“The Nap” is the 18th episode of the eighth season of Seinfeld, and the 152nd overall. This episode first aired on April 10, 1997. It was written by Gregg Kavet and Andy Robin and was directed by Andy Ackerman.


George is tired and needs to take a nap while at work; he finds the perfect place, under his desk. Kramer has taken up swimming, but he finds the pool too constricting for his needs; he begins swimming in the East River. Elaine's date is worried about his back and hers; he sends her a mattress and she gets the wrong idea. She gives the mattress to Kramer. Jerry is getting new kitchen cabinets, but the contractor, Conrad (Stephen Lee) is constantly asking him questions. George gets Jerry's contractor to make some modifications for his desk, including space for an alarm clock. Mr. Steinbrenner is in George's office looking for him to ask him what the lyrics are to "Heartbreaker" by Pat Benatar; he decides to wait for George to return. George gets Jerry to phone in a bomb threat in an effort to get Steinbrenner out of his office. After finding George under the desk, Steinbrenner thinks he has ESP and would be perfect to meet the terrorist's demand of a fitted hat day.

Meanwhile, Jerry's contractor, left on his own, has made a change in Jerry's kitchen that no one likes. Elaine gets her mattress back when she gets the right idea; however, Kramer has fouled it up with the stench of the East River. Elaine's boyfriend discovers the benefits of swimming in the East River, and invites his fellow patients to join in. Steinbrenner hears a ticking sound in George's office, thinks it's a bomb, calls in the bomb squad, and replaces George's desk with a table. Jerry decides he needs his old kitchen back. Elaine throws her back out trying to get rid of the mattress, and goes to the East River as well. George finds a new place to nap: in Jerry's cupboards, which were rebuilt into their normal condition for $4,000.


  • Elaine: Hey, Kramer, listen. You've seen The Omen, right? What exactly was that kid?
  • Kramer: Oh, Damien? Nothing, just a mischievous, rambunctious kid.
Season Eight Episodes
The Foundation | The Soul Mate | The Bizarro Jerry | The Little Kicks | The Package | The Fatigues | The Checks | The Chicken Roaster | The Abstinence | The Andrea Doria | The Little Jerry | The Money | The Comeback | The Van Buren Boys | The Susie | The Pothole | The English Patient | The Nap | The Yada Yada | The Millennium | The Muffin Tops | The Summer of George
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