The Money

"The Money" is the 146th episode of the sitcom Seinfeld. This was the 12th episode for the eighth season. It aired on NBC on January 16, 1997.

"The Money"
Seinfeld episode
Episode no.Season 8
Episode 12
Directed byAndy Ackerman
Written byPeter Mehlman
Production code813
Original air dateJanuary 16, 1997
Guest appearance(s)
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Jerry's parents sell the Cadillac to Jack Klompus for $6,000 in order to give Jerry some money to help him out (since he bounced a check in "The Little Jerry"), which disappoints Jerry. They, along with Kramer, suggest that Jerry might try a career move. Elaine talks about her J. Peterman stock options and buys George coffee; this makes George think she is "sticking it" to him that she makes more money than he does. Jerry and George talk about the money their parents might have, which piques George's interest because he has never witnessed his parents spending money. Kramer seeks advice from Elaine about his girlfriend Emily's (played by Sarah Silverman) post-sex bed habits: she's got "the Jimmy legs". Jerry flies to Florida to buy the Cadillac back from Klompus, who agrees to sell it for $14,000 instead of his original asking price of $22,000 (the Kelley Blue Book value). George seeks information on his family's health history, indicating that they had "internal problems" as stated by Frank. Kramer tries to work out a deal with his girlfriend. George, anticipating a big inheritance, begins to spend money. Unfortunately for him, so do his parents since they feel that they do not have enough time left alive after their talk with George.

Klompus drives the car into a swamp and Jerry returns to Florida; once he arrives, he himself has to pay for the car's damages while Klompus refuses to aid him in part for almost dying and losing his astronaut pen (see "The Pen"), much to Jerry's amusement. Jerry's parents are still worried about him and wonder what to do. Morty decides to see Elaine about a job; she reluctantly agrees to give him a job, just as Peterman returns.

Meanwhile, Kramer fears a prowler is in the neighborhood (actually Morty Seinfeld using his exercise equipment on Kramer's doorknob) and decides he can no longer sleep alone; unfortunately, his girlfriend has decided she can. So he moves in with the Costanzas, who tell George that they are moving to Florida; this upsets George, as he figured he could be rich if his parents stay (and would remain poor if they moved away). Elaine returns to her regular position at Peterman, with no options. George and Elaine try to discuss their respective problems. Still in Florida, strapped for cash and credit, Jerry sleeps in the Cadillac after Klompus refused to let him stay over. Kramer and Emily spend the night as an old married couple in the Costanzas' house since both Frank and Estelle have separate beds due to Estelle's "Jimmy arms". Elaine is disappointed that she is back at her old working position whereas George begins to "stick it" to her. He is satisfied that his parents are in Florida and that he's "basking in the buffer zone."

The Seinfelds make a change in their housing – they have moved into a trailer with the Cadillac returned to them – whereas the Costanzas decide to head back to New York after Frank earlier saw a bum (actually Jerry) sleeping in a car.


According to the DVD's inside look, Sandy Baron was almost unable to guest star as Jack Klompus in this episode, due to a coma he went in only days before production. Producers searched to recur another character, but Baron came out of his coma in time.

This episode was the sequel to "The Cadillac" and was the most watched episode of this season with 37.3 million viewers.[1]


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