Seinfeld

The Sponge

Season 7, Ep 9, Aired 12/7/95
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  • Episode Description
  • Jerry finds the number of girl he wants to contact on Kramer's AIDS walk sponsor list. After finding out that her preferred method of birth control is only available in a limited supply, Elaine must decide whether her current boyfriend is "sponge worthy." George tells Susan the secret of the size of Jerry's jeans and that leads to a fight about all secrets, he tells her another of Jerry's secrets when they make up. Jerry finds out that George told Susan one of his secrets and now he's "out of the loop." Elaine adjusts her screening process to find worthy candidates. Kramer causes a disturbance at the AIDS walk when he won't "wear the ribbon."moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Michael Richards (I)

    Cosmo Kramer

  • Jerry Seinfeld

    Himself

  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    Elaine Marie Benes (not in pilot)

  • Jason Alexander

    George Louis Costanza

  • Peter Mehlman

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • SpongeGeorge SquarePants/Tie a yellow ribbon around Krammer's neck.

    By GeorgeJobson, Jan 21, 2007

  • Elaine searches the city for her favorite birth control, Kramer does an AIDS walk, George hates condoms, and Jerry gets a girls number in a rather unorthodox method.

    By scooper549, May 30, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (13)

    • (George is struggling to open a condom wrapper Susan: Come on, George, just rip it open. George: I'm trying, damn it. Susan: Look, tear it, tear it from the side. George: I tried to tear it from the side, I can't get a good grip, here, you gotta do it like a bag of chips. Susan: No, here, give it to me. George: Would you just wait a second?! Wait a second! Susan: Will you just give it to me? Give it to me. (She takes the wrapper from George) George: You see? You see? Susan: (tears open the wrapper and hands it back to George) Come on. Come on! George: (tosses the condom aside) It's too late.

    • (George is struggling to open a condom wrapper Susan: Come on, George, just rip it open. George: I'm trying, damn it. Susan: Look, tear it, tear it from the side. George: I tried to tear it from the side, I can't get a good grip, here, you gotta do it like a bag of chips. Susan: No, here, give it to me. George: Would you just wait a second?! Wait a second! Susan: Will you just give it to me? Give it to me. (She takes the wrapper from George) George: You see? You see? Susan: (tears open the wrapper and hands it back to George) Come on. Come on! George: (tosses the condom aside) It's too late.

    • (Kramer is surrounded by Bob, Cedric, and the other walkers) Bob: So, what's it going to be? Are you going to wear the ribbon? Kramer: No, never. Bob: But I am wearing the ribbon. He is wearing the ribbon. We are all wearing the ribbon! So, why aren't you going to wear the ribbon?! Kramer: This is America, I don't have to wear anything I don't want to wear! Cedric: What are we gonna do with him? Bob: I guess we are just going to have to teach him to wear the ribbon! (Kramer tries to climb up the fire escape, but he is pulled back down by the mob.)

    • Walker 1: Hey, where's your ribbon? Kramer: Oh, I don't wear the ribbon. Walker 2: You don't wear the ribbon? Aren't you against AIDS? Kramer: Yeah, I'm against AIDS. I mean, I'm walking, aren't I? Walker 3: Who do you thing you are? Walker 1: Put the ribbon on! Walker 2: Hey, Cedric! Bob! This guy won't wear a ribbon! (Bob and Cedric turn around and glare at Kramer) Bob: Who? Who doesn't want to wear the ribbon?

    • George: That condom killed me. Why do they have to make the wrappers on those things so hard to open? Jerry: It's probably so the woman has one last chance to change her mind. George: You never run out, do you?

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    Notes (5)

    • This episode was nominated for the 1997 WGA Award (TV) for Episodic Comedy.

    • The FDA actually did recall contraceptive sponges due to their potential health effects. The FDA in 2003 has allowed the manufacture of redesigned contraceptive sponges.

    • The alley where Kramer gets taken down looks very similar (as does the scene) to his fight with the karate kids.

    • Jerry states that he cannot be with a "generally good woman who cares for the welfare of others." This may be a foreshadowing of Jerry's fate at the end of the series.

    • Two of the people annoyed at Kramer's disrespect for the ribbon are the armoire stealing "tough" guys from "The Soup Nazi" and later "The Puerto Rican Day."

    Trivia (7)

    • Jerry had to ask what kind of contraceptive method Elaine uses even though they've dated before.

    • In the episode "The Virgin" Elaine discusses how she carries her diaphragm around with her. But in this famous episode, she claims that she must have the Today sponge, she loves the Today sponge.

    • Unless there is a garden apt (half above and half below) I have never seen any building where the first floor isn't ground level. Every hotel I worked in the lobby is ground level and the next level is called TWO. UNLESS there are garden apt. Where I live my apt is half above and half below ground and is called B-1 (as in basement.) THE NEXT level is the first floor. But it is misleading cause it is only ONE HALF LEVEL up

    • When Jerry and George are talking at the finish line, several people pass by that were in the race. Kramer really didn't do that badly in the race. He probably didnt even finish last.

    • Have you considered the fact that in most buildings, 1st floor is one above ground floor, which would mean Kramer DID walk 5 flights of stairs.

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    Allusions (2)

    • Elaine: Off the market? The sponge? No, no. No way. Everybody loves the sponge. Kramer: I read it in Wall Street Week. Louis, uh, Rukeyser. Louis Rukeyser was an award-winning financial journalist who published several books and often appeared on TV and radio. He is well known as the host of Wall Street Week with Louis Rukeyser, which ran for 32 years on public television.

    • Elaine: (regarding her plan to find contraceptive sponges) …I'm going to do a hard-target search of every drugstore, general store, health store, grocery store in a twenty-five mile radius. This alludes to the 1993 film The Fugitive in which Tommy Lee Jones as U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard, in pursuit of fugitive Richard Kimball (Harrison Ford) says, "What I want out of each and every one of you is a hard-target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in that area".

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