The Abstinence


The Abstinence

Infobox Television episode
Title = The Abstinence
Series = Seinfeld


Caption = George studies in the coffee shop.
Season = 8
Episode = 143
Airdate = November 21, 1996
Production =
Writer = Steve Koren
Director = Andy Ackerman
Guests = Bob Odenkirk, Derek Jeter, Bernie Williams, Brenda Strong, Debra Jo Rupp, Alex Trebek, Kyle Gass & David Letterman
Episode list = List of "Seinfeld" episodes
Season list = Infobox Seinfeld season 8 episode list
Prev =
Next =

"The Abstinence" is the 143rd episode of the American sitcom "Seinfeld". This was the 9th episode for the 8th season. It was originally broadcast on the NBC network on November 21, 1996.

Plot

George's girlfriend has mononucleosis and he can't have sex with her for six weeks. Elaine has met a doctor who has "almost" gotten his license to practice. Jerry agrees to appear at career day at his former junior high school, but he is bumped back because the children love the zoo worker, then when he is about to go on there is a fire drill. Kramer lights up a cigar in Monk's and is asked to leave. He meets others on the street who face his dilemma so he opens up his apartment as a smoking lounge.

Jerry's agent gets him a whole assembly at the school. George's lack of sex makes his mind sharper, he is learning new things quickly, he is now "smart". Elaine learns how much her doctor boyfriend doesn't know about medicine when he is unable to help a diner customer experiencing a medical emergency. She uses George's technique of abstinence to help him study to get his license, but in the process she becomes stupid. Later in the episode, she begs Jerry to have sex with her again, because she wants to clear her mind. When Jerry turns her down because the situation is "too weird", she then asks him if Kramer is home.

Kramer has had too much smoke, and his face becomes leathery and "hideous". Jerry struggles to figure out how to fill two hours in front of a junior high crowd. George however creates a presentation for Jerry's assembly. He uses his newfound intellect to give batting advice to New York Yankee players Derek Jeter and Bernie Williams, and to learn Portuguese. Kramer sees his lawyer Jackie Chiles about a case against the tobacco company for ruining his good looks, as his looks are his livelihood. He gets a settlement without Jackie's input, it turns out he gets a billboard with his face on it in Times Square.

George calculates the odds of having sex with a Portuguese waitress, he concludes that statistically, he has to do it. He arrives at the school and meets Jerry, behaving stupidly. Jerry realizes that George has had sex, so he can no longer go do his presentation, Jerry goes out and is greeted by boos. Elaine's boyfriend gets his license and dumps her, leaving her sexually frustrated.

Trivia

*The working title for this episode was "The Portuguese Waitress."
*Out of all the episodes that he's appeared in, Phil Morris (Jackie Chiles) considers this episode his favorite.
*When Kramer gets kicked out of the restaurant, the man he talks to that also got kicked out is Kyle Gass, half of Tenacious D.

David Letterman makes a cameo at the epilogue of the episode. He bumps Jerry from his show after learning that Jerry was bumped from the school assembly.


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • The Abstinence Teacher — infobox Book | name = The Abstinence Teacher title orig = translator = image caption = First edition cover author = Tom Perrotta illustrator = cover artist = country = United States language = English series = genre = Fiction publisher = St.… …   Wikipedia

  • Abstinence — • Includes information about old and new testament fasting as well as church laws Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Abstinence     Abstinence      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Abstinence-only sex education — is a form of sex education that emphasizes abstinence from sex to the exclusion of all other types of sexual and reproductive health education, particularly regarding birth control and safe sex. This type of sex education promotes sexual… …   Wikipedia

  • Abstinence — Ab sti*nence, n. [F. abstinence, L. abstinentia, fr. abstinere. See {Abstain}.] 1. The act or practice of abstaining; voluntary forbearance of any action, especially the refraining from an indulgence of appetite, or from customary gratifications… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • The Carmelite Order —     The Carmelite Order     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► The Carmelite Order     One of the mendicant orders.     Origin     The date of the foundation of the Order of Our Lady of Mount Carmel has been under discussion from the fourteenth century to …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • The Normal Heart — Cover of the paperback edition released by Plume in October 1985 Written by Larry Kramer Date premiered Ap …   Wikipedia

  • The Bizarro Jerry — Seinfeld episode Episode no. Season 8 Episode 3 Directed by Andy Ackerman Written by …   Wikipedia

  • The Little Kicks — Seinfeld episode Episode no. Season 8 Episode 4 Directed by Andy Ackerman Written by …   Wikipedia

  • abstinence — noun /ˈæbstιnəns/ a) The act or practice of abstaining, refraining from indulging a desire. The abstinence from a present pleasure that offers itself is a pain, nay, oftentimes, a very great one. b) Specifically, the practice of abstaining from… …   Wiktionary

  • Abstinence — is a voluntary restraint from indulging a desire or appetite for certain bodily activities that are widely experienced as giving pleasure. Most frequently, the term refers to abstention from sexual intercourse, alcohol or food. The practice can… …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.