. Happily, he discovers Vivian shares his passion for both food and television. George has his desires satisfied, but the cost is he takes Elaine's place in helping Vivian with her son.

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