Seinfeld – Season 2 – Episode 1 – The Ex-Girlfriend
Seinfeld The Ex-Girlfriend is the first episode of the Seinfeld season 2 and the 6th overall the Seinfeld series and it was aired on on January 23, 1991.
The Ex-Girlfriend episode contained a number of references to pop culture. Elaine mentions that a man she knows used to nod at her whenever she saw him, but suddenly stopped, leading her to state, “[…] he went from nods to nothing.” This prompts George to hum the Tony Bennett song “Rags to Riches”, replacing the chorus with “nods to nothing”. During a discussion with Elaine, Jerry mentions the 1958 film The Blob. Jerry also mentions the novel Moby Dick, jokingly stating that “when you read Moby Dick the second time, Ahab and the whale become good friends”. After George receives a bill from his chiropractor, he states “75 bucks? What, am I seeing Sinatra in there?” Singer and actor Frank Sinatra, died the same day the last episode of Seinfeld was aired on NBC
In the Seinfeld episodes The Ex-Girlfriend, George decides he wants to break up with his girlfriend Marlene, whose tendency to drag out conversations and phone messages irritates him to no end. After an emotional split, he realizes he has left some books in her apartment. Jerry tries to convince George that he does not need the books, as he has already read them, but George is nevertheless able to persuade Jerry to get them for him. To retrieve the books, Jerry decides to go on a date with Marlene, during which she tells him that she and Jerry can still be friends, despite her recent break-up. Jerry and Marlene start dating; but, after a while, Jerry finds her just as annoying as George did. He wants to break up with her, but is unable to because she has a “psycho-sexual” hold on him.
Jerry is unable to decide whether or not to tell George he is dating Marlene, but Jerry’s ex-girlfriend Elaine Benes eventually convinces him that he should. After being informed, George informs Jerry he has no problem with him dating Marlene. The following night, Jerry asks Marlene to come to his apartment, but she tells him that it might be better not to date him anymore. Jerry asks her why, to which she replies that she did not think his stand-up comedy act was funny, and that she could not date someone if she did not respect what they did.