Seinfeld (1989–1998): Season 7, Episode 2 - The Postponement - full transcript

George gets cold feet and tries everything he can to postpone the engagement; Elaine is jealous of George's engagement; Kramer spills hot coffee on himself.

- Hey.
- Hey.

Big news. The dog problem
has been solved.

Really? What happened?

Well, there's this rabbi
in my building...

You've met him.
He's a very nice man.

- Is he the one with the show on cable?
- Yeah, yeah, that's the one.

So I spoke to him about the dog,
he went down, talked to the owner...

and she agreed to keep the dog
inside from now on.

- That's great.
- I know.

- That looks pretty good.
- He's in.

Hey, so, you know, we haven't
discussed George's engagement.

- What's to discuss?
- Come on. George is getting married.

Is he happy?

I will never understand
the bathrooms in this country.

Why is it that the stall doors do not
come all the way down to the floor?

Maybe it's so you can see
if there's someone in there.

Isn't that why we have locks
on the doors?

Well, as a backup system,
in case the lock is broken...

you can see if it's taken.

A backup system?

We're designing bathroom doors
with our legs exposed...

in anticipation
of the locks not working?

That's not a system. That's
a complete breakdown of the system.

Can we change the subject, please?

Why, what's wrong with it?
This is a bad subject?

No, fine. If you wanna keep
talking about it, we'll talk about it.

It's not that I wanna keep
talking about it.

I just think the subject should resolve
itself based on its own momentum.

Well, I didn't think
that it had any momentum.

How am I gonna do this?

I'm engaged to this woman?
She doesn't even like me.

Change the subject?
Toilets were the subject.

We don't even share
the same interests.

- Yeah, he seems pretty happy.
- Well, that's all that counts, I guess.

What's the matter?

What? Nothing.

You don't seem too enthused
about the whole thing.

Well, what do you want me to do?

I thought you'd have
some reaction to it.

Well, I don't.

I think maybe you're a little jealous.

Oh, what, you think
I wanna marry George?

No, but maybe you wish it was you
who was getting married, not him.

Oh, please.
That is the last thing that I want.

Oh, yeah. Right.

Yeah, right.

- Laney.
- Jerry.

- You don't wanna get married?
- Yeah, that's right.

- I don't wanna get married.
- Oh, come on.

- Oh, you come on.
- It's such...

- Oh, hey.
- Hey.

Hey, Elaine, listen, I was talking
to a friend about this dog business.

Do you realize this is going to be
on our permanent records?

Are you aware of this?

- Oh, dear.
- It can never be erased.

It'll follow us wherever we go
for the rest of our lives.

I'll never be able to get a job.
I mean, doesn't that concern you?

Everything I've worked for,
down the drain...

because of one stupid mistake.

I mean, aren't we entitled
to make one mistake in our lives?

- We gotta change the system.
- Yes!

I could care less.

I hope it is on our record.
I'm just sorry they didn't lock me up.

- Oh, hello, Rabbi Kursham.
- Elaine.

Always a pleasure to see you.

Thanks again for taking care
of that dog for us.

Elaine, oftentimes in life
there are problems...

and just as often
there are solutions.

Yeah, yeah, I suppose.

Elaine, you don't seem yourself today.
You seem, if I may say, troubled.

No, Rabbi, I'm not myself.

Come upstairs. We'll have a talk.


I want your honest opinion
about something.

- Have I ever been less than forthright?
- No, you haven't.

Well, maybe you have.
What do I know?

I probably have. Of course I have.
What am I talking about?

Okay, tell me what you think
about this idea;

Extend the doors on the toilet stalls
at Yankee Stadium...

all the way to the floor.

Extend the doors on the toilet stalls
at Yankee Stadium to the floor?

Door comes down,
hides your feet.

- Yes, I like it. I like it a lot.
- It's good, right?

I think it's fantastic.
I think it's a fantastic idea.

- You do?
- Yes, I do.

Well, I told it to Susan before
and she didn't like it.

Yeah. Not only that,
this is what she said to me;

"Can we change the subject?"

- See, now, that I don't care for.
- Right.

I mean, we're on a subject.
Why does it have to be changed?

It should resolve of its own volition.

That's exactly what I said,
but I used the word "momentum."

