Seinfeld

Season 3 Episode 21

The Letter

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Mar 25, 1992 on NBC
8.8
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The Letter
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Kramer poses for a painting, that an elderly couple becomes just crazy about. George feels obligated to buy something when he accompanies Jerry to his new girlfriend's art studio. Elaine wears an Orioles baseball cap in the owner's box at Yankee Stadium and refuses to remove it. Jerry finds out his new girlfriend is a plagiarist after he hears the words she wrote in a letter, on television. Elaine gets a chance to return to Yankee Stadium.moreless

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  • Breezy and light.

    6.0
    This is an enjoyable episode thanks to the breezy intercut-heavy style of the third series of Seinfeld. One of the running jokes, that Kramer keeps calling people by the wrong name following a blow to the head at a baseball game, is obvious and isn't very funny. In many respects these episodes of Seinfeld have started to show their age; in the modern age of innovative sitcoms such as Arrested Development, Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Office the Woody Allen influenced stylings of early Seinfeld almost seem like old hat. But there is still an enjoyable, vintage quality to this episode that makes it fun to watch.moreless
  • The Kramer.

    8.0
    This was a very funny eisode with great developing 4 plots in one. First Jerry's new girlfriend with jealousy problems, paints Kramer, and everyone loves the painting and they 50,000 dollars for it, that is just amazingly wierd, the plot that I liked the best is Elaine's white lie, her going to the baseball game without her boss finding out, I think Julia acted very well in this episode. Especially when she refuses to take the cap off. My favorite line "Tell George gew owes me 300 dollars!" That was hilarious. And the fact that she copied her letter from Chapter Two, that is just low, the actress was very beautiful though.moreless
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    10
    every episode is even more funnier. i really love this show expecially kramer he cracks me up every time. Well if it wasnt for my com 114 class i would never ever watched the show but ever since the class i started to watch it everynite some times if i cant ill record it on my DVR and then watch it when i have time. George is hillarious too, but kramer o boy hes something. Jerry is funny. I like this episode expecially when she paints the picutre of Kramer and how he wanted to take his close off. heheheee omoreless
  • Catherine Keener is an artist girlfriend of Jerry's who paints the famous "Kramer" portrait.

    8.7
    This is totally amazing and I just now realized it. Catherine Keener (an amazing actress, twice nominated for Oscars and of 40 Year Old Virgin fame) plays an artist girl-friend of Jerry. If you haven't heard, there is a giant plagiaring scandal concerning Jerry Seinfeld's wife in real life, Jessica. This woman changed her name from Nina to Jessica, married Eric Nederlander and dumped him for Seinfeld only weeks after their marraige. In this particular episode, NINA plagerized "the Letter" by stealing dialogue from Neil Simon's "Chapter Two". This is absolutely incredible because Jessica/Nina Seinfeld is being accused of plagiarizing her cookbook "Deceptively Delicious" after 'tricking' Oprah to endorse it on her show. This has been written up in the New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and other respected publications. Incredible as it seems, this is exactly what this episode concerns including the name 'Nina'.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Goof: Early in the episode, George comes out of the bathroom and he and Jerry are debating whether or not they like the button fly on jeans. As Jerry tells George that a zipper fly is like "a mink trap down there," he is standing by the counter in the kitchen. When the camera angle changes, George is still buttoning his fly, but Jerry has somehow instantaneously picked up his jacket and is already walking back toward the kitchen.

    • This episode clearly shows that Jerry kept the letter his girlfriend sent him but in "The Pledge Drive", Jerry's relationship was ruined when he threw out her card.

    • In the painting Kramer is holding his hands, but when Nina is painting him Kramer has his hands on his knees.

    • When Jerry unlocks the door it opens by itself.

    • When Kramer yells "Hey Charlie, you better catch them here this ain't Philadelphia!" the image of the 3rd basemen making the play is not Charlie Hayes the former Phillies 3rd basemen who was later traded to the Yankees

    • In the scene at Yankee Stadium when the group(except for Jerry) is talking to Nina's dad, they jump to a couple shots of the baseball game. The first at-bat is of Brady Anderson of Baltimore and the second is of Billy Ripken. The pitcher's in the two shots are different. Against Anderson the Yankees' pitcher is wearing #21 and against Ripken the pitcher is wearing #41. The at-bats are supposed to be one right after the other.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Jerry: I like the button fly. That is one place on my wardrobe I do not need sharp interlocking metal teeth. It's a mink trap down there.

    • (Jerry and Nina are watching TV)
      Jerry: Don't go in there, you're gonna get shot.
      (Gunshot on TV)
      Jerry: I told you.

    • Jerry: (picks up Nina's painting George bought) And by the way, can you get this thing outta my house?
      George: Tell you what; I'll make a deal with you. I'll sell it to you right now for ten bucks.

    • Kramer: You're sure you don't want me to take my clothes off? 'Cause I'll do it.
      Nina: No, that's the last thing in the world I want you to do.
      Kramer: Well why don't you take your clothes off?

    • Jerry: How are you feeling?
      Kramer: Oh yeah, I'm fine. I'm fine. (to Elaine) How're you, Carroll?
      *later*
      George: Hey Kramer.
      Kramer: Hi Mike.

    • Jerry: I have to go meet Nina. You want to come to her loft, check out her paintings?
      George: I don't get art.
      Jerry: There's nothing to get.
      George: No, it always has to be explained to me, and then I have to have someone explain the explanation.
      Jerry: She does a lot of abstract stuff. In fact she's painting Kramer right now.

    • Mrs. Armstrong: (on The Kramer) I sense great vulnerability. A land child crying out for love; an innocent orphan in the post-modern world.
      Mr. Armstrong: I see a parasite. A sexually-depraved miscreant, who is seeking to gratify only his most basic and immediate urges.

    • Kramer: I hopped a steam boat to Sweden.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • After Kramer's head accident, he calls George "Mike." This is in reference to Mike Costanza, the person who for the most part was the actual person George was based on.

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