Seinfeld (season 9)

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Seinfeld
Season 9
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Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes24
Release
Original network NBC
Original releaseSeptember 25, 1997 (1997-09-25) 
May 14, 1998 (1998-05-14)
Season chronology
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List of Seinfeld episodes

The ninth and final season of Seinfeld , began airing on September 25, 1997, and concluded on May 14, 1998, on NBC.

Contents

Production

Seinfeld was produced by Castle Rock Entertainment and distributed by Columbia TriStar Television and was aired on NBC in the US. The executive producers were Larry David, George Shapiro, and Howard West with Tom Gammill and Max Pross as supervising producers. Bruce Kirschbaum was the executive consultant. [1] This season was directed by Andy Ackerman.

The series was set predominantly in an apartment block on New York City's Upper West Side; the ninth season was shot and mostly filmed in CBS Studio Center in Studio City, California. [2] The show features Jerry Seinfeld as himself, and a host of Jerry's friends and acquaintances, which include George Costanza, Elaine Benes, and Cosmo Kramer, portrayed by Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Michael Richards, respectively. [3]

Episodes

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date [4] Prod.
code [5]
US viewers
(millions)
1571"The Butter Shave" Andy Ackerman Alec Berg & Jeff Schaffer & David Mandel September 25, 1997 (1997-09-25)90137.78 [6]
Kramer starts using butter as shaving cream. George uses a cane when he applies for an interview at a sporting goods firm, where everyone thinks he is disabled. Jerry is annoyed that Kenny Bania is a "time slot hit." Elaine goes to Europe with David Puddy.
1582"The Voice"Andy AckermanAlec Berg & Jeff Schaffer & David MandelOctober 2, 1997 (1997-10-02)90230.93 [7]
George's employer learns that George is not actually handicapped. Jerry creates a voice in response to the sounds his girlfriend's stomach makes. Kramer hires a New York University intern to be his assistant. Elaine begins seeing Puddy again.
1593"The Serenity Now"Andy Ackerman Steve Koren October 9, 1997 (1997-10-09)90330.15 [8]
George's father is given a phrase to say whenever his blood pressure rises to a certain level. Elaine receives a french kiss from Mr. Lippman's 13-year-old son. Jerry's girlfriend gives his New York Knicks tickets away. Kramer installs a screen door over his apartment door.
1604"The Blood"Andy Ackerman Dan O'Keefe October 16, 1997 (1997-10-16)90431.45 [9]
Jerry receives three pints of Kramer's blood after having a run-in with a knife. Elaine wants to prove to her friend that she is not irresponsible. George concludes that television and food create a better sex life.
1615"The Junk Mail"Andy Ackerman Spike Feresten October 30, 1997 (1997-10-30)90530.24 [10]
Kramer refuses to receive mail from the postal service. Jerry gets a new car from a childhood friend after doing a car show for his dealership. Elaine thinks she has met her dream man, despite getting back with Puddy, and tries to juggle both relationships. George's parents cut him loose.
1626"The Merv Griffin Show"Andy Ackerman Bruce Eric Kaplan November 6, 1997 (1997-11-06)90631.64 [11]
Kramer discovers an old television set from The Merv Griffin Show . Jerry's new girlfriend collects old toys but asks Jerry not to play with them. Elaine must deal with a "sidler" at work. George's girlfriend becomes disgusted when he accidentally runs over pigeons with his car.
1637"The Slicer"Andy AckermanStory by: Gregg Kavet & Andy Robin & Darin Henry
Teleplay by: Gregg Kavet & Andy Robin
November 13, 1997 (1997-11-13)90732.77 [12]
Jerry tries to break up with a dermatologist (Marcia Cross) when she becomes tiresome after constantly talking about "saving lives". Kramer purchases a meat slicer which Elaine uses to slip food under the door for the starving cat of her neighbor who is out of town. George tries to have himself airbrushed out of a photo his new boss has.
1648"The Betrayal"Andy AckermanDavid Mandel & Peter Mehlman November 20, 1997 (1997-11-20)90833.99 [13]
Elaine drags Jerry and George to India where they attend the wedding of Sue Ellen Mischke. Kramer learns that a friend wishes he would drop dead. (All of the events in the episode occur backwards with the end at the beginning and vice versa.)
1659"The Apology"Andy Ackerman Jennifer Crittenden December 11, 1997 (1997-12-11)90930.47 [14]
Jerry's girlfriend Melissa prefers to be naked while in the house. Elaine learns her co-worker hates germs coming from Elaine but can tolerate everyone else's. Kramer decides to make changes to his shower routine. George expects an apology from a friend who is in Alcoholics Anonymous.
16610"The Strike"Andy AckermanDan O'Keefe and Alec Berg & Jeff SchafferDecember 18, 1997 (1997-12-18)91030.79 [15]
