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The Tape 

George orders hair growing cream from China. Jerry is mesmerized by a dirty message left on a tape recorder from his last performance. George becomes infatuated with Elaine.

Director:

David Steinberg

Writers:

Larry David (created by), Jerry Seinfeld (created by) | 3 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
John Apicella ... Repairman
Ping Wu ... Ping
Norman Brenner Norman Brenner ... Beder
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Storyline

Jerry has used a voice recorder at his most recent gig so he can listen to some of his new material. A woman has added her own voice-over to part of the tape and for Jerry, George and Kramer, it is the most erotic thing they have ever heard. Elaine thinks it's all very funny since she's the woman on the tape. While Jerry frantically tries to track the mysterious woman down, Elaine tells George the truth and he is suddenly infatuated with her. George has also ordered some hair growing cream from china but it has a particularly bad smell. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 November 1991 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

It is the first appearance of Ping, the delivery boy who would return in the later episodes Seinfeld: The Visa (1993), Seinfeld: The Virgin (1992), Seinfeld: The Pilot (1993) and Seinfeld: The Finale (1998). See more »

Goofs

After everyone yells at Kramer (Michael Richards) for watching the "before footage" on Jerry's (Jerry Seinfeld) VCR, he says, "All right, I'm gonna go take a look at this." and leaves. However, he leaves without removing the tape from the VCR, thus having nothing to "take a look at." See more »

Quotes

Jerry Seinfeld: Elaine, have you ever gone out with a bald man?
Elaine Benes: No.
Jerry Seinfeld: You know what that makes you? A baldist.
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Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
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"I don't know, who keeps track of hellos?"
30 October 2008 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

Rarely has there been a comedic ensemble as good as Seinfeld's, mainly because the show allowed the four protagonists to team up differently every time. The most hilarious proof of this is The Tape, which features the best pairing of George and Elaine ever conceived in the series' nine years.

Remarkably, the episode focuses on pretty much one single storyline: with the exception of the bits where George orders hair-growing cream from China, the narrative is constantly occupied by the guys' reactions to a dirty message a female fan left on Jerry's tape recorder and George's adorably ridiculous infatuation with Elaine when he discovers she's the one who did it. This leads to some incredibly embarrassing moments when he has to explain the situation to jerry without revealing the whole truth.

Aside from her acerbic wit (always sharp as a state-of-the-art razor), Elaine's best quality is her sex appeal, and the show's writers always knew how to exploit it to great comic effect. For a good example of this, look no further than the scene where she reenacts the dirty talk in front of an unsuspecting George (if only all moronic sitcom sidekicks were like him...), or the perfectly timed epilogue, with all four main performers on top form. Although it's Jason Alexander who, as usual, gets most of the funniest scenes, the episode is in fact dominated by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, body and voice (sorry, I just had to say that). The only scene that comes close to her standout effort without her being in it (for the most part, at least) is when Jerry and George engage in a weirdly funny conversation about the habit of saying "hello". Priceless, as always.


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