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"The Mango"
Seinfeld episode
Episode no. Season 5
Episode 65
Written by Larry David (as Buck Dancer) and Lawrence H. Levy
Directed by Tom Cherones
Original airdate September 16, 1993
Guest stars

Lisa Edelstein

Season 5 episodes
Seinfeld – Season 5
September 1993 – May 1994
  1. "The Mango"
  2. "The Puffy Shirt"
  3. "The Glasses"
  4. "The Sniffing Accountant"
  5. "The Bris"
  6. "The Lip Reader"
  7. "The Non-Fat Yogurt"
  8. "The Barber"
  9. "The Masseuse"
  10. "The Cigar Store Indian"
  11. "The Conversion"
  12. "The Stall"
  13. "The Dinner Party"
  14. "The Marine Biologist"
  15. "The Pie"
  16. "The Stand In"
  17. "The Wife"
  18. "The Raincoats, Part 1"
  19. "The Raincoats, Part 2"
  20. "The Fire"
  21. "The Hamptons"
  22. "The Opposite"
List of Seinfeld episodes

"The Mango" is the sixty-fifth episode of the sitcom Seinfeld. It aired on September 16, 1993, and is the premiere of the show's fifth season. The episode's working title was "The Orgasm."[1] It was filmed in front of a live studio audience on Tuesday, August 17, 1993.[1] In the "Inside Look" commentary on the Seinfeld Season 5 DVD, Larry David revealed that a friend of his came up with the setup of this episode: Elaine never having orgasms with Jerry. Larry David said that the idea was "too good to pass up."

Contents

Plot

The episode opens with one of Jerry Seinfeld’s stand-up comedy bits, of which centers on the creation of seedless watermelon.

The episode then goes to Monk's Cafe where George tells Jerry about his lack of confidence in bed with his new girlfriend Karen (Lisa Edelstein). The conversation then shifts to orgasm faking, at which point Elaine mentions that she used to fake with Jerry back when they were dating. Although Elaine didn’t think much of the subject, Jerry was flabbergasted at the information. This also causes George to worry that Karen was faking too.

A little while later, Kramer takes a bite out of a bad peach, and attempts to return the fruit to the store where he got it. This leads to him being banned from the store after he insults the owner, Joe (Leonard Termo)(this episode actually has the second appearance of Joe’s fruit shop, the first taking place in The Ex-Girlfriend).

Meanwhile, Jerry begs Elaine to give him another shot at an orgasm, even after numerous rejections, since she believes that sex will ruin their friendship. This causes Jerry to become more bitter and resentful towards Elaine.

George becomes too obsessed with his performance in bed with Karen that he experiences what seems to be erectile dysfunction. As George tells Jerry his predicament, Kramer asks Jerry to pick up his fruit at Joe’s fruit store, refusing to get his fruit at the supermarket. Jerry reluctantly accepts, and goes to pick up the fruit, causing him to get banned too after Joe finds out what he was doing. After the incident, George winds up getting both Kramer’s and Jerry’s fruit. George tastes one of Kramer’s mangoes, which makes an erotic transformation ("I think it moved!").

Afterwards, Elaine gives in to letting Jerry have sex with her once again, after concluding it’ll destroy their friendship if they don't. Meanwhile, Karen kicks George out of her apartment when he insults her after sex, doubting that she really had an orgasm (when, in actuality, she did).

The last scene shows Jerry and Elaine in bed, but Jerry failed to give Elaine her orgasm. Elaine then asks: "Y'know, I'm a little hungry...you wouldn't happen to have any of that mango left?" Jerry then realizes his solution.

Reception

This episode gained a Nielsen Rating of 19.3 and an audience share of 29, meaning that 19.3% of American households watched the episode, and 29% of all televisions in use at the time were tuned into it.[1]

This episode was first read by its cast on August 11, 1993 at 10:30 a.m. to much excitement, as it was to premier in a new 9:00 timeslot. NBC officials, however, were a bit more apprehensive due to the fact that it was taking over the timeslot of the highly successful sitcom Cheers.[1]

Production

Larry David used the pseudonym "Buck Dancer" for this episode when credited.

The Mango was written by Larry David and Lawrence H. Levy. The subplot where Kramer was being banned from a fruit shop is based on one of Larry David’s personal experiences, where he himself was banned from a fruit shop for squeezing the produce too much.[2]

When the episode aired, Larry David found himself in the middle of a big media frenzy surrounding the now-popular show. David gave some insight to his approach on writing the script by saying: "I like taking the worst qualities that a person has and trying to make something funny out of it. Doesn’t everybody do terrible things and have terrible thoughts? Just by trying to be as funny, you’re doing to deal with a lot of things that are real, so the show’s really about something. The whole thing about the show being about nothing is ridiculous."[1]

Kenny Kramer (who was the inspiration for Cosmo Kramer) said that Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer are "the most shallow, superficial, self-indulgent people...but we see there’s a little of us in them, our own dark character."[1]

Awards/Nominations

The Mango received the following awards/nominations:

Trivia

  • The conversation between Jerry, George and Elaine about faking orgasms is reminiscent of When Harry Met Sally.
  • The exterior shot of Joe’s fruit shop is not in New York, but is actually on the backlot of CBS Studio center.[1]
  • The name "Almo's bar and grill" can be spotted on the storefront next door to Joe’s. This is a reference to the father of Seinfeld set designer Tom Azzari, whose name is Almo.[1]
  • There is a sign in Joe's Fruit Stand that reads "Prices subject to change according to customer's attitude"
  • The syndicated version of this episode uses the incorrect Seinfeld logo in its opening. Specifically, it uses the logo used for the 1994-1995 season.
  • Guest star Lisa Edelstein, who plays George's girlfriend in this episode, would much later find fame as Lisa Cuddy in House.

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Seinfeld Season 5: Notes about Nothing - "The Mango". [DVD]. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.  
  2. ^ This was stated in the "Inside Look" commentary on the Seinfeld Season 5 DVD
  3. ^ "Directors Guild of America -- Official Website search". http://www.dga.org/search/search.php3?sectionName=&q=the+mango&r=10&o=&s=&searchType=. Retrieved 2009-09-28.  

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