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The Tape


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While listening to a tape recording of his new show, Jerry is surprised to find a very provocative message left for him by an unidentified woman. After playing it for George and Kramer, Jerry is encouraged to find the mystery woman. While George insists on trying a new baldness cure from China, Kramer is videotaping everything in sight with his new camera.

When George accidentally tells Elaine about the message Jerry received, she confesses to having secretly left the message for Jerry. Intrigued by how sexy she can really be, George then becomes infatuated with Elaine. During a phone call to China in which a restaurant delivery boy translates his hair care order, George gets even more excited by Kramer's interview of Elaine pretending to be a pornographic film star.

After calling the nightclub, Jerry is given a phone number for the woman he believes left the erotic message, but is surprised when she fails to respond to his advances. Admitting to Jerry that he is attracted to Elaine, George claims that it was her message on the tape recorder that prompted his response. Though Elaine finally owns up to her practical joke, she is soon made uncomfortable with all the amorous attention she suddenly gets from her friends

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The Chinese baldness cure is based on something Larry David tried while living in New York. The shots Kramer takes of George's scalp are identical to those the real Kenny Kramer took of Larry David.

Beder, a character who calls Jerry over during the show's first coffee shop scene, is played by Norman Brenner. Brenner worked behind the scenes as Kramer's stand-in. Internet fans of Seinfeld enjoy playing "Where's Norman?" as they attempt to identify his every appearance as an extra during the show's nine seasons.

David Steinberg was nominated for an Emmy for his directing work on this episode. Writers Bob Shaw, Don McEnery and Larry David also earned Emmy nominations for "The Tape."

Kramer mentions he is still sleeping with Marion, the librarian from four episodes earlier.

Jerry refers to Abbot and Costello in this episode. The Abbot and Costello Show is often cited as an inspiration for the tone of Seinfeld.

Ping Wu (Delivery Boy) makes his first appearance. He would return to Seinfeld in season four episodes, "The Virgin," "The Visa" and "The Pilot."

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"Elaine, have you ever gone out with a bald man?"




"You know that makes you a baldist."

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