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The Wife 

Jerry gets a permanent discount at his local dry cleaners after returning a locket he found in a jacket pocket. His new girlfriend Meryl also claims the discount claiming to be Jerry's wife... See full summary »


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
Courteney Cox ... Meryl
Barney Martin ... Morty
Liz Sheridan ... Helen
Scott LaRose ... Greg
Len Lesser ... Uncle Leo
Joseph Ragno ... Marty
Rebecca Glenn Rebecca Glenn ... Paula
Nick LaTour ... Grandpa
Susan Segal ... Waitress
Lili Bernard Lili Bernard ... Anna
Lawrence A. Mandley ... Owner


Jerry gets a permanent discount at his local dry cleaners after returning a locket he found in a jacket pocket. His new girlfriend Meryl also claims the discount claiming to be Jerry's wife. It all gets out of hand when Jerry's Uncle Leo hears he's married. Elaine thinks an airline pilot who goes to the same health club but her interest wanes quickly when he wipes the top of her water bottle before drinking from it. George is in trouble when the pilot sees him urinating in the shower at the same club. Kramer has had trouble sleeping at home but not, unfortunately at the tanning studio. Written by garykmcd

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17 March 1994 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


When Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) is on the phone talking to his parents, he accidentally presses redial. The sound is audible and Jerry looks down and presses the correct button to disconnect the call. See more »


Tanning beds have a timer and will shutoff when done. It is impossible to over do it unless the timer is set wrong or faulty. See more »


Helen: Jerry, we just heard, what's going on?
Morty: Why the hell didn't you tell us?
Jerry: Listen, Ma...
Meryl: [looking through the drawer] It was in here yesterday!
Jerry: [angrily] Yeah, that's what I said!
Helen: Who is she? When did this happen?
Morty: I told her you'd get married. She thought you'd never do it.
Helen: Morty, you're talking too loud.
Morty: I'm not talking loud!
Helen: You're hurting my eardrum.
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Featured in Seinfeld: Highlights of a Hundred (1995) See more »


Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
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"It's all pipes!"
3 October 2011 | by itamarscomixSee all my reviews

Season 5, Episode 17, "The Wife"

Not one of season's 5 best episodes, certainly, but it's still a worthy classic. Courtney Cox was a grade-B star at the time, still a few months before hitting it big in Seinfeld's main competition Friends, but she was still one of the better known faces to make an appearance in the early seasons and she's one of the better Girlfriends-of-the-week the show had. Cox has great chemistry with Jerry and it makes their storyline the real highlight of the episode, and one of the better relationship stories in season 5.

The other stories in the episode pale by comparison - Kramer hardly even has any, but Elaine and George have some very funny moments. Overall a very good Seinfeld episode.

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