The Reverse Peephole

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"The Reverse Peephole"
Seinfeld episode
Episode no. Season 9
Episode 12
Directed by Andy Ackerman
Written by Spike Feresten
Production code 912
Original air date January 15, 1998
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"The Reverse Peephole" is the 12th episode of the ninth season of the television comedy series (the 168th overall), Seinfeld. It was written by Spike Feresten and directed by Andy Ackerman. In this episode, Kramer and Newman reverse the peepholes on their apartment doors, which could lead to the landlord kicking them out. Meanwhile, Elaine hates that her boyfriend, David Puddy, wears "man-fur," George gets sore from carrying a fat wallet and Jerry replaces his wallet with a European carry-all.


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 (Jon Polito), 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 his 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. 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. "You got a question, you ask the Eight Ball!"

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