The Red Dot (season 3, episode 12)
written by Larry David, directed by Tom Cherones
original airdate: December 11, 1991
Elaine’s recovering alcoholic boyfriend falls off the wagon when Jerry inadvertently switches his drink. George buys Elaine a cashmere sweater with a small flaw to thank her for getting him a job in her office. He must face the consequences of having sex on his desk with the office cleaning woman.
The first time The Improv is integrated into an episode’s plot, as Elaine’s boyfriend Dick, now back on the wagon as an alcoholic, interrupts Jerry’s set, drunk and belligerent.
Jerry gives Elaine a beautiful cashmere sweater for Christmas, with a “small” flaw – which Kramer notices almost instantly. Elaine presses Jerry and George to get them to confess that George knowingly bought the sweater with a defect, while Kramer enjoys a few glasses of Hennigan’s scotch.
George confesses to Jerry that he had sex with the cleaning woman on the desk in his office, later throwing up from drinking Hennigan’s (“good thing the cleaning lady was there”).
Rizzoli (NOW CLOSED)
31 W. 57th St., New York, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: 57th Street (F)
This store is shown in an establishing shot of Christmas shoppers to open the episode.
Jerry accidentally gets Elaine’s boyfriend Dick back on the wagon (or off the wagon?), and Elaine gets George a job. George later gets fired from said job after sleeping with the cleaning woman on the desk in his office.
Statue Of Liberty
Liberty Island, New York, NEW YORK (map)
George and Jerry argue over whether the Statue was shipped complete from France, or put together in America like a coffee table (it was actually shipped in separate crates and was put together on Liberty Island…so Jerry was right).
George argues with Jerry, believing that the Statue Of Liberty was brought to New York in one piece on a tugboat from France.
Greenwich Village, New York, NEW YORK (map)
George describes Art Vandelay the “author” as a beatnik from the Village to Mr. Lippman.
Nautica (NOW CLOSED)
216 Columbus Ave., New York, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: 72nd Street (B,C)
George finds Elaine a beautiful cashmere sweater as a Christmas present for only $85…because it has a red dot on it. This location now houses an Athleta store. Thanks Erkan B. for the tip!
Evie the cleaning woman mentions she first discovered cashmere from a wealthy American tourist who treated her like dirt, when she just “wanted…the cashmere.”
Cumberland Gap (map)
Jerry mentions the Cumberland Gap to Dick during his set, in trying to explain smooth trails for alcohol transport via wagon. The Cumberland Gap runs through Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia.