Seinfeld – The Gum
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Seinfeld – Season 7 – Episode 10
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Seinfeld – “The Gum” is the 10th episode of season 7 and number 120 overall the series.
Kramer is active in the re-opening of the Alex movie theater. George’s nemesis Lloyd Braun, who had a nervous breakdown after messing up David Dinkins’ reelection campaign in “The Non-Fat Yogurt”, has a pack of Chinese chewing gum that Kramer insists everyone tries. George begs off, stating that he doesn’t chew gum.
At the theater, Elaine doesn’t want to sit near Braun, so she invents the story that she has to sit with Jerry close to the screen because he supposedly forgot his glasses. While watching the movie, Elaine’s ivory button falls off, and she accidentally “reveals herself” to Lloyd and Kramer. Elaine’s exposed blouse convinces a policeman to tell a florist to disconnect a hose he was washing the sidewalk with.
George visits a friend, Deena, and her father who had a mental breakdown. Deena’s father starts tinkering with George’s car’s engine. George thinks a cashier at Monk’s kept a 20 dollar bill of his that he doodled on. He pursues her, and has to buy a pack of gum to look inside the register, much to the surprise of Lloyd, who thought George didn’t chew gum. While confronting the cashier in her car on the street, George’s “Jon Voight Car” catches fire from the above mentioned engine work, and it can’t be put out by the hose because the florist had to disconnect it.
Jerry must wear glasses while around Lloyd to keep with Elaine’s excuse. He exchanges glasses when the ones he got from the lost and found were discovered to belong to Jeffrey Harharwood, a former Hollywood costumer who runs the “The Institute for the Preservation of Motion Picture Costumes and Wardrobes”. The new glasses Jerry wears make it impossible to see clearly, and he inadvertently gives Lloyd a $100 bill to buy the Chinese gum. Kramer eats a hot dog “from the Silent era” and throws up on the sidewalk, and the florist brings his hose back out to clean it. Elaine confronts him about this and he accidentally sprays her. When she comes to the Alex in a wet shirt, Kramer reprimands her because “the Alex is a family theater.”
George’s friend Deena thinks he is showing signs of mental illness, when he tries to explain the true situation, which sounds increasingly ridiculous to her. George wears a Henry VIII costume for Kramer’s premiere at the Alex, and discovers he had the $20 bill all along, but Deena sees him in the costume and thinks he has gone insane as he yells that he got the costume at “the Institute”. Elaine sees the ivory button on Harharwood’s ascot and tries to undo it, making Lloyd and Kramer think she’s flirting with him. Lloyd later comments that Elaine really needs to find a boyfriend.