The Deal

213 - Deal

The Deal (season 2, episode 9)

written by Larry David, directed by Tom Cherones
original airdate: May 2, 1991

While channel-surfing, Jerry and Elaine stumble across a soft-core porn film, which leads them to renew their physical relationship. They come up with a set of rules for having sex without compromising their friendship.


The Improv

Jerry’s Apartment
After discovering an erotic film on TV when in his apartment, Jerry and Elaine establish a “deal” where they can be sexually active together, without the constraints of a relationship.

Monk’s Café
Jerry breaks the news of his and Elaine’s “deal,” but doesn’t want to divulge. George’s response: “You ask me to have lunch, tell me you slept with Elaine, and then say you’re not in the mood for details. Now you listen to me. I want details and I want them right now. I don’t have a job, I have no place to go. You’re not in the mood? Well you get in the mood!”

Rochester, NEW YORK (map)
Elaine mentions she believes her last “time” was in Rochester, when her hair was a lot shorter.

Elaine’s Apartment
Elaine and Jerry experience their first issues with their “deal,” after Jerry tries to leave after having sex without staying for the night.

Andy’s Deli II
418 Columbus Ave., New York, NEW YORK
nearest subway: 81st Street – Museum Of Natural History (B,C)
This deli is seen in an establishing shot of George and Jerry at a store, getting a birthday gift for Elaine.

gift shop
New York, NEW YORK

Jerry and George go out to find Elaine a suitable birthday present, in light of their new arrangement.

Jerry imagines a future without Elaine, where in five years she’s married to a sculptor and living in Vermont.


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