Season 9 Episode 12

The Reverse Peephole

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jan 15, 1998 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Puddy is wearing what can only be described as a "man fur." Jerry and Elaine leave it to George to sniff them out a deal on a massage chair, for an apartment warming gift for their friend Joe Mayo. Elaine doesn't like Joe's parties, because he always gives his guests an assignment. Kramer and Newman are going to reverse the peepholes on their doors. The landlord wants to evict Newman, because he is an agitator. Jerry decides to go wallet-less. George is opposed to the idea; he keeps everything in his wallet. Jerry, George, Elaine and "man furred" Puddy go to the party and get their assignments. Elaine, who is in charge of the coats, decides to throw "Dr. Zaius" (Puddy's coat) out the window. Kramer comes to Newman's defense with the landlord. Joe Mayo has the same kind of coat that Puddy had, so he wants Elaine to replace the coat, after all she was in charge. George complains about back problems that Jerry attributes to the size of his wallet. The massage chair gets delivered to George's apartment. Wallet-less Jerry must carry all his girlfriend's stuff, when they go out on their date. Newman admits to Kramer that he is sleeping with the landlord's wife. Kramer and Newman find Puddy's coat hanging in a tree. Jerry complains about carrying all his girlfriend's stuff and Elaine tells him about Peterman's small men's carryall. "It's not a purse, it's European." Elaine decides she is out of the gift, if she has to replace the coat. George is enjoying the new chair and lies about getting the chair. Elaine finds out that Newman has Puddy's coat and she invites Newman to her apartment. Despite Elaine's come-ons, Newman won't give up the coat, he has given it to the landlord's wife. The landlord confronts Kramer, when he discovers the fur coat. Kramer says that it belongs to Jerry, because he is one of those insecure entertainers. Kramer convinces Jerry to wear the coat in front of the landlord. George continues to lie about the receiving the gift. Jerry drops out of the gift, when he finds out that Joe Mayo didn't like the music he provided at last year's party. Kramer was never in the gift, he just thought it was a good idea for a gift, he doesn't even know Joe Mayo. George will be able to return the chair, after he has the receipt in his wallet. Out on the street, George's wallet explodes. Jerry goes out on the street in the fur coat, where his "purse" is stolen and the landlord finds out the truth about the coat. Puddy gets a new coat.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • The Reverse Peephole: Nuff said.

    This is such a hilarious episode. The title says it all. It's incredibly original. Who would have thought to reverse their peephole!??? The way Newman and Kramer act is great. They are acting like goofs. Thats why they are hilarious. George is also funny. His obstinate persistence to not clean up his wallet is funny. What's even more funny is when he calls his wallet a friend and the peak is the guitar lesson ad paper that cant fit with george screaming about his little save the tiger poster. The funniest line is when Kramer and Newman make fun of Jerry's wallet how it went out of the fashion with powdered wigs.moreless
  • A pretty good episode.

    It all starts out at a party. Jerry is assigned to watch the fish glass and to make sure no one touches it. Elaine is assigned to coats. Puddy was assigned to make sure no one touched the stereo, then George had to watch the phone. While doing this, Puddy had a man fur which Elaine despised. She threw it out the window, not knowing that the host also had a same one. The host got mad, so Elaine has to get his coat. Then Nueman got it from a tree, which Kramer lied to the landlord of the apartment... and so on! It has a huge story and stuff, which results in Jerry calling for his European purse, and HE gets the coat in the end... so, it was a good episode... >_>moreless
Jon Polito

Jon Polito


Guest Star

Pat Finn

Pat Finn

Joe Mayo

Guest Star

Jennette Robbins

Jennette Robbins


Guest Star

Lauren Bowles

Lauren Bowles


Recurring Role

Wayne Knight

Wayne Knight


Recurring Role

Patrick Warburton

Patrick Warburton

David Puddy

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • During the original broadcast of this episode, one of the commercials featured Jason Alexander advertising the, then new, Intel Pentium II processor.

    • In this episode, whenever we're shown the inside of Kramer's apartment via the peephole looking in, there's what appears to be a living room immediately in front of the door. However, when Kramer opens the door a wall is in its place, contradicting what the peephole reveals.

    • Throughout the episode there are a few times where George mentions he keeps all the receipts he gets, and that's why his wallet is so fat. But when he, Jerry and Elaine are sitting in the coffee shop, and the waitress brings him his change and a receipt, he clearly and deliberately empties the change into his wallet, but leaves the receipt on the change-dish. oops...

    • In the original broadcast, Jerry asks George why he has Irish money in his wallet. Yet in the repeat Jerry wonders why he has a free coupon from an Exxon.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Jerry: Hey Silvio. Just out for a little stroll in my favorite fur coat.
      Silvio: That is your coat?
      Jerry: It sure is.
      Silvio: Kramer says you need it because you're an entertainer and you're desperate for attention.
      Jerry: That's true.
      Kramer: Hey Silvio, look at Jerry here, prancing around in his coat with his purse. Yup, he's a dandy. He's a real fancy boy!

