Seinfeld – Season 3 – Episode 5 – The Library
Seinfeld The Library is the 5th episode of the Seinfeld season 3 and the 22nd overall the Seinfeld series and it was aired on October 16, 1991.
In the Seinfeld episode The Library, Jerry learns he has a library fine from 1971, Tropic of Cancer. Jerry is convinced that he did indeed return the book, as he remembers the girl he was with that day, Sherry Becker, and her orange dress which is “burned into his memory”. Jerry must go down to the library to sort it out, and he invites Kramer, who enthusiastically accepts.
When they get to the library, Jerry learns from the librarian, that his “case” has been turned over to the library investigations officer, Lt. Bookman. Eventually George arrives at the library, and he’s very upset, claiming that the homeless man on the steps outside the library is none other than Mr. Heyman, a physical education teacher at Jerry and George’s high school. Jerry explains to Kramer how George was responsible for getting Heyman fired. As Jerry and George depart, Kramer stays behind and starts flirting with the librarian, Marion.
Meanwhile, Elaine is concerned when a co-worker forgets to ask her what she wants for lunch, and it sets her to worry that Mr. Lippman is planning to fire her.
The following day Jerry, George, and Elaine meet at Monk’s Café, where George tells Elaine the story of why Heyman was really fired. Flashing back to the old high school locker room, Heyman and some of the high school boys give George a wedgie, all the while Heyman deliberately mispronouncing George Costanza’s name as “Can’t-Stand-Ya”. As the flashback ends, George confesses that he complained about the incident, and Heyman was fired the next day. Kramer arrives at the diner to alert Jerry that the library cop, Lt. Bookman is waiting for him outside his apartment.
Bookman and Jerry argue in his apartment about whether Jerry returned the book or not. As Bookman leaves Jerry’s, Marion is waiting to enter Kramer’s apartment, and quickly runs in when she sees Bookman. She worries that Bookman will return to the library and find that she is not there, but she finds it hard to leave her new-found love.
Jerry then proceeds to look up his high school girlfriend, Sherry Becker. When Jerry meets up with her, he finds that she has gained weight, and he is a little perplexed at her recollection of that day. She remembers that she wore a purple dress, not an orange one as Jerry recalls, and that the book they read to each other was actually Tropic of Capricorn, not Tropic of Cancer. Jerry then remembers that the book he returned to the library was Tropic of Capricorn and he actually loaned Tropic of Cancer to George, and runs out of the diner.
Kramer and Marion are caught by Bookman as the two stroll through the library after hours. Meanwhile, Elaine’s fears of being fired come closer to being realized when she finds out that Mr. Lippman wants to see her in his office. After she sees Kramer crying over Marion’s poetry, she takes some of it, hoping to impress Mr. Lippman with a new literary find.