The Sponge

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

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?

  • Elaine: Good morning. Billy: How'd you sleep? Elaine: Great, and you? Billy: Fine, fine. Everything okay? Elaine: Yep. Billy: No regrets? Elaine: Nope. (Billy leans in to kiss her) What are you doing? Billy: What do you mean? Elaine: Oh, I don't think so. Billy: Why not? I thought you said everything was fine. Elaine: I wish I could help you, but I can't afford two of them.

  • Elaine: Run down your case for me again. Billy: Well, we've gone out several times; we obviously have a good rapport. I own a very profitable electronics distributing firm. I eat well. I exercise. Blood tests - immaculate. And if I can speak frankly, I'm actually quite good at it. Elaine: You going to do something about your sideburns? Billy: Yeah, I told you, I'm going to trim my sideburns. Elaine: And the bathroom in your apartment? Billy: Cleaned it this morning. Elaine: The sink, the tub, everything got cleaned? Billy: Everything, yeah. It's spotless. Elaine: Alright, let's go.

  • Elaine: Hey, I didn't even use one. Jerry: I thought you said it was imminent. Elaine: Yeah, it was, but then I just couldn't decide if he was really sponge-worthy. Jerry: Sponge-worthy? Elaine: Yeah, Jerry, I have to conserve these sponges.

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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.

  • Actually, only Europeans count the first floor as the "ground floor," the second floor as the "first floor," etc. I've always thought it made more sense to call the first floor of a building "the first floor." (No, basements don't count, smartypants.)

  • Kramer complains about the elevator being broken. He says he walked up 5 flights of stairs, but that is incorrect. Jerry and Kramer live on the fifth floor. Walking from first floor to second floor is one flight, 2nd to 3rd makes two flights, 3rd to 4th makes three flights, and 4th to 5th makes four floors, not five.

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".