"The Letter"
Season 3
Episode 38
Air Date March 25, 1992
Writer(s) Larry David
Director Tom Cherones
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"The Letter" is the 21st episode of the third season of Seinfeld, and 38th overall. It first aired on March 25, 1992. It was written by Larry David and directed by Tom Cherones.


Jerry's new girlfriend, Nina, uses Kramer as a model for her painting, which elderly art collectors fall in love with. George reluctantly buys a $500 painting at Nina's art show, after being offered her father's Owner's Box tickets to a Yankee game. Elaine tells her boss, Mr. Lippman, that she cannot attend his son's bris because she needs to take care of her sick father. In reality, she wants to go to the Yankee game with the boys. When she is evicted from the Owner's Box for wearing an Orioles cap, the picture of her being evicted is published in the newspaper and her boss sees it, though he doesn't recognize that the woman in the picture is Elaine.

Nina has a tendency to get very jealous, especially of Jerry's friendship with Elaine, his ex-girlfriend. Nina and Jerry get into an argument about Elaine being thrown out of the game, and they break up. Days later, Jerry receives a letter from Nina, in which she writes Jerry a heartfelt message trying to convince him to take her back, moving him; Jerry decides to get back together with Nina. Later that night, Jerry is hanging out with George and Elaine, and as they are flipping channels they stop on the film Chapter Two, and Jerry notices that the letter Nina sent him is a word-for-word copy of a scene from the movie.

 Critical Analysis

A blog dedicated to the legality of the issues that arise in Seinfeld episodes, Seinfeld Law, analyzed whether Elaine could really be kicked out of the ballpark for refusing to take off her baseball cap.

Notes About Nothing

  • The film that Nina plunders for her letter to Jerry is Chapter Two (1979) directed by Robert Moore and starring James Caan. Elaine also mentions Neil Simon who wrote the script.


  • "I don't get art ... It always has to be explained to me then I have to have someone explain the explanation." - George
  • "I'm a great clicker, great instincts. How dare you impugn my clicking? ... George can't click!" - Jerry
Season Three Episodes
The Note | The Truth | The Pen | The Dog | The Library | The Parking Garage | The Cafe | The Tape | The Nose Job | The Stranded | The Alternate Side | The Red Dot | The Subway | The Pez Dispenser | The Suicide | The Fix-Up | The Boyfriend, Part 1 | The Boyfriend, Part 2 | The Limo | The Good Samaritan | The Letter | The Parking Space | The Keys
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