The Truth (Seinfeld)

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"The Truth"
Seinfeld episode
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 2
Directed by David Steinberg
Written by Elaine Pope
Production code 302
Original air date September 25, 1991
Season 3 episodes
Seinfeld (season 3)
List of Seinfeld episodes

"The Truth" is the 19th episode of Seinfeld. It is the second episode of the show's third season. It first aired on September 25, 1991. Directed by David Steinberg, this is the first episode in the series (other than the pilot) not directed by Tom Cherones.


After Kramer gets Jerry to donate to a fake relief fund, Jerry gets audited by the IRS. George gives Jerry's tax papers to his girlfriend Patrice (played by Valerie Mahaffey), a representative for the IRS, but has trouble getting around her strange pronunciation habits. George tells the truth to Patrice and they break up, a move that upsets Jerry, as she took the tax papers with her.

Upon learning that Patrice checked into a mental institution, Jerry and George go to see her. When George introduces her to Jerry, she recognizes him as "the Jerome with the tax problems." She reveals to them that after she left George, she got upset and threw out Jerry's tax papers. Jerry never made copies, and the episode ends with him tracking them down by phone.

In a subplot, Elaine gets tired of Kramer dating her roommate Tina, because of the messy kitchen, the loud tribal music, and a windshield they use as a coffee table. The conflict comes to a head when Kramer unknowingly walks into Elaine's bedroom and sees her naked. Eventually, the windshield coffee table breaks, severely hurting Kramer and Tina.

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