The Pledge Drive (season 6, episode 3)
written by Tom Gammill & Max Pross, directed by Andy Ackerman
original airdate: October 6, 1994
Elaine’s friend’s high-talking boyfriend confuses everyone over the phone. Elaine witnesses Mr. Pitt eating a Snickers bar with a knife and fork and the trend catches on. George thinks everyone’s giving him the finger. Jerry hosts a PBS pledge drive.
Kramer convinces Jerry to cash his Nana’s checks, leading to catastrophe when her account is overdrawn and she disappears. Elaine gets confused between speaking with Noreen and Dan (the high talker), eventually losing track and inadvertently telling Nana to drop dead.
Elaine mentions to the gang how Mr. Pitt eats his candy with cutlery, noticing a new trend around the coffee shop. Jerry asks a favor of George, to bring a Yankee player to the pledge drive.
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Elaine constantly calls Noreen, spilling the beans about her life and relationship before realizing she is talking to Dan, the “high talker.”
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Mr. Pitt introduces Elaine to eating a Snickers bar with a knife and fork, “the way these society types eat their candy bars.”
George tries to pitch to Mr. Morgan on having a Yankee at the PBS pledge drive Jerry and Kramer are volunteering at.
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Mr. Morgan claims he doesn’t want the Yankees to participate in the PBS drive, since the Yankees already do so much promotion for Channel 11. George’s response: “Forgive me for trying to class up this place – trying to have the Yankees reach another strata of society that might not watch ‘Channel 11.'”
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Jerry’s Nana discovers that her Chemical account is overdrawn…and wakes up at 5:30 to go visit the bank. Uncle Leo later calls when discovering she is missing for a doctor’s apartment, where he claims that Nana hasn’t left her apartment in 25 years. Thanks Erkan B. for the tip!
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Nana gets lost trying to find an old branch of her bank, which burned down (“It burned! It’s gone!”), but gets directed to the Main Customer Service Branch on 49th St. by a friendly thug (“ask for Mr. Fleming…he’ll help you”) – this is the closest location to 49th St.
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Jerry co-hosts a PBS pledge drive, while Kramer takes phone calls (in exchange for a free tote bag), and Nana makes a pledge, forcing Leo to interrupt the broadcast screaming “STOP THE SHOW!” “Notes About Nothing” on the Season 6 DVD lists WNET Public TV’s offices at 450 W. 33rd St, which was their address from 1998-2011, and they are now located at 825 Eighth Ave.
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A very misinformed Kramer also tries to sell Dan on watching “Before Stonewall,” a PBS documentary “about those dark ages when you couldn’t come out of the closet, lest you be persecuted, because of your…you know.”
George follows the middle finger driver to a gas station, where he discovers the man is in a cast with only his middle finger stuck up. George mentions to the driver that he followed him for about an hour out of Manhattan.