- "Momentum," same thing.
- Same thing.

My God, I'm getting married
in December. Do you know that?

Yeah, I know.

How am I gonna make December?
I need a little more time.

Look at me, I'm a nervous wreck.

My stomach aches.
My neck is killing me. I can't turn.

Look, look.

- You're turning.
- No, that's not a good turn.

December! December!

Don't you think we should have a little
more time to get to know each other?

If you need more time,
you should have more time.

- What, you think I could postpone it?
- Sure you can. Why not?

- You're allowed to postpone?
- I don't see why not.

- So I could do that?
- Sure, go ahead.

All right. All right.

I'll tell you what, how about this?
I got the date.

March 21st, the first day of spring.

- Spring, of course.
- You know, spring.

Rejuvenation, rebirth,
everything's blooming.

All that crap.


- She's not gonna like it.
- No, she's not.

You know, I think
I'm a little bit scared of her.

She's 5'3", like 100 pounds,
I'm frightened to death of her.

Well, she's a woman.
They don't like to be disappointed.

Especially her.

She does not like disappointment.

Well, I have to do it.

I can't make December.
No way I can make December.

You can see that, right?
I mean, look at me.

Can I make December? I can't
make December, right? Look! Look!

- Yeah, you'd better shoot for March.
- March 21st.

Hey. So you're gonna
back me on this, right?

- Oh, all the way.
- You are a good friend.

You know what, even if you killed
somebody, I wouldn't turn you in.

Is that so?

Hey, Kramer, if I killed somebody,
would you turn me in?


- You're kidding.
- No, no, I would turn you in.

- You would turn me in?
- I wouldn't even think about it.

You're supposed to be
a friend of mine.

Well, what kind of person are you,
going around killing people?

Well, I'm sure I had a good reason.

Well, if you killed this person,
who's to say I wouldn't be next?

- But you know me.
- I thought I did.

I really appreciate your taking time
to talk with me, Rabbi.

You know, I'm not of your faith.
In fact, I'm not a very religious person.

But I do feel as if I'm in need
of some guidance here.

Would you care for a snack
of some kind?

I have the SnackWells,
which are very popular...

although I think sometimes
with the so-called fat-free cookies...

people may overindulge, forgetting
that they may be high in calories.

No. No, thank you.
I'm not very hungry.


this friend of mine, George,
got engaged.

- How wonderful.
- Yeah, yeah.

Well, for some reason...

well, I find myself
just overcome...

with feelings of jealousy
and resentment.

Doesn't it give you any joy
to see your friend...

enter into this holiest of unions?

No, no. No, it doesn't.

No joy. No joy whatsoever. It just...
The whole thing makes me...


You know, Elaine...

very often we cannot see
the forest for the trees.

Yeah, I don't know
what that means.

Well, for example,
say there's a forest...

Yeah, see, the thing is, Rabbi,
it should've been me.

You know? I'm smart.
I'm attractive.

You know, my temple
has many single functions.

Oh, no, that's okay.

My nephew Alex is someone who's
also looking. Perhaps I could...?

No, I don't think so.

He owns a flower store.
Very successful.

So you're nothing but a stoolie.
Admit it.

Hey, don't do the crime
if you can't do the time.

- Another caffe latte?
- Yeah, you better believe it.

- Since when are you so trendy?
- Hey, baby, I set the trends.

Who do you think
started this caffe latte thing?

I don't recall you
drinking caffe lattes.

I've been drinking caffe lattes
since the fifth grade...

and haven't looked back.

Look, Plan 9 from Outer Space
is playing tomorrow night.

- One show only.
- I've always wanted to see it.

I was supposed to see this
five years ago.

I was in a Chinese restaurant
with George and Elaine.

We got screwed up and missed it.

- Well, let's do it, huh?
- All right.

Look at this, Jerry.
Dropping paper on the ground.

See, that's littering.

Maybe you ought to call the cops
and turn me in.

Maybe I will.

- Hi.
- Hey, how was your day?

Good. Good day.

- How was...? How was your day?
- Oh, it was okay.

- So, what's going on?
- Oh, nothing much.

You know, went over to Jerry's,
talked to Jerry.

Oh, the Lauers wanna get together
with us on Friday night.

The Lauers? Really?

