" is the fifth episode of the second season
of the NBC
and the show's tenth episode overall. In the episode, protagonist Jerry Seinfeld
) gets his ex-girlfriend Elaine Benes
) an apartment above his, but regrets this after realizing it might be uncomfortable living so close together. Meanwhile, Jerry's friend George Costanza
) wears a wedding ring
to a party to see what effect this will have on women.
The episode was written by Peter Mehlman
and directed by Tom Cherones
. Series co-creators Seinfeld and Larry David
asked Mehlman to write an episode for the show after they read a few articles he wrote for newspapers and magazines. Mehlman originally had the idea of Elaine moving away from Jerry, but David and Seinfeld felt it would be funnier if Elaine moved closer to Jerry instead. "The Apartment" was first broadcast in the United States
on April 4, 1991 on NBC, and was watched in 15.7 million homes, making it the ninth most-watched program of the week it was broadcast. The episode gained mostly positive responses from critics.
While Elaine is depressed about the low quality of her apartment, Jerry overhears Harold (Glenn Shadix
) and Manny (Tony Plana
), the managers of his apartment building, discussing a death that makes an apartment available. Shocked by the low rent, Jerry immediately tells Elaine that he will be able to get her the apartment above his. She is... Read More