Seinfeld – Season 4 – Episode 16 – The Shoes
Seinfeld The Shoes is the 16th episode of the Seinfeld season 4 and the 56th overall the Seinfeld series and it was aired on February 4, 1993.
In the Seinfeld episode The Shoes, Jerry and George struggle to keep NBC interested in their show. In writing the pilot, they drop their plan to include a character based on Elaine, because they don’t know how to write for a woman. Kramer tells Jerry that he encountered Gail Cunningham, whom Jerry previously dated; Kramer snubbed her because she refused to kiss Jerry after three dates. Gail then confronts Jerry at Monk’s Café over Kramer’s behavior, for which he disavows responsibility. Elaine is wearing a pair of shoes from Botticelli, and feels embarrassed when Gail makes a big deal over it.
Later, George asks his therapist for feedback on the script. She reveals that she didn’t like it, and George throws an immature tantrum. Kramer tells Jerry that he encountered Gail again, and ended up kissing her; Jerry is perturbed that she would willingly kiss Kramer without even going on a real date. After Kramer tells Elaine that Gail told him about Elaine’s shoes, she ends up confronting Gail at the latter’s workplace, a restaurant where she is a chef. Elaine, who is coming down with the flu, sneezes on a plate of pasta primavera that is then served to Russell Dalrymple, the NBC executive.
Jerry and George finish writing their script and give it to Russell at his home, but he suddenly takes leave of them when he becomes violently ill with the stomach flu. Russell’s 15-year-old daughter has just arrived, and Russell then catches George staring at the girl’s cleavage; he sends them away without providing any input on the script. Jerry and George decide that the best way to assuage Russell’s anger would be to demonstrate the irresponsibility of staring at a woman’s cleavage by arranging for him to stare at Elaine’s. Gail agrees to inform Jerry when Russell dines at her restaurant again, on the condition that Elaine give her the Boticelli shoes, to which Elaine agrees. The plan works; Elaine wears a low-cut dress to the restaurant and Russell stares at her cleavage; he acknowledges to Jerry and George that a man will stare at cleavage that enters his field of vision.