Season 9 Episode 12

The Reverse Peephole

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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".

  • Allusions

    • 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.