Instead, sex is referred to only as "that," sometimes accompanied by a gesture in the direction of the bedroom. He hears the first rule and mutters this line to himself as he recognizes its brilliance.JERRY: For example, now, I call you whenever I'm inclined and vice versa. JERRY: But if we did that, we might feel a certain obligation to call. "That's pretty good." For Jerry and George, this rule liberates them from relationship obligations for a 24-hour period following the sex act. GEORGE: I know less about women than anyone in the world.Set predominantly in an apartment building in Manhattan's Upper West Side in New York City, the show features a handful of Jerry's friends and acquaintances, particularly best friend George Costanza (Jason Alexander), former girlfriend Elaine Benes (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), and neighbor across the hall Cosmo Kramer (Michael Richards).It is often described as being "a show about nothing", as many of its episodes are about the minutiae of daily life.In part, it may have been Louis-Dreyfus's performance, playing Elaine as one who was strong-willed, independent, and desirable, yet at the same time a woman who got along well with the guys.Perhaps the audience also sensed, even at the early stages of the series, that the characters' relationships were inherently doomed.Many Seinfeld episodes are based on the writers' real-life experiences, with the experiences re-interpreted for the characters' storyline.For example, George's storyline, "The Revenge", is based on Larry David's experience at Saturday Night Live.
For Jerry it seems to have been an act of habit, empty and fleeting.Elaine is probably still upset that Jerry isn't spending the night.Jerry's departure is a blow to her emotional needs, so she is suddenly hesitant to engage in even the smallest physical gesture of love.Larry David's writing in this episode is superb, from George's "I want details" speech to the negotiation between Jerry and Elaine over how they can have sex without a dating relationship.
David also deserves some directing credit for coaching Julia Louis-Dreyfus to be more matter-of-fact than sexual in her performance in the negotiation scene.
In addition to recurring characters, Seinfeld features numerous celebs who appear as themselves or girlfriends, boyfriends, bosses and other acquaintances.