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The Abstinence 

Abstinence allows George to become a genius, but it turns Elaine into an idiot. Jerry gets bumped from career day at his old Jr. High School. Kramer turns his apartment into a smoking lounge and all the smoke disfigures his face.

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When George's new girlfriend gets mononucleosis, he's told there'll be no sex for at least six weeks. Frustrated, he begins to realize he has interests in science and history. Jerry says the lack of sex has made him smarter as he's now concentrating on his brain. For Elaine however, the lack of sex is having the opposite effect. Jerry is supposed to speak at career day at his old junior high but is continually being bumped first by someone who goes over his time and then by a fire drill. Kramer doesn't like having to go outside the restaurant to smoke and seeing there are many in the same boat, decides to turn his apartment into a smoker's lounge. It all has a serious effect on his looks and turns to lawyer Jackie Chiles to get justice. Written by garykmcd

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21 November 1996 (USA)  »

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Edward R. Murrow Junior High School, where Jerry goes to speak on career day, is actually Edward R. Murrow High School whose most notable graduate is Marisa Tomei who once appeared as herself in a previous episode of Seinfeld. See more »

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During the business with the lettuce it is 'stalk up' when seen over Gerry's shoulder but not when seen from the front. See more »

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Cosmo Kramer: They're trying to screw with your head.
Jerry Seinfeld: Now why would a junior high school want to screw with my head?
Cosmo Kramer: Why does Radio Shack ask for your phone number when you buy batteries? I don't know.
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Funny episode.
11 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Plot: George has to stop having sex with his girlfriend, and it turns him into a genius. Elaine stops having sex also, but it has the reverse effect. Jerry gets bumped from career day at his old Jr. high school. Instead, he has a two hour assembly.

The Abstinence is a very funny episode. The funniest part about this episode is Elaine. Watching Elaine acts stupid is funny. In this episode, she turns really, really stupid. She looks at a spinning tire and is amazed. She thinks Winnie the Pooh is funny. I also liked what happens with Jerry at the middle school. The abstinence is a great,great episode.


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