The Apology (season 9, episode 9)
written by Jennifer Crittenden, directed by Andy Ackerman
original airdate: December 11, 1997
George demands an apology from Jason Hanke over an old dispute. Jerry learns the difference between good naked and bad naked. Kramer installs a disposal in his shower. Elaine’s co-worker fears her germs, and Puddy admits he’s a germ-o-phobe as well. James Spader guest stars.
The Improv is not featured in this episode.
Jerry discovers such a thing as “bad naked” after his girlfriend is constantly naked, and decides to show her his “bad naked” to stop it. Kramer maps out a new shower routine, and begs Jerry to help his technique. Elaine vents on Peggy using a seat cover in their office bathroom.
George tells Jerry and Elaine about the Jason Hanke neckhole story, and is livid when he gets only a sarcastic apology from Hanke, now a recovering alcoholic. George meets Hanke’s sponsor to complain, but ends up being taken to a Rageaholics Anonymous meeting instead.
Kramer installs a mini-apartment in his shower, and begins attempting to live in there permanently.
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Elaine mentions that since Puddy’s place is being fumigated, they figured they’d “give it another shot” as a couple.
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George mentions the neckhole incident with Jason Hanke took place at his drafty apartment on Ninth Ave.
Elaine and Peggy share a bathroom by themselves…but Elaine is offended when Peggy still uses a seat cover. Peggy, a confessed germophobe, suffers from “malaise” thanks to Elaine’s germ attack on her office.
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Kramer studies other men’s shower routines in the locker room, eventually getting punched in the eye for doing so.
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George is inadvertently set up to attend a Rageaholics Anonymous meeting by Jason’s sponsor, where he argues that he’s “not here for rage, I’m here for revenge!” George later spots Elaine, Puddy and Peggy down the hall at a Germophobes Anonymous meeting, before being mocked by Jason at a meeting (“he’s beboppin’ and scattin’, and I’m losin’ it!”).
Kramer calls Puddy at Elaine’s for help installing his garbage disposal in his shower. Kramer later brings over a salad for Elaine, Puddy and Peggy as a thank you, and reveals to the germophobes that he prepared the meal as he bathed.
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Elaine brings Puddy, a recovering germophobe, to help Peggy through her struggles in dealing with Elaine at work. This is the same building exterior as Mr. and Mrs. Ranawat’s apartment in “The Betrayal.”
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Jason Hanke refuses to apologize to George for the neckhole incident, sending George into a tiff and eventually making Hanke snap and run for the rum raisin and daiquiri ice flavors. The closest Baskin Robbins to Jerry’s Apartment is at this address.