With the first episode of the series proper we begin to get into more familiar territory though I get the impression that it won’t be until season 2 (only 4 episodes in season 1 so it’s won’t take that long) that the show really takes on that Seinfeld feel. In Male Unbonding, Elaine is present and there is a vast evolution in Kramer’s character between the pilot episode and this one. His look, mannerisms and speech cadence are far more closer to the Kramer in later episodes. George is George but his lines seem to act as a set up for Jerry’s act rather than serve his own purposes. The décor of the apartment is dramatically different here too. Still no bike (I’m guessing that change is made in season 2) and I still couldn’t spot any Superman reference but there’s more furniture and general clutter-like a real apartment.
The story for Male Unbonding deals with a friend, Joel, that Jerry doesn’t like and how Jerry can ‘break up’ with him. Jerry’s stand-up sets up the situation and later Jerry is having lunch with Joel at Monk’s Café (first time we’ve seen Monk’s). Joel is a self-centered guy who is rude to the waitress and never listens to Jerry during their conversation. But when Jerry tries to end their friendship Joel starts crying so Jerry calls off the break up and offers Joel Knicks tickets. But later Jerry comes up with an excuse to avoid going to the game and instead spends the night doing nothing with Elaine(our intro to her). The story part of the episode ends when Joel and Kramer end up at the apartment after the game (having gone together) and Jerry and Elaine try to come up with more excuses for not going to future Knick games.