    • Jerry: I can't believe we're going dancing.
      Keri: You don't go that often?
      Jerry: No, because it's so stupid.

    • Elaine: So now Joe Mayo wants me to buy him a new coat.
      Jerry: Because you threw it out.
      Elaine: No, because I was in charge of the coats. It's insane!
      Jerry: But you did actually throw his coat out the window?
      Elaine: But he doesn't know that. As far as he knows someone stole it, and that's the person who should be held responsible.
      Jerry: But that's you.
      Elaine: So I guess I'll have to buy him a new coat, even though I don't think I should be held responsible, which I am anyway.

    • Silvio: Why are we in Jerry's apartment?
      Kramer: Well, I like to think of this as my conference room. It has a more formal atmosphere, you know, with the shelves... and the furniture.

    • Jerry: So Puddy wears a man-fur?
      Elaine: He was struttin' around the coffee shop like Stein Erickson.

    • (When asked to return the Puddy´s coat)
      Newman: Climbers, keepers.

    • Kramer: Newman and I are reversing the peepholes on our door. So you can see in.
      Elaine: Why?
      Newman: To prevent an ambush.
      Kramer: Yeah, so now I can peek to see if anyone is waiting to jack me with a sock full of pennies.

    • (On the phone with George, Jerry can hear the massage chair in the background)
      Jerry: What is that noise?
      George: That's my toaster. I gotta go. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh!
      (Jerry hangs up the phone)
      Jerry: You know, sometimes I get the feeling George isn't being completely honest with me.

    • Jerry: (comparing George's wallet with his hamburger) You got more cow here than here.

    • George: Oh, so now I have to buy the whole chair by myself?
      Jerry: No, you don't have to buy anything.
      George: I already bought it! I've been lying to you for three days and now you're all screwin' me!
      Jerry: I don't understand. Why didn't you tell us you had it?
      George: I needed it. My back is...a little tweaked.
      Jerry: Because of your giant wallet. Just get rid of it.
      George: Never! It is a part of me. I will just return the chair, and it will be easy, because the receipt is in my good friend.
      Jerry: Your good friend is morbidly obese.

    • George: (taking out his wallet) Well, I'm satisfied. back is...killing me.
      Jerry: Of course. Because of that wallet. You-you got a filing cabinet under half of your ass.
      George: (putting his wallet back in his pocket) an organizer, a secretary, and a friend.

    • Jerry: (to George) You know, just the fact that you're so dead set against this makes me think I'm on to something.

    • Kramer: So, you're sleeping with Silvio's wife?
      Newman: Well, there's very little sleeping going on.

    • Newman: (Regarding Elaine's apartment) Ah, this is very much as I imagined it to be, aside from this rattan piece which seems oddly out of place.

    • George: I'll sniff out a deal. I have a sixth sense.
      Jerry: Cheapness is not a sense.

    • (After seeing his girlfriend's large keychain)
      Jerry: What are you a medieval dungeon master?

    • Jerry: Hi, I'm Jerry. How do you like my pants?

    • (Puddy approaches Elaine wearing a cheap (probably vinyl) sports coat)
      Elaine: What is that?
      Puddy: It's my new coat.
      Elaine: What happened to the fur?
      Puddy: Oh, I saw Jerry wearing a fur coat and he looked like kind of a dandy. Hey, check it out (turns around revealing a large 8-Ball on the back) 8-Ball! You gotta ask the 8-ball.
      Elaine: Are you gonna wear that, all the time?
      Puddy: ALL SIGNS POINT TO YES...hahaha high five!

    • Kramer: Nobody carries a wallet anymore. All you need is a few cards and your money. You put the big bills on the outside.
      Jerry: That's a five.

    • Jerry: It's not a purse. It's European!

    • Kramer: (to Elaine after he and Newman found Puddy's fur coat in a tree) Have you ever seen Newman climb? He's like a red tailed lemur.

  • NOTES (2)

    • This is one of the few episodes in which we see significant quantities of snow on the streets (normally since the series was shot in California, the illusion of winter was indicated simply by having steam rise from the sewers). However, January of 1998 saw a significant snowfall in New York, and perhaps that was the reason for the added effects.

    • Joe Mayo is the name of one of the crew members, which makes it even funnier when Kramer says "it sounds made up".


    • Jerry: So Puddy wears a man fur?
      Elaine: He was struttin' around the coffee shop like Stein Erickson.

      Stein Erickson is a former alpine ski racer who won a gold medal at the 1952 Olympics in the Giant Slalom. There is a ski lodge called Stein Erickson Lodge in Deer Valley, Utah that was named in his honor.

    • Jerry mentions that at Joe Mayo's previous party, he both "turned that mother out" and got "jiggy with it", references to Grand Parliament Funkadelic's Tear The Roof Off The Sucker (Give Up The Funk) and Will Smith's Gettin' Jiggy Wit It, respectively.

    • Seeing Puddy in his "man fur", Elaine calls him "Dr. Zaius", referring to the simian scientist from the Planet of the Apes movies.