Thursday, January 17, 2013

SEINFELD - Season 9, Episode 9 - The Apology

“The Apology”

First Script Read: November 8, 1997
Filmed: November 12, 1997
Aired: December 11, 1997
Nielsen rating: 20.6
Audience share: 32
Directed: Andy Ackerman
Writer: Jennifer Crittenden

For all the sex Jerry, Elaine, George, and Kramer are having there is very little discussion about STDs in the show. Though the show fell within the AIDS epidemic, the disease wasn't discussed in much detail on the show until Kramer participates in an AIDS charity walk in season 7's "The Sponge," an episode that coincidentally deals with Elaine's and Susan's choice of birth control. In "The Apology," a co-worker notes the risk of disease associated with Elaine's promiscuity, but in an extremely sophomoric fashion.

Recurring Peterman employee Peggy is afraid of Elaine's germs. Elaine spots her using a toilet bowl cover even though no other women work on that floor. She throws out a bottle of water after Elaine accidentally touches it but guzzles down another co-workers bottle after he drank from it. Finally, Elaine confronts her:
ELAINE: Peggy, we've got to talk. What is it about me that you find so offensive? 
PEGGY: You seem to be with a lot of men. 
ELAINE: What!? I happen to have a very steady boyfriend [REFERRING TO PUDDY]. You know, I mean,we broke up a few times and there has been an occasional guy here or- or there, but why is this your business?
PEGGY: It's not. Good day.

Elaine doesn't leave. Instead, to Peggy's horror, she starts rubbing Peggy's office equipment against her butt. The next day Peggy calls in sick. Elaine goes to visit her in her sick bed, but its Puddy who consoles her through an admission that he ALSO is disgusted by Elaine's germs but has worked through his germaphobia.

Falling into the trap of an old stereotype, it is the promiscuous female character who is considered dirty, not her male counterparts who engage in an identical lifestyle. However, Elaine's germs are considered a laughing matter. Other than incurring the seemingly unfair prejudice of a few people around her, there are no real consequences of her behavior. She's offended by Peggy and Puddy because she thinks their judgment is unfair. She shows no sign of changing her behavior.

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