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Encyclopedia > Elaine Benes
Elaine Marie Benes
First appearance "The Stakeout",
("Male Unbonding" in production order)
Last appearance "The Finale, Part II"
Cause/reason End of show
Created by Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David.
Based on comedian Carol Leifer and Monica Yates; Jerry and Larry's ex-girlfriends, respectively.
Portrayed by Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Information
Gender Female
Age 30s
Occupation Editor
Family Alton (father)
Gail (sister)
Grandma Mimma (grandmother)
Relatives Holly (cousin), Pete (uncle)

Elaine Marie Benes is a fictional character on the American television sitcom Seinfeld (19891998), played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Elaine's best friend is her ex-boyfriend Jerry Seinfeld, and she is also good friends with George Costanza and Cosmo Kramer, although she does not have much respect for either of them (having called them a "loser" and a "doofus," respectively). Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Sein_ep208. ... The Stakeout is the third episode to be made, and the second to air, of the hit NBC comedy Seinfeld. ... Male-Unbonding was the second episode of the hit sitcom Seinfeld to be made, and the fourth to be shown. ... The Finale is the name given to the final two episodes of the NBC sitcom Seinfeld. ... This article is about the comedian. ... Lawrence Gene Larry David (born July 2, 1947 in Brooklyn, New York) is an Emmy-winning actor, writer, comedian, producer and film director. ... Carol Leifer Carol Leifer (born July 27, 1956 in Long Island, New York) is a comedian best known as Jerry Seinfelds ex-girlfriend, as well as the basis for the character Elaine Benes on the television show, Seinfeld. ... This article is about the American actress. ... Alice, a fictional character based on a real character from the work of Lewis Carroll. ... This article is about a genre of comedy. ... Seinfeld is an Emmy Award-winning American sitcom that originally aired on NBC from July 5, 1989 to May 14, 1998, running a total of 9 seasons. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the American actress. ... For the actor, see Jerry Seinfeld. ... George Louis Costanza is a fictional character in the United States-based television sitcom Seinfeld (1989–1998), played by Jason Alexander. ... Cosmo Kramer is a fictional character on the American television sitcom Seinfeld (1989–1998), played by Michael Richards. ...


Unlike her three close friends, Elaine was missing from the pilot episode (episode one). She first appeared in the second episode, "The Stakeout." NBC executives felt the show was too male-centric, and demanded that creators Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David add a woman to the cast as a condition for commissioning the show, as revealed in the commentary on the Season 1 and 2 DVD. In addition to the first episode, Elaine did not appear in two other episodes: "The Trip, Part 1" and "The Trip, Part 2", meaning she has made fewer appearances than the other main characters. The Seinfeld Chronicles (also known as Good News, Bad News and originally Stand Up) is the pilot episode of the NBC series, Seinfeld. ... The Stakeout is the second episode to air of the NBC comedy Seinfeld. ... This article is about the television network. ... This article is about the comedian. ... Lawrence Gene Larry David (born July 2, 1947 in Brooklyn, New York) is an Emmy-winning actor, writer, comedian, producer and film director. ... The Trip, Part 1 is the 41st episode to air on NBCs popular sitcom, Seinfeld. ... The Trip, Part 2 is a Seinfeld episode which concludes The Trip, Part 1. It aired on August 19, 1992. ...


Elaine is supposedly a composite based on comedian Carol Leifer, Seinfeld's real-life ex-girlfriend, and Monica Yates, Larry David's real-life ex-girlfriend. Carol Leifer Carol Leifer (born July 27, 1956 in Long Island, New York) is a comedian best known as Jerry Seinfelds ex-girlfriend, as well as the basis for the character Elaine Benes on the television show, Seinfeld. ...


Julia Louis-Dreyfus has received critical acclaim for her performance as Elaine, winning one Emmy, one Golden Globe and two SAGs.