- Do you not wanna go?
- No, no. I wanna go.

So, what did Jerry have to say?

Oh, nothing much.
You know, we were talking.

I had an unbelievable idea

Oh, yeah, the toilets. You told me.

Yeah. No, it's not the toilets.
It's something else.

- You ready for this?
- Yeah.

- Okay, how about this?
- What?

- All right.
- Okay.

We get married...

March 21st,
the first day of spring.

What do you mean?
You wanna postpone the wedding?

No, no, this has got nothing
to do with postponing.

I just think the first day of spring
is the perfect day to get married.

Spring! Rejuvenation, rebirth,
everything is blooming. All that...

If you don't wanna marry me, George,
just say so. Just say so!

No, no, still marry. Still marry.

- No, you don't love me.
- No, no, still love. Still love.

My friends told me
that you were too neurotic...

- and that I was making a mistake.
- No, no, no. No mistake. No mistake.

Listen, we're gonna get married
over Christmas.

Really, it doesn't make
any difference to me. It's fine, really.

- You sure?
- Yeah, yeah. Sure, sure. Christmas.

Snow, Santa, all that stuff.

Let me take a guess.

She cried and you caved.

- How did you know that?
- I live and breathe, my friend.

I live and breathe.

I felt terrible. I thought she was
gonna collapse and kill herself.

Yes, it's very difficult.
Few men have the constitution for it.

That's why breakups
take two or three tries.

You gotta build up your immunity.

You see those tears,
you don't know what to do.

It's like she was on fire.
I was just trying to put her out.

Well, at least you probably had some
pretty good make-up sex afterwards.

I didn't have any sex.

You didn't have make-up sex?
How could you not have make-up sex?

That's the best feature
of the heavy relationship.

I missed out on the make-up sex.

In your situation...

the only sex you're gonna have
better than make-up sex...

is if you're sent to prison
and you have a conjugal visit.

Yeah, conjugal-visit sex.
That is happening.

Look, I can tell you're very upset,
but I'm sorry, I'm not going.

Did you hear that?

I can't believe this. Look at this guy.
He's eating a sandwich.

Are you gonna eat those fries?

This is amazing.

Thank you. Thank you very much.

I'm going back in.

Feel better.

Poor bastard.

Good evening, Rabbi.

Good evening. And how does
this evening find you?

Well, Rabbi. Well.

I trust you're here
to see your friend, Elaine?

- Yeah, that's right.
- I hope she's feeling better.

What do you mean?

- She didn't tell you?
- No.

Well, it seems the engagement
of her friend George...

has left her feeling
bitter and hostile.

- Is that so?
- Oh, yes.

In fact, she told me
that she wishes...

she was the one
who was getting married.


- She came off as pretty desperate.
- I didn't know any of this.

Apparently, she doesn't think much
of this George fellow either.

I recall the word "loser" peppered
throughout our conversation.

Well, this all comes as news to me.

- Hi.
- Hi, how was your day?

Good. Good day.

- How was your day?
- Oh, it was okay.

- So, what's going on?
- Oh, nothing much, you know.

I went over to Jerry's.
You know, talked to Jerry.

Could l...?
Could I talk to you for a minute?

Yeah, sure.

All right.

You see, this is the thing.

I just feel like I can't do this
in December.

I just feel like I need a little more time
because I feel like I'm not ready yet.

I'm frightened and I'm scared.

And I just feel we need a little
more time to get to know each other.

But I could do it in March.
I promise. I promise.

No more postponements. I just
need three more months, please.

Oh, George, George.

Of course.

Of course it can wait till March
if that's what you want.

- Yeah?
- Oh, don't worry.

Yes, of course, of course.

I have that magazine article for you.

You know, I had a little talk
with the rabbi outside.

- Oh, you did?
- Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Understand you had
a little talk with him too.

Yeah, we talked earlier.

Yes, I know, I know.

- What does that mean?
- Nothing. Nothing.

- He didn't mention...?
- Yes, he did.

- He told you about the conversation?
- Oh, we had quite a little chat.

- He told you about...?
- Yes, how you are jealous of George.

How you wish you were
getting married instead of him.

He told you that? How could he?

And it didn't take much
prodding either, I have to say.

- Can he do that?
- He did.

