After recently trying to orchestrate my own FWB arrangement, I stumbled upon the Seinfeld episode “The Deal”. I loved this exchange between Jerry and George about Jerry’s and Elaine’s arrangement to begin an affair again.
jerry: it was very passionate.
george: better than before?
jerry: she must’ve taken some kinda seminar or something.
george: this is all too much. what are you feeling? what’s going on? you like a couple again?
jerry: not exactly. we’ve tried to arrange a situation where we’ll be able to do this once in a while and still be friends.
george: (laughing uncontrollably): where are you living? are you here? are you on this planet? it’s impossible. it can’t be done. thousands of years people have been trying to have their cake and eat it too. so all of sudden the two of you are gonna come along and do it. where do you get the ego? no one can do it. it can’t be done.
jerry: i think we worked out a system.
george: you know what you’re like. you’re like a pathetic gambler. one of these losers in las vegas who keeps thinking he’s gonna come up with a way to win at blackjack.
jerry: no, this is very advanced. we’ve designed a set of rules. that we can maintain the friendship by avoiding all the relationship pitfalls.
george: all right. tell me the rules.
jerry: no calls the next day.
george: you have the sex. the next day you don’t have to call. pretty good. go ahead.
jerry: you ready for the second one?
george: i have to tell I’m very impressed with the first one.
jerry: spending the night: optional.
george: now. you see. you got greedy.
jerry: it’s one of the rules. it’s optional.
george: i know less about women than anyone one in the world, but one thing i do know is they are not happy if you don’t spend the night. it could be a hot sweaty room, and all they have is a little army cot this wide; you’re not going anywhere.