The Lip Reader

Season 5, Ep 6, Aired 10/28/93
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  • Episode Description
  • Jerry is smitten with a line judge at the US Open, but after he gets her attention, he finds out she is deaf. Elaine has a problem not communicating with a limo driver. George wants to use Jerry's girlfriend to read the lips of his ex-girlfriend to find out what she is saying about him. While she is reading the lips, Kramer does the translation, that gets George in more trouble. Kramer becomes a ball man at the Open, when Monica Seles returns to tennis.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Michael Richards (I)

    Cosmo Kramer

  • Jerry Seinfeld


  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    Elaine Marie Benes (not in pilot)

  • Jason Alexander

    George Louis Costanza

  • Carol Leifer

  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • Jerry is smitten with a line judge at the US Open, but after he gets her attention, he finds out she is deaf.

    By ParkPlace2623, Apr 26, 2008

  • Jerry is smitten with a line judge at the US Open, but after he gets her attention, he finds out she is deaf.

    By Alias2001, Mar 02, 2007

  • Lips don't Lie!

    By GeorgeJobson, Dec 04, 2006

  • “It’s not you…it’s me!” George gets dumped and has Jerry’s new girlfriend, a deaf woman who reads lip, eavesdrop on his ex’s conversation to find out why she really dumped him.

    By graygirl4ever, Nov 12, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (10)

    • Jerry: (after Kramer tackles Monica Seles) Thus ends the great ball man experiment.

    • Ball Boy: Hey pops, isn't there a better way to spend your twilight years? Kramer: I may be old, but I'm spry.

    • Jerry: So she sees you with hot fudge on your face and she ends it? Do you really think she'd be that superficial? George: Why not? I would be.

    • Jerry: (to Kramer) You want to be a ball man? Go ahead and break the ball barrier.

    • George: You're giving me the "it's not you, it's me" routine? I invented "it's not you, it's me." Nobody tells me it's them, not me. If it's anybody, it's me. Gwen: All right, George, it's you. George: You're damn right it's me.

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    Notes (4)

    • Marlee Matlin (Laura) received the "And" credit.

    • The script said that Jerry and George mumbled their lines in front of Laura at the restaurant. Jerry (the actor) and Jason Alexander decided to place objects in front of their face to hide their lips.

    • This episode was nominated for the 1994 Eddie Award for Best Edited Half Hour Series for Television. Marlee Matlin was nominated for the 1994 Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for playing "Laura" in this episode.

    • When George is on TV eating the ice cream, Larry David is the voice of the second announcer. He says "Hey buddy they've got a new invention, it's called a napkin." He is also the voice of the dispatcher that tells the limo driver he's to pick up Tom Hanks. Both uncredited.

    Trivia (9)

    • The episode starts on what is said to be Friday (according to Elaine's co-worker). Then it's Saturday (with Jerry, George, and Laura at the restaurant). The next day is Todd's party, which is said to take place on a Friday.

    • When George and Jerry are hiding their mouths from Laura to discuss using her lip reading ability, George locks his hands and lifts his arms to block her view. Strangely, only Jerry and the viewing audience are blocked from seeing his mouth move. From Laura's angle, she can clearly see it.

    • During the ending credits, Kramer is the ballboy…man. He is sitting right next to the net. However, in the very next scene, it shows the whole court, NOT showing Kramer! This only means that it was just a videotape they showed.

    • We are meant to believe that Laura (Marlee Matlin) misread "sweep together" as "sleep together", but she didn't. She correctly signs "sweep" (a vertical palm sweeping across a horizontal palm). The mistake couldn't have been Kramer's either, since it was supposed to be a lip-reading mistake, not a sign-reading mistake (the signs for "sweep" and "sleep" could never be confused).

    • When Newman is saying that "when you control the mail, you control information" thing to Jerry, you can see that Jerry laughs (altough he's giving his back to the camera)

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