Series co-creator Larry David wrote the episode in response to NBCs` ongoing efforts to bring the two characters together. The main inspiration behind the episode was a similar deal that David made with a woman. The episode, presented by Elaine`s roommate Tina,` was first broadcast on May 2, 1991 and watched by some 22.6 million viewers. Critics responded positively to the episode and David received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for performing a comedy series. According to the Los Angeles Times, Sony and Netflix will announce the deal on Monday. (A Netflix representative confirmed the agreement to v.F. All 180 episodes of the sitcom acerbic will be available worldwide, in a five-year pact. Although an exact figure is unknown, the L.A. Times reports that, because it is an international deal, Netflix paid more than the $500 million netflix spent on the usual streaming rights to The Office and the $425 million it spent on the rights of American friends, according to sources familiar with the deal.
(Friends and The Office are now available on Netflix internationally and will remain so for now, despite the imminent departures of the two shows from the U.S. platform.) With Elaine`s birthday, Jerry has to decide what she should have. As they are friends, but they still make love, he feels that the symbolism of the gift must be carefully thought out. He looks for a gift with George, but doesn`t think of anything, even though he remembers her saying “something about a bank.” Elaine is unhappy with the gift gift ($182 in cash) and was insulted by the platonic gift card. When Jerry Kramer`s neighbor (Michael Richards) gave Elaine the bank she was looking for, which she is very grateful for, she and Jerry talk about their deal. Jerry suggests they come back to just be friends, but Elaine is so upset about the birthday that she doesn`t feel able to continue with a friendly or sexual relationship with Jerry. But when Kramer sees them again, Jerry and Elaine have imitated and are in a relationship. While they watch TV in Jerry`s apartment, Jerry and Elaine browse the channels and stumble across the soft-core channel.