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The Lip Reader 

George decides to use Jerry's girlfriend to spy on his friends by having her read their lips. Kramer claims he can also read lips and tries to prove it.


Tom Cherones


Larry David (created by), Jerry Seinfeld (created by) | 2 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
Wayne Knight ... Newman
Christopher Darga ... Driver
Linda Kash ... Gwen
Jerry Sroka ... Todd
Marlee Matlin ... Laura
Veralyn Jones ... Renee
Dylan Haggerty Dylan Haggerty ... Young Man
Bret Anthony Bret Anthony ... Teen


Jerry dates an attractive tennis lines woman only to discover that she is hearing-impaired, but able to read lips. George gets caught acting like a slob on live television at the tennis match and gets dumped, so he tries to use the lip-reader to spy on his girlfriend to see if she's telling the truth. Kramer tries to prove that he can read lips as well as Jerry's girlfriend, while Elaine accidentally offends a limo driver and tries to make up for it, but the plans backfire. Written by halo1k

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28 October 1993 (USA) See more »

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Marlee Matlin (Laura) can be seen on a poster in the lobby at NBC from the show, Reasonable Doubt. See more »


There is a problem with the days of the week in this episode. It begins on a Friday. The next scene is a Saturday with George (Jason Alexander), Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) & Laura (Marlee Matlin) being at the restaurant. The following scene is Todd's (Jerry Sroka) party, which was supposed to be on a Friday. See more »


Gwen: [breaking up with George] It's not *you*. It's me.
George Costanza: You're giving me the "it's not you, its me" routine? I *invented* "it's not you, it's me". Nobody tells me "it's not them it's me". If it's anybody, it's me!
Gwen: All right. George, it's you.
George Costanza: You're *damn* right it's me.
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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 29 September 2015 (2015) See more »


Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
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"You've got a problem with six...? Six is good!"
27 September 2011 | by itamarscomixSee all my reviews

Season 5, Episode 6, "The Lip Reader"

A decent season 5 episode, not one of the best, "The Lip Reader" is notable mainly for the appearance of Marlee Matlin as Jerry's girl-of-the-week - who, having won an Oscar for her debut performance in Children of a Lesser God, was one of the bigger stars to make an appearance on Seinfeld at the time.

Other than Matlin's performance there's not a whole lot to say for the episode, but it does have some hilarious moments and a satisfying ending. As acting goes, Elaine is the star this time around, Kramer and George being less intense than usual.

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