"The Reverse Peephole” is the twelfth episode of the ninth and final season of Seinfeld, and the 168th episode overall. This episode first aired on January 15, 1998. It was written by Spike Feresten and was directed by Andy Ackerman.


Elaine, Jerry and George decide to buy a massage chair for Joe Mayo, when George offers to pay a cheaper price and save money. At a party for Joe, George admits it would have been too expensive for the chair to be delivered overnight, so they are without the gift. Elaine is not happy with David Puddy wearing a fur coat, so at the party, Elaine throws out what she thinks is Puddy's coat, but is actually Joe's. Kramer and Newman reverse the peepholes on their doors and convince Jerry that wallets are a thing of the past.

The building landlord, Silvio, threatens to evict Newman for his reverse peephole (thinking that he was behind the idea). Kramer intervenes with their landlord, unaware that Newman is having an affair with the super's wife, Svetlana. As Elaine is reluctant to buy a new fur coat for Joe, George gets back problems from his ridiculously over-stuffed wallet, making him keep the massage chair before giving it to Joe. Elaine suggests that Jerry carry a European carry-all (purse), while Newman finds the thrown-out fur coat in a tree. Elaine tries to ask for the coat back, but Newman has already given it to Svetlana (which Silvio discovers), so Jerry has to pretend it is his coat to keep their suspicious landlord from finding out.

Realizing that Joe Mayo does not like his taste in music ("I was getting jiggy with it!"), Jerry attempts to get the order for the chair canceled for revenge, forcing George to admit he has been using the chair lately. Kramer asks Jerry to put on the fur to make things look good for Silvio. Meanwhile, George's wallet overflows, scattering everything that was inside. Later, when Elaine tries to claim the coat, Kramer covers saying that Svetlana is having an affair with Joe Mayo. In the end, Silvio plots revenge against Joe by attacking him with a sock full of pennies (after the massage chair wears out, unaware of George constantly using it). Puddy, after seeing Jerry wear the fur coat ("He looked like a bit of a dandy."), gets a new coat that is colorful and features an 8-Ball on the sleeves and back, making Elaine upset again.

Notes About Nothing

  • When Jerry says that he was “getting jiggy with it”, he was referring to rapper Will Smith's late 1990s hit, “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It”.
  • David Puddy refers to a toy, the Magic 8-Ball, when he wears his jacket and tells Elaine, “All signs point to YES!”
Season Nine Episodes
The Butter Shave | The Voice | The Serenity Now | The Blood | The Junk Mail | The Merv Griffin Show | The Slicer | The Betrayal | The Apology | The Strike | The Dealership | The Reverse Peephole | The Cartoon | The Strong Box | The Wizard | The Burning | The Bookstore | The Frogger | The Maid | The Puerto Rican Day | The Chronicle | The Finale, Part 1 | The Finale, Part 2
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