The Pick

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"The Pick"
Seinfeld episode
Episode no.Season 4
Episode 13
Directed byTom Cherones
Story byLarry David and Marc Jaffe
Teleplay byLarry David
Production code413
Original air dateDecember 16, 1992
Guest appearance(s)
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"The Pick" is the 53rd episode of the sitcom Seinfeld. It is the 13th episode of the fourth season, and first aired on December 16, 1992.


Elaine is humiliated when her Christmas card photo taken by Kramer accidentally exposes her nipple. The exposure is subtle enough that no one notices it until after Elaine has mailed out the Christmas card to all of her friends and relatives, including her underage nephew and her morally conservative boyfriend. Jerry has a date with Tia Van Camp (Jennifer Campbell), the Calvin Klein model he met on the plane in the previous episode. After the date, Kramer identifies the perfume Tia is wearing, a Calvin Klein product called "Ocean", as the one he invented in "The Pez Dispenser", called "Beach". When he confronts the Calvin Klein representative he first approached with the idea, the representative maintains that "Beach" and "Ocean" are different things.

Tia dumps Jerry after witnessing him scratching his nose, which she mistakes for him picking his nose. Jerry attempts to explain his actions at the Calvin Klein office but Tia refuses to believe him. Jerry launches into a rant about how people who pick their noses should not be socially ostracized, with references to The Merchant of Venice and The Elephant Man. Elaine delivers a similar speech to her boyfriend when he breaks up with her over the nipple exposure.

George visits a therapist to discuss a problem with his girlfriend Susan, but the session is unproductive as first George, and then also the therapist, obsess over the stuck zipper on George's jacket. George convinces Susan to get back together with him by citing the example of Louis Pasteur and his wife. Upon their reconciliation he again feels entrapped by the relationship, so he uses "the pick" to disgust her enough to break up with him again. Kramer meets with Calvin Klein (Nicholas Hormann) to complain about "Ocean", and is instead asked to be an underwear model. Looking at the first advertisement to feature Kramer, Elaine thinks she can see his... and the episode ends.


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.

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.

In a scene where Elaine is at work discussing the picture with Fred, Larry David makes a brief cameo appearance as an office worker leaning into Elaine's office and asking if she's done with a manuscript, while addressing her as "Nip".[1]

In popular culture[edit]

A blog dedicated to the legality of the issues that arise in Seinfeld episodes, Seinfeld Law,[2] poses the question, "Has Elaine violated Federal Criminal Law or New York Criminal Law by sending pornography through the mail?"[3]


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  2. ^ "Seinfeld Law". Seinfeld Law. Retrieved 2018-02-22.
  3. ^ ""The Pick" – Mailing Pornography". Seinfeld Law. 2018-02-16. Retrieved 2018-02-22.

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