Todos temos amigos que dificilmente gostamos de contrariar quando nos pedem um favor, seja o mais bizarro de todos até o mais simples, sempre o fazemos, mas com uma certa dose de insatisfação. Mas se não queríamos fazer, então por que fazemos?
Jerry não sabe em que enrascada está se metendo por continuar cedendo aos pedidos de Kramer sobre o comportamento de seu amigo Lloyd Braun, para tentar fazer com que seu amigo, recé-saído de um sanatório, sinta-se mais à vontade com o mundo “lá fora”.
E agora Jerry usa óculos, mas quem colocaria tais óculos e continuaria enxergando depois? Apenas uma marmota, imagino. Esta é a lição 453 com muitas risadas dessa série que ainda faz grande sucessos nos Estados Unidos.
Quando você diz sim, quando na verdade queria dizer não, está criando um grande problema não apenas para você mas também para quem solicitou qualquer coisa de sua pessoa, e Jerry, em algumas situações, absolutamente não consegue dizer não, e se enrola mais e mais a cada minuto que passa. Neste episódio da série de nome “The Gum” onde Kramer e Lloyd tentam reativar um antigo cinema e passam pelas mais adversas situações.
Neste episódio temos todos os exemplos possíveis de quão egoístas são nossos protagonistas, Kramer está ajudando Lloyd apenas porque espera que ele consiga o status de Patrimônio Histórico ao teatro com a prefeitura, coisa que ele certamente não conseguirá, já que tem todos os seus contatos manchados por ter causado a derrota do candidato à reeleição David Dinkins para Rudy Giuliani em 1993, mas tudo isso é fato ficcional, Elaine joga a responsabilidade da recusa ao aceitar o convite de Lloyd (ex-namorado) a se sentarem juntos em Jerry, pois este não trouxe seus óculos, e pobre de Jerry que não quer perder seus amigos e continua aceitando, situação estranha após situação estranha até ter que comprar uma caixa de goma de mascar pelo valor de 100 dólares.
Isso é goma de mascar para praticamente uma vida toda!
Pobre Jerry! Nada disso, é o que você merece por sempre dizer sim. Deixo vocês com o script da lição para que pratiquem em voz alta.
453: Christmas Crazies
In the auditorium, Kramer and Lloyd sit side-by-side in the special seats watching Spartacus. They’re thoroughly enjoying the old flick. Jerry and Elaine lean uncomfortably back in their front row seats. They’re both eating popcorn. Elaine drops a piece onto her blouse, where it rests next to a fancy button. She retrieves the puffed kernel but dislodges the button without noticing. The button falls to the floor where it rests among other popped detritus…
The Streets of NYC…
George’s Car. George is driving along the road in his LeBaron. Over the usual engine noise can be heard a metallic rasping, grinding noise. George listens for a few moments, wondering where it’s coming from…
GEORGE Pop! POP!!
The Alex. Kramer and Jerry stand in the foyer. Kramer smoking his pipe, Jerry massaging his own sore neck. Lloyd wanders over…
LLOYD It’s a great movie, huh?
LLOYD Sorry, you forgot those glasses.
JERRY I don’t know what I was thinking.
LLOYD How’d you like that gum?
JERRY (noncommittal) Eh~
KRAMER (slapping Jerry on the back) Ah, he loved it. (Elaine enters.)
ELAINE Hey, Kramer, you know what? There isn’t a light there in the ladies’ room.
KRAMER Yeah, yeah. It’s being repaired. (Elaine is suffering with her neck. She rolls her head back and feels the back of her neck with her hand.)
ELAINE Oh. Oh, God.
LLOYD You alright? (Elaine stretches her back and neck whilst giving her…unbuttoned area greater prominence.)
ELAINE Ugh, I sat too close to the screen. Oh. I just gotta stretch out in a hot bath. It was nice to see you again, Lloyd. (Elaine leaves. Kramer and Lloyd both stare after her.)
Outside the Alex…
Elaine walks down the sidewalk, her blouse still open. A florist is hosing down the sidewalk in front of his store. Elaine carefully steps by on her way past. The florist also stares at Elaine’s exposure. A cop stands a little further down the street. Elaine approaches him…
ELAINE Excuse me, officer. Officer, is there some reason this man has to always be using a hose? I mean, he’s flooding the sidewalk. It’s a waste of water. Couldn’t he just use a broom? (The cop stares at Elaine’s breasts the whole time she’s talking.)