But he's a rabbi. How can a rabbi
have such a big mouth?

That's what's so fascinating.

You better finish your
little caffe latte there.

- They'll never let you in with it.
- Why not?

Because they don't allow
outside drinks into the movie.

- Well, that's stupid.
- That's the rule.

Yeah, well, we'll just see if
we can't get around that.

Oh, Elaine, come in, come in.

- So nice to see you again.
- Yeah.

Can I offer you some
kasha varnishkes?

No, no. Listen, Rabbi,
I'd like to ask you a question.

Why? Why did you tell my friend
Jerry what I talked to you about?

- Was that a problem for you?
- Of course it was problem for me!

You didn't...? You didn't tell
anyone else about this, did you?

Well, let's see....

I seem to recall a conversation
with Mrs. Winston in 1F.

Mrs. Winston?

Yes, we were waiting
for our mail to arrive...

and I happened to mention
to her...

how you felt it was never
going to "happen" for you.

What about Don Ramsey? You didn't
mention anything to him, did you?

Don Ramsey?

You know, that tall good-looking guy,
he lives on the fifth floor?

Oh, him.

Well, this morning I happened
to find myself in the elevator with him.

Oh, my God, you didn't.

Excuse me.

Pardon me. Excuse us.

My coffee!

Hey, hey, what's going on?
What just happened here?

Nothing. Nothing.

What do you got? One of those
caffe lattes in your shirt?

I don't have anything. What?
Ask him.

All right. Come on, coffee boy.

- What?
- Come on, now. Here we go.

I mean, the whole thing is a mess.
He told everyone in the building.

I ran into that cute guy
on the fifth floor...

I mean, he could barely
bring himself to nod.

Elaine, if I could say a word here
about the Jewish people.

That man in no way
represents our ability...

to take in a nice piece of juicy gossip
and keep it to ourselves.

You didn't say anything
to George, did you?


About how you wish it was you who
was getting married instead of him.

- Feelings of resentment, hostility.
- Yeah, yeah. So what?

- Hey.
- Georgie, congratulations!

Oh, my God, I haven't seen you
since it happened.

I couldn't be happier for you.

Oh, thanks. Thanks a lot.

Oh, come on. Come on.
You really, really deserve it.

I don't know about deserve.

Are you kidding?

I have seen the changes in you
the past couple of years.

Man, you have grown.
You've matured.

Yeah, I guess I'm getting older.

Well, I just think it's wonderful.

I've gotta run, but please,
please give my best to Susan.

My most just...

- heartfelt congratulations.
- Yeah, thanks.

Listen, if you ever get a date...

maybe the four of us
could go out together sometime.

Yes. Yes, yes. Sure.

Wasn't there some guy in your
building that you said you liked?

He lived up on the fifth floor
or something?

- Yes. Yes, yes, yes.
- Yeah.

- Boy, she is something, isn't she?
- Yeah, she's something else.

Hey, so, what happened?
Did you hold your ground or...?

- Nope. I wept like a baby.
- What?

Well, I started to tell her, and then
all of a sudden, for some reason...

I just burst into tears.

- You cried?
- I bawled uncontrollably.

I just poured my guts out. And
I'll tell you, Jerry, it was incredible.

I never realized how powerful
these tears are.

I could have postponed it
another five years if I wanted to.

- Hey.
- Hey.

Sorry about that movie thing.
I was joking around.

Sorry? Are you kidding?

You did me the biggest favour
of my life.

I spoke to a lawyer.
We're suing for millions.

- Suing? What for?
- The coffee was too hot.

- It's supposed to be hot.
- Not that hot.

The prophet lsaiah tells us
that without friends...

our lives are empty
and meaningless.

Wait a minute. That's the rabbi
from Elaine's building.

I just met this guy the other day.

A young lady I know,
let's call her Elaine...

happened to find herself

with feelings of resentment
and hostility for her friend...

Iet's call him George.

She felt that George
was somewhat of a loser...

and that she was the one
who deserved to be married first.

She also happened to mention to me
that her friend had wondered...

if going to a prostitute while you're
engaged is considered cheating.

His feeling was...

they're never going
to see each other again...

so, what's the difference?

But that is a subject
for another sermon.

And now I'd like to close
with a psalm.