"The Opera"
Season 4
Episode 49
Air Date November 4, 1992
Writer(s) Larry Charles
Director Tom Cherones
The Cheever Letters · The Virgin

"The Opera" is the ninth episode of season four of Seinfeld, and the 49th overall. It first aired on November 4, 1992.


Cosmo Kramer gets tickets to the opera and invites the crew. Jerry gets a message from "Crazy" Joe Davola saying he will put the "kibosh" on him.

Meanwhile, Elaine Benes goes to "Crazy" Joe Davola's apartment, as he is her boyfriend, and finds photos he took of her from afar. Creeped out, she sprays his eyes with cherry breath spray and runs out.

Later, the gang is accosted by a clown, who is actually "Crazy" Joe Davola, and they don't know it's him until Elaine smells the cherry breath spray. Kramer reveals he gave a ticket to the opera to "some nut in a clown suit" and Elaine and Jerry worry that he will find them.

Notes About Nothing

During the end credits, the famous aria "Vesti la giubba" from Pagliacci plays instead of the Seinfeld theme.


Elaine: Are you all right? You don't seem like yourself.
Joe: Who am I?
Elaine: Good question. Very existential. Who am I? Well, obviously...(looking at wall of photos of her)

Joe Davola: Hello, Jerry. It's Joe Davola. (spits) Sorry, I had a hair on my tongue, but of course, you should know; you put it there. I know what you said about me, Seinfeld. I know you bad-mouthed me to the execs at NBC, put the kibosh on my deal. Now I'm gonna put the kibosh on you. You know I've kiboshed before, and I will kibosh again.