COP Lady, you sold me. (strides toward florist) Hey, you with the hose. (Elaine looks confused about his attitude. She glances down and notices her blouse is wide open. She quickly pulls her coat closed to hide her embarrassment and scurries off.)
Jerry’s Apartment. Kramer is handing Jerry a pair of spectacles…
KRAMER Here, put these glasses on.
JERRY (taking them) Well, what’s this for?
KRAMER Yeah, well, Lloyd, he’s gonna be here any minute now.
JERRY So what?
KRAMER Well, he thinks you wear those. (Jerry looks at the glasses with some distaste.) They’re from the Lost & Found at the Alex.
JERRY Oh, come on, Kramer. This is ridiculous. I’m not gonna put these on.
KRAMER Oh, okay. So, he’ll just think that the two of you didn’t sit with him on purpose. Ooh yeah, that’s very nice. Very nice.
Monk’s. George leans on the counter by the cash register, behind which sits Ruthie Cohen…
GEORGE Excuse me. I uh, I was in here this morning and uh, I believe I paid you with a $20 bill, (smiles) but you only gave me change for a ten.
CASHIER I don’t think so.
GEORGE Oh, I think so, and I can prove it. You see, I was doodling on the bill and uh, so if you have a twenty in there with big lips on it~ Well, (smiles) that’s mine. Would you mind opening up the register?
CASHIER Not unless you buy something.
GEORGE Okay, fine, I’ll buy a pack of gum. (Lloyd approaches the register to pay for something. The cashier rings up George’s purchase.)
LLOYD Hey, George. Thought you didn’t chew gum?
GEORGE I don’t. (Ruthie opens the drawer on the register.)
CASHIER Take a look. (George goes around to the other side of the register and picks up all the twenty-dollar bills. He shuffles through them, examining them for doodles.)
GEORGE I know I gave it to you~
LLOYD George, would you mind? I’m kind of in a hurry. (In addition to Lloyd, another customer is waiting to pay.)
GEORGE (frustrated) Fine. Fine. (to customer) Excuse me. (heading for the door) Think I’m gonna forget about this? I haven’t forgotten about this. I don’t forget that easily!
Jerry’s. Jerry is reading a newspaper, and holding it in such a way as to conceal his face…
KRAMER Hey, Jerry, look who’s here. (Jerry folds over the top half of the paper, revealing to all that he is wearing the spectacles Kramer gave him earlier.)
JERRY Ah, Lloyd.
LLOYD Hi, Jerry. Got some more of that gum. (He proffers the packet to Jerry.)
JERRY (unenthusiastically) Oh, the gum.
KRAMER Yeah, let’s all enjoy a chew, huh?
JERRY (still not happy) Uh, alright. (he takes a piece)
KRAMER Oh, boy. (Kramer and Lloyd sit on the couch. All of them start chewing on the gum.)
KRAMER Now, see? This is what the holidays are all about. Three buddies, sitting around, chewing gum, huh? (all chewing away) Yeah. So, uh…you know, Lloyd—he thinks he can get more of this. (Jerry makes a show of removing his glasses and cleaning them.)
JERRY Well, Lloyd’s a very industrious fellow. I’m sure he can accomplish anything he sets his mind to. (Jerry puts his glasses back on.)
LLOYD Actually, the importer’s right in Chinatown. I’ll introduce you to him, you can get it whenever you want.
JERRY It’s not necessary.
KRAMER Hey, Jerry, you know, Lloyd wants to do you a favor.
JERRY I know that, Kramer.
LLOYD Well, if you don’t want to~
KRAMER No, sure. Sure, he wants to, and it’s very kind of you. Yeah, Jerry—he appreciates it. Don’t you, Jerry?
JERRY Yes, I do, Kramer.
LLOYD How about that Elaine today, huh?
KRAMER Oh, baby~ What was that all about, huh?
LLOYD (to Jerry) She was practically undressing in front of me at the theater.
JERRY I didn’t see anything.
KRAMER Yeah, you uh, really missed a show, buddy. Wooh~ Ba-boom, ba-ba-ba-boom-ba. (the gum chewing ensues—Lloyd happily, Jerry not so, and Kramer not liking it but unwilling to let down fragile Lloyd.)
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