The Lip Reader

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The Lip Reader (season 5, episode 6)

written by Carol Leifer, directed by Tom Cherones
original airdate: October 28, 1993

George tries to get Jerry’s deaf girlfriend to read lips at a party. Kramer becomes a ball boy at the U.S. Open.

FEATURED LOCATIONS

The Improv

Jerry’s Apartment
Jerry tells the gang about his dating a deaf woman, and the gang ridicules George for being shown on national television with ice cream all over his face.

Monk’s Café
George’s latest girlfriend Gwen dumps him by giving you the “it’s not you, it’s me” routine, much to George’s dismay: “Nobody tells me it’s them not me, if it’s anybody it’s me!”

USTA National Tennis Center (now USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center)
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Flushing, Queens, NEW YORK
(map)
nearest subway: Mets – Willets Point (7)
Jerry and George watch the 1993 US Open (watching Mary Pierce of France vs. Natalia Baudone of Italy in the Women’s 1st Round Final, where Pierce won 6-0, 6-7, 7-6). George gets busted on TV with his face full of ice cream; Jerry asks out Laura, the “BL.” Kramer becomes the first “ball-man,” and knocks out Monica Seles (Kramer says he’s working the finals with Monica Seles, but real finals had Steffi Graf of Germany beating Helena Sukova of Czech Republic 6-3, 6-3).

CROATIA (map)
Jerry points out the stunning woman on the court, who George mistakes for “the Croat.” The match they are watching was between Mary Pierce of France and Natalia Baudone of Italy, but their section did include a Croatian competitor, Nadin Ercegović.

Pendant Publishing
Renee convinces Elaine to take a car service, where she is forced to act like she is deaf to avoid conversation with the driver.

Dag Hammarskjold Plaza
245 E. 47th St., New York, NEW YORK
(map)
nearest subway: Grand Central – 42nd Street (4,5,6,7)
Elaine takes the car service from her work to an important meeting (since the Lexington subway line is out), pretending she is deaf to avoid small-talk with the driver.

749 Bleecker St., New York, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: 14th Street (1,2,3)
Elaine’s car service driver is instructed over the radio to pick up Tom Hanks from this address after dropping off Elaine, outing Elaine as a faux-deaf woman when she begins to gab about how much she loves Tom Hanks. Not a real address, as Bleecker St. only runs to roughly the numbers 425-450.

Hunan 5th Ave. (NOW CLOSED)
323 Fifth Ave., New York, NEW YORK
(map)
nearest subway: 34th Street – Herald Square (B,D,F,M,N,Q,R)
Jerry and George go for dinner with Laura, the “beautiful lineswoman,” and discover that she can read lips.

Laura’s apartment
New York, NEW YORK

Jerry is parked outside Laura’s, where he asks her to a party, and asks “how about six?” as a pick-up time, which she lip reads as “how about sex?”

Madison Square Garden
4 Pennsylvania Pl., New York, NEW YORK
(map)
nearest subway: 34th Street – Penn Station (1,2,3)
The car service driver can’t hear anything the gang is saying, because Elaine got him tickets to see “Metalli-something” at the Garden after pretending to be deaf to avoid small-talk.

Todd’s apartment
New York, NEW YORK

The gang attends the party with Laura the lip reader, but Kramer cannot read Laura’s signing proerly, and their miscommunications end up wrecking both Jerry and George’s night.

The Bris

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The Bris (season 5, episode 5)

written by Larry Charles, directed by Tom Cherones
original airdate: October 14, 1993

Jerry and Elaine agree to be godparents to their friends’ newborn boy. They find a shaky mohel to perform the bris. Kramer is convinced he saw a pigman at the hospital.

FEATURED LOCATIONS

Monk’s Café is not featured in this episode.

The Improv

Jerry’s Apartment
George struggles to get reimbursed for his destroyed car, Elaine searches for a mohel for baby Steven, and Kramer finds more evidence to prove his “pig-man” theory. Stan and Myra later bring baby Steven, where they announce that Jerry and Elaine have been replaced by Kramer as “the godfather.”

