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"The Pick"
Seinfeld episode
Episode no. Season 4
Episode 53
Written by Larry David
Directed by Tom Cherones
Original airdate December 16, 1992
Season 4 episodes
Seinfeld – Season 4
August 1992 – May 1993
  1. "The Trip, Part 1"
  2. "The Trip, Part 2"
  3. "The Pitch"
  4. "The Ticket"
  5. "The Wallet"
  6. "The Watch"
  7. "The Bubble Boy"
  8. "The Cheever Letters"
  9. "The Opera"
  10. "The Virgin"
  11. "The Contest"
  12. "The Airport"
  13. "The Pick"
  14. "The Movie"
  15. "The Visa"
  16. "The Shoes"
  17. "The Outing"
  18. "The Old Man"
  19. "The Implant"
  20. "The Junior Mint"
  21. "The Smelly Car"
  22. "The Handicap Spot"
  23. "The Pilot, Part 1"
  24. "The Pilot, Part 2"
List of Seinfeld episodes

"The Pick" is the fifty-third episode of the sitcom Seinfeld. It was the 13th episode of the 4th season. It aired on December 16, 1992.


Elaine is humiliated when her Christmas card photo taken by Kramer accidentally exposes her nipple. Jerry has a date with Tia Van Camp (Jennifer Campbell), the Calvin Klein model he met on the plane in the previous episode. After the date, Kramer discovers that Tia is wearing the perfume he invented in "The Pez Dispenser", which she calls "The Ocean." Tia later dumps Jerry after witnessing him picking his nose. Jerry claims that he was only scratching it because there wasn't any nostril penetration. Meanwhile, George tries to reunite with Susan but realizes it's a mistake and uses "the pick" to escape. Kramer goes to Calvin Klein to complain about "The Ocean", and is instead asked to pose for a risqué underwear advertisement, where his genitals are accidentally exposed.


  • Kramer proposes the idea for a perfume that makes its wearer smell like the beach in the Season 3 episode "The Pez Dispenser." He tells the idea to an executive at Calvin Klein, who is completely dismissive of the suggestion. Fifteen years later scientists from the University of East Anglia discovered that dimethyl sulfide makes the seaside smell like the seaside. [1]
  • The episode alludes to Shakespeare's play The Merchant of Venice in Jerry's monologue defending nose-pickers: "If we pick, do we not bleed?" The actual quote is, "If you prick us, do we not bleed?"
  • The episode also alludes to The Elephant Man (1980), [2] when Jerry proclaims, "I am not an animal!"
  • The episode also alludes to Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel The Scarlet Letter when Elaine blames her boyfriend for condemning her because of the photo on her Christmas card: "Because it is not me that is exposed but you. For I have seen the nipple on your soul!"
  • Newman appears in this episode for only 13 seconds when Jerry brings him in and asks if Elaine's nipple is visible in her Christmas card photo.
  • The original title for this episode was supposed to be "The Nipple" but Larry David thought that this would be too sexually explicit for network television.


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