The Library

Writer: Larry Charles
Director: Joshua White
The Cast:
Jerry Seinfeld as Jerry Seinfeld
Jason Alexander as George Costanza
Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes
Michael Richards as Cosmo Kramer
Guest Stars:
Philip Baker Hall as Lt. Bookman
Ashley Gardener as Marion
Harris Shore as Mr. Lippman
Cynthia Szigeti as Sherry
Biff Yeager as Heyman
Neal Lerner as he "Shusher"
Marie Barrientos as The Receptionist

Opening Monolog


Does it seem to you that the ventriloquist dummy has a very active sexual, social life? He's always talking about dates and women that he knows and bringing them back to the suitcase at night. There's always a sawdust joke in there somewhere, you know. He says kinky things, because he's made out of wood and he can spin his head around. We're somehow expected to believe because the face is so animated they think we're not noticing the feet are just swinging there. Dummy feet never look really right, do they? They're just kind of dangling there. Always kind of askew, you know. You always see a little ankle. Those little thin, fabric ankles that they have, you know. You think, "I don't think this thing is real." Are you kidding me?

Jerry's Apartment

JERRY: (on the phone with the library) Let me speak with the head librarian. ... Because it's absurd. An overdue book  from 1971? ... This is a joke right? What are you? From a radio station?
(Kramer enters)
JERRY: (on the phone) Ya' got me I fell for it. Alright, OK I can be down there in like a half hour. Bye. (hangs up)
KRAMER: What's the problem?
JERRY: This you're not goin' to believe this. The New York Public Library says that I took out "Tropic of Cancer" in 1971 and never returned it.
KRAMER: Do you know how much that comes to? That's a nickel a day for 20 years. It's going to be $50,000
JERRY: It doesn't work like that.
KRAMER: If it's a dime a day it could be $100,000
JERRY: It's not going to be anything. I returned the book. I remember it very vividly  because I was with Sherry Becker. She wore this orange dress. It was the first time I ever saw her in a dress like that. I noticed since ninth grade she was developing this body in secret under these loose clothes for like two years. And then one day ...
(Flashback to a beautiful buxom young Becky in an orange dress)
JERRY: That orange dress is burned in my memory 
KRAMER: Oh, memory burn.
JERRY: I wonder what ever happened to her.
KRAMER: How did they ever find you?
JERRY: Oh, computers, they're cracking down now on overdue books. The whole thing is completely ridiculous.
JERRY: It's George... Wait 'til he hears we're going to the library.
KRAMER: You know I never got a library card.
JERRY: (to speaker) Coming down.
KRAMER: It's all a bunch of cheapskates in there anyway. People sitting around reading the newspaper attached to huge wooden sticks Trying to save a quarter, ooh yeah..
JERRY: I gotta go to the library. You want to go?
KRAMER: The Dewey Decimal System, what a scam that was. Boy that Dewey guy really cleaned up on that deal.
JERRY: Where's George?
KRAMER: Tryin' to save a quarter.
JERRY: I kinda like those sticks. I'd like to get them for my house.
Library Counter
JERRY: This woman's completely ignoring me.
KRAMER: Look at her. This is a lonely woman looking for companionship.. ... Spinster. ... Maybe a virgin. ... Maybe she got hurt a long time ago. She was a schoolgirl. There was a boy It didn't work out. Now she needs a little tenderness. She needs a little understanding... She needs a little Kramer. 
JERRY: Eventually a little shot of penicillin.
JERRY: Yes, I called before. I got this notice in the mail.
LIBRARIAN: (She says in a blissful manner) Oh, "Tropic of Cancer", Henry Miller... Uh... This case has been turned over to our library investigation officer, Mr. Bookman.
KRAMER: Bookman? The library investigator's name is actually Bookman?
LIBRARIAN: It's true.
KRAMER: That's amazing. That's like an ice cream man named Cone.
LIBRARIAN: Lt. Bookman has been working here for 25 years so I think he's heard all the jokes.
JERRY: Can I speak with this Bookman?