St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center (now Mount Sinai West)
1000 Tenth Ave., New York, NEW YORK
(map)
nearest subway: 59th Street – Columbus Circle (A,B,C,D,1)
Jerry and Elaine are initially named godparents to their friend’s son Steven in room 1397. Kramer, trying to find the room stumbles upon room 1937, where he discovers a “pig-man,” and hears where “the anguished oink of pig-man cries out for help!” He later frees pig-man, who turns out to be a “fat little mental patient” that steals George’s 1976 Chevy Impala. A suicidal man jumps off the roof of the hospital, destroying George’s car (in the “great spot”), and George tries to get the hospital to reimburse the “living victim” of the tragedy.

Stan & Myra’s apartment
New York, NEW YORK

The gang goes to attend baby Steven’s bris, but due to Kramer’s interference and a shaky mohel, the only thing that ends up being circumcised is Jerry’s “phone finger.”

Louisiana

Louisiana

STATE OF LOUISIANA

Nickname: The Pelican State
Population: 4,648,794 (2019)
Capital: Baton Rouge

FEATURED EPISODES

Bourbon St., New Orleans, LOUISIANA (map)
The Cigar Store Indian
After discovering a used condom wrapper in their bedroom, Frank laments that he’s gone two weeks, and George has turned their house “into Bourbon Street.”

The Stall

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The Stall (season 5, episode 12)

written by Larry Charles, directed by Tom Cherones
original airdate: January 6, 1994

Elaine agonizes over a woman’s refusal to pass her some toilet paper under the stall of a public restroom. Kramer convinces Jerry that his girlfriend makes a living as a phone sex operator. George befriends Elaine’s “mimbo” boyfriend.

FEATURED LOCATIONS

The Improv

Jerry’s Apartment
Kramer and Jerry rack their brains whether Jane is also “Erica,” a 976 call girl. Elaine tells Jerry about the stall incident, and he scrambles to hide Jane’s voice from her once he puts two and two together. George complains about Kramer being invited rock climbing, and having to confess Tony’s accident to Elaine after they go climbing.

Monk’s Café
Elaine discovers that Jerry’s girlfriend Jane was the woman who could not “spare a square,” so Elaine exacts revenge in the Monk’s ladies room by removing all toilet paper, and fleeing the restaurant once Jane enters a stall.

Manhattan Beach Pier
Manhattan Beach, CALIFORNIA
(map)
Jerry mentions the Pier (albeit indirectly) in his opening monologue, mentioning the “Cuervo Beach Volleyball tournament” in mentioning beached whales. The Pier has hosted the Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Series in Manhattan Beach since 1979.

Metro Theater (NOW CLOSED)
2626 Broadway, New York, NEW YORK
(map)
nearest subway: 96th Street (1,2,3)
Elaine & Tony and Jerry & Jane go to see “The Age Of Innocence” on a double date. In the ladies’ room, Elaine asks for an extra square from Jane in the next stall…but Jane can’t spare a square.

rock climbing spot
George, Kramer and Tony the “mimbo” go rock climbing, and in mixing up who was responsible for Tony’s climbing rope, accidentally make Tony take a bit of a “tumble.”

Elaine’s Apartment
Elaine questions Tony on the words “radical reconstructive surgery” following his rock climbing accident. George tries to reconcile with Tony, but Tony and Elaine tell George to “step off” once and for all.

Harlem Branch YMCA
180 W. 135th St., New York, NEW YORK
(map)
nearest subway: 135th Street (2,3)
Kramer mentions he’s going uptown to the YMCA, and Jane asks to split a cab…but Kramer asks “what about the driver?!?” The gang usually visits the West Side YMCA (5 W. 63rd St.), but the closest uptown YMCA is the Harlem Branch.

Latvia

Latvia

🇱🇻 REPUBLIC OF LATVIA

Location: Europe
Languages: Latvian
Population: 1,891,300 (2021)
Capital: Riga

FEATURED EPISODES

LATVIA (map)
The Conversion
George’s girlfriend Sasha reveals that she is moving to Latvia for a year, and thus can’t get back together with George, even after he’s completed his conversion to the Latvian Orthodox Church.