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Family

Unlike the families of Jerry and George, Elaine's relatives never had large parts on the show. Her father, gruff author Alton Benes (a character based on the novelist Richard Yates and played by Lawrence Tierney), was featured in the episode "The Jacket". Elaine says her father has booze as a religion in "The Yada Yada". Richard Yates (February 3, 1926 - November 7, 1992) was an American novelist and short story writer, a chronicler of mid-20th century mainstream American life, often cited as artistically residing somewhere between J.D. Salinger and John Cheever. ... Lawrence Tierney in Born to Kill (1947) Lawrence Tierney (March 15, 1919 – (February 26, 2002) was an American actor. ... The Library is a second season episode of the NBC sitcom Seinfeld. ... Plot Spoiler warning: Georges girlfriend is big on using the phrase yada yada; Jerry says at least she is succinct. ...


She also has a cousin, Holly, who was featured in "The Wink." In "The Wink," reference is made to Elaine's Grandma Mimma, from whom Holly inherited a fancy set of napkins. In "The Stock Tip", an episode from the first season, Elaine mentions she has an uncle: "My uncle Pete showers four times a day and he can't count to ten, so don't give me hygiene". The Wink is an episode of NBC sitcom Seinfeld. ... The Stock Tip is the fifth episode of Seinfeld. ...


"The Jacket" also revealed that Elaine has a sister in St. Louis (later called Gail in "The Pick"). In the same episode, Elaine's father asks how her mother is; later, in "The Wait Out," she reveals to David Lookner that her father left her and the rest of her family when she was nine years old. In "The Secret Code," she reveals that she has an uncle who worked in the Texas School Book Depository with Lee Harvey Oswald. In "The Pick," Elaine mentions she has a nephew. She also makes reference to a brother-in-law in "The Phone Message." The Library is a second season episode of the NBC sitcom Seinfeld. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Missouri Coordinates: , Country State County Independent City Government  - Mayor Francis G. Slay (D) Area  - City  66. ... Plot Spoiler warning: Elaine is humiliated when she accidentally shows a bit too much on her Christmas card photo, that she has sent out to everyone she knows. ... The Wait Out is the one-hundred and thirty-third episode of the NBC sitcom Seinfeld. ... The Secret Code is an episode of NBC sitcom Seinfeld. ... Texas School Book Depository The Texas School Book Depository is the former name of a seven-floor building located on Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas, Texas. ... Lee Harvey Oswald (October 18, 1939 – November 24, 1963) was, according to two United States government investigations, the assassin of U.S. President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas. ... Plot Spoiler warning: Elaine is humiliated when she accidentally shows a bit too much on her Christmas card photo, that she has sent out to everyone she knows. ... The Phone Message is the ninth episode of the hit sitcom Seinfeld. ...


Background and education

Unlike the other characters, she was not a native of New York, having grown up in the upscale Baltimore suburb of Towson, Maryland. In "The Letter," she revealed herself to be a Baltimore Orioles fan, causing a disruption when she wore an Orioles cap while seated in the owner's box at a New York Yankees game. In "The Dog", she tells George she moved to New York in 1986. This article is about the state. ... Towson is an unincorporated community and a census-designated place in Baltimore County, Maryland, United States. ... Official language(s) None (English, de facto) Capital Annapolis Largest city Baltimore Largest metro area Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 42nd  - Total 12,407 sq mi (32,133 km²)  - Width 101 miles (145 km)  - Length 249 miles (400 km)  - % water 21  - Latitude 37° 53′ N to 39° 43′ N... The Letter is the thirty-ninth episode of the hit sitcom Seinfeld. ... This article is about the contemporary American major league baseball team. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... The Dog is the twenty-first episode of the hit sitcom Seinfeld. ...


