"The Apartment"
Season 2
Episode 10
Air Date April 4, 1991
Writer(s) Larry David
Jerry Seinfeld
Director Tom Cherones
The Phone Message · The Statue

“The Apartment” is the 5th episode of Season 2 of Seinfeld, which first aired on April 4, 1991. It was written by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, and was directed by Tom Cherones.


While Elaine is depressed about the low quality of her apartment, Jerry overhears Harold and Manny, the managers of his apartment building, discussing a death that makes an apartment available. Shocked by the low rent, Jerry immediately tells Elaine that he will be able to get her the apartment above his. She is extremely excited to hear this, as she will be able to live near Jerry. Though excited at first, Jerry later realizes how intrusive Elaine might become, and that living with her might get annoying. He discusses his problem with George, but the topic of their conversation changes and they eventually talk about wearing a wedding ring to a party, to see how women will react. George dislikes the idea at first, but eventually borrows one from Jerry's neighbor Kramer to experiment.

Jerry still worries about Elaine, but Harold and Manny inform him that someone else has bid higher than Elaine and will get the apartment unless Elaine is able to pay $5,000. Elaine is very disappointed when she hears the news. However, Kramer convinces Jerry to lend Elaine the money. When Elaine, Jerry and George go to a party of a friend of Elaine, Elaine asks Jerry if it would be uncomfortable for them to live so close to each other, but Jerry says he does not worry. George's wedding ring plan backfires, as he discovers that wearing the ring is actually causing women who would otherwise date him to reject him. Jerry feels stupid for not telling Elaine the truth, but the following day, Kramer informs him that he found somebody who is willing to pay $10,000 for the apartment. However, Kramer's friend, a musician, plays loud music all day long, and Jerry regrets not letting Elaine rent the apartment.

Notes About Nothing

  • Glenn Shadix made a cameo in the episode, who is best known as Otho in Tim Burton's Beetlejuice.


  • Jerry tells Donna that he has never watched one "I Love Lucy" episode in "The Phone Message", but in this episode he mentions Fred Mertz to his show audience. (He may be familiar with the character of Fred Mertz without actually having watched an episode, though.)
Season Two Episodes
The Ex-Girlfriend | The Pony Remark | The Jacket | The Phone Message | The Apartment | The Statue | The Revenge | The Heart Attack | The Deal | The Baby Shower | The Chinese Restaurant | The Busboy

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