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The Nap 

George takes a nap under his desk. Kramer swims in the East River. Jerry has some maintenance done on his kitchen. Elaine's new boyfriend buys her a new mattress.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Delivery Man
Secretary (as Jonell Kennedy)
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Sid Newman ...
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Kevin Keckeisen ...


George needs to find a way to have a nap at work. His glass wall doesn't seem to make that possible but he finds a way anyways. He runs into a bit of trouble when Mr. Steinbrenner wants to see him and decides to wait in George's office. Elaine has a problem with her new boyfriend Hal who has a new mattress delivered to house. Kramer has taken up swimming but finds the pool crowded. He finds a new place that gives him lots of room - the East River. Jerry is losing his patience with the man he's hired to install new kitchen cabinets. Written by garykmcd

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10 April 1997 (USA)  »

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Larry David's first return to Seinfeld, doing the voice of George Steinbrenner, since leaving the show at the end last season. See more »


When Kramer is swimming in the East River the lack of movement mid-body shows that he is being supported from underneath. See more »


Cosmo Kramer: Well, my swimming pool problems are solved. I just found myself miles and miles of open lanes.
Jerry: What is that smell?
Cosmo Kramer: That's East River.
Jerry: You're swimming in the East River? The most heavily trafficked, overly contaminated waterway on the eastern seaboard?
Cosmo Kramer: Technically Norfolk has more gross tonnage.
Jerry: How could you swim in that water?
Cosmo Kramer: I saw a couple of other guys out there.
Jerry: Swimming?
Cosmo Kramer: Floating, they weren't moving much. But they were out there.
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References The Final Conflict (1981) See more »


Written by Geoff Gill and Cliff Wade
Performed by Larry David
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As idiotic a story as it is brilliant
5 January 2016 | by See all my reviews

I have had a bit of complaint towards the eight season, in how some of the individual stories in an episode do not really merge together at some point during the episode. "The Nap" is quite the contrary; each story complements the other in such wondrous ways that the end product is an episode that goes right back to the days of the great Larry David.

George, in one of the character's funniest story lines in the season thus far, decides to sleep under his desk. Pure genius! He even goes out of his way to get his desk modified to allow more space to sleep comfortably. Again, genius! But his comfort and solitude may be short lived when Steinbrenner uncovers something.

The story was genius every step of the way. Each scene featured something to truly laugh at, whether it was Larry David's hilarious voice acting for Steinbrenner or George's stupidity. The story took a few twists that I did not expect prior to watching the episode, but they each enhanced the quality of the story.

Kramer's pool story was perfectly in line with the character's many oddities. Elaine's story was again funny, proving just how great it is to laugh at this character! Jerry's story was the surprising part, because I enjoyed it quite a lot. The new design of the apartment was a highlight, and each character's reaction to it was phenomenal!

Although I love the final scene of the episode, where George is found sleeping in one of Jerry's drawers, Seinfeld's final line was poorly delivered. Nevertheless, it was still a hilarious moment in spite of the over the top acting!

"The Nap" is phenomenal as far as "Seinfeld" episodes are concerned. George's story is as good as it was in "The Little Kicks" and "The Comeback" and Jason Alexander is especially brilliant here.

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