Season 8 Episode 5

The Package

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Oct 17, 1996 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Elaine has a rash and looks for a doctor who will treat her; despite her doctor -- patient relationship reputation. Kramer offers Jerry a method to get a refund on his stereo that is two years out of warranty. George discovers the woman at the photo store is looking at his pictures. Jerry refuses delivery of a package with no return address. George thinks that the photo store clerk has stuck a revealing picture of herself in with his pictures. Kramer convinces George to return the compliment and offers to take the photos. Uncle Leo signs for Jerry's package. Elaine tries to lift her medical records. Jerry lets Uncle Leo open the package and there is the sound of an explosion. Leo's stove has exploded but eventually Jerry gets the package and opens it up. It contains his stereo in pieces. Kramer sent the package to him insured; now all they must do is collect the insurance money from the post office. Elaine poses as Uncle Leo's nurse to try a diagnosis for her condition. When that doesn't work she tries to get Kramer to lift her records. Newman grills Jerry on suspicion of mail fraud. George drops off his film at the photo store and gets a surprising result.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Suspicion of mail fraud!

    The Mail Fraud, the episode that really showed me why Seinfeld is far and away the greatest sitcom of all time. This was a true situational comedy, something the show wasn't always, as all the storylines ended up costing everybody royally in the end. You really did not have a dull moment in the broadcast, and as far as Newman performances go, this has to be one of his best.

    "It's pretty hot under these lights, huh, Seinfeld?" "Actually, I'm quite comfortable." Just a brilliant exchange and proof that these later episodes of Seinfeld still had some mojo, despite not holding up with all the old ones.moreless
  • Great!

    I haven't seen this episode in ten years, but I remembered it yesterday and decided it's my favorite Seinfeld episode. So many great things: the American Medical Association calling Elaine in the middle of the night to confirm the spelling of her name; Newman's co-worker dozing off as Newman tries to interrogate Jerry; Kramer exclaiming "Now they have a chart on me!"; Uncle Leo getting "blown up" (or so we first think) by a mail bomb meant for Jerry; and Elaine, Kramer, and Uncle Leo arriving at a rural vet's office for treatment-- until that office gets a phone call.moreless
  • Season 8, Episode 5.

    This episode is pretty funny. Kramer doesn't know what a write off is. LMAO! Neither do I... Nobody lets Elaine sees her chart. Then, she poses as Uncle Leo's nurse, named Paloma. LMAO Newman. Kramer was taking nude photography pictures of George! He was only in underwear! LMAO! It was all to impress a worker who develops his pictures. LMAO! And a guy ends up developing them! Newman: It's pretty hot under these lights, isn't it, Seinfeld?

    Seinfeld: Actually, I'm pretty comfortable.

    LMAO! Kramer doesn't know Elaine's last name! ROTFL! Kramer poses as a doctor to get Elaine's chart, and they get a chart on him too! Great episode!moreless
  • Awkward!

    The one word that I could describe this episode with is "Awkward!" Seriously. No joke. The Art of Deduction was kinda of funny when Cramer said it, but seriously, the gay postman thing kind of freaked me out at the end and poor George getting talked into that. The part of this episode I liked though was when Elaine kept getting basically murdered through curiousity by the doctors, I mean it is so cruel for her! I mean it was funny though, it was like, they walk out saying she will be ok, and then she asks for help and then they write about her. That must be painful, I wonder if doctors really do do that. Writing that there difficult? Ha, pricless. So, great episode, although kinda strange.moreless
Richard Roat

Richard Roat

Dr. Berg

Guest Star

Fort Atkinson

Fort Atkinson

Dr. Stern

Guest Star

David Purdham

David Purdham

Dr. Resnick

Guest Star

Wayne Knight

Wayne Knight


Recurring Role

Len Lesser

Len Lesser

Uncle Leo

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • The final mention of Jerry's unseen cousin Jeffrey.

    • George comes into Jerry's apartment with a garment bag presumably containing his outfit for the seductive pictures. However, when he poses for the pictures he's only wearing his boxers and undershirt, which he later removes. So what was in the garment bag?

    • George takes a picture of Jerry messing with the stereo at the beginning of the episode. George has the roll of film developed in the middle of the episode (where he gets the picture of the model). But at the end of the episode, that picture is magically on the same roll as the "Art of Seduction" photos, which were shot on a different roll.

