The Cheever Letters

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"The Cheever Letters"
Seinfeld episode
Episode no.Season 4
Episode 8
Directed byTom Cherones
Story byLarry David, Elaine Pope, and Tom Leopold
Teleplay byLarry David
Production code408
Original air dateOctober 28, 1992
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"The Cheever Letters" is the 48th episode of the American sitcom Seinfeld, the 8th episode of season four. It was written by Larry David, Elaine Pope, and Tom Leopold, and directed by Tom Cherones. It premiered on October 28, 1992.


Jerry and George struggle with their sitcom pilot script. Jerry telephones Elaine and complains to her about her chatty secretary, Sandra (Lisa Malkiewicz). Elaine asks Sandra not to talk to Jerry so much. Hurt, Sandra quits. At Jerry's apartment, Kramer asks George for more Cuban cigars to bribe his way onto the Westchester Country Club golf course. George has none.

That night, George has an awkward dinner with Susan and her parents (Warren Frost and Grace Zabriskie). Susan and George tell her father about the loss of the cabin, and he is devastated.

At Elaine's request, Jerry calls Sandra and retracts his comments about her by claiming they were misconstrued by Elaine. This prompts Sandra to ask him out; Jerry accepts for fear of offending her again. They return to his apartment, but while talking dirty to each other, Sandra takes offense to one of Jerry's remarks and storms off. George and Jerry then doze off after failing to write any more of their script. Elaine thanks Jerry for getting Sandra back to work, but Jerry says she should relocate her quickly and is relieved that Sandra did not mention the previous night.

Kramer asks the Cuban diplomatic mission at the United Nations about buying Cuban cigars, and learns they are illegal in the United States. However, the chief diplomat (Miguel Perez) likes Kramer's jacket and they reach an understanding.

Jerry and George go to Susan's house to return her sunglasses. A doorman delivers a metal box from the insurance company, the only object which survived the cabin fire. Inside are letters detailing an affair between Susan's father and novelist John Cheever. Susan's father openly admits to the affair and even compares the relationship favorably to those he shares with the rest of his family. Jerry and George awkwardly slip out. They again fail to progress with the script before they are interrupted by Elaine, who is angry with Jerry because her company charged her $429 for making phone calls to Europe from work; after she was transferred, Elaine's former secretary turned her in. Jerry gladly gives Elaine the money. As she leaves, she reveals that Sandra told her about Jerry's remark during their dirty talk.

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