The Wife

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The Wife (season 5, episode 17)

written by Peter Mehlman, directed by Tom Cherones
original airdate: March 17, 1994

Jerry lets his girlfriend pose as his wife so that she can receive his dry-cleaning discount, but the scam backfires when his family learns of his “marriage.” Elaine’s health club boyfriend wants to turn in George for peeing in the shower.

FEATURED LOCATIONS

The Improv

Jerry’s Apartment
Jerry and his girlfriend Meryl experience the hardships of a fake marriage, evolving from dating into full-fledged matrimony, eventually ending in “divorce” when Meryl discovers Jerry used their sacred dry cleaning discount on another woman.

Monk’s Café
The manager of Monk’s, Larry, catches Jerry’s “wife” Meryl using outside syrup, to which she is sternly warned against bringing in any outside syrups, jams or condiments.

Sun Shine Cleaners
51 University Pl., New York, NEW YORK
(map)
nearest subway: 8th Street – NYU (N,R)
Jerry and Meryl have a pretend marriage for discount dry cleaning…and where he “cheats” on her with Paula, the mysterious French woman who can’t afford her own dry cleaning.

New York Health & Racquet Club
24 E. 13th St., New York, NEW YORK
(map)
nearest subway: Union Square – 14th Street (L)
George is caught by Elaine’s squeeze Greg peeing in the shower, but has turns the tables when he catches Greg not wiping down his machines. Kramer later nods off in a tanning bed before his date with Anna, as he cannot sleep without his quilt (that’s stuck at the dry cleaners).

Central Park
New York, NEW YORK
(map)
Elaine mentions to Greg that this is her first workout since the Central Park mini-marathon…she didn’t do the marathon, she just happened to exercise that day.

Pines Of Mar Gables
Jerry’s parents call when they hear from Uncle Leo that Jerry got fake-married.

Anna’s family’s apartment
New York, NEW YORK

Kramer shows up to meet the family of Anna, his African-American girlfriend, tanned nearly to black skin, noticeably upsetting Anna and her family.

The Pie

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The Pie (season 5, episode 15)

written by Tom Gammill & Max Pross, directed by Tom Cherones
original airdate: February 17, 1994

Jerry meets his girlfriend’s father, Poppie, and loses his appetite. Elaine discovers that a mannequin resembling her has been showing up in window displays. George plots a strategy to buy a suit on sale. Kramer dates a Monk’s cashier.

FEATURED LOCATIONS

The Improv

Jerry’s Apartment
Jerry and George obsess over Audrey’s refusal to try Jerry’s apple pie. Kramer tells Elaine about her lookalike mannequin he discovered in a clothing store.

Monk’s Café
Jerry becomes obsessed with finding out why his new girlfriend refuses to try the apple pie from Monk’s. Kramer dates Olive, a cashier at Monk’s, after he discovers her long nails cure his nagging constant back itch.

Rinitze (NOT REAL)
216 Columbus Ave., New York, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: 72nd Street (B,C)
Kramer discovers an Elaine doppelganger mannequin (“it’s like they chopped off your arms and legs, dipped you in plastic, then screwed you all back together and stuck you on a pedestal!”) here, which she later steals from the store. George strategizes on how to get a suit soon to be on sale, having to trick a “fellow 40 short” into not buying the suit. Kramer mentions that the store is downtown, although the exterior is the Uptown Nautica store featured in “The Red Dot.” Thanks Erkan B. for the tip!

EUROPE (map)
Elaine tells the store clerk that “I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing your crummy little Euro-trash rags,” referring specifically to a $1200 Jean-Paul Gauthier dress on “her” mannequin.

Poppie’s (NOT REAL)
1394 Third Ave., New York, NEW YORK
(map)
nearest subway: 77th Street (6)

Jerry catches Poppie not washing his hands (“Poppie’s…a little sloppy”)…and then refuses to try his pizza, in a similar fashion to Audrey’s refusal of his apple pie. Audrey takes a reservation and says that Poppie’s is on 77th Street, but the exterior is actually on Third at 79th. Thanks Erkan B. for the tip!

Pendant Publishing
Jerry drops off Elaine (and the lookalike mannequin) at her office after their trip to Rinitze, on Jerry’s way to Poppie’s.