    • Kramer is wearing the shirt he previously sold to bania in The Secretary Episode 95, I cant remember if he got it back

    • When Newman asks Jerry for a sip of his root beer, Jerry says no while dangling the can in his hand. However, in the next shot when Newman stands up to approach Jerry, the can has magically landed on the desk next to Jerry.

    • During his interrogation, Newman says about George's 'tasteful' picture that he's part of "some ill-conceived mailorder pornography ring", but the picture didn't have anything to do with mail. Newman only got it from the same roll of film as the stereo picture.

    • Kramer has to borrow a camera in this episode. However, in the earlier episode "The Pick", he has his own equipment to take Elaine's picture for her Christmas card. Jerry even remarks to Elaine that Kramer has equipment over there. We also see Kramer take a photo of Jerry in season six's "The Kiss Hello". He could've broken it. He's done that to a lot of things.

    • Paul Winter notices that there are 2 parts to the stereo: the top part with the tape deck and what not (which is seen throughout the episode, yes), and a smaller bottom part, possibly the amplifier, which is seperate and on the bottom part of the shelf. This is the part Jerry sticks the screwdriver in, and Kramer is seen carrying this piece out the door when he leaves... and is not seen on the shelf for the rest of the episode.

    • I noticed that Jerry's stereo is still in the background after Kramer mails it. It is even in the background while Jerry is opening the package with the broken stereo.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Jerry: (to another of Kramer's schemes) Oh yeah, I like this idea.

    • Kramer: It's the timeless art of seduction.

    • George: Who's going to bomb you? An airline? For all the stupid little peanut jokes?
      Jerry: Oh, I suppose you think you're bombable.
      George: There's a couple of people who wouldn't mind having me out of the way.
      Jerry: There's more than a couple.

    • Elaine: I was looking at my chart and it said that I was difficult. Why would they write that?
      Jerry: They've gotten to know you.
      George: Why don't you find a doctor that doesn't know you're difficult.
      Elaine: Oh come on, I'm not difficult. I'm easy.

    • Jerry: I'm not gonna treat my uncle like a bomb-defusing robot.

    • Mailman: Package for you. Sign here.
      Jerry: Who's it from?
      Mailman: No return address.
      Jerry: What if I don't want it?
      Mailman: Are you refusing delivery?
      Jerry: Maybe I am.
      Mailman: Why would you do that?
      Jerry: I've never done it before.
      Mailman: Why start now?
      Jerry: Why not?

    • Kramer: It's a write off for them.
      Jerry: How is it a write off?
      Kramer: They just write it off.
      Jerry: Write it off of what?
      Kramer: They just write it off!
      Jerry: You don't even know what a write off is, do you?
      Kramer: No. Do you?
      Jerry: No I don't!!

    • Newman: Alright, let me ask you this. Don't you find it interesting that your friend had the foresight to purchase postal insurance for your stereo? Huh? I mean, parcels are rarely damaged during shipping!
      Jerry: Define 'rarely'.
      Newman: Frequently.

    • Kramer: So, uh, one chart coming up. It's Bennett, right?
      Elaine: It's Benes, you jackass! My last name is Benes!
      (Kramer pauses, dumbfounded)
      Elaine: Yeah!

    • George: (after seeing male photo clerk's erotic photo) Oh, my God!!
      Newman: We have some questions we'd like you to answer.
      Jerry: I have some questions of my own.

    • Kramer: Yes, I'm Dr. van Nostrand from the clinic. I need Elaine Benes's chart; she's a patient of mine and she's not going to make it. It's, uh, very bad, very messy.
      Nurse: I see. And what clinic is that again?
      Kramer: Uh, that's correct.
      Nurse: Excuse me?
      Kramer: From the Hoffermanndale Clinic, in Belgium.
      Nurse: Really?
      Kramer: The Netherlands?

    • Jerry: I wish I had the last 20 seconds of my life back.

    • Jerry: The explosion burned off his mustache and eyebrows, he's all smooth now, like a seal. (about Uncle Leo)

    • Jerry: You don't know what a write off is, do you?
      Kramer: No, but they do. And they're the ones writing it off.

  • NOTES (1)


    • The scene in which Newman "grills" Jerry is a parody of the famous Sharon Stone leg-crossing scene in the movie Basic Instinct. Wayne Knight (Newman) actually appeared in that movie as one of Stone's sweat-soaked interrogators.