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The Fix Up

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Published: 8.05.2018
Level 4   |   Time: 5:25
Accent: American
Source: Seinfeld

Jerry and Elaine try to fix up George and Cynthia on a date.


    

triangle Directions


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

triangle Vocabulary


  • the Federal Reserve [n] - a government department
  • brush on (something)[phv] - talk about (something) briefly
  • be in rare form [exp] - be very funny
  • fix (somebody) up [phv] - match (someone) for a date
  • kill for (something) [exp] - really want (something)
  • pluck [v] - pull out an individual hair
  • naturally [exp] - of course
  • work out [phv] - be successful
  • out of the question [exp] - NO!!
  • one step away [exp] - almost
  • personal ads [v] - posting a dating profile in a newspaper or on a website
  • go down that road [exp] - deal with that problem
  • take (someone) out [phv] - go on a date with (someone)
  • hesitate [v] - wait for a moment
  • What does he do? [exp] - What is his job?
  • poison (someone) [v] - using a chemical to kill someone or make someone sick
  • nuts [adj] - crazy
  • stocky [adj] - big and strong (kind of fat)
  • bald [adj] - having no hair
  • balding [adj] - losing hair
  • lustrous [adj] - shiny

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


triangle Background


picture picture picture picture
Jerry Elaine George Cynthia
  • Jerry and Elaine used to date, but now they are friends.
  • George is one of Jerry's best friends.
  • Cynthia is one of Elaine's best friends.

triangle Questions


  1. What did Jerry do last night?
    He went on a date with a girl.
    He met his friend George.
    He went to a movie.

  2. What did Elaine do last night?
    She went on a date with a guy.
    She met her friend Cynthia.
    She went to a movie.

  3. What is George's problem?
    He doesn't like his girlfriend.
    He still lives with his parents.
    He can't meet a good girl.

  4. What is Cynthia's problem?
    Her boyfriend is cheating on her.
    She wants to get divorced.
    She can't meet a good guy.

  5. Does Jerry think Cynthia is too good for George?
    Yes
    No

  6. Why did Elaine used to date Jerry?
    Her standards were low.
    She was in love with him.
    He is rich.

  7. What does Jerry not like about Cynthia?
    Her hair is too thick.
    She is ugly.
    She has strange eyebrows.

  8. What does Elaine think is one of Cynthia's best features?
    Her personality
    Her eyebrows
    Her body

  9. How does Jerry describe George?
    Strong
    Fast
    Smart
    Handsome
    Bald
    Balding

  10. What do Jerry and Elaine plan to do after the date between George and Cynthia?
    Meet for coffee and talk about the date.
    Share everything they hear about the date with each other
    Go to the restaurant and watch the date between George and Cynthia.

  11. Does Jerry think the date between George and Cynthia will be successful?
    Yes
    No

  12. What is the first thing that George wants to know about Cynthia?
    Her job
    Her personality
    Her appearance

  13. What is the first thing that Cynthia wants to know about George?
    His job
    His personality
    His appearance

  14. Why did George get fired?
    He was always late.
    He was bad at his job.
    He tried to poison his boss.

  15. How does Elaine describe George?
    Strong
    Fast
    Smart
    Handsome
    Bald
    Balding

  16. What is very important to George?
    A girl's hair
    A girl's body
    A girl's eyebrows

  17. Has George ever been married?
    Yes
    No


triangle Language Review


Directions: Choose the expression that best completes the sentence

  • Jerry wants to (fix up) George with Cynthia.
  • While they were talking, George and Jerry (brushed on) politics, but they mainly talked about dating.
  • George agrees to (take Cynthia out) on a date.
  • Elaine and Jerry don't think the date between Cynthia and George will (work out) because they are so different from each other.
  • Elaine doesn't want to call George fat, so she says he is (stocky) .
  • Elaine is jealous of Cynthia's long (lustrous) hair.
  • Elaine says that George isn't completely (bald) because he still has some hair.
  • However, Elaine agrees that George is (balding) because he is losing his hair quickly.
  • George didn't like his boss, so he tried to (posion) him.
  • A lot of women (pluck) their eyebrows hair by hair.
  • Before Jerry says that Cynthia is beautiful, Jerry (hesitates) , so George doesn't trust him.
  • Elaine thinks that most women would (kill) for Cynthia's eyebrows because they are so beautiful.


