The Pez Dispenser
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|"The Pez Dispenser"|
|Episode no.||Season 3
|Directed by||Tom Cherones|
|Written by||Larry David|
|Original air date||January 15, 1992|
|Seinfeld (season 3)
List of Seinfeld episodes
"The Pez Dispenser" is the 31st episode of the sitcom Seinfeld. The episode was the fourteenth episode of the show's third season. It aired on January 15, 1992. The episode was written by Larry David and was directed by Tom Cherones.
The sudden appearance of Jerry's Pez dispenser causes Elaine to laugh loudly at a piano recital given by George's girlfriend. Kramer creates a cologne that smells of the beach. Jerry hosts an intervention for an old friend ("Richie Appel," an inside reference to comedy writer and Simpsons producer Richard Appel) with a drug problem. Jerry's friend developed a drug problem because Kramer told him to pour Gatorade on Marty Benson's head after winning a softball game; the coach developed pneumonia and eventually died.
George is troubled over the fact that he has no "hand" (upper hand) in the relationship, and fears his girlfriend will break up with him. Acting on "genius" advice from Kramer, George "preemptively breaks up" with her, causing her to want him more and thus giving him the "hand." Later, at the intervention, George's girlfriend hears Elaine laughing, realizes that it was Elaine who ruined her concert, and walks out on George. Richie agrees to enter rehab after seeing the Pez dispenser which brings up a childhood memory causing him to admit his drug problem; Jerry then mentions he's doing great but now he's addicted to Pez.
The elderly man talking to Elaine from the Polar Bear Club talks about male kangaroos having "pouch envy", a play on penis envy. Kramer comes up with the idea of a beach-scented cologne (based on the actual cologne, English Leather Wind Drift) in "The Pez Dispenser", but a marketing executive for Calvin Klein tells him the idea is ridiculous. However, in a later episode, "The Pick", it is revealed that Klein has produced a cologne called "Ocean" based on the same idea.
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