The Blood (Seinfeld)
|Directed by||Andy Ackerman|
|Written by||Dan O'Keefe|
|Original air date||October 16, 1997|
"The Blood" is the 160th episode of the NBC sitcom Seinfeld. This was the fourth episode for the ninth and final season. It aired on October 16, 1997. This was Lloyd Bridges' last television performance before his death.
Jerry feels he is getting out of shape and starts a purification program to improve his diet. His parents buy him sessions with an elderly personal trainer, Izzy Mandelbaum (first seen in The English Patient). Elaine is offended when her friend Vivian (Kellie Waymire) implies that Elaine is not responsible enough to babysit her son Jimmy. Meanwhile, George decides to add food to his sex life after his girlfriend's vanilla-scented incense makes him hungry. Kramer is upset at rising prices at the blood bank and decides to store his own blood at home (in Jerry's Tupperware).
When Vivian chooses Kramer over Elaine to babysit her son, an angry Elaine follows him to Vivian's house and pushes Kramer into the bushes at the last minute and declares that she'll take over. However, when Jimmy turns out to be a badly behaved child she decides she doesn't want to continue babysitting after all. Although she tries to convince Vivian she is not a responsible adult, Vivian is delighted with her babysitting services and reveals that she has health problems and Elaine may have to play a larger role in Jimmy's life.
Although George's girlfriend is disgusted when he starts eating a pastrami sandwich during sex, he is so delighted at combining two of his favorite activities (sex and food) that he tries to go for the "trifecta" and add television as well. However, when she finds him eating a sandwich and watching TV during sex, she angrily kicks him out. By this point, however, George has involved food in his sex life so much that when he eats food he gets an erotic pleasure (Jerry calls him "Caligula").
When Jerry is wounded in his kitchen by a knife and suffers blood loss, he screams in disgust when he finds out that he received three pints of Kramer's blood. Kramer, however, takes the opportunity to guilt-trip Jerry into granting him favors now that they are "blood brothers". The favors include letting Newman come over to make sausages in Jerry's kitchen. When Izzy Mandelbaum sees the sausages, he thinks Jerry is still being unhealthy and increases his training regimen.
Elaine brings George to Vivian's house to help convince Vivian that she is not responsible. When George sees Vivian making pastrami he is aroused and they passionately make out on the kitchen floor.
After both Jerry and Newman refuse to allow Kramer to store his blood in their kitchens, Kramer takes it back to the blood bank and borrows Jerry's car to transport it. When the car overheats and breaks down, Kramer uses the blood to fill the radiator. During Jerry's final workout with Izzy he suffers an injury and requires another blood transfusion. This time, when Jerry wakes up in the hospital he finds out that he was given Newman's blood, and screams in horror.