Season 3 Episode 3

The Pen

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Oct 02, 1991 on NBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

The Pen
Jerry and Elaine travel to Florida to see Jerry's parents which they soon regret when Elaine injures her back on a fold - out couch and Jerry gets caught up in a scandal by just saying that he liked someone's pen.

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  • Kind of boring.

    I don't know, maybe it's the generic picture of the early 90's, but for some reason, I thought that this episode was really boring. It wasn't a bad episode, which is why I didn't give the show a lower rating. It was just so slow paced and so stiff in terms of the plot and comedy. I did like the acting as I thought that it was really good. The interaction between the characters is what I found hilarious. It always makes me scratch my head to why they fight over the most stupid things. Overall, it was an okay episode. Thank you.moreless
  • It is finally revealed!

    I like this episode because it finally reveals what happened between Elaine & Jerry. They broke up during the summer, I like how Jerry gets the pen & eventually makes a big deal everywhere in Florida, I also liked how this episode only focused on Elaine & Jerry, Kramer & George didn't appear in this episode. My favorite scene is in which Elaine is on the bed & she is sweating & Jerry comes in & all Elaine does is complain, her complaining is hysterical, I also like how in the end, the country club went completely insane, just because of the pen, a great episode.moreless
  • So funny!!

    Oh my gosh, I have to admit that this would have to be one of my favourite Seinfeld episodes of all time. Everytime I've watched it, I haven't been able to stop laughing for quite a while.

    Elaine on some kinda of drug for the pain in her back is just so funny ... "STELLA!!"

    And when the photographer gets them to say "Astronaut" (I'm pretty sure that was the word) ... Elaine says "Astro-what?"

    Absolutely hilarious episode!!moreless
  • It still works.

    The Pen is the first classic episode of Season 3, according to airing order. We first meet Jack Klompus and get our first glimpses of Florida.

    Jerry gets himself in a lot of trouble when he takes a pen from his parent's neighbor Jack Klompus, which causes all sorts of problems, plus, Elaine has to sleep on an uncomfortable couch.

    I think this is a great episode, from the opening to the end. It's quite different than what we're used to seeing. No George, no Kramer. It's quite weird. But definitely an example of classic Seinfeld. Hooray to Larry and Jerry and Season 3.moreless
  • Now, this was just an amazing episode.

    Elaine's back hurts, Jerry takes a pen from Jack, and the elders are very insane in Florida. Wow, what an episode. Stella! Stella! Now in my DVD order, the Library was before The Pen. So, this episode wasn't the first classic Seinfeld episode. It was the second. Mr. Bookman Made the library episode. Now in this episode, Julia's performance was spectacular. Jerry's was also. Everybody's performance was great! I couldn't believe how good this episode was.

    Anyways, I thought the whole storyline was brilliant. As for Jason's offense of not being on the episode, I was a little angry at him for that. Michael was a good sport and had no problem. And I saw the inside look, and wow, did he come on strong to Larry. "If you write me out of one more episode, don't expect me to come back." Please. I know he was offended, but everybody else missed a few episodes. Other than Jerry, but he's the title character.moreless
Sandy Baron

Sandy Baron

Jack Klompus

Guest Star

Ann Morgan Guilbert

Ann Morgan Guilbert


Guest Star

Tucker Smallwood

Tucker Smallwood


Guest Star

Larry David

Larry David


Recurring Role

Barney Martin

Barney Martin

Morty Seinfeld

Recurring Role

Liz Sheridan

Liz Sheridan

Helen Seinfeld

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • We didn't see Monk's, nor Jerry's apartment.

    • Ann Morgan Guilbert (Evelyn) also worked with Sandy Baron (Jack) in the TV show Hey, Landlord.

    • Barney Martin (Morty) and Sandy Baron (Jack) also worked together in the episode "Jerry's Deli" of the TV show Life Goes On.

    • Jack Klompus first states that the tab for his and his wife's dinner was $19.44, but after discussing the money (after Marty Seinfeld says "make it twenty") he changes it to $19.45

    • This episode shows Uncle Leo as married to Stella, but no explanation is ever given as to why he is single in later episodes.

    • You can clearly see part of the set two times in this episode that you're not supposed to see at all. The mistakes occur during the night time. Looking out of the door of the Seinfeld's condo you can see the light reflecting off of the background meaning it's only a painting, and fake. Also note the shadows behind Jack and Jerry during the dinner are one dimensional when there was a railing back there.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Jack: Come on, take the pen!
      Jerry: I can't take it.
      Jack: Do me a personal favor!
      Jerry: No, I'm not…
      Jack: Take the pen!
      Jerry: I cannot take it!
      Jack: Take the pen!
      Jerry: Are you sure?
      Jack: Positive! Take the pen!
      Jerry: Okay. Thank you very much.

    • Jerry: (to his parents) What is going on in this community? Are you people aware of what's happening? What is driving you to this behavior? Is it the humidity? Is it the Muzak? Is it the white shoes?!

    • Jerry: (to Elaine) It's one day. Half a day, really. I mean you subtract showers and meals, it's like twenty minutes.

    • Jerry: I'm sleeping on a loveseat. I got my feet up in the air like I'm in a space capsule!

    • Jack: Do you think I take everything everybody offers me? You offered me sponge cake yesterday. Did I take it?
      Morty: You said you didn't want it!
      Jack: Of course I wanted it! I love sponge cake!
      Morty: Then who the hell said you couldn't have any? I mean what the hell do I care whether you have sponge cake?
      Jack: Because I saw the look on your face last week when I took the scotch tape!
      Morty: Ahh! So you got the scotch tape! I've been looking all over for it!

    • Jack: What happened to you?
      Jerry: I got in a fist fight with one of the ladies at the pool.
      Helen: It's from scuba diving.
      Jack: What's there to see underwater?

    • Helen: You're going underwater?
      Jerry: Yes. Generally that's where scuba diving is done.
      Helen: What do you have to go underwater for? What's down there that's so special?

    • Jerry: I liked it. Should I have said I didn't like it?
      Helen: You shouldn't have said anything. What did you expect him to do?
      Jerry: He could have said: "Thank you, I like it too" and put it back in his pocket.

    • Helen: Don't sleep in there. You can you use the bedroom.
      Elaine: I can't take your bedroom.
      Helen: I'm up at 6 o'clock in the morning.
      Elaine: I can't kick you out of your bed.
      Helen: We don't even sleep.

    • Stella: This better be good; I'm missing Golden Girls for this!
      Helen: I hate her like poison.

    • Elaine: Hey! It writes upside-down!

    • Helen: Why'd you take his pen for?

    • Elaine: Stella!

  • NOTES (4)

    • First appearance by Sandy Baron (Jack). He was in 5 episodes.

    • According to bonus material on the Season 3 DVD set, Jason Alexander was offended at being excluded from this episode, and insisted that all four main characters should appear in every episode from this point on.

    • At the ceremony, Larry David can be heard yelling: "Hey Jack let's get started!" and "I'd rather have a bottle of scotch!"

    • This is the only episode of the series Jason Alexander (George) does not appear.  Michael Richards (Kramer) also doesn't appear for the first time.  The only other episode of the series he doesn't appear is "The Chinese Restaurant".


    • Elaine: Stella!

      Elaine is on muscle relaxers and when introduced to Leo's wife, Stella, Elaine yells out "Stella!" She says it just like they do in Tennessee William's play (and movie) "A Streetcar Named Desire." This is consistent with Elaine's character as we know she is very into theatre.