Season 4 Episode 8

The Cheever Letters

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Oct 28, 1992 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • 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!

  • Quotes

    • 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.

    • George: Time is what he's indicating here.

    • Jerry: So, she's taking about her panties, so,, I said, "You mean the panties your mother laid out for you?"
      George: "The panties your mother laid out for you"? What does that mean?
      Jerry: I don't know! It just popped out.
      George: Well, how did she react?
      Jerry: She flipped out! Just left.
      George: Well, that's not offensive. It's abnormal, but it's not offensive.

  • Notes

    • 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".

  • Allusions

    • 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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