The Deal (Seinfeld) - Wikipedia
Benes (played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus) boogied so awkwardly at a work Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David conceived “Seinfeld” in November would have a diminished role due to Jerry's strong connection with Elaine. , with an episode that found the cast in jail for failing to help a man in need. He seems to have a new girlfriend every week, but the relationships usually end for A recurring joke is Jerry not helping Elaine carrying groceries or heavy .. gets ruined when he wears it going out with George, Elaine, and Alton Benes. Jerry, George and Kramer churned through a roster of semi-girlfriends well out of their league and typically Elaine Benes was different.
Elaine[ edit ] Jerry and Elaine are depicted as having dated in the past and apparently a lot longer than they each date other people in the series. During the run of the show, they are shown mainly as best friends, sometimes even joking with one another about their failed dating relationship. However, they do date briefly during the run of the show. In " The Deal ", they create a set of rules whereby they can sleep together but remain only friends. However, their theory is ruined when Elaine gets upset at Jerry for wanting to leave after a sexual encounter instead of sleeping over one of the rules they discussed was that sleeping over was optional, but not whose option it was.
By the end of the episode the two decide to be a couple again. Later in " The Pen " Jerry tells his parents that "we decided that we don't work out as a couple. In " The Mango ", Jerry is upset at learning that Elaine had faked her orgasms while they were together. The fact cause such problems between the two, that Elaine agrees to sleep with Jerry in an effort to "save the friendship".
The final scene, however, shows the two in bed, with Jerry looking distraught and gesturing towards his groin, suggesting that he was unable to perform.
There are hints throughout the series that suggest that Jerry and Elaine still have feelings for each other: In " The Stake Out ", Elaine becomes jealous when Jerry flirts with another woman, Vanessa, at a party that Jerry is accompanying her to. In " The Tape " when Jerry listens to an erotic message on his tape recorder, he becomes obsessed with finding who's the person on the tape; eventually, he pushes George into revealing that it's Elaine and it was supposed to be a joke.
In " The Junior Mint ", Elaine asks Jerry to accompany her to the hospital as her boyfriend, Roy, to fool one of her ex's. Jerry smiles and responds "Well, I believe I've played that role before to some critical acclaim. In " The Cadillac " after Jerry buys his parents a Cadillac and Elaine realizes how much money he has, she becomes very flirtatious towards him.
In " The Abstinence " when Elaine is denying sex to her current boyfriend, Ben, in the hope that it will help him pass his medical licensing exam, she begs Jerry to have sex with her, but, after a brief moment of consideration, he turns her down.
In " The Serenity Now " when Jerry's emotions come flooding out after being locked up inside him, he confesses his love for Elaine and proposes to her. Later, the horrifying tale of George's life frightens him back into his formerly cold demeanor and he takes back his proposal, much to Elaine's dismay since she was willing to get married even though she was initially hesitant.
In " The Finale ", when their plane appears to be crashing, Elaine begins saying to Jerry "I've always loved Later on, she claims that she intended to say "I've always loved United Airlines. They break up because of an uncomfortable weekend trip to Vermont. These relationships are atypical in that both women break up with Jerry for reasons of disgust, rather than it being the other way around. He dates Dolores whose name he forgets, guessing it to be Mulva, having the clue that it rhymes with a part of the female anatomy in " The Junior Mint " and " The Foundation ".
Season 4 then Season 8. This was the only time he dated a woman in two non-consecutive episodes. He dated Rachel in the following episodes: Rachel ends the relationship, but Jerry, who was "even steven" at the time, didn't become upset, and was confident that he would find another girlfriend.
Engagements[ edit ] Only twice in the series has Jerry considered marriage. The first time was with his "perfect" girlfriend, Jeannie, in the Season 7 finale, " The Invitations ", but he soon learned that he didn't want to be with someone exactly like himself.
In the first Season 8 episode, " The Foundation ", Jerry tells Elaine that he had a perfectly mutual break-up with Jeannie over the summer. Jerry almost got engaged a second time, to Elaine. In the Season 9 episode " The Serenity Now ", after Jerry undergoes a personality change and becomes deeply sensitive and emotional, he proposes to a shocked Elaine.
She leaves the apartment, but returns later to accept his proposal. By that point, however, he had gone back to his old self and he turns her down.
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Breakups[ edit ] Jerry's approach to relationships is notoriously fickle, and he has broken up with women, or provoked them into breaking up with him for trivial reasons. For eating her peas one at a time " The Engagement ". For refusing to taste his pie at the coffee shop " The Pie ". Because she once dated Newman " The Big Salad ". Because she would not give him a massage " The Masseuse ". Because she got covered in toilet water after a pipe exploded " The Pothole " Because she liked a commercial that he hated " The Phone Message ".
Because she had large thick hands like a man's " The Bizarro Jerry ". Because she never laughed at his jokes " The Switch ".
Because she had an irritating laugh " The Bubble Boy ". Because she seemingly encouraged people to mistake her as being Chinese " The Chinese Woman " Because only his parents like her " The Van Buren Boys " Likewise, some of Jerry's girlfriends have dumped him for trivial reasons. Because he admitted to changing the size 32 to size 31 of all his jeans because he "doesn't want to be a 32" " The Sponge ".Elaine and Jerry on attractiveness statistics
For snooping around her closet having become suspicious of her wearing the same dress on every date " The Seven ". Because he is caught spitting out fatty meats his girlfriend cooked for him in to napkins after going on a health kick " The Wink ". Because she discovered he'd been getting her drunk so he and his friends could play with her collection of antique toys " The Merv Griffin Show ".
