Seinfeld had the makings of a long-term romance with Jerry-Elaine, but it ended up going nowhere – here’s why. Seinfeld explored the multiple romantic relationships Elaine and Jerry have had with other people, but rarely addressed the prospect of reuniting the two. Instead, Elaine remained a core member of Jerry’s circle of friends until the end of the Season 9 series.
When Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) was brought into the fold of the show’s second episode, it was explained that she and Jerry had a brief relationship. Apparently, they had just broken up but decided to maintain their friendship. This marked the start of Elaine’s presence on the show, which involved frequent visits to Jerry’s apartment, lunches at Monk’s Café, and all manner of mishaps with Jerry, George (Jason Alexander) and Kramer (Michael Richards). A thing Seinfeld Jerry and Elaine avoided becoming an item longer than an episode.
Seinfeld actually delivered a story where they started dating again, but that was abruptly dropped. In Seinfeld Season 2 episode “The Deal”, their failure to establish a “friends with benefits” relationship caused them to get back together in the end. However, they reverted to the status quo in the following episode. It took almost an entire season before that was finally explained. In by Seinfeld Season 3’s “The Pen” the show dropped a throwaway line from Jerry that revealed he and Elaine had broken up offscreen. Apparently, the reason it took so long for this issue to be resolved can be attributed to the out-of-order airing of “The Deal”. It was originally intended for the Season 2 finale. At the time, the writers weren’t even sure if the series would be renewed, so it was also seen as a possible happy ending for the pair if it really was. the final.
As to why Seinfeld decided to limit Jerry-Elaine’s romance to a one-episode story, “The Deal” was ultimately the product of discussions Seinfeld creator Larry David had with the executives of NBC. Home video output from Seinfeld season 2 revealed that NBC was very interested in Seinfeld pursuing a “won’t-they-won’t-they” subplot with the two, but David and Jerry Seinfeld were at odds, as both felt that Jerry and Elaine shouldn’t be romantically involved. NBC insisted, so to please them David wrote “The Deal” as a form of compromise, understanding that once he gave the network what they wanted, it could go back to the original formula with no problem. .
This is essentially what Seinfeld did, and while the show hinted at feelings they may have had for each other on occasion, it kept the two separate. When you consider how a romance would have dramatically disrupted the dynamic of friendship between Seinfield the main cast of characters that made the series so popular, it’s likely that for the best, the story was scrapped so quickly.