The Letter (season 3, episode 21)
written by Larry David, directed by Tom Cherones
original airdate: March 25, 1992
Jerry finds out his new artist girlfriend plagiarized a touching letter she wrote to keep him from breaking up with her. Her portrait of Kramer becomes a hot seller. Elaine refuses to remove her Orioles cap while sitting in the Yankees’ owner’s box during a game.
Monk’s Café is not featured in this episode.
Jerry finds Nina’s letter, which he is blown away by the emotionality of the letter…until he later discovers, while watching television, that Nina lifted the letter word for word from Neil Simon’s “Chapter Two” (“I offer happiness! James Caan doesn’t offer happiness!”).
33 Greene St., New York, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: Canal Street (N,Q,R,W)
Nina scores Yankees tickets for Elaine, George and Kramer, paints “The Kramer,” and George is coerced into buying an expensive painting of hers. Thanks Erkan B. for the tip!
Kramer, when being painted by Jerry’s girlfriend Nina, asks if she is capturing his true eye color tone, which he describes as being “dark brown, like rich Colombian coffee.”
Nina gets Elaine, George and Kramer Yankees tickets in the owner’s box for a game versus the Orioles, but Elaine is ejected for wearing an Orioles cap, and Kramer gets hit by a foul ball. Elaine later goes to a game with Mr. Lippman, and is tossed by security for again wearing the Orioles cap.
Towson, MARYLAND (map)
Elaine lies to Mr. Lippman, and tells her she had to miss the bris due to her father’s illness back in Maryland.
Philadelphia, PENNSYLVANIA (map)
Kramer heckles Yankees third baseman Charlie Hayes by yelling “you better catch it here Charlie, because this ain’t Philadelphia!”
Baltimore, MARYLAND (map)
Elaine is kicked out of the owner’s box for wearing an Orioles cap to a Yankees game. Mr. Lippman later asks Elaine to wear the Baltimore cap again for another Yankee game, “to have a little fun” with his friend who has the owner’s box tickets.
Elaine desperately tries getting the Sunday Sports section away from Mr. Lippman, to avoid being seen on the cover of the sports page, and caught lying about her trip to Maryland.
Houston, TEXAS (map)
Mr. Lippman goes to a publisher’s convention in Houston, and decides to read the Sunday sports section (with Elaine’s picture) on the plane there.
2 Central Park S., New York, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: 5th Avenue – 59th Street (N,Q,R)
Jerry dumps Nina by turning the tables on her and directly quoting Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite,” which takes place entirely in Suite 719 of the hotel.
1067 Fifth Ave., New York, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: 86th Street (4,5,6)
The new owners of “The Kramer” host the real Kramer for dinner, to learn about the “grotesque” figure now prominent in their dining room.
Kramer tells the owners of “The Kramer” that he hopped a steamship to Sweden when he was 17 years old.