"The Note"
The Note
Season 3
Episode 18
Air Date September 18, 1991
Writer(s) Larry David
Jerry Seinfeld
Director Tom Cherones
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“The Note” was the eighteenth episode of Seinfeld, and the Season Three premiere. Written by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld and directed by Tom Cherones, it aired on September 18, 1991.


Jerry Seinfeld, Elaine Benes, and George Costanza obtain notes from Jerry's dentist, Roy, for free therapy massages. Julianna, the therapist, believes that Jerry is insane when he jokingly remarks about a kidnapped boy. George, on the other hand, begins to doubt his sexual orientation when he found that his penis "moved" when his masseur, Raymond, massaged him. This is seen when he states an opinion about Evander Holyfield at Roy's urging; he says that he doesn't "like" him despite being a good fighter and nice overall.

Roy gets in trouble for giving out fake notes, and Kramer claims he saw Joe DiMaggio in Dinky Donuts; however, the rest of the four understandably disbelieve him. He presses that Joe is very focused on his eating.

The end shows the gang at Monk's while watching the faceless Joe DiMaggio dunking donuts. While George refers to him as handsome, much to the surprise of Jerry and Elaine, Kramer attempts to break DiMaggio's concentration through largely conventional means of shouting and noisemaking.

Notes About Nothing

  • This episode was the only one besides the pilot in which the theme song was of a different version. Jerry Seinfeld wanted composer Jonathan Wolff to add a little sparkle to the music. That sparkle came in the form of female vocalists harmonizing over the music. Two other episodes were originally to have this same theme; however, NBC and Castle Rock Entertainment were not informed of the change. As such, they were surprised and unimpressed with what they heard. Those other two episodes were fixed as a result.
  • This episode was the first with the new Seinfeld logo.
  • The dentist, Roy, was originally named Lloyd. However, the gentleman who portrayed Roy was credited as Lloyd due to someone forgetting to change “Lloyd” to “Roy” in the end credits.
  • Jerry’s therapist’s son was portrayed by his real-life nephew.