Peter’s (NOW CLOSED)
182 Columbus Ave., New York, NEW YORK
(map)
nearest subway: 72nd Street (B,C)
A “swishing” George (thanks to his too-tight new suit) has a meeting with the McKenzie people about a potential job, where they get likely food poisoning with a spiked chocolate cream pie meant for George.

Chicago, ILLINOIS (map)
Elaine mentions her friend wrote her to tell her she saw the same Elaine-like mannequin in Chicago, wondering out loud “what if there are more?”

Zohra Fabrics (now Bazar Fabrics)
256 W. 39th St., New York, NEW YORK
(map)
nearest subway: 42nd Street – Port Authority Bus Terminal (A,C,E)
It is discovered that Ricky (from “The Cigar Store Indian“) is making the TR-6 mannequin model (or, “Elaine”) here.

The Raincoats

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The Raincoats (season 5, episodes 18 & 19)

written by Tom Gammill & Max Pross and Larry David & Jerry Seinfeld, directed by Tom Cherones
original airdate: April 28, 1994

Elaine dates a “close talker,” who loves spending time with Jerry’s parents. Jerry is caught making out during “Schindler’s List.” Morty and Kramer go into business together.

FEATURED LOCATIONS

The Improv

Jerry’s Apartment
Kramer and Morty make an agreement to sell “The Executive” together for a profit. The gang meets Aaron, the “close talker,” who becomes obsessed with Jerry’s parents. Morty & Helen reveal that they do not like George’s parents. Newman outs Jerry to his parents for making out with Rachel during “Schindler’s List.”

Monk’s Café
George gets asked to join Big Brothers, and spins an elaborate web of lies when he passes, claiming he needs to go to Paris instead. Jerry and Elaine try to understand Aaron’s obsession with Morty & Helen Seinfeld.

Paris, FRANCE (map)
Jerry’s parents are staying with him for 3 days before leaving for Paris with a select charter group; George plans to avoid being Big Brother to a boy named Joey by pretending to go to Paris…but ends up having to accompany the kid to Paris to find his father. George unsuccessfully tries to pawn the kid off to Morty and Helen, before he ends up taking their charter tickets on their “Gateway To Paris” flight, and is shown having lunch in Paris with Joey.

Saks Fifth Avenue
611 Fifth Ave., New York, NEW YORK
(map)
nearest subway: 5th Avenue – 53rd Street (E,M)
Kramer compliments Helen’s hand cream that she brings him from Miami, claiming he’ll have to go there next time he’s there. Or, as Jerry reminds him: “or if your ever on Fifth Avenue here in New York City…you can get it there.”

Miami, FLORIDA (map)
Kramer says he wants to ensure he buys handcream that Helen brings him from Saks 5th Ave. the next time he is in New York, neglecting that Saks 5th Ave. is located on 5th Avenue in New York. There are two Saks locations in the Miami area, one at Dadeland Mall (7687 North Kendall Dr.) and Bal Harbour Shops (9700 Collins Ave.).

Metropolitan Museum Of Art
1000 Fifth Ave., New York, NEW YORK
(map)
nearest subway: 86th Street (4,5,6)
Aaron takes Helen and Morty on a behind the scenes tour…conspicuously without Elaine. Morty believes Monet had to be near-sighted, and was painting without his glasses (Jerry: “he’s from the impressionist school…you know, Monet, Manet, Tippy-Tippy-Day-Day”). Also where Aaron claims Helen responded to Renoir and how he painted children.

Costanza House
Helen and Morty refuse an invitation for paella with the Costanzas. George sells Frank’s cabana wear to Rudy’s, which Frank later discovers Kramer wearing. Frank wants his cabana wear back for a cruise with Estelle, but the clothes are lost after being burned for moths.

Elaine’s Apartment
Elaine questions Aaron the close-talker as to why he loved going to the museum with the Seinfelds so much.

Eiffel Tower
5 ave. Anatole France, Paris, FRANCE
(map)
George claims to be staying at the apartment complex “Eiffel Towers” to Alec (presumably near the actual Tower in George’s mind).

Pines Of Mar Gables
Morty calls Jack Klompus to have him courier his raincoats overnight. The Seinfeld’s condo is later robbed upon their return, since Jack never fixed the broken window to their garage he had to break to get inside.

