Season 3 Episode 5

The Library

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Oct 16, 1991 on NBC

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  • Really enjoyed this episode. It was hilarious seeing George and Jerry as high-schoolers. And the "Can't Stan Ya" bit was so funny!

    The Library was a really funny episode. I totally love it. It's so funny to me to see Jerry and George as high school kids (even though they look somewhat old for it!). The braces Jerry sported were great. It mocks a serious subject (teacher - student relationships) but makes it really funny. In the end the gym teacher got what he deserved (became a hobo) after harassing George (calling him "Can't Stand Ya" instead of Costanza, and giving him a wedgie) and getting fired. I did like the fact that the library book wasn't just a red herring, and it turns out the homeless gym teacher has hung onto it all these years. Fun episode!
  • Hilarious, fantastic writing and stand out performance by "Mr. Bookman", Philip Baker Hall!

    This is one of the reasons why I love watching this show. The way the writers make everything come full circle. You can watch an episode and the gang are all doing their own thing and yet somehow it all comes together.
    I love how the evil gym teacher had ended up having the book all these years! I loved seeing George with an Afro, and Jerry with long stringy hair, priceless!
    But without a doubt the crowning gem of this episode has to be the performance of the actor who played Mr. Bookman, Philip Baker Hall! His speech about the evils of those who don't return books, and how they don't care is absolutely brilliant.
    I think he should have gotten an Emmy for this episode. He makes this one of the classic episodes!
  • In one of the truly classic episodes in the best show of all time\'s history, Jerry gets a visit from the library detective, Kramer begins to fall in love with a librarian and George sees his hated high school gym teacher,now a homeless man.

    One of the best one episode characters in Seinfeld\'s history, the Library Detective is an hilariously stubborn old fashioned man who confronts Jerry about a missing book years ago that was never returned. Jerry goes to see his girlfriend at the time to see if he returned the book, only to find indeed he had not! Meanwhile, Kramer meets a pretty librarian and George sees his brown toothed underwear pulling gym teacher, who now as a bum living under the steps of the NYC Public Library, give him a wedgie yet again, this time atomic! The ending is a great twist, and I won\'t spoil it. One of my favorites.
  • This and the Chinese Restaurant are the beginnings of the show's classic pattern everything is evolving in these episodes leading to the classic later years Larry David realized what he had and the actors are getting more comfortable in their roles

    This is one of my very favorite episodes because you can see Jerry just barely managing to suppress his laughter at Philip Baker Hall and to think he was in Boogie Nights .. he is just too damn funny .... could anything be any funnier .... ..Mr. Bookman, you're great.. ..

    you buy a jar of Folger's you put it in the cupboard, you forget about it...hilarious

    pee pee's and wee wee's........classic

    Can't Stand ya, cant stand ya....... Georgie Boy

    The Five Chinese Brothers.. ... Love seeing Jerry and George in high school, those hair do's are hysterical... ..... That's gold, Jerry, Gold...yada yada
  • A very special episode

    This is one of my absolutely favorite Seinfeld episodes. It's pitch perfect, with Phillip Baker Hall playing library cop Bookman. I love it. I love every minute of it.

    Jerry checked out a book in 1971 from the library and is in trouble with the library cop, George runs into an old high school teacher and Kramer dates the librarian. It's all perfect. One of the best episodes of the series and the third season, along with "The Parking Garage", "The Tape", "The Pen", "The Red Dot", and "The Boyfriend".

    Hats off to a great third season.
  • A trip to the past...

    This episode centers around a library which triggers moments from their past, Jerry turned out to be some nerd with a creepy hairdo. While George was a total nerd. And the library misses a the book, Tropic Of Cancer goes missing. and Jerry owes 50,000 dollars. We also find out that Jerry's love interest when he was younger now looks really ugly,I like how they try to solve a mystery on where the book went & it all adds up in the end, and also it fits in to the homeless PE teacher story, a great episode with a lot of flashbacks!
  • "Costansia!"

    I really enjoyed tis episode,it had evething to be the perfect episode of seifeld, unlike last weeka, it had kramer, george,good dialogue, elaine, various plots, many twists and misunderstandindings. I especially liked it because they showed the past, and i also loved Mr. Bookman, " Listen, hot-shot, i´ve been working on this bussinesss for a really long time, so don´t you think you can trick me" or ssomethin like that. Overaall a very good episode, a clasic of seinfeld that i recommend for eveyone to see, because it really is hilarious, and a mean big lUGHS RELLLY!! Great Stuff!
  • Combines flawless editing, writing, acting and humour. The Perfect Episode of Seinfeld.

    In The Library; Jerry is under investigation for not returning the book "Tropic of Cancer" to the Library for 20 years and is pursued by the Library Cop Mr. Bookman. Jerry recalls High School to remember where he left the book and tracks down an old classmate to assist him. George recalls the same time at High School when the Gym teacher gives him a wedgie and is later fired. Kramer starts a relationship with the Librarian and Elaine fears that she's on the verge of being fired from her job at Pendant Publishing. At this point we've yet to see Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer really come together as a group; this episode as well as others all go in different directions and don't rely on their companionship but the individual plots are so great it doesn't matter.

    This episode subtly channels "Citizen Kane" as the answer to the mystery is told through flashbacks with different characters pointing ironically towards the changing, subjective nature of memory and the final revelation of the plot's main object. This is a brilliant plot device and the way it involves George's story makes for just a great script. Although Kramer's and Elaine's are brief they contain some of the best elements of the episode, especially with Kramer's relationship with Marion the Librarian. But when it comes to laughs there's nothing surpasses the exchanges between Jerry and the tough as nails Bookman; they're just classic. Jerry's monologues were also great even though the first one was a little weird. The flashbacks were also good but the lack of budget is VERY evident. This is the only episode directed by Joshua White which is sad since his cinematic direction combined with the sharp writing from Larry Charles contributed to this episode's classic status as did the acting. While Jerry and George both are very well acted by Jerry Seinfeld and Jason Alexander; there's no real development to their character while Elaine is shown to have a neurotic side and Kramer shows signs of suaveness and thoughtfulness that is a good growth on the zany neighbour character. Phillip Baker Hall makes for the most memorable guest appearance so far with his brilliant send - up of Joe Friday from Dragnet and Harris Shore debuts as Elaine's boss Mr. Lippman but he's immediately replaced by Richard Fancy in the next episode based at her work.

    The Library is just a sensational episode of Seinfeld; go see it now!
  • Well I have a review for you, joyboy....

    Problems: Jerry finds out he has an overdue book from 1971. The book is Tropic of Cancer. He thinks that he can get a testimony from one of his old girlfriends. But her side of the story seems totally different. George thinks he sees his old gym teacher who called him "Cantstandya". Elaine has problems pleasing her boss, and Kramer gets intimate with a library worker.
    Great episode! Mr. Bookman was great! His monologues were spectacular! I was laughing so hard! Everything tied together perfectly. This was yet again a sign to all the early Seinfeld fans that this show would someday become big.