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3.17 Discussing politics
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3.19 Planning a honeymoon
3.20 A trip to Tahiti

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First Impressions

Published: 7.15.2018
Level 3   |   Time: 4:20
Accent: American
Source: Seinfeld

George embarrasses himself in front of his new girlfriend's mother.


triangle Directions

  1. REVIEW the vocabulary / background.
  2. WATCH the video.
  3. ANSWER the questions.
  4. CHECK your answers. (Show Answers)

triangle Vocabulary

  • seeing (someone) [exp] - dating (someone)
  • swing by [exp] - visit
  • zip in [exp] - quickly enter
  • zip out [exp] - quickly leave
  • nana [exp] - grandmother
  • I'd argue if I could. [exp] - I agree.
  • Let me get this straight. [exp] - Let me understand this.
  • a receptacle [exp] - a garbage can
  • an éclair [exp] - a type of cake or pastry
  • a cylinder [exp] - a round tube shape (like a garbage can)
  • the rim [exp] - the top edge
  • adjacent [adj] - next to
  • refuse [n] - garbage
  • a doyly [exp] - a white paper that goes under a piece of cake
  • a bum [exp] - a homeless person
  • a windshield [exp] - the window at the front of a car
  • a squeegee [exp] - a tool to clean windows
  • a dime [exp] - some money (a 10 cent coin)
  • Strike two! [exp] - Second mistake (out of three)!

[n] - noun,  [v] - verb, [phv] - phrasal verb,  [adj] - adjective,  [exp] - expression

triangle Background

picture picture
George Jerry
  • George and Jerry are best friends. They live in New York City.
  • George has a new girlfriend named Lindsay.
  • He is going to meet her mother for the first time.

triangle Questions

  1. George has met Lindsay’s mother before.

  2. George is going to have a family dinner with his girlfriend's family.

  3. George usually has difficulty meeting his girlfriends’ parents.

  4. George says he loves spending time with his mother and father.

  5. Lindsay’s mother is initially impressed with George’s manners.

  6. George takes the éclair out of the garbage.

  7. Jerry thinks George's actions were normal.

  8. George thinks the éclair was trash.

  9. Jerry thinks the éclair was trash.

  10. No one had taken a bite out of the éclair.

  11. Jerry calls George a bum because George is homeless.

  12. Jerry calls George a bum because George ate garbage.

  13. George purposefully threw his coffee on the man’s car.

  14. Lindsay's mother saw George cleaning the man's window.

  15. George is poor and unemployed.

  16. Lindsay's mother thinks George is poor and unemployed.

triangle Language Review

Directions: Choose the expression that best completes the sentence

  • George doesn't want to spend too much time at the lunch. He just wants to (zip in) , say hello, and then (zip out) .
  • George and Lindsay are dating, but they have only been (seeing) each other for a few weeks.
  • George wants to (swing by) Lindsay's lunch party so that he can meet Lindsay's mother.
  • George pulls the éclair out of the garbage (receptacle) .
  • George thinks the éclair was not garbage because it was still on the white paper (doyly) .
  • George could have done a better job of cleaning the man's (windshield) if he had had a (squeegee) .

triangle Script

Jerry: I cannot believe Lindsay's still seeing you after that "Breakfast at Tiffany's" thing.
George: I think she finds my stupidity charming
Jerry: As we all do.
George: Yeah, anyway, she's uh, having some kind of a family lunch, I'll swing by after.
Jerry: Oh, so you're gonna meet the mother?
George: Yeah, I'll zip in, "How do you do?" Zip out. She'll love me.
Jerry: You're good with the mothers.
George: Y'know, I'm better with the mothers than I am with the daughters.

Mrs. E: Oh, George, it is so nice to finally meet you. And I'm sorry we've kept Lindsay so long.
Lindsay: Mother...
George: Oh, no, no, not at all. No, I have always felt that the most important thing in the world is spending time with family.
Mrs. E: Oh? Are you and your family close?
George: Very close, yes. Almost painfully close.
Lindsay: Mother, I'm going to walk Nana and Aunt Phyllis to the elevator. George, do you mind waiting just one more minute?
George: Mind? Why would I mind? I would love to wait! Nana, nice to see you. Ni-ni-ni-ni-NANA! Aunt Phyllis, always a pleasure. What a pleasure! Hey, let's do this again real soon. I had fun, huh?
Mrs. E: Can I offer you something to eat?
George: Oh, no no no, I'm fine. Let me help you with these dishes, huh?
Mrs. E: Oh no, George, you don't have to...
George: No, I know I don't have to, I want to.
Mrs. E: George, you are such a gentleman.
George: I would argue if I could, Mrs. Enright. Here we go, all right.
Mrs. E: Oh...
George: Mrs. Enright! Mrs. Enright!

Jerry: So let me get this straight. You find yourself in the kitchen. You see an éclair in the receptacle, and you think to yourself, "What the hell, I'll just eat some trash."
George: No, no, no, no, no. It was not trash!
Jerry: Was it in the trash?
George: Yes.
Jerry: Then it was trash.
George: It wasn't down in, it was sort of on top.
Jerry: But it was in the cylinder!
George: Above the rim.
Jerry: Adjacent to refuse, is refuse.
George: It was on a magazine! And it still had the doyly on.
Jerry: Was it eaten?
George: One little bite.
Jerry: Well, that's garbage.
George: But I know who took the bite. It was her aunt!
Jerry: Well, you, my friend, have crossed the line that divides man and bum. You are now a bum.

George: You call this coffee?
Man: Hey! What the hell was that?!
George: I'm sorry! I'm terribly sorry! I- I-
Man: Clean that up!
George: Oh, sure. Of course. Um, uh, could you hold these? For just a second, just a second. Here you go, now don't worry about a thing. It's gonna be fine. Here we go. Look at this shine.
George: Look at this sparkle.
Mrs. E! Mrs. Enright! Mrs. Enright!

George: No, Lindsay, I had accidentally spilled coffee on the gentleman's windshield. Why would I do that? I have a job! Well, did she see a squeegee? Well, you're not going to make a dime without a squeegee. That's right, that's right. Just tell your mother it was all a big misunderstanding. You won't regret it. Okay, I'll see you later. Buh-bye.
Jerry: Strike two!
George: You think I'm going down?
Jerry: You're behind in the count.
George: I know.

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