"The Package" is the 139th episode of Seinfeld. This was the fifth episode for the eighth season. It was first broadcast on October 17, 1996. It was written by Jennifer Crittenden and was directed by Andy Ackerman.


Elaine cannot receive medical treatment for her rash because of a reputation as being a "difficult" patient. Kramer offers Jerry a method to get a refund on his stereo that is two years out of warranty. George discovers the woman at the photo store (Heather Campbell) is looking at his pictures. Jerry refuses delivery of a package with no return address. George thinks that the photo store clerk has stuck a revealing picture of herself in with his pictures, when, in actuality, it was a lingerie model's picture that accidentally got mixed in. Kramer convinces George to return the "compliment" by sending seductive pictures of George to the photo store woman, and offers to take the photos. Uncle Leo signs for Jerry's package. Elaine tries to lift her medical records.

Jerry lets Uncle Leo open the package and there is the sound of an explosion. Leo's stove has exploded, not the package. Eventually Jerry gets the package and opens it up, and it contains his stereo in pieces. Kramer sent the package to him insured; now all they must do is collect the insurance money from the post office. Elaine poses as Uncle Leo's nurse to try a diagnosis for her condition. When that doesn't work, she tries to get Kramer (who poses as the fictitious Dr. Van Nostrand) to lift her records. Newman grills Jerry on suspicion of mail fraud. George drops off his film at the photo store and gets a surprising result. Newman gets a hold of and reveals the pictures that George and Kramer made, and believes them as a form of male pornography, including a picture of a presumably homosexual man named Ron, who saw the pictures of George taken by Kramer. This later leads to the break-up of the photo store woman and George.

Notes About Nothing

  • Phil Hartman makes an uncredited voice appearance in this episode as the man who wakes Elaine to confirm the spelling of her surname.
  • Elaine makes reference to the nipple incident when talking with George about Kramer's photography work. The incident occurred in the Season 4 episode “The Pick”.
  • Kramer poses as "Dr. Van Nostrand, from the clinic". Kramer reprises this character in the Season 9 episode “The Slicer”. The character is also referenced in “The Strike”.
  • The scene in which Jerry is interrogated on suspicion of mail fraud references the rather infamous interrogation scene from the movie Basic Instinct. Wayne Knight played the role of John Curran in Basic Instinct, and his character was in that scene -- the shots of Newman's sweaty face during Jerry's interrogation look very much like the reaction of his character during that scene.
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