S08E02 - The Soul Mate

No: 136  |   Season: 8   Episode: 2  |   Air Date: 26-Sep-1996  |   Production #802

WeWe're getting vasectomies!


George thinks the foundation lawyer thinks he might have killed Susan, Jerry suggests using a method employed by Jerry Lewis to find out. Kramer falls for Jerry's girlfriend and he consults Newman for advice. Elaine's friends insist that she have a baby, she'd rather not and meets a man who shares her ideals. George leaves a running tape recorder in his brief case at the next board meeting and leaves the room. He returns to find the briefcase damaged and the tape stopped. Newman gets in the middle of Jerry and Kramer's relationship with Pam; he bribes Jerry in hopes to find out more about his obsession, Elaine. Meanwhile, her new boyfriend gets a vasectomy to show her how committed he is to not having children. The guys find out Pam isn't interested in having children and they line up for their own vasectomies. George gets to the bottom of what happened to his briefcase.

Director and Writers

Director: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Peter Mehlman


George: He thinks I killed Susan!
. . .
Jerry: Just for the record . . .
George: No, I did not!

Wyck: Does anyone think George might have murdered Susan?
Mr. Cross: Oh, yeah. I just assumed he murdered her.

Newman: (whispering) Do I smell Pantene?
Kramer: Do I smell?
Newman: (whispering angrily) PANTENE!
Kramer: Uh, Pantene?

Newman: Pam. I don't know the woman but she sounds quite fetching.

Elaine: ... followed by a mysterious 'galank.'

George: I once told a woman that I really enjoy spending time with my family.

Notes and Trivia

This episode was dedicated to Victor Wayne Harris the assistant prop manager for the show who died in August 1996 from a stroke.

In the library, Newman secretly coaches Kramer as he talks to Pam . In the episode "The Old Man", the roles are reversed as Kramer is Newman's "coach", whispering to him from behind as to what to say to the record store owner.


When Jerry is chasing Newman throughout the apartment building and finally catches him, Newman's back is against apartment door 4D. When the camera angle changes over Jerry's shoulder apartment door 5E can be seen. Which floor are they actually on?

In the opening scene, George has his hands folded on top of his briefcase. In the next shot, one hand is on top of the other.


Jerry SeinfeldJerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-DreyfusElaine Benes
Michael RichardsCosmo Kramer
Jason AlexanderGeorge Costanza
Wayne KnightNewman
Bruce DavisonWyck
Tim DeKayKevin
Lisa MendeCarol
Kim MyersPam
Rende Rae NormanMs. Baines
Tommy Redmond HicksMr. Cross (as Tommy Hicks)
Jill TalleyGail
Jill HoldenLisa
Ruth CohenRuthie Cohen