Rudy’s (actually Antique Boutique, NOW CLOSED)
714 Broadway, New York, NEW YORK
(map)
nearest subway: 8th Street – NYU (N,R)
George sells all of Frank’s cabana wear to Rudy for $225…but instead inadvertently infests the store with moths. Kramer makes a deal to sell all of Morty’s “Executive” raincoats to Rudy, who later turns down the deal after his moth infestation.

Pendant Publishing
Aaron picks up Elaine from work to go to My Fair Lady…with Helen and Morty. Morty mentions that Harry Fleming used to have an office in the building…and a deli on the first floor (“you don’t get corned beef like that anymore”).

Virginia Theatre (now August Wilson Theatre)
245 W. 52nd St., New York, NEW YORK
(map)
nearest subway: 50th Street (C,E)
Elaine, Aaron, Helen and Morty go to see 1993 revival of “My Fair Lady.” Caroline’s Comedy Club (1626 Broadway), Novotel Hotel (226 W. 52nd St.) and Winter Garden Theatre (1634 Broadway) are all seen in the establishing shot.

Café Un Deux Trois
123 W. 44th St., New York, NEW YORK
(map)
nearest subway: Times Square – 42nd Street (1,2,3,7,N,Q,R,S)
Elaine, Aaron, Helen and Morty go here for dinner after seeing “My Fair Lady.”

Central Park
New York, NEW YORK
(map)
George sees Morty & Helen pass on a hansom cab with Aaron & Elaine while in the park.

Cineplex Odeon Regency (NOW CLOSED)
1987 Broadway, New York, NEW YORK
(map)
nearest subway: 66th Street – Lincoln Center (1)
Newman catches Jerry and Rachel necking during the ever-romantic classic “Schindler’s List,” which he later describes to Helen and Morty as “a more offensive spectacle I cannot recall!”

POLAND (map)
Newman tells Morty and Helen that Jerry “was moving on her (Rachel) like the stormtroopers into Poland!” when he caught them making out at a showing of “Schindler’s List.”

airport
Queens, NEW YORK
(map)
Jerry, Kramer and Morty await Jack’s boxes at the airport…only to discover they’re wrecked. Helen and Morty later fly back to Miami (at Gate 18A, Atlantic Northern flight 433), much to Aaron’s disappointment.

Rachel’s apartment
New York, NEW YORK

Jerry is kicked out of Rachel’s apartment (and essentially dumped) by Mr. Goldstein for the “Schindler’s List” incident, as he was told of the news by Newman.

cruise
Morty & Helen run into Frank & Estelle on a cruise, after the Costanzas are forced out of their house to fumigate for moths.

The Masseuse

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The Masseuse (season 5, episode 9)

written by Peter Mehlman, directed by Tom Cherones
original airdate: November 18, 1993

Jerry’s masseuse girlfriend won’t give him a massage. Elaine dates Joel Rifkin – not the mass murderer.

FEATURED LOCATIONS

The Improv

Jerry’s Apartment
Jerry complains about a lack of massages from his new masseuse girlfriend, getting so desperate he tries to forcibly receive a massage, causing Jodi to storm out in disgust. Jodi’s hatred of George ends up turning him on, as “she just dislikes me so much… it’s irresistible.”

Monk’s Café
George obsesses over the fact that Jerry’s masseuse girlfriend Jodi does not like him, which he discusses first with Jerry, then with his girlfriend Karen.

Pendant Publishing
Elaine tells her coworkers that her boyfriend’s name is Joel Rifkin, leading to jokes and cracks at Joel (the boyfriend’s) expense about the other Joel Rifkin.

La Boite en Bois
75 W. 68th St., New York, NEW YORK
(map)
nearest subway: 66th Street – Lincoln Center (1)
A flashback is shown from “The Mango,” showing George’s discussion with Karen about how she feels full after the risotto.

IDAHO (map)
Jerry mentions to George that Jodi not wanting to give him a massage instead of sex is like going to Idaho and asking for a carrot: “I like carrots, but I’m in Idaho…I want a potato!”