Previously the female role was supposed to be Claire, the waitress at Pete's Luncheonette played by Lee Garlingtonbut Monk's Cafe replaced the luncheonette and Garlington was dropped from the role.
In addition to the first episode, Elaine doesn't appear in " The Trip " and therefore appears in fewer episodes than George and Jerry. Real-life inspiration[ edit ] After it was discovered that Jerry Seinfeld once dated writer and comedian Carol Leiferspeculation grew that Elaine was based on Leifer, though that was later largely denied. Leifer, who wrote or cowrote a number of episodes for the show, has said only some elements of the backstory of the character—that she and Seinfeld had dated and have remained good friends since the relationship ended—relate to her.
According to Seinfeld's biography written by Jerry OppenheimerElaine was based in part on Susan McNabb who was dating Seinfeld when the character was createdthough eventually named after friend and fellow comic Elayne Boosler. Also, the character was partially based on Monica Yates, daughter of novelist Richard Yateswhom Larry David once dated, and they remained good friends after they broke up.
She's 'one of the boys', and despite the troubles they go through as a group, she remains the closest female friend to the main male cast throughout the series. Her traits are usually edgy and neurotic and she has a tendency to easily get angry with almost everybody, and has a habit of shoving people when displaying extreme emotion. She's ruined her friends' ambitions, like throwing George's hairpiece out the window after trying to explain the irony behind it in " The Beard " or revealing what Jerry said in " The Cheever Letters " about the " panties her mother laid out for her".
Elaine is a serial dater, a trait lampooned in " The Sponge ", where she's desperate to buy a cache of discontinued contraceptive sponges before they're all bought up. She coins the word "spongeworthy" debating her then-boyfriend's prospects of intimacy at the expense of her inventory. For example, in " The Stall ", Elaine is dating Tony, a very good-looking athletic type. After a rock climbing accident mangles Tony's face, Elaine admits to Jerry that she can't date somebody who's unattractive and wonders how long she's obligated to stay with him post-accident.
Later, in " The Couch " after proclaiming her love for new boyfriend Carl, she immediately ends the relationship upon learning that he doesn't share her opinions on abortion.
Elaine also is attracted to men with lucrative jobs, especially doctors. Generally, her hair was long with curls or waves, but underwent changes since Season 5.
In early seasons, she had long, curly, brown hair and usually wore her hair half-up, framing her forehead with a slight bouffant. By Season 7, her hair darkened and her hairstyle matured resulting in a more modern look for the rest of the series, even wearing it straight in " The Wait Out " and " The Invitations ".
There are a few episodes where her hair is discussed in relation to the plot. In " The Strike ", it's damaged when affected by steam.
In " The Movie " George describes Elaine as having "a big wall o' hair". In the first three seasons, she often wears floral, collared, mid-calf length, button-down dresses with white ankle socks and oxfords. She also often wears high-waisted, tapered black jeans or pants and a bright blazer.
For work, she dresses more formally. Peter Mehlman reveals on audio commentary in " The Sponge " and " The Betrayal " that female fans favor the brown leather jacket that she wears from Season 7 onward. Occasionally, she's entirely out of her usual attire, as in "The Betrayal" when she wears an Indian outfit and hairstyle and " The Millennium " where she dons Mayan dress.
Elaine also wears glasses at times, usually during work hours. Although she's friends with George, Elaine tends to be combative with him. Still, Elaine sees him as a good friend: The portrayal of Elaine as smarter and more successful than George is occasionally reversed for comic effect: In " The Opposite ", George finds success and happiness doing the opposite of whatever his instincts tell him, while normally successful Elaine falls on hard times.
In " The Abstinence ", George becomes smarter while not having sex, but Elaine gets dumber. She sometimes goes to Kramer for help. She asks him and Newman to help her get rid of a neighbor's dog in " The Engagement ". In " The Slicer ", she asks him first to lose power at her neighbors' house and also feed the cat with meat. In " The Watch " she asks him to pose as her boyfriend so she can dump Dr.
Reston, her controlling psychiatrist boyfriend.
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In " The Soup Nazi ", she asks him to watch an armoire for her on the street until she can move it in the following day. The only conflict is in " The 7 " over a girl's bicycle where Newman is the judge over the dispute. Elaine is the only main character not to own a car. In " The Burning " she borrows then-boyfriend David Puddy's. Also, it's revealed that she's a horrible driver who slams on the brakes and wildly steers the car.
Elaine also has a very refined taste in film, citing many movies, plays and characters throughout the series. She has a particular affection for A Streetcar Named Desire.
In " The Pen ", Elaine shows her love for the movie when she becomes unintentionally high on muscle relaxers and repeatedly screams "Stella" at a fancy awards dinner for Morty Seinfeld in Florida. In " The Fusilli Jerry " Elaine describes David Puddyher new on and off again boyfriend, as a man who comes home "dripping with animal sexuality" after Jerry says that dating his mechanic is "such a huge turn off. Later in the same episode, she tries Weekend at Bernie's II which is a Gene pick recommended by Kramer and which she hates.