In "The Pick" Elaine mentions having sent a Christmas card to "Sister Mary Katherine" and "Father Chelios", implying that Elaine was brought up Catholic. She repeatedly asserts herself to be either agnostic or atheist, however, such as when she agreed with Jerry's assessment of what she wanted out of life as "a barren, sterile existence that ends when you die" and when she expressed shock and revulsion when her longstanding boyfriend, David Puddy, was a devout Christian. The Pick is the fifty-third episode of the hit sitcom Seinfeld. ...


Elaine claims to have an IQ of 145 (although her scores range from 85 to 151) and completed her undergraduate education at Tufts University (her safety school). For comparison, Jerry and George attended Queens College, and Kramer's highest level of education was revealed to be a "high school equivalency" in "The Barber". IQ redirects here. ... Tufts University is a private research university in Medford/Somerville, Massachusetts, suburbs of Boston. ... Queens College is one of the senior colleges of the City University of New York. ... The Barber is an episode of NBC sitcom Seinfeld. ...


Employment

Elaine was one of the few characters who worked steady jobs throughout the show's entire run, mostly as a writer or editor.

  • During season two to season five, she worked at Pendant Publishing with her boss Mr. Lippman, where she served as a copy editor before losing her job at the end of the fifth season when the company went bankrupt, and a merger that would have saved the company was thwarted by a misunderstanding because she chewed so many Jujyfruits she couldn't talk ("The Opposite").
  • She then became a personal assistant to the eccentric and demanding Justin Pitt, starting in "The Chaperone", but later got fired when Mr. Pitt thought she and Jerry were conspiring to kill him in "The Diplomat's Club". Her duties for Mr. Pitt included mundane tasks such as buying socks for him, or, as featured in "The Mom & Pop Store", taking all of the salt off of his pretzels.

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Romantic relationships

Elaine had a string of boyfriends, most appearing for only an episode or two. Regardless, she does appear to be the most sexually active of the main characters.


Jerry

  • Elaine and Jerry had dated for a while before the show began, but things didn't work out. However, in two later episodes they consider making their relationship intimate again. In season 2's "The Deal", they create a set of rules whereby they can sleep together but remain only friends. However, their theory is ruined when they started squabbling too much (Elaine is furious when Jerry gives her $182 as a birthday gift). In season 5's "The Mango", Jerry is so upset at learning that Elaine had faked her orgasms while they were together, that she agrees to give him another chance "to save the friendship," but Jerry cannot perform and so Elaine just lies in bed reading a magazine, although this is cast into doubt by Elaine's suggestion to eat a fresh mango, previously established in the episode to have sexual power.
  • The idea that Elaine and Jerry still have feelings for each other occasionally comes up in the series. In season 3's "The Tape", Elaine leaves a dirty message on Jerry's check tape which reignites Jerry's passion for Elaine (along with George and Kramer). In season 7's "The Cadillac, Part 1," after Elaine realizes that Jerry has a lot of money, she begins to flirt with him relentlessly. In season 8's "The Abstinence", Elaine was abstaining from sex until her boyfriend became a doctor. During this time, she became stupid and discovered it was because she needed to have sex to clear her head. She then begged Jerry to have sex with her, but he turned her down, saying that the situation was "too weird.". (Her immediate response was to ask if Kramer was home.) In season 9's "The Serenity Now," Jerry expresses his true feelings for Elaine and asks her to marry him. Shocked, she makes an excuse and leaves. She returns later to accept his proposal but Jerry is "back to normal" and says "I don't see it happening." In "The Finale", when they think their plane is about to crash, Elaine says "Jerry, I gotta tell you something. I've always..." (but before she can finish, the plane steadies itself). At the end of the episode she claims she meant to say "I've always loved United Airlines." In the episode The Fix-Up, Kramer stops an argument between Jerry and Elaine and tells them, "Can't you two see that you're in love with each other?" and continues with a short speech. The two of them, however, dismiss it.

