S08E05 - The Package
No: 139 | Season: 8 Episode: 5 | Air Date: 17-Oct-1996 | Production #805
Elaine has a rash and looks for a doctor who will treat her; despite her doctor -- patient relationship reputation. Kramer offers Jerry a method to get a refund on his stereo that is two years out of warranty. George discovers the woman at the photo store is looking at his pictures. Jerry refuses delivery of a package with no return address. George thinks that the photo store clerk has stuck a revealing picture of herself in with his pictures. Kramer convinces George to return the compliment and offers to take the photos. Uncle Leo signs for Jerry's package. Elaine tries to lift her medical records. Jerry lets Uncle Leo open the package and there is the sound of an explosion. Leo's stove has exploded but eventually Jerry gets the package and opens it up. It contains his stereo in pieces. Kramer sent the package to him insured; now all they must do is collect the insurance money from the post office. Elaine poses as Uncle Leo's nurse to try a diagnosis for her condition. When that doesn't work she tries to get Kramer to lift her records. Newman grills Jerry on suspicion of mail fraud. George drops off his film at the photo store and gets a surprising result.
Director and Writers
Director: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Jennifer Crittenden
Elaine: I was looking at my chart and it said that I was difficult. Why would they write that?
Jerry: They've gotten to know you.
George: Why don't you find a doctor that doesn't know you're difficult.
Elaine: Oh come on, I'm not difficult. I'm easy.
Kramer: Yes, I'm Dr. van Nostrand from the clinic. I need Elaine Benes's chart; she's a patient of mine and she's not going to make it. It's, uh, very bad, very messy.
Nurse: I see. And what clinic is that again?
Kramer: Uh, that's correct.
Nurse: Excuse me?
Kramer: From the Hoffermanndale Clinic, in Belgium.
Kramer: The Netherlands?
Mailman: Package for you. Sign here.
Jerry: Who's it from?
Mailman: No return address.
Jerry: What if I don't want it?
Mailman: Are you refusing delivery?
Jerry: Maybe I am.
Mailman: Why would you do that?
Jerry: I've never done it before.
Mailman: Why start now?
Jerry: Why not?
Newman: Alright, let me ask you this. Don't you find it interesting that your friend had the foresight to purchase postal insurance for your stereo? Huh? I mean, parcels are rarely damaged during shipping!
Jerry: Define 'rarely'.
Kramer: It's a write off for them.
Jerry: How is it a write off?
Kramer: They just write it off.
Jerry: Write it off of what?
Kramer: They just write it off!
Jerry: You don't even know what a write off is, do you?
Kramer: No. Do you?
Jerry: No I don't!!
George: Who's going to bomb you? An airline? For all the stupid little peanut jokes?
Jerry: Oh, I suppose you think you're bombable.
George: There's a couple of people who wouldn't mind having me out of the way.
Jerry: There's more than a couple.
Notes and Trivia
This episode marks the final mention of Jerry's unseen cousin Jeffrey.
The scene in which Newman interrogates Jerry is a reference to the famous Sharon Stone leg-crossing scene in the movie "Basic Instinct". In fact, Wayne Knight (Newman) actually appeared in that movie as one of the interrogators.
Even after Kramer packages Jerry's stereo and mails it, there is a stereo system still visible on Jerry's shelf. However, it must be noted that the faulty component that Jerry was initially jiggling with the screwdriver was on a shelf lower than the stereo components that remained on the shelf, and it is missing in subsequent scenes! (Therefore, this is not really a goof.)
|Jerry Seinfeld||Jerry Seinfeld|
|Julia Louis-Dreyfus||Elaine Benes|
|Michael Richards||Cosmo Kramer|
|Jason Alexander||George Costanza|
|Len Lesser||Uncle Leo|
|Richard Roat||Dr. Berg|
|Fort Atkinson||Dr. Stern|
|David Purdham||Dr. Resnick|
|Ram||Mailman (as Ramon Franco)|
|Bari K. Willerford||Ron|
|F. William Parker||Country Doctor|
|Lyn Alicia Henderson||Clerk (as Lynn A. Henderson)|
|Bill Gratton||Postal Official|
|Phil Hartman||Man on Phone (voice) (uncredited)|