The Cheever Letters

Season 4, Ep 8, Aired 10/28/92
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  • Episode Description
  • Jerry and George begin to work on the pilot for the series they pitched to NBC. Jerry says the wrong thing while "messing" around with one of Elaine's co-workers. George & Susan tell her father about the cabin fire, he becomes distraught and letters saved from the fire soon explain why. Kramer goes to the Cuban Embassy in search of cigars and makes a deal.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Michael Richards (I)

    Cosmo Kramer

  • Jerry Seinfeld


  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    Elaine Marie Benes (not in pilot)

  • Jason Alexander

    George Louis Costanza

  • Larry David

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • The aftermath.

    By Canogaparkcindy, Apr 10, 2009

  • Very clever

    By ElmisOriginal, Jan 11, 2007

  • Jerry offends Elaine's assistant with the "panty remark." Kramer makes a new contact for his Cuban cigars. A box of letters from John Cheever is all that remains after the Ross cabin burns down.

    By naomi_wildman, Feb 08, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (7)

    • Elaine: (apologizing for Jerry) It's very hard being a stand-up comedian. Sometimes they don't laugh!

    • Kramer: (disdainful of public golf courses) It's crowded, the grass has big brown patches in it, they don't rake the sand traps. Not to mention the caliber of people you have to play with!

    • George: I have tremendous respect for people who work with feet. I mean, to dedicate yourself to the foot… You're toiling in virtual anonymity.

    • George: I'm gonna need some water here!

    • Elaine: Maybe I’ll go visit my mother. She just bought me some new panties and they’re all…laid out for me.

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    Notes (1)

    • Warren Frost and Grace Zabriskie both appeared on David Lynch and Mark Frost's series Twin Peaks. Another Twin Peaks cast member joins Grace and Warren in an appearance in "The Rye".

    Trivia (5)

    • Spoiler alert!: John Cheever was indeed bisexual. His stories in novels often revolved around the conflicts and secrets of upper middle-class families in the suburbs of New York (pretty much like Susan's). Also, Cheever's daughter is called Susan.

    • At the end of this episode, Elaine's line "I gotta go visit my mother, I just got new panties, and she laid them out for me!" received one of the loudest, longest laughs/applause throughout the series, that after this episode was filmed it had to be mixed and edited so it wasn't as long and loud.

    • When George and Susan are having dinner with Susan's parents, the clock on the mantle reads 8:20 throughout the entire meal.

    • Kramer says that the cigars he had were made especially for Castro...Castro smoked Trinidad Fundadors (a much skinnier cigar than the one shown)

    • At the very beginning, George and Jerry are grabbing notebooks to begin writing their script. Jerry grabs a pink one, George a blue one. As they reach the couch, George flips open his book as Jerry sits down. Seconds later, he's question Jerry's seating with book closed. After he sits down, he flips open a pink book!

    Allusions (1)

    • Susan: He's doing an impression of Johnny Carson, Daddy Johnny Carson is the former host of the Tonight Show, from 1962 - 1992, right before Jay Leno took over. Sadly, he passed away on January 23, 2005 at the age of 79.

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