Season 8 Episode 5

The Package

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

  • Allusions

    • 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.