Seinfeld (season 9)

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Seinfeld (season 9)
Seinfeld9.jpg
The front cover of the Seinfeld: Season 9 DVD boxset.
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 24
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run September 25, 1997 – May 14, 1998
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 November 6, 2007
Region 2 November 19, 2007
Region 4 October 24, 2007
Season chronology
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List of Seinfeld episodes

The ninth and final season of Seinfeld, began airing on September 25, 1997, and concluded on May 14, 1998, on NBC.

Production[edit]

Seinfeld was produced by Castle Rock Entertainment and distributed by Columbia Pictures Television and Columbia TriStar Television and was aired on NBC in the US. The executive producers were Larry David, George Shapiro, and Howard West with Tom Gammill and Max Pross as supervising producers. Bruce Kirschbaum was the executive consultant.[1] This season was directed by Andy Ackerman.

The series was set predominantly in an apartment block on New York City's Upper West Side; the ninth season was shot and mostly filmed in CBS Studio Center in Studio City, California.[2] The show features Jerry Seinfeld as himself, and a host of Jerry's friends and acquaintances, which include George Costanza, Elaine Benes, and Cosmo Kramer, portrayed by Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Michael Richards, respectively.[3]

Episodes[edit]

  • The number in the first column is the episode's number within the whole series.
  • The number in the second column is the episode's number within that particular season.
No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date[4] Production
code[5]
U.S. viewers
(in millions)
157 1 "The Butter Shave" Andy Ackerman Alec Berg & Jeff Schaffer & David Mandel September 25, 1997 901 37.8[6]
Kramer starts using butter as shaving cream. George uses a cane when he applies for an interview at a sporting goods firm, where everyone thinks he is disabled. Jerry is annoyed that Kenny Bania is a "time slot hit." Elaine goes to Europe with David Puddy.
158 2 "The Voice" Andy Ackerman Alec Berg & Jeff Schaffer & David Mandel October 2, 1997 902 30.9[7]
George's employer learns that George is not actually handicapped. Jerry creates a voice in response to the sounds his girlfriend's stomach makes. Kramer hires a New York University intern to be his assistant. Elaine begins seeing Puddy again.
159 3 "The Serenity Now" Andy Ackerman Steve Koren October 9, 1997 903 30.2[8]
George's father is given a phrase to say whenever his blood pressure rises to a certain level. Elaine receives a french kiss from Mr. Lippman's 13 year old son. Jerry's girlfriend gives his New York Knicks tickets away. Kramer installs a screen door over his apartment door.
160 4 "The Blood" Andy Ackerman Dan O'Keefe October 16, 1997 904 31.5[9]
Jerry receives three pints of Kramer's blood after having a run-in with a knife. Elaine wants to prove to her friend that she is not irresponsible. George concludes that television and food create a better sex life.
161 5 "The Junk Mail" Andy Ackerman Spike Feresten October 30, 1997 905 30.2[10]
Kramer refuses to receive mail from the postal service. Jerry gets a new car from a childhood friend after doing a car show for his dealership. Elaine thinks she has met her dream man, despite getting back with Puddy, and tries to juggle both relationships. George's parents cut him loose.
162 6 "The Merv Griffin Show" Andy Ackerman Bruce Eric Kaplan November 6, 1997 906 31.6[11]
Kramer discovers an old television set from The Merv Griffin Show. Jerry's new girlfriend collects old toys but asks Jerry not to play with them. Elaine must deal with a "sidler" at work. George's girlfriend becomes disgusted when he accidentally runs over pigeons with his car.
163 7 "The Slicer" Andy Ackerman Story by: Gregg Kavet & Andy Robin & Darin Henry
Teleplay by: Gregg Kavet & Andy Robin
November 13, 1997 907 32.8[12]
Jerry tries to break up with a dermatologist (Marcia Cross) when she becomes tiresome after constantly talking about "saving lives". Kramer purchases a meat slicer which Elaine accidentally dings. George tries to have himself airbrushed out of a photo his new boss has.
164 8 "The Betrayal" Andy Ackerman David Mandel & Peter Mehlman November 20, 1997 908 34.0[13]
Elaine drags Jerry and George to India where they attend the wedding of Sue Ellen Mischke. Kramer learns that a friend wishes he would drop dead. (All of the events in the episode occur backwards with the end at the beginning and vice versa.)
165 9 "The Apology" Andy Ackerman Jennifer Crittenden December 11, 1997 909 30.5[14]
Jerry's girlfriend Melissa prefers to be naked while in the house. Elaine learns her co-worker hates germs coming from Elaine but can tolerate everyone else's. Kramer decides to make changes to his routine. George expects an apology from a friend who is in Alcoholics Anonymous.
166 10 "The Strike" Andy Ackerman Dan O'Keefe and Alec Berg & Jeff Schaffer December 18, 1997 910 30.8[15]
