"The Pick"
The pick
Season 4
Episode 53
Air Date December 16, 1992
Writer(s) Larry David
Director Tom Cherones
The Airport · The Movie

"The Pick" is the 13th episode of the fourth season of Seinfeld, and the 53rd episode overall. This episode was written by Larry David and directed by Tom Cherones; it first aired on December 16, 1992.


Elaine is humiliated when her Christmas card photo taken by Kramer accidentally exposes her nipple and causes her to be confronted by her co-worker Fred. Jerry has a date with Tia, the Calvin Klein model he met on the plane in the previous episode. After the date, Kramer discovers that Tia is wearing the perfume he invented in "The Pez Dispenser", which she calls "The Ocean."

Tia later dumps Jerry after witnessing him picking his nose. Jerry claims that he was only scratching it because there was no "nostril penetration." Meanwhile, George visits a therapist to discuss a problem with his ex-girlfriend Susan, but the session is unproductive as George and the therapist obsess over the stuck zipper on George's jacket. George later reunites with Susan only to realize it was a mistake, so he uses "the pick" to escape. Kramer meets with Calvin Klein to complain about "The Ocean", and is instead asked to pose for a risqué underwear advertisement, where his genitals are accidentally exposed.

Critical Analysis

A blog dedicated to the legality of the issues that arise in Seinfeld episodes, Seinfeld Law , analyzed whether Elaine could face criminal liability for sending pornography through the mail.

Notes About Nothing

  • Newman appears in this episode for only 13 seconds when Jerry brings him in and asks if Elaine's nipple is visible in her Christmas card photo.
  • The original title for this episode was supposed to be "The Nipple", but Larry David thought that this would be too sexually explicit for network television.
  • The events that occurred in the previous episode "The Airport", where George finds himself on a flight heading out of New York, is never explained or discussed about where he went or how he got back.
  • In a scene where Elaine is at work discussing the picture with Fred, Larry David makes a brief cameo appearance as the voice of an office worker leaning into Elaine's office and asking if she's done with a manuscript, while addressing her as "Nip".
Season Four Episodes
The Trip, Part 1 | The Trip, Part 2 | The Pitch | The Ticket | The Wallet | The Watch | The Bubble Boy | The Cheever Letters | The Opera | The Virgin | The Contest | The Airport | The Pick | The Movie | The Visa | The Shoes | The Outing | The Old Man | The Implant | The Junior Mint | The Smelly Car | The Handicap Spot | The Pilot, Part 1 | The Pilot, Part 2
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