Kramer gets word that he can return to a bagel shop he worked at previously after a 12 year absence. Jerry, Elaine and George attend a Chanukah party where Jerry sets up a date with a "two faced" woman and Elaine uses her "fake" number to avoid one. Kramer brings a renewed interest in Festivus, a holiday George's father invented when George was younger.
16711"The Dealership"Andy AckermanSteve KorenJanuary 8, 1998 (1998-01-08)91132.86 [16]
Jerry plans on buying a new car from Puddy who has been elevated to car salesman. He also hopes that Puddy and Elaine will get back together so he will get a better discount. Kramer and another salesman see how far they can test drive a car on an empty gas tank. A hungry George comes up with an idea to implicate a mechanic.
16812"The Reverse Peephole"Andy AckermanSpike FerestenJanuary 15, 1998 (1998-01-15)91233.48 [17]
Kramer and Newman plan to reverse the peepholes on their doors which gets Newman an eviction notice. Jerry decides to go wallet-less. Elaine has trouble finding a coat that looks like Puddy's for another friend. George must pay for a party gift alone.
16913"The Cartoon"Andy AckermanBruce Eric KaplanJanuary 29, 1998 (1998-01-29)91333.19 [18]
Elaine obsesses over a cartoon in The New Yorker . Kramer decides to take a vow of silence. Elaine and Kramer believe that George's girlfriend looks a lot like Jerry. Jerry is at odds with Sally Weaver, Susan's former roommate.
17014"The Strongbox"Andy AckermanStory by: Dan O'Keefe & Billy Kimball
Teleplay by: Dan O'Keefe
February 5, 1998 (1998-02-05)91431.63 [19]
Jerry buys cufflinks that once belonged to Jerry Lewis. Kramer gets a strongbox. Elaine has a secret crush. George tries to break up with his girlfriend but she refuses.
17115"The Wizard"Andy AckermanSteve LooknerFebruary 26, 1998 (1998-02-26)91530.51 [20]
Jerry gives his father an electronic organizer for his birthday. Jerry and George debate about the race of Elaine's new boyfriend which triggers her curiosity. Kramer plans on running for president of Morty and Helen's condo association. George lies to the Rosses about owning a house in the Hamptons.
17216"The Burning"Andy AckermanJennifer CrittendenMarch 19, 1998 (1998-03-19)91630.92 [21]
Elaine learns that Puddy is religious. Jerry does not recognize his girlfriend's voice on the phone when she leaves an "It's me" message. Kramer and Mickey act out sick conditions for medical students. George's ideas at a Kruger meeting are widely accepted, but his subsequent ideas are not as well received.
17317"The Bookstore"Andy AckermanStory by: Spike Feresten and Darin Henry & Marc Jaffe
Teleplay by: Spike Feresten
April 9, 1998 (1998-04-09)91729.60 [22]
Jerry spots Uncle Leo shoplifting. Elaine makes out with a co-worker at a party and lies to cover it up. Kramer and Newman acquire a rickshaw from Hong Kong and need someone to pull it. George takes a book into the bathroom at a bookstore and is forced to purchase it.
17418"The Frogger"Andy AckermanStory by: Gregg Kavet & Andy Robin and Steve Koren & Dan O'Keefe
Teleplay by: Gregg Kavet & Andy Robin
April 23, 1998 (1998-04-23)91830.66 [23]
After a childhood pizzeria goes out of business, George tries to save his high score from a Frogger game by purchasing the machine. Kramer scares Jerry after telling him about a serial killer, "The Lopper." Elaine tires of company birthdays and tries to avoid them by calling in sick.
17519"The Maid"Andy AckermanStory by: Alec Berg & David Mandel & Jeff Schaffer and Kit Boss & Peter Mehlman
Teleplay by: Alec Berg & David Mandel & Jeff Schaffer
April 30, 1998 (1998-04-30)91933.32 [24]
Jerry hires a maid whom he then starts sleeping with. Elaine discovers she has 57 messages on her answering machine when Kramer's food-order service tries to fax her. George tries to get a nickname but a co-worker gets the one he chose instead.
17620"The Puerto Rican Day"Andy AckermanAlec Berg, Jennifer Crittenden, Spike Feresten, Bruce Eric Kaplan, Gregg Kavet, Steve Koren, David Mandel, Dan O'Keefe, Andy Robin, Jeff SchafferMay 7, 1998 (1998-05-07)92038.78 [25]
The gang leaves a New York Mets game early in order to beat the traffic but is blocked by a Puerto Rican day parade. Each goes his/her separate ways in order to get home.
177
178
21
22
"The Chronicle"
"The Clip Show"
Andy AckermanDarin HenryMay 14, 1998 (1998-05-14)921
922
58.53 [26]
A retrospective on the past 9 years of Seinfeld leading into the series finale.
179
180
23
24
"The Finale"Andy Ackerman Larry David May 14, 1998 (1998-05-14)923
924
76.26 [26]
NBC executives decide to add Jerry and George's pilot, Jerry to the fall season. The two plan on leaving for Los Angeles and decide to vacation in Paris with Elaine and Kramer before they leave. The plans are canceled, however, when their plane experiences turbulence and is forced to land for repairs. Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer are arrested for breaking a Good Samaritan law in Latham County, Massachusetts, and are put on trial in addition for being poor influences.

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