triangle Script



Elaine: So what'd you do last night?
Jerry: Went out with George, you?
Elaine: Went out with Cynthia.
Jerry: How was it? What'd you talk about?
Elaine: Well, you know, the usual; The Federal Reserve, the rainforest. What about you?
Jerry: We brushed on that. Actually, George was in rare form. He just can't find anybody.
Elaine: I know, Cynthia too. She's really given up.
Jerry: George too.
Jerry and Elaine (together): Yeah, right.
Jerry: I've never fixed anybody up.
Elaine: Uh, me neither and I am not about to start with George.
Jerry: Well why wouldn't you start with George? You think she's too good for George?
Elaine: I didn't say 'too good', did I say 'too good'?
Jerry: Well you implied it.
Elaine: I didn't say it.
Jerry: Because if you think she's too good for George, you are dead wrong. Dead wrong. Who is she?
Elaine: Who is he?
Jerry: He's George!
Elaine: She's Cynthia!
Jerry: So what?
Elaine: What, you don't think she's beautiful?
Jerry: I don't know, what's with the eyebrows?
Elaine: You know what your problem is? Your standards are too high.
Jerry: I went out with you.
Elaine: That's because my standards are too low. And by the way, you know, women kill for eyebrows like that. Do you know that? I mean women pluck their real eyebrows out of their head, one by one, until they're bald, Jerry. Bald above the eyes! And then they paint in these eyebrows to look like that.
Jerry: Well let me tell you something about George. He is fast. He can run like the wind. And he's strong. I've seen him lift a hundred pounds over his head without even knowing it.
Elaine: He can really do that?
Jerry: Come on, let's do it, I think they'll really get along.
Elaine: What, are you into this?
Jerry: Yeah, come on, it's a good match.
Elaine: No, wait a minute, wait a minute. They're gonna be telling us how their dates went. Are we gonna share that information?
Jerry: Naturally.
Elaine: Well, wait a minute, we're gonna tell each other everything, I mean every secret?
Jerry: Everything.
Elaine: What if it worked out?
Jerry: Yeah right.

George: Out of the question. Out of the question!
Jerry: Why?
George: No! I'm not gonna do that! That's one step away from personal ads! And prostitutes! No! No, I am not going down that road! What does she look like?
Jerry: She's good looking.
George: How good looking?
Jerry: Very good looking.
George: Really good looking?
Jerry: Really very good looking.
George: Would you take her out?
Jerry: Yes, I would take her out.
George: Oh, you hesitated.
Jerry: What hesitate? I didn't hesitate!
George: No, something's off here, you hesitated.
Jerry: I'm telling you, she's good looking.
George: What about the body, what kind of body?
Jerry: Good body, nice body.
George: How nice?
Jerry: Nice.
George: Just nice?
Jerry: Pretty nice.
George: Really good?
Jerry: Really very nice and good.
George: Alright, let's see, let's see. What else. What else. Oh yeah, what
does she do?

Cynthia: First of all, what does he do?
Elaine: He was in real estate, um, now, he's not working right now-
Cynthia: He's not working?! How come he's not working?
Elaine: Well, um, he, he got fired.
Cynthia: Why did he get fired?
Elaine: Uh. Why? Oh, right. Um, well, he tried to poison his boss.
Cynthia: Excuse me?
Elaine: Such a long story, Cynthia, seriously, I mean he just had some problems at work.
Cynthia: Is he nuts?
Elaine: No, no, no, he's a really really funny guy.
Cynthia: What does he look like?
Elaine: Pardon?
Cynthia: What does he look like?
Elaine: Um, well, he's got a lot of character in his face. Um, he's short. Um, he's stocky.
Cynthia: Fat. Is that what you're saying, that he's fat?
Elaine: Powerful. He is so powerful, he can lift a hundred pounds right up over his head. And um, what else. What else. Oh, right. Um, well, he's kind of, just kind of losing his hair.
Cynthia: He's bald?
Elaine: No! No, no, no, he's not bald. He's balding.
Cynthia: So he will be bald.
Elaine: Yup.

George: What kind of hair?
Jerry: You know, long dark hair.
George: Flowing?
Jerry: Flowing?
George: Is it flowing? I like flowing, cascading hair. Thick lustrous hair is very important to me.
Jerry: 'Thick lustrous hair is very important to me,' is that what you said?
George: Yeah, that's right.
Jerry: Just clarifying.

Cynthia: Has he ever been married?
Elaine: No.
Cynthia: Has he been close?
Elaine: He once spent a weekend with a woman.
Cynthia: He didn't really try to poison his boss?
Elaine: Yeah, he did.



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