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David Puddy

  • Elaine's longest relationship, beside Jerry, was with David Puddy (Patrick Warburton), an auto mechanic turned car salesman whom she dated starting in two episodes in season six and later for the majority of season nine. Among Puddy's favorite things were eating at Arby's, giving "High Fives", listening to Christian rock in his car, and supporting the New Jersey Devils (sometimes with face and body paint). Elaine and Puddy were known to break-up and make-up repeatedly during their relationship and sometimes even during the course of one episode. For example in "The Butter Shave", they repeatedly split up and make up during the course of their plane trip back from Norway.

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Men entranced by Elaine

  • Newman has a long-running crush on Elaine over the course of the series. For starters, "The Pick" episode shows one short scene when Newman takes a look at Elaine's Christmas card.
  • In "The Tape", George, Jerry, and Kramer become attracted to Elaine after hearing a joke erotic message that she recorded on a tape on which Jerry was recording one of his live shows.
  • In "The Serenity Now", Elaine attracts the romantic attentions of both Mr. Lippman and his 13-year old son. George tells her she has shiksappeal, the attraction Gentile women have over Jewish men ("Jewish men love the idea of meeting a woman that's not like their mother").
  • In "The Cigar Store Indian", Elaine becomes the obsession of a nerd named Ricky whom she meets on the subway; he shows up at the Costanzas' home with a paper bouquet for her which he made out of Frank Costanza's copy of TV Guide (which Elaine had accidentally left with him). In "The Pie", it is revealed that Ricky designed a mannequin in Elaine's likeness.
  • In "The Big Salad", an office supply store clerk who has become obsessed with Elaine constantly calls Jerry about a pencil order she placed for Mr. Pitt.
  • In "The Contest", John F. Kennedy Jr., who works out at the same gym as Elaine, lets her know through the countergirl that he would like to meet her.
  • In "The Jimmy", Elaine thinks she is being set up on date with a handsome man from the gym that she fancies, but instead she has unwittingly agreed to a date with a strange man named Jimmy who refers to himself in the third person.
  • In "The Shoes", Elaine catches the eye of NBC president Russell Dalrymple by wearing a cleavage-revealing dress. Elaine breaks off the relationship after one date, sending Russell into an emotional spiral that causes him to quit his job and join Greenpeace to impress her. Russell's departure from NBC causes Jerry and George's pilot to be rejected, and it is implied at the end of "The Pilot, Part 2" that Russell dies at sea during a Greenpeace mission.

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Other notable boyfriends

  • She dates baseball player (and Kramer and Newman's nemesis) Keith Hernandez in "The Boyfriend, Part 1" and "The Boyfriend, Part 2".
  • She also dates Dr. Tim Whatley, a dentist who appears in several episodes.
  • Over several episodes in season 4, she dates "Crazy" Joe Davola, who is simultaneously stalking Jerry, unbeknownst to her until "The Opera".
  • In "The Masseuse", she dates a man named Joel Rifkin, who shares the same name as a notorious serial killer.
  • In "The Bizarro Jerry", she dates Kevin, the nice, kind antithesis of Jerry whose friends Gene, Feldman and Vargus are polar opposites of George, Kramer and Newman, respectively, each described as coming from the backwards Bizarro World of Superman comics.
  • In "The Stall", her boyfriend Tony, dubbed a male bimbo or "mimbo" by Jerry, becomes George's new idol.
  • In "The Wallet" she dates her psychiatrist, Dr. Reston, who has such control over her she calls him her Svengali (but mispronounces it "Svenjolly").
  • In "The Checks", her boyfriend Brett is so obsessed with the song "Desperado" that she feels ignored whenever the song comes on. She tries to find a song that they can share and comes up with "Witchy Woman", but it doesn't work.
  • During a restaurant dinner with a married couple in "The Good Samaritan", Elaine makes up an elaborate story that she once dated a romantic matador from Spain named "Eduardo Corrochio," which is actually the name of a famous Spanish tap dancer in the late 19th century.
  • In "The Wizard", Elaine isn't sure if her boyfriend is African-American or not and gets mixed signals when she tries to find out.
  • In "The Gum", Elaine talks about having once dated Lloyd Braun, a mentally unstable politician and protégé of Kramer, and she wonders if he had a psychological break-down because she broke up with him.
  • In "The Little Jerry", Elaine is dating Kurt, who proposes to her right after he realizes he's going bald.
  • In "The Maestro", Elaine began dating Bob Cobb a conductor who insisted on being calling "The Maestro". They eventually went to Tuscany together.

