S04E08 - The Cheever Letters

No: 48  |   Season: 4   Episode: 8  |   Air Date: 28-Oct-1992  |   Production #408

Hey, I got a rubber-pencil thing happening here.Hey, I got a rubber-pencil thing happening here.


Jerry and George begin to work on the pilot for the series they pitched to NBC. Jerry says the wrong thing while "messing" around with one of Elaine's co-workers. George & Susan tell her father about the cabin fire, he becomes distraught and letters saved from the fire soon explain why. Kramer goes to the Cuban Embassy in search of cigars and makes a deal.

Director and Writers

Director: Tom Cherones
Writers: Larry David


Elaine: (apologizing for Jerry) It's very hard being a stand-up comedian. Sometimes they don't laugh!

Kramer: (disdainful of public golf courses) It's crowded, the grass has big brown patches in it, they don't rake the sand traps. Not to mention the caliber of people you have to play with!

George: I have tremendous respect for people who work with feet. I mean, to dedicate yourself to the foot... You're toiling in virtual anonymity.

Jerry: So, she's taking about her panties, so, uh...so, I said, "You mean the panties your mother laid out for you?"
George: "The panties your mother laid out for you"? What does that mean?
Jerry: I don't know! It just popped out.
George: Well, how did she react?
Jerry: She flipped out! Just left.
George: Well, that's not offensive. It's abnormal, but it's not offensive.

Elaine: Maybe I'll go visit my mother. She just bought me some new panties and they're all...laid out for me.

George: Time is what he's indicating here.

George: I'm gonna need some water here!

Notes and Trivia

John Cheever was indeed bisexual. His stories in novels often revolved around the conflicts and secrets of upper middle-class families in the suburbs of New York.

At the end of this episode, Elaine's line "I gotta go visit my mother, I just got new panties, and she laid them out for me!" received such a loud and long response from the studio audience that it had to be shortened and lowered in editing.


George calls the Cheever book he is reading "The Falconer", however the title is actually just "Falconer."

When Jerry tells George about his girlfriend Sandra's dirty talking, the ketchup bottle is sitting on the table. In the next cut, it's automatically in George's hand.

When George and Susan are having dinner with Susan's parents, the clock on the mantle reads 8:20 throughout the scene.

At the very beginning, George and Jerry have colored notebooks to begin writing their script. Jerry starts out with a pink notebook, but later he has the blue notebook.


Jerry SeinfeldJerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-DreyfusElaine Benes
Michael RichardsKramer
Jason AlexanderGeorge Costanza
Heidi SwedbergSusan Ross
Warren FrostMr. Ross
Grace ZabriskieMrs. Ross
Lisa MalkiewiczSandra
Miguel PLuis (as Miguel Perez)
Vanessa MarquezReceptionist
Timothy OmundsonRicky
Patricia Lee WillsonSara
David BlackwoodDoorman