Kramer gets word that he can return to a bagel shop he worked at previously after a 12 year absence. Jerry, Elaine and George attend a Chanukah party where Jerry sets up a date with a "two faced" woman and Elaine uses her "fake" number to avoid one. Kramer brings a renewed interest in Festivus, a holiday George's father invented when George was younger.
167 11 "The Dealership" Andy Ackerman Steve Koren January 8, 1998 911 32.9[16]
Jerry plans on buying a new car from Puddy who has been elevated to car salesman. He also hopes that Puddy and Elaine will get back together so he will get a better discount. Kramer and another salesman see how far they can test drive a car on an empty gas tank. A hungry George comes up with an idea to implicate a mechanic.
168 12 "The Reverse Peephole" Andy Ackerman Spike Feresten January 15, 1998 912 33.5[17]
Kramer and Newman plan to reverse the peepholes on their doors which gets Newman an eviction notice. Jerry decides to go wallet-less. Elaine has trouble finding a coat that looks like Puddy's for another friend. George must pay for a party gift alone.
169 13 "The Cartoon" Andy Ackerman Bruce Eric Kaplan January 29, 1998 913 33.2[18]
Elaine obsesses over a cartoon in The New Yorker. Kramer decides to take a vow of silence. Elaine and Kramer believe that George's girlfriend looks a lot like Jerry. Jerry is at odds with Sally Weaver, Susan's former roommate.
170 14 "The Strong Box" Andy Ackerman Story by: Dan O'Keefe & Billy Kimball
Teleplay by: Dan O'Keefe
February 5, 1998 914 31.6[19]
Jerry buys cufflinks that once belonged to Jerry Lewis. Kramer gets a strongbox. Elaine has a secret crush. George tries to break up with his girlfriend but she refuses.
171 15 "The Wizard" Andy Ackerman Steve Lookner February 26, 1998 915 30.5[20]
Jerry gives his father an electronic organizer for his birthday. Jerry and George debate about the race of Elaine's new boyfriend which triggers her curiosity. Kramer plans on running for president of Morty and Helen's condo association. George lies to the Rosses about owning a house in the Hamptons.
172 16 "The Burning" Andy Ackerman Jennifer Crittenden March 19, 1998 916 30.9[21]
Elaine learns that Puddy is religious. Jerry does not recognize his girlfriend's voice on the phone when she leaves an "It's me" message. Kramer and Mickey act out sick conditions for medical students. George's ideas at a Kruger meeting are widely accepted, but his subsequent ideas are not as well received.
173 17 "The Bookstore" Andy Ackerman Story by: Spike Feresten and Darin Henry & Marc Jaffe
Teleplay by: Spike Feresten
April 9, 1998 917 29.6[22]
Jerry spots Uncle Leo shoplifting. Elaine makes out with a co-worker at a party and lies to cover it up. Kramer and Newman acquire a rickshaw from Hong Kong and need someone to pull it. George takes a book into the bathroom at a bookstore and is forced to purchase it.
174 18 "The Frogger" Andy Ackerman Story by: Gregg Kavet & Andy Robin and Steve Koren & Dan O'Keefe
Teleplay by: Gregg Kavet & Andy Robin
April 23, 1998 918 30.7[23]
After a childhood pizzeria goes out of business, George tries to save his high score from a Frogger game by purchasing the machine. Kramer scares Jerry after telling him about a serial killer, "The Lopper." Elaine tires of company birthdays and tries to avoid them by calling in sick.
175 19 "The Maid" Andy Ackerman Story by: Alec Berg & David Mandel & Jeff Schaffer and Kit Boss & Peter Mehlman
Teleplay by: Alec Berg & David Mandel & Jeff Schaffer
April 30, 1998 919 33.3[24]
Jerry hires a maid whom he then starts sleeping with. Elaine discovers she has 57 messages on her answering machine when Kramer's food-order service tries to fax her. George tries to get a nickname but a co-worker gets the one he chose instead.
176 20 "The Puerto Rican Day" Andy Ackerman Alec Berg, Jennifer Crittenden, Spike Feresten, Bruce Eric Kaplan,
Gregg Kavet, Steve Koren, David Mandel, Dan O'Keefe, Andy Robin, Jeff Schaffer
May 7, 1998 920 38.8[25]
The gang leaves a New York Mets game early in order to beat the traffic but is blocked by a Puerto Rican day parade. Each goes his/her separate ways in order to get home.
177 21 "The Chronicle, Part 1" Andy Ackerman Darin Henry May 14, 1998 921 58.5[26]
A retrospective on the past 9 years of Seinfeld leading into the series finale.
178 22 "The Chronicle, Part 2" Andy Ackerman Darin Henry May 14, 1998 922 58.5[26]
The nine year retrospective continues.
179 23 "The Finale, Part 1" Andy Ackerman Larry David May 14, 1998 923 76.3[26]
NBC executives decide to add Jerry and George's pilot, Jerry to the fall season. The two plan on leaving for Los Angeles and decide to vacation in Paris with Elaine and Kramer before they leave. The plans are canceled, however, when their plane experiences turbulence and is forced to land for repairs. They are arrested for breaking a law in Latham County, Massachusetts.
180 24 "The Finale, Part 2" Andy Ackerman Larry David May 14, 1998 924 76.3[26]
In addition to being convicted of disobeying the Good Samaritan law, Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer are also on trial for being poor influences. After hearing several testimonies from many returning characters, Judge Vandelay sentences the four of them to a year in prison.

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