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Enemies/foes

Elaine's quick temper has made her several enemies and gotten her into several confrontations over the years: This article is about the emotion. ...

  • She has a long-running hatred and inferiority complex for former schoolmate and candy-bar heiress Sue Ellen Mischke (who, Elaine reveals, had once stolen her boyfriend). Sue Ellen appears in four episodes: in "The Caddy", she struts down the street wearing a bra as a top, causing Kramer to crash his car and Elaine to invent the nickname "The Braless Wonder"; in "The Bottle Deposit", Elaine spends $20,000 on golf clubs for Mr. Peterman when she is caught in a vicious bidding war with Sue Ellen at an auction; in "The Abstinence", Elaine boasts to Sue Ellen about dating a doctor but then is made to look foolish when her boyfriend is completely useless during an emergency at the coffee shop; finally, in "The Betrayal", Elaine is so angry at receiving an "Unvitation" (a super-last-minute invitation) to Sue Ellen's wedding, that she travels all the way to India just to show up.
  • Her abortion argument with restaurateur Poppie gets him so angry that he loses control of his bladder in "The Couch" and again in "The Doorman".
  • Elaine has come into conflict with Frank Costanza on a couple of occasions. Frank refers to her as "supercilious" in "The Chinese Woman." In The Cigar Store Indian, she angers him first by taking his TV Guide without asking and then by spilling her gyro on it. Then, in The Little Kicks, she and Frank come to blows after George is arrested along with Elaine's co-worker Anna. Elaine says to Frank "I could drop you like a bag of dirt!" to which he replies "You wanna piece of me? You got it!". It is suggested shortly afterward that Elaine soundly defeated Frank when she says "He wrote the check, I cashed it."
  • In "The Summer of George", Elaine makes enemies out of both her co-worker Sam (Molly Shannon) and Raquel Welch. First, when Elaine criticizes Sam's way of walking ("It's like she's carrying invisible suitcases"), Sam gets furious and threatens revenge. Then, Raquel Welch (who was recently fired from a musical for dancing without swinging her arms), sees Elaine describing the walk to the police and thinks that Elaine is making fun of her and attacks her. Both events end up arousing Jerry, Kramer, George and even the police, because as Jerry tells Elaine, men love "catfights".
  • In "The Understudy", after she thinks her Korean manicurists are making fun of her, she angers them by bringing in Frank Costanza, who is fluent in Korean, to eavesdrop on them.
  • In "The Fire," Elaine reveals her hatred for her overly energetic and always-happy colleague Toby. Then, when Toby loses her pinky toe in an accident (caused by Jerry), an outpouring of office sympathy leads Toby to a major promotion instead of Elaine, who is more qualified.
  • In "The Visa" she and Jerry anger Pakistani immigrant Babu after she fails to notice Babu's visa application among Jerry's mail that she is picking up for him.
  • In "The Engagement", she is so incensed by a neighbour's barking dog that she hires Newman and Kramer to kidnap it.
  • In "The Merv Griffin Show", Elaine is annoyed by her co-worker Lou who constantly "sidles" up behind her. But when she gives him a pack of Tic-Tacs so that she can always hear him coming, the sound drives Peterman crazy ("It reminds me of the Haitian Voodoo Rattle Torture!").
  • In "The Friars Club", Elaine is positive that her co-worker Bob (Rob Schneider) is faking being deaf to get out of doing any work. But when she tries to test out his deafness by pretending to flirt with him, Peterman overhears, thinks it is real and sets them up on a date.
  • Elaine has had run-ins with her co-worker Peggy on a couple of occasions. In "The Susie", Peggy tells Elaine, who she thinks is a woman named Susie, that Elaine Benes is a "dolt" and a "disaster." Later, in "The Apology," Peggy thinks Elaine has germs, and in retaliation Elaine deliberately coughs on Peggy's doorknob, rubs her stapler in her armpit and rubs her keyboard on her rear end.
  • Although friends with George, Elaine tends to get into numerous arguments with him throughout the series. In The Dinner Party, George admits to Kramer that he is afraid of Elaine when she gets angry. This concludes that they are on a love/hate relationship.
  • Oddly, Elaine has made a particular enemy of Chinese restaurants on no fewer than four different occasions. In "The Chinese Restaurant", she makes a fool of herself when she tries to bribe the waiter to get her a table faster. Then in "The Race", she gets "blacklisted" from a Chinese delivery restaurant for being too fussy, and then gets her Communist boyfriend blacklisted as well. Then, in "The Virgin" she jaywalks, causing the Chinese restaurant delivery man Ping to have an accident on his bicycle. Finally in "The Pothole", she pretends to live in a janitor's closet in a different apartment so that she can live inside the delivery zone of a certain Chinese restaurant.

