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The Letter 

Jerry learns that his new artist friend, from whom George has been forced to buy a painting, plagiarized a letter to keep him from breaking up with her. Elaine refuses to remove her Baltimore Orioles cap during a New York Yankees game.



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Jerry's new girlfriend, Nina, is an artist and while he likes her a lot he's a little concerned that she is overly possessive and jealous. It clearly bothers her that he and Elaine have remained such good friends even after they stopped dating. When Jerry obviously begins to waver, she writes him a wildly romantic letter. Only later does he realize it's a piece of dialog given by Marsha Mason in Chapter Two (1979). Sitting in the owner's box at a Yankees game, Elaine insists on wearing her Orioles cap and refuses to remove it when asked to. Written by garykmcd

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25 March 1992 (USA)  »

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The Elaine story was inspired by a real-life experience of Larry David's. David asked executive producer Howard West if he knew anyone who could get him tickets for a Yankees-Angels game at Anaheim Stadium. West knew the accountant of Angels owner Gene Autry and was able to get David tickets to seats in Autry's box behind the dugout. David, a New York native, wore a Yankees cap to game. An Angels executive came down to the box and asked David to remove the cap because it might offend Mr. Autry. David could be seen wearing the hat on the front page of the Los Angeles Times sports section the following day. See more »


George, Kramer and Elaine attend a baseball game at Yankee stadium between the New York Yankees against the Baltimore Orioles however the news paper the next day shows the front page of the sports section and it was the 1991 national league championship series between the Atlanta Braves against the Pittsburg Pirates. See more »


Elaine Benes: I could've been at my boss' son's bris right now.
George Costanza: [amused] You're supposed to do that?
Elaine Benes: [shrugs] Yeah. What makes you think anyone would want to go to a circumcision?
George Costanza: I'd rather go to a hanging.
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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 13 June 2016 (2016) See more »

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"I don't get art"
15 December 2008 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Paintings, letters, baseball, Catherine Keener: that would be another classic Seinfeld episode, replete with silliness and the adorable double act of Michael Richards and Jason Alexander.

Keener, always a terrific supporting actress, plays Nina, Jerry's artist girlfriend, from whom George is forced to buy a painting. After learning she plagiarized a heartfelt letter in order to keep him from breaking up with her, Jerry goes ballistic, while Nina's portrait of Kramer becomes an instant success. As for Elaine, she gets in the usual amount of trouble when she refuses to remove her Orioles cap during a New York Yankees game (the girl's got principles, you know).

The writing is consistently excellent, and the character of Nina fits Keener's comedic strengths like a glove, although the best moments originate from other people's reactions to what she does, such as when Jerry finds out about the letter and argues with Elaine over its significance. Best of the lot? Jerry and George discussing the Kramer painting. Jerry: "She says she sees something in him.". George: "So do I, but I wouldn't wanna hang him on a wall!". Classy.

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