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The Cheever Letters 

Jerry offends Elaine's assistant. Kramer makes a contact for Cuban cigars. A box of letters from John Cheever is all that remains after Susan's father's cabin burns down.


Tom Cherones


Larry David (created by), Jerry Seinfeld (created by) | 5 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Jerry Seinfeld ... Jerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Elaine Benes
Michael Richards ... Kramer
Jason Alexander ... George Costanza
Heidi Swedberg ... Susan Ross
Warren Frost ... Mr. Ross
Grace Zabriskie ... Mrs. Ross
Lisa Malkiewicz Lisa Malkiewicz ... Sandra
Miguel Pérez ... Luis (as Miguel Perez)
Vanessa Marquez ... Receptionist
Timothy Omundson ... Ricky
Patricia Lee Willson Patricia Lee Willson ... Sara
David Blackwood David Blackwood ... Doorman


Susan Ross invites George to dinner to meet her parents and he's worried about what to say when the subject of the now destroyed cabin comes up. Susan's father doesn't take it very well. When a metal box containing letters from author John Cheever is retrieved, a Ross family secret is revealed. After Jerry makes a remark to Elaine about her chatty assistant, the woman quits forcing Jerry to apologize and take her out for a drink. It doesn't go well. In need of more Cuban cigars, Kramer visits their offices at the UN. Written by garykmcd

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28 October 1992 (USA) See more »

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When Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) tells Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) "fire her, don't even think about it" so she won't tell Elaine the dirty talk he said in the bedroom, you can see a magnet on his refrigerator saying, "Think about it. Think again". See more »


When George (Jason Alexander), Susan (Heidi Swedberg) and her parents are having dinner, the clock on the mantle reads 8:20pm throughout the entire meal. See more »


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".... and they're all laid out for me."
25 September 2010 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

Although not exactly a two-parter, The John Cheever Letters follows the tradition of previous Season 4 episodes by harking back to plot elements from the show preceding it. Incidentally, it also follows the tradition of being very, very amusing.

The continuing story is that of the burned cabin, from which only a box of letters - correspondence between Susan's father and famed writer John Cheever - has been saved, making for an awkward first encounter between George and the Rosses (played by Twin Peaks stars Warren Frost and Grace Zabriskie). In other news, Kramer makes a contact for obtaining (illegal) Cuban cigars, and Jerry offends Elaine's assistant with an apparently off-color remark about the woman's underwear. In other words, business as usual.

Once again, the combination of "hot" material (just wait 'til you see how the Cheever subplot pays off) and the right guest stars is an essential ingredient for the episode's success: Frost and Zabriskie, best known for their work with Lynch, are allowed to try something quite different for a change and effortlessly become one of American TV's funniest married couples, with the promise of delivering more of the same in future installments. But one shouldn't forget the regular players. In fact, Jerry's panties remark and subsequent talk with George about women is the usual spot-on gag factory, while Elaine's closing remark is one of the finest in the entire series. No wonder people actually started watching it during this season...

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