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Insecurities

  • In "The Andrea Doria", Elaine dates a "bad-breaker-upper" who makes her feel insecure about having a big head.
  • In "The Burning", Elaine's boyfriend David Puddy makes her panic and feel guilty about going to hell because she's not as religious as he is. Elaine isn't actually upset about going to hell, but she is upset that Puddy doesn't try to save her.
  • In "The Smelly Car", Elaine's boyfriend is repulsed by her when her hair stinks of B.O. from riding in Jerry's car. She goes to extreme lengths to get the smell out but nothing works, and he continues to be grossed out.
  • In The Postponement Elaine confides in a Rabbi that she is jealous of George's engagement to Susan Ross because George would be getting married before she did and she considers George to be a loser. The Rabbi proceeds to tell everyone in Elaine's apartment complex and later on his public access TV show about Elaine's insecurity.

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Influence/effect on others

  • In "The Chinese Woman", Jerry describes how Elaine has had a destructive effect on her relationship with her friend Noreen. It is revealed that over the course of their friendship, Elaine has convinced Noreen to join the army, go AWOL from the army, dump her "high talker" boyfriend, and dump her "long talker" boyfriend. Eventually, Kramer steps in and forbids Elaine to have any more contact with Noreen.
  • In "The Muffin Tops", Elaine convinces her former boss Mr. Lippman to start his own business selling just "muffin tops". However, they soon run into problems when nobody will take the leftover stumps, and only by calling in "The Cleaner" (who turns out to be Newman) can they get rid of them.
  • In "The Non-Fat Yogurt," Elaine suggests to Lloyd Braun, an advisor to Mayor Dinkins, that everyone in the city should wear name tags. Lloyd Braun suggests this idea to Dinkins and he likes it so much that he adds it to his campaign, subsequently leading to his loss in the mayoral elections. In The Gum, it is revealed that Lloyd Braun also loses his job and later suffered a nervous breakdown.