Hunan 5th Ave. (NOW CLOSED)
323 Fifth Ave., New York, NEW YORK
(map)
nearest subway: 34th Street – Herald Square (B,D,F,M,N,Q,R)
Jerry, Jodi, George and Karen go on a double date here, where George becomes suspicious that Jodi does not like him…and his suspicions are right.

Elaine’s Apartment
Elaine and Joel Rifkin argue over potential new names for Joel…including Stewart, Todd, Ned or Remy.

Giants Stadium (NOW CLOSED)
50 Route 120, East Rutherford, NEW JERSEY
(map)
Elaine, Joel and Kramer go to see the Giants host the Philadelphia Eagles. The game goes into overtime (Kramer catches the game-winning field goal ball), and Elaine finds out Joel is adopted. Kramer tries picking up tickets at will-call, but cannot get because he does not have his wallet, and thus Joel is called over the PA system, where the entire stadium hears his familiar name.

Karen’s apartment
New York, NEW YORK

George and Karen continue to fight over George’s obsession that Jodi may not like him.

SWEDEN (map)
Jerry mentions Sweden in his closing monologue, noting how the Swedish are big into getting “meat in their hands,” between the massages and the meatballs. He also notes that for a neutral country, Sweden is pretty tense, as they have a very high suicide rate.

The Stand-In

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The Stand-In (season 5, episode 16)

written by Larry David, directed by Tom Cherones
original airdate: February 24, 1994

Kramer is hired as a stand-in on a soap opera. He encourages Mickey to put lifts in his shoes, but his advice doesn’t sit well with the other little people stand-ins. George is ready to break up with his girlfriend until he discovers that she’s being urged to call it quits with him.

FEATURED LOCATIONS

The Improv

Jerry’s Apartment
Elaine tells Jerry about her date with Phil, and how “he took it out.” Kramer and Mickey argue over whether to use lifts in Mickey’s shoes for his stand-in job, with the two coming to blows after Mickey’s lifts are outed by a fellow little person actor, thus violating an unwritten code of the stand-in world.

Monk’s Café
George, about to dump Daphne, decides to maintain the relationship only to spite Al Netchie, who warned Daphne that George would “hurt her.” Daphne later ends up dumping George at the coffee shop.

Jerry and George’s bus route
New York, NEW YORK

Jerry and George ride the bus, discussing George’s relationship with Daphne, and Fulton’s illness. They criss-cross past a number of NYC locations, including:
– West Side Kids (498 Amsterdam Ave.)
– Optimo (NOW CLOSED – 364 Eighth Ave.)
– Mo’ Better Restaurant (NOW CLOSED – 570 Amsterdam Ave.)
– 7-11 (345 W. 42nd St.)
– Hatrexco (NOW CLOSED – 838 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn)
– American Video Service Center (NOW CLOSED – 203 W. 85th St.)

St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center (now Mount Sinai West)
1000 Tenth Ave., New York, NEW YORK
(map)
nearest subway: 59th Street – Columbus Circle (A,B,C,D,1)
Jerry goes to visit Fulton in the hospital to give him “a good laugh”…and ends up laughing him to death.

Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), RUSSIA (fmr. SOVIET UNION) (map)
Jerry, to Fulton, on the siege of Leningrad: “First you crack, then you chuckle! That was the motto of the Russians at the seige of Leningrad…you know, because Leningrad, when the Nazis attacked, it wasn’t a very happy time. Because of the war. Famine, plus it was cold…very cold. They were eating each other…”

ABC Studios
77 W. 66th St., New York, NEW YORK
(map)
nearest subway: 66th Street – Lincoln Center (1)
Kramer and Mickey appear as stand-ins on “All My Children,” and Mickey has a moral dilemma over whether to wear lifts in his shoes. “Notes About Nothing” on the Season 5 DVD lists the studios’ location as 320 W. 66th St.

Daphne’s apartment
New York, NEW YORK

George decides to prolong his suffering relationship with Daphne, after she proclaims that maybe her friend Al was right to warn her about George when parked outside of her apartment.

Elaine’s Apartment
Phil Tatola drops off Elaine at her apartment…but not before taking “it” out in the car.

The Concord
Jerry mentions to Adrian his stand-up bit killed at The Concord last week, and thus he should be allowed to “perform” for Fulton at the hospital.