Seinfeld – Season 5 – Episode 10 – The Cigar Store Indian
In the the Seinfeld episode The Cigar Store Indian, while Jerry helps George with a coffee table stain, Elaine must take the subway home; she takes one of Frank Costanza’s many TV Guides as reading material. George meets a woman at a furniture refinishing store and takes her to his parents’ home, pretending that it is his. Elaine and Kramer are on the subway when Kramer stops to get a gyro, but when his arm gets stuck in the door, a patron steals it. Jerry is interested in a Native American woman named Winona, but she is offended when Jerry, unaware of her ethnicity, presents Elaine with a cigar store Indian as a peace offering. Jerry further offends her by using racial epithets in a note and rocking it back and forth, mimicking Native American chants in front of her. Upon learning of her ethnicity, Jerry tries to make amends with Winona by going out on a date with her, during which he also obtains her copy of the TV Guide with Al Roker on the cover to give to Frank.
Jerry offers to take Winona out for dinner where, after an argument with an Asian postal worker, she becomes offended at Jerry’s behavior and becomes even more infuriated with him after Kramer, in a taxi with the cigar store Indian, shouts at Jerry that he secured the Indian and celebrates by making Indian whoops. While on the subway, Elaine forgets the TV Guide and it is obtained by a creepy patron, who cuts it up to make a flower bouquet for her. George, having had sex with his furniture store date, leaves a condom wrapper in his parents’ bed; his parents discover not only the wrapper but also the absence of Frank’s TV Guide and punish him by grounding him, despite George being in his mid-30’s.
Jerry tries again to make amends with Winona by going on another date, but tries avoiding words like reservation and scalper, which later backfires on him when she asks for the TV Guide and they get into an argument after she accuses Jerry of trying to refer to her as an Indian giver. Elaine shows up at the Costanzas’ house with Winona’s copy of the TV Guide. Much to her surprise, she sees the creepy guy at the house. Elaine gives Frank the copy of the TV Guide, only to find the cover was ruined by the tzatziki sauce from the gyros she was eating. When Frank yells at Elaine about taking the TV Guide, the creepy guy comes to her defense and inadvertently knocks the refinished coffee table over.
While trying to sell the cigar store Indian to a dealer of another cigar shop, Kramer meets Elaine’s boss, Mr. Lippman, who offers to buy the cigar store Indian for $500. Kramer then helps Lippman carry the Indian to his office, where Kramer then pitches his idea for a coffee table book about coffee tables. Much to Elaine’s surprise, Lippman is intrigued by the idea and reprimands Elaine for not coming up with such ideas.