Seinfeld

Season 5 Episode 6

The Lip Reader

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Oct 28, 1993 on NBC
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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

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

    10
    This episode was so funny. I enjoyed watching every single minute of it. It was such an amazing episode. Then again, Seinfeld is always so amazing. I especially loved the part where the lip reader got "six" and "sex" mixed up. It was so hilarious. I also really really loved the part where she was lip reading George's ex-girlfriend's conversation with another man, and misinterpreted what she said. This episode is yet another great installment to this series. I love this show so much, especially this episode. This episode is just so above average. This episode is definitely a series classic.moreless
  • Jerry is smitten with a line judge at the US Open, but after he gets her attention, he finds out she is deaf.

    10
    This episode was so funny. I enjoyed watching every single minute of it. It was such an amazing episode. Then again, Seinfeld is always so amazing. I especially loved the part where the lip reader got "six" and "sex" mixed up. It was so hilarious. I also really really loved the part where she was lip reading George's ex-girlfriend's conversation with another man, and misinterpreted what she said. This episode is yet another great installment to this series. I love this show so much, especially this episode. It is just so above average. This episode is definately a series classic.moreless
  • Lips don't Lie!

    9.5
    It's another banner day for the Seinfeld clan. first up it's the scene at the baseball game where George was eating ice cream on the large screen for everybody to watch. In nthe limo, elaine petend to be deaf so that the limo driver won't talk to her. When he utter the name Tom Hanks, Elaine open her mouth. a funny scene. The rest of the gang use Marlee Matlin to earsdrop on people, that didn't go so well. One of the best episode of another great season for "Seinfeld." The show about nothing, has plenty to show off. Another classic episode.moreless
  • “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.moreless

    9.8
    George’s girlfriend dumps him, using the line “It’s not you… it’s me,” which he claims he invented. He tells her “if it’s anyone, it’s me” and storms off. Elaine pretends to be deaf, so that she doesn’t have to make small talk with a cab driver, while Jerry falls for a deaf line judge at a tennis match. Jerry goes out for dinner with George and the deaf woman, who they learn reads lips. Jerry and George attempt to have a conversation without her reading their lips by using their arms and napkins to hide their mouths, but fail. The deaf woman goes to a party with them and reads the lips of George’s ex, but a miscommunication caused by Kramer makes George think his ex is sleeping with someone else.moreless

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  • 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)

    • If the U.S. Open tennis tournament is going on, the time of year would be late August into early September (championship matches are played Labor Day weekend). The Metallica reference is made probably to emphasize that Elaine gave the driver tickets to a band that played very LOUD.

    • In the beginning of the episode, when Jerry and George are at the tennis match, one of the players scores, and we hear applause. The camera then shows the entire crowd on the side that Jerry and George are on. None of these people are applauding, however.

    • In the restaurant, Laura notices that a couple is breaking up. George asks how she knows, as if he does not yet know she reads lips. If he didn't know, why was he just seconds before speaking to this deaf woman about a lack of napkins at the concession stands?!

    • After Kramer runs into Monica Seles, Laura's hands are in the air. In the close up shot, her hands are on her head.

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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.

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