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"The Tape"
Seinfeld episode
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 8
Written by Larry David and Bob Shaw & Don McEnery
Directed by David Steinberg
Original airdate November 13, 1991
Season 3 episodes
Seinfeld – Season 3
September 1991 – May 1992
  1. "The Note"
  2. "The Truth"
  3. "The Pen"
  4. "The Dog"
  5. "The Library"
  6. "The Parking Garage"
  7. "The Cafe"
  8. "The Tape"
  9. "The Nose Job"
  10. "The Stranded"
  11. "The Alternate Side"
  12. "The Red Dot"
  13. "The Subway"
  14. "The Pez Dispenser"
  15. "The Suicide"
  16. "The Fix-Up"
  17. "The Boyfriend, Part 1"
  18. "The Boyfriend, Part 2"
  19. "The Limo"
  20. "The Good Samaritan"
  21. "The Letter"
  22. "The Parking Space"
  23. "The Keys"
List of Seinfeld episodes

"The Tape" is the twenty-fifth episode of Seinfeld. The episode was the eighth episode for the show's third season. It aired on November 13, 1991.

The episode was written by Larry David and Don McEnery and Bob Shaw and was directed by David Steinberg.


Elaine anonymously leaves an erotic message on Jerry's tape recorder that he used to record his comedy act from the previous night. Upon hearing the message, he, George, and Kramer become obsessed with. Elaine admits to George that she was the sexy voice in the tape. George is shocked to hear this and suddenly becomes attracted to her, but does not tell Elaine about it. Elaine makes George promise not to reveal her confession to Jerry or Kramer. Jerry, determined to get in touch with the woman who left the message, finds out who sat near the tape and gets her number. After his date with her, he tries to kiss her, but gets the "pull-back", and concludes that she is crazy.

George orders a cream from China after watching a commercial that claims that it can cure baldness. At Jerry's apartment, George makes a collect call to the product's company in Beijing while Jerry mocks George for being gullible enough to beleive that the cream actually works. George is unable to communicate with the people on the other side of the line, since they don't speak English; meanwhile, this is when Elaine decides to stop by and Kramer decides to start making his own home videos by recording whatever Jerry, George and Elaine are doing. This includes a fake interview with Elaine, portrayed as a porn star, and she says the sex is never simulated with George, arousing him. Finally, the Chinese delivery boy, Ping, delivers the take-out Kramer orders and George convinces Ping, who speaks Chinese, to talk on the phone and help him order the cream.

George finds it hard to control his obsession with Elaine and finally admits to Jerry that he is attracted to her. Jerry wants to know why, but George tries to keep Elaine's secret by not telling him. He finally cracks and tells Jerry that Elaine left the message. She comes in later and tells her secret to Jerry, but Jerry says George already told him. George then confesses that he is attracted to Elaine. She finds this news disturbing and then realizes that Jerry and Kramer have become attracted to her too. Freaked out, Elaine immediately leaves Jerry's apartment. At the end, the three fight to hear the tape again.


This episode is the first appearance of Ping, the delivery boy who would return in the later episodes "The Visa, "The Virgin", "The Pilot" and "The Finale".

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