Jerry is amazed to receive a letter from the New York City Library telling him he has a overdue book - from 1971. He's certain he returned it - a copy of Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer - but the library's chief investigator, a no-nonsense tough guy right out of a bad Hollywood movie, doesn't want to hear excuses. George is shaken when he goes to the library with Jerry only to see a homeless man on the step who is the spitting image of his high school tormentor, gym teacher Mr. Heyman. It was George's complaint that got the man fired and he now thinks he may have ruined his life. Kramer meanwhile starts dating the librarian and Elaine is convinced that her boss is out to fire her. Written by
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The character name "Lieutenant Bookman" (portrayed by Philip Baker Hall) is an aptonym (where a person's name is regarded as amusingly appropriate to their occupation), due to his working for the New York Public Library. See more
The librarian, Marion, says Mr. Bookman worked there for 25 years when Jerry, George & Kramer goes to the library at the beginning. But when Mr. Bookman is at Jerry's apartment, he said that 1971 was his first year on the job. This episode was aired in 1991, so that would make him 20 years on the job, not 25 as the librarian stated earlier. See more
Maybe we can live without libraries, people like you and me. Maybe. Sure, we're too old to change the world, but what about that kid, sitting down, opening a book, right now, in a branch at the local library and finding drawings of pee-pees and wee-wees on the Cat in the Hat and the Five Chinese Brothers? Doesn't HE deserve better? Look. If you think this is about overdue fines and missing books, you'd better think again.
Sherry Becker was credited as Sandy. See more
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