The Virgin (Seinfeld)
|Episode no.||Season 4
|Directed by||Tom Cherones|
|Teleplay by||Peter Mehlman|
|Story by||Peter Mehlman, Peter Farrelly, and Bobby Farrelly|
|Original air date||November 11, 1992|
|Season 4 episodes|
|List of Seinfeld episodes|
"The Virgin" is the 50th episode of the sitcom Seinfeld. It was the tenth episode of the fourth season. It aired on November 11, 1992. The cast assembled to read this episode's script on October 14, 1992, and it was filmed six days later, on October 20.
After a month and a half of procrastinating on a television pilot idea, Jerry is nervous about the series’ fate, while George remains indifferent. Jerry then introduces Marla, his new girlfriend, who has not lost her virginity.
George asks out a woman named Stacy (Leah Lail). He knows he cannot keep this relationship up, though, considering that he’s dating Susan. George then finds himself in a dilemma: this is the first time he has something good to say when asked "what do you do?" ("television writer"), but he cannot use this title to pick up women because of Susan. If he breaks up with Susan, however, to see other women, he’ll wind up losing his good job title, since Susan’s one of the executives of NBC. Jerry is amused by the irony of this situation.
Elaine talks colorfully about the diaphragm she carries around while Marla is in the room, unaware of Marla's virginity. Later, when Jerry informs her of this, she fears that she may have offended Marla and goes to talk to her. She then educates Marla on the "normal behavior" of men after they’re through having sex with someone. This makes Marla hesitant to have sex with Jerry.
George eventually winds up coming up with an idea for the pilot, involving a man being forced into becoming a butler after a set of insurance-related circumstances. Meanwhile, Elaine becomes the indirect cause of a biking accident that Ping has (this is later dealt with in further detail in "The Visa").
Jerry pitches the butler idea to the NBC executives, getting much unexpected approval; during the meeting, George inadvertently gets Susan fired for kissing her. She breaks up with him, but George finds that he still cannot pick up women, most of whom view the role of television writer as unprestigious.
The Virgin was written by Peter Mehlman, and co-written by the Farrelly brothers, who went on to write and direct such comedies as Dumb and Dumber, There's Something About Mary, Shallow Hal and Stuck on You. This episode marked the introduction of the character Marla. She will later appear in "The Contest" (the next episode), "The Pilot", and "The Finale". Jackie Swanson and Dedee Pfeiffer were additional actresses who auditioned for the role.
Before pitching the butler idea to the NBC executives, Jerry tries an idea that he came up with on his own. This idea was a whole show where all the main characters are doing is waiting for a table in a Chinese restaurant. This is an inside joke, pertaining to when Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David proposed season two’s "The Chinese Restaurant." This left the real-life executives of NBC indifferent, as was the case when the idea was proposed in this episode. Bob Balaban (who plays Russell Dalrymple) was supposed to appear in this scene, but the role was written out due to a scheduling conflict. It was established in the episode that Russell had to deal with "a problem on the set of Blossom."
There are a number of cultural references in this episode, especially in a subplot where Kramer becomes addicted to watching Jerry’s television. Kramer is seen watching the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful and Jeopardy! in Jerry’s apartment, with Joseph Cotten, pi, the cha-cha, and "here comes the judge" (a catchphrase from Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In) being the answers to some of Jeopardy!’s questions. Kramer also makes references to The Oprah Winfrey Show and the actor Patrick Swayze.
The walls on the NBC waiting room where George and Jerry are in one scene contains posters of the following television shows: Sisters, Law & Order, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, I'll Fly Away, and Quantum Leap.
When finding out if George and Susan are in a legitimate interpersonal relationship, Jerry asks him if he has any of Susan’s Tampax in his house. Snapple is offered to Marla numerous times during this episode. The 1990 film Havana is mentioned by Jerry as well, being a movie he rented.
After Jerry tells George he cannot break up with Susan, George says, "Every time I think I'm out, they pull me back in!" This is a reference to The Godfather Part III.
Over 16 million people viewed this episode. It gained a 11.6 Nielsen Rating and a 17 audience share, meaning that 11.6% of American households watched the episode, and 17% of all televisions in use at the time were tuned into it.
- Seinfeld Season 4: Notes about Nothing - "The Virgin" (DVD). Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
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