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"The Wife"
The wife
Season 5
Episode 81
Air Date March 17, 1994
Writer(s) Peter Mehlman
Director Tom Cherones
The Stand In · The Raincoats, Part 1

"The Wife" is the 81st episode of Seinfeld. It is the 17th episode of season 5 and originally aired March 17, 1994. It is directed by Tom Cherones and written by Peter Mehlman.

Plot:

Jerry's girlfriend, Meryl (Courteney Cox), poses as his wife in order that she may share in his 25% dry cleaning discount. In fact, Jerry is having fun with the idea of having a wife, even if it's just to start a sentence. George urinates in the shower while at the health club and fears he may be reported to management. Elaine gets mixed signals from Greg, a prospective boyfriend in whom she is interested. As it turns out, the man Elaine has her eye on is the same person who caught George urinating in the shower.

Jerry eventually cheats on his "wife" with another woman in order to give her the discount. Meanwhile, Kramer is losing sleep because Jerry took his quilt to the cleaner, taking advantage of the discount. Kramer goes to get a tan to impress his girlfriend's family, and ends up falling asleep on the tanning bed.

As it happens, Greg wants to date a female gym instructor and not Elaine. Then he discovers Elaine is friends with George. The episode ends with Kramer meeting his girlfriend's family, who are black, and Kramer being horribly tanned to the extent that he appears to be in blackface. The girlfriend's father then angrily says, "I thought you said you were bringing a white boy home! I don't see a white boy! I see a damn fool!"

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