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Hoping they can do some scuba diving, Jerry takes Elaine to Florida where he is appearing at a banquet honoring his father's retirement as president of his condominium association. After admiring a pen belonging to Morty's friend Jack, Jerry receives it as a gift. Although Helen insists that the offer was made reluctantly and wants her son to return it, Morty insists on Jerry keeping the pen.
When Elaine's back is injured after a hot and uncomfortable night on the sofa bed, she is unable to go diving. However, when he takes the trip alone, an accident leaves Jerry with two black eyes. Meanwhile, when the neighbors begin to gossip about the pen and Jerry agrees to return it, Morty argues with Jack and accuses him of taking a gift away from his son.
At the banquet, Elaine is embarrassingly incoherent after taking muscle relaxers for her back, while Jerry is forced to wear sunglasses because of his eye injury. During his introduction of the guest of honor, Jack makes some unflattering remarks about Morty, causing them argue in front of the audience and forcing Jerry to try and regain control of the event. Finally, Elaine is unhappy after being told she will have to stay for another five days to allow her back to recover, while Morty learns he is being sued by Jack.
This is the only episode not to feature either George or Kramer in any of its scenes.
"The Pen" was partly inspired by a sofa bed in the Delray Beach retirement community condo owned by Jerry's mom Betty. During stays, Jerry would put the couch cushions on the floor and sleep on them there to avoid the uncomfortable mattress.
Larry David was introduced to the pen that writes upside down by executive producer George Shapiro, who showed it off then gave it to David during a meeting for a previous episode.
Larry David can be heard shouting "I'd rather have a bottle of scotch," when Jerry tries to calm down the rowdy retirement home crowd.
"What kind of pen is that?"
"This is an astronaut pen. It writes upside down. They use this in space."