The Secret Code (season 7, episode 7)
written by Alec Berg & Jeff Schaffer, directed by Andy Ackerman
original airdate: November 9, 1995
George refuses to give Susan his ATM code. Elaine is attracted to a man because he doesn’t remember meeting her. Jerry abandons George with Peterman, who drags him to see his dying Momma. Kramer gets an emergency band scanner to keep tabs on the local police and fire departments.
Kramer gets inside George’s mind to crack his secret code, narrowing it down to his temptation for chocolate syrup before George flees in a panic. Elaine invites Jerry to dinner with Mr. Peterman. Kramer listens to an emergency scanner to criticize the FDNY’s emergency routes throughout the city.
Jerry presses George to try to have him give up his secret code. Elaine is re-introduced to Fred, who stymies her when he cannot ever recall meeting her previously.
Susan grills George for his secret ATM code, later mocking him when she discovers it’s “Bosco.”
Texas School Book Depository
411 Elm St., Dallas, TEXAS (map)
Elaine mentions she once was talking to Fred about how her uncle worked at the depository with Lee Harvey Oswald, where Oswald winked at him and said he was going to catch a movie when he found out John F. Kennedy was shot.
Leapin’ Larry’s (NOT REAL)
New York, NEW YORK
Jerry is offered some TV spots for Leapin’ Larry’s appliance store, but sours the relationship when his foot falls asleep, and Larry thinks he is mocking his prosthetic leg. Jerry’s paresthesia later accidentally sets the store ablaze. The store is mentioned as being down the block from the funeral home (at 152 Second Ave.), yet Kramer mentions to the FDNY chief that the store is uptown.
W. 115th St., New York, NEW YORK (map)
Kramer hears of a fire on 115th on his emergency scanner, but criticizes the FDNY for taking the West Side Highway to get to the fire.
West Side Hwy. (now Joe DiMaggio Hwy.), New York, NEW YORK (map)
Kramer criticizes the FDNY, after hearing on his emergency scanner that they plan on using the Highway to get to a fire on W. 115th St.
Kramer praises his own traffic navigation skills, claiming he once got from his apartment to Yankee Stadium during rush hour in 15 minutes.
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)
Elaine and Jerry bail on George for dinner with Mr. Peterman, leaving him alone to have dinner (and then spend much, much longer) with Peterman.
United States Mission In Turkey
110 Ataturk Blvd., Ankara, TURKEY (map)
Jerry asks if George would be willing to tell him his ATM code if he were locked up in a Turkish prison (“Midnight Express my friend…”), and if the embassy was closed…but his code would be of no use, because according to George, as Turkey is “not on the plus system.”
Gan River, CHINA (map)
Mr. Peterman tells George he was once searching for the Gan Jiang River market (the Gan River flows through Jiangxi).
Pamplona, SPAIN (map)
Mr. Peterman tells George about one of his products, the Pamplona beret, sizes seven and a half through eight and three quarters.
Mr. Peterman begins to tell George about his latest trip to Burma, when he gets a call about his ill mother.
Elaine discusses her strange obsession on the phone with Jerry, who reveals that he ditched on the Peterman dinner and stranded George.
Mrs. Peterman’s apartment
329 Union St., Brooklyn, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: Carroll Street (F,G)
Mr. Peterman rushes over here with George to attend to his ill mother, and George reveals his secret ATM code to her, before she inexplicably blurts out the code over and over, and then dies.
Riverside-Gramercy Chapels (NOW CLOSED)
152 Second Ave., New York, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: Astor Place (6)
George and Elaine attend Mr. Peterman’s mother’s funeral, but Elaine manages to bail out of here by pretending she is speaking at a women’s conference. George fails miserably when trying to convince Peterman he too has to speak at a men’s conference. George is later pressured into giving up his secret code to a man trapped in a nearby ATM vestibule.
COSTA RICA (map)
Peterman believes George’s code “Bosco” may have been the name of a man his mother was seeing while he was a boy growing up in Costa Rica.
FDNY Hook & Ladder – No. 8 Firehouse
14 North Moore St., New York, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: Franklin Street (1)
Kramer stops by here to try and provide them shortcuts of the Upper West Side and Greenwich Village. Kramer ends up driving the truck en route to Leapin’ Larry’s…taking Amsterdam Avenue to get uptown (the radio dispatch calls them Company 390).
New York, NEW YORK
Elaine skips out on dinner with Jerry, George and Mr. Peterman to go out with Fred, who she is enthralled with because he cannot remember ever meeting Elaine.
Brooklyn, NEW YORK (map)
Fred tells Elaine that he had to visit his mother in Brooklyn to help find her pills…but could get no decent transportation from the subway.
Kove Bros. Hardware
189 Seventh Ave., New York, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: 23rd Street (1)
Kramer passes by this store when driving the back of the firetruck.