Seinfeld: Season 2, Episode 1

The Ex-Girlfriend (23 Jan. 1991)

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After George breaks up with his girlfriend, Jerry decides that he wants to see her.



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George has gone cold on his latest girlfriend, Marlene, but he hates breaking up and is tied up in knots at the prospect. Jerry encourages him to just do it quickly, just like taking off a band-aid. He finally works up the gumption to do it but forgets a few books at her apartment and asks Jerry to get the for him. Soon Jerry is under Marlene's spell, wanting her and wanting to break up with her at the same time. Elaine meanwhile is growing increasingly annoyed with one of her neighbors who won't acknowledge her when they pass each other in the building. Written by garykmcd

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Jerry: So that's it, you're out.
George Costanza: Except for one small problem. I left some books in her apartment.
Jerry: So? Go get them.
George Costanza: No I can't go back there. Jerry, it's so awkward. It could be dangerous. Sexually ,something could happen. I'd be right back where I started from.
Jerry: So forget about the books. Did you read them?
George Costanza: Well, yeah.
Jerry: What do you need them for?
George Costanza: I don't know. They're books.
Jerry: What's the obsession people have with books? They put them in their houses like they're trophies! What do you need it for after ...
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A splendid start for Seinfeld's second season!
11 November 2007 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Jerry talking about traffic, George having girlfriend problems, Elaine having problems with people in general, Kramer occasionally passing by with his latest crazy idea... It's all business as usual in the twisted universe of Seinfeld, whose second year begins as brilliantly as the previous one ended.

At the center of events is George's ex-girlfriend, Marlene, whom Jerry starts dating. Needless to say, he gets tired of her attitude pretty quickly, although he finds himself unable to dump her because of the "psychosexual hold" she has on him. In the meantime, Elaine can't understand why someone she met through a mutual friend doesn't say hello to her anymore, and Kramer insists everyone try the superb cantaloupe he bought at a store that just opened.

As familiar as it has become, the format of the series never gets old or boring: the mix of stand-up comedy, everyday life, quirky characters, yada, yada, yada, (that's "Seinfeldian" for "et cetera") keeps raising hysterical laughs, even when the premise is extremely ordinary (read: dull). I mean, how many stories have we heard about people's ex-girlfriends? Far too many, right? Wrong: in the hands of Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David, the subject develops in the most unexpected way, leading to one of the most original break-ups I've ever seen on screen, big or small.

The outspoken king of the episode, though, is George: this is the season where he began to show his more awkward side, and alongside The Apartment (and of course The Revenge) this is his finest moment in Series Two. Whether he is complaining about a chiropractor's bill, demanding that Jerry get some books for him from Marlene's apartment or reacting in a truly unique way to a quite unusual event ("I think I swallowed a fly!"), it is no wonder this insecure loser is one of the most loved characters in the history of US television.

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