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Pet peeves

  • In an early episode, Elaine expresses disdain with the world's interest in the Kennedy family, but in Season Four's "The Contest", Elaine crosses paths with John F. Kennedy, Jr. at her gym and becomes so infatuated with him (and the fantasy of becoming "Elaine Benes Kennedy Jr.") that she loses her self-control as well as the contest. Elaine is crushed to learn that "John John" is dating Jerry's ex, Marla "the virgin" (Jane Leeves).
  • Elaine does not hesitate voicing her strong positions on certain political issues. For example, in "The Couch," she broke up with her boyfriend after finding out that he was anti-abortion.
  • In "The Stranded," she engages George's girlfriend in a heated argument regarding a fur coat. Although she presented a similar stand in other episodes, she also said "Who has the energy anymore?" in "The Reverse Peephole" when Puddy begins wearing fur and she is asked by Jerry why she isn't up-in-arms.
  • In "The Puerto Rican Day", several things made her angry: the sight of a dog with its ears flipped inside out; her slow-moving taxicab; the thought of missing her "Sunday weekend wind down"; and finally, being trapped under a set of bleachers while desperately trying to find her way out of streets blocked off for the parade.
  • In "The Boyfriend, Part 1" and "2", Elaine reveals her disgust for smokers, which helped lead to a break up with Keith Hernandez.
  • In "The Susie", Elaine explains her hatred for "going to the market" (Much like her friend Susie).
  • In "The Beard", Elaine so hated George's toupee (and the effect it was having on his personality) that she ripped it off his head and threw it out the window, screaming "I don't like this thing and here's what I'm going to do with it!" She would also go on to throw David Puddy's aforementioned fur coat out the window in a similar fashion.
  • In "The Pledge Drive", Elaine gets increasingly annoyed when people start eating their chocolate bars with a knife and fork, a habit started by Mr. Pitt which spreads across the city. Finally, at the end, she stands up and screams to the people at Monk's, "What is wrong with all you people? Have you all gone mad?!"
  • In "The Gymnast", Elaine becomes furious at Mr.Pitt's obsession with his 3D art poster, and smashes it in half.

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Physicality

  • Elaine's signature move is expressing mock incredulity by frontally shoving people while yelling "Get out!" after hearing unbelievable news. It sometimes causes the person to fall down or trip.
  • She is also a poor dancer, as evidenced in the episode "The Little Kicks", in which she dances at a J. Peterman company party. George described her dancing as "a full-bodied dry heave set to music." She repeats her performance in her bedroom in a scene of the episode "The Slicer." Both clips appear in "The Clip Show, Pt. 1"
  • Her clothing is normally quite conservative; however, her breasts are a major part of two episodes. In "The Pick" she sends many people a Christmas card that has a picture of her baring a nipple (accidentally). George, irate that he didn't receive one, confronts her and she responds by rubbing his head in between her breasts. In "The Shoes," she wears a low cut dress that pushes her breasts up, in an attempt to get Jerry and George a deal with Russell (the head of NBC) after George blew the initial deal by staring at his daughter's chest. In "The Gum" her breasts are almost completely exposed to several people, while she is oblivious to the exposure.
  • In the eighth season, "The Andrea Doria" Elaine dates a man who is notorious for being a "bad breaker-upper" and when they break up, he calls her "big head".
  • She is noticeably small and apparently somewhat light as well. In "The Betrayal" Jerry is able to carry her without losing normal walking speed and is even capable of not flinching or dropping her as she haphazardly swings from his back to his front side while hanging from his neck.
  • She can be light on her feet in "The Busboy" when she tries desperately to get Eddie out of her building resulting as a horrifying experience when confronts with Jerry and George.

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Nicknames

  • Jerry sometimes calls her "Lanie".
  • In "The Susie," she develops an alter-ego named Susie after being called that by a coworker.
  • In "The Pick", Elaine is nicknamed "Nip" by her colleagues after her Christmas card picture, taken by Kramer, accidentally reveals one of her nipples.
  • In "The Ex-Girlfriend", Jerry dubs Elaine "The Queen of Confrontation".
  • In "The Contest" Elaine is also called "The Queen of the Castle"
  • In "The Nose Job" Elaine is Wanda Pepper in order to pick up Kramer's jacket.
  • In "The Wink" Kramer calls her Veronica, a reference to Archie.
  • After sustaining a head injury, Kramer referred to her as "Carol" (potentially a Growing Pains or Brady Bunch reference as he referred to George as "Mike" in the same episode as well)
  • In "The Package Elaine is Paloma to check on her personal record in the hospital.

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Notes

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