Seinfeld

Season 7 Episode 9

The Sponge

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Dec 07, 1995 on NBC
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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

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  • SpongeGeorge SquarePants/Tie a yellow ribbon around Krammer's neck.

    10
    Another excellent "Seinfeld" epsiode and I'm happy just to be watching them. today is "the Sponge." Elaine is seen going from phamacy to phamacy looking for a sponge. In ope scene, Jerry's visited someone's house that has plenty of Sponges. He didn't say anything. He should. Meanwhile Cosmo Krammer is gearing up for his AIDS walk by having a all-night poker party, then on the day of the event, he refuse to put on his ribbon and get beaten by thge fellow walkers, including the bullies from "The Soup Nazi Like I said before, never a dull moment in Seinfeld's neighborhood.moreless
  • 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.

    8.7
    This is yet another wonderful episode. Kramer reveals to Elaine that her favorite method of birth control is no longer on the market. This makes her search the city for any remaining sponges. The scene when she is at what seems to be the only pharmacy in the area that still has the sponge is funny. It is also funny when she drills Roger to decide if he is sponge worthy. This episode really does make her seem like a bit of a whore. Although it turns out the girl who Jerry goes out on a couple of dates with seems to be an even bigger whore because she has a ton of cases of sponges in he closet.



    I also liked the part where Jerry decides to not reveal how he got Lena’s number to George because he knows that he will just tell Susan. I think that happens to a lot of us because we have friends who will tell their significant other everything that goes on. George still goes behind Jerry’s back and tells Susan how he got Lena’s number. George also reveals Jerry’s secret about his pants. It is funny that Lena does not get mad about the fact that Jerry got her number off an AIDS list but she breaks it off with him when she finds out that he scratches off the 32 waist size to a 31.



    Kramer decides to do an AIDS walk. When he decides not to wear the ribbon he gets roughed up by people who insist that he must wear the ribbon. Jerry thinks that the reason he falls to the ground at the end of the walk is because he stayed up all night smoking cigars, drinking, and playing poker.moreless

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  • 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.

  • 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.

    • Pharmacist: Can I help you?
      Elaine: Yeah, do you have any Today sponges? I know they're off the market, but…
      Pharmacist: Actually, we have one case left.
      Elaine: A case! A case of sponges? How many come in a case?
      Pharmacist: Sixty.
      Elaine: Sixty! Well, I'll take three.
      Pharmacist: Three.
      Elaine: Make it ten.
      Pharmacist: Ten?
      Elaine: Twenty sponges should be plenty.
      Pharmacist: Did you say twenty?
      Elaine: Yeah, twenty-five sponges is just fine.
      Pharmacist: Right. So, you're set with twenty-five?
      Elaine: Yeah. Just give me the whole case and I'll be on my way.

    • Elaine: What does Susan use?
      George: I don't know.
      Elaine: You don't know?
      George: I uh… figure it's something.

    • 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.

    • Walk Registrar: But everyone wears the ribbon. You must wear the ribbon!
      Kramer: You know what you are? You're a ribbon bully.

    • Roger: Yes, I believe I am sponge-worthy

  • 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."

  • 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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