LIBRARIAN: Just a second.
(George enters frantically tugging at jerry's jacket)
GEORGE: Jerry...
JERRY: What?
GEORGE: I think I saw him. I think it's him.
GEORGE: Did you see the homeless guy on the library steps screaming obscenities and doing some calisthenics routine.
JERRY: Yeah.
GEORGE: I think that's Mr. Hayman... The gym teacher from our High School.
JERRY: (whispers) Are you sure?
GEORGE: He's older, completely covered in filth, no whistle, but I think it's him.
JERRY: George got him fired. He squealed on him.
KRAMER: Ooh tattle tale...
GEORGE: (yells) I didn't tattle!
READER: Shh!! Shh!!
KRAMER: What did this guy do? What happened?
GEORGE: There was an incident. I'd rather not discuss it.
KRAMER: Oh come on, You can tell me.
GEORGE: Some other time.
KRAMER: What tonight?
(Librarian walks by)
KRAMER: Y'know, I never figured you for a squealer.
JERRY: Oh, he sang like a canary.
LIBRARIAN: Mr. Bookman's not here.
JERRY: Not here? Why was I told to come down here?
LIBRARIAN: He'll be out all afternoon on a case.
KRAMER: He's out on a case? He actually goes out on cases?
  (She nods "yes")
JERRY: Well what am I supposed to do now?
LIBRARIAN: I'll have Mr. Bookman get in touch with you.
JERRY: All right Thanks. Come on lets go.
GEORGE: Let's see if it's Hayman?
KRAMER: Hey, uh, I'll see you boys later. (turns to librarian) So uh... What's a guy got to do around here to get a library card?
  (Marion, the librarian, rolls her eyes back)
Pendant Publishing
ELAINE: Where's Karen?
SECRETARY: She went to pick up lunch. 
ELAINE: She didn't ask me what I wanted. 
SECRETARY: She must have forgot.
ELAINE: How could she forget I've been ordering lunch every day here for 3 and a half years? Is there something you're not telling me because I'm getting a really weird vibe. Is Lippman getting rid of me? It's OK I won't say anything.
SECRETARY: I don't know anything.
ELAINE: Ah, you don't know anything. You see, "I don't know anything", means there's something to know. If you really didn't know anything you would have said "You're crazy." 
(Lippman enters)
ELAINE: Oh, hi Mr. Lippman.
LIPPMAN: Elaine.
ELAINE: Um, uh, I was wondering if you got a chance to look at that , um, biography of Columbus, I gave you? 
LIPPMAN: Yes I did. Yes I did. ... Maureen this water is still too cold.
ELAINE: It's freezing... Hurts your teeth.
ELAINE: I'm tellin' ya' somethin' is goin' on. He never likes anything I recommend. And then that lunch thing.
JERRY: So they forgot to get your lunch. Big deal!
ELAINE: What do you know. You've never worked in an office. (turns to George) See, you've worked in an office. Jerry thinks I'm over reacting but you understand, ... LUNCH!
GEORGE: I don't understand lunch, I don't know anything about lunch. (Ignoring Elaine, he continues with Hayman) Listen. Just because I got the guy fired doesn't mean I turned him into a bum... does it?
ELAINE: What did he do?
GEORGE: He purposely mispronounced my name. Instead of saying, "Costanza" He'd say, "Can't stand jya. Can't stand jya"... He made me smell my own gym socks once.
JERRY: I remember he made you wear a jock on your head for a whole class. And the straps were hangin' down by his ,...
GEORGE: OK, OK, I never even had him for gym.
JERRY: I had him for hygiene. Remember his teeth. It was like from an exhumed corpse. 
GEORGE: Little baked beans.
JERRY: Echh!
ELAINE: Come on tell me what happened.
GEORGE: Well, OK... as I said, the guy had it in for me. He actually failed me in gym... ME!
(Flashback in High School Gym)
GEORGE: ...those spastic Shnitzer twins ... 
HEYMAN: Hey Can't stand jya!... Can't stand jya!
GEORGE: Yes, Mr. Hayman?
HEYMAN: Your underwear was stick'n out of your shorts during gym class.
GEORGE: Well I guess that's because I wear boxer shorts.
HEYMAN: Boxer shorts, ha? Well what brand?
GEORGE: I'm not really sure, I...
HEYMAN: Well let's take a look.
(George gets a wedgie)
  (...back at booth at Monk's)
GEORGE: He gave me a wedgie.
  (Elaine laughs)
JERRY: He got fired the next day.
ELAINE: Why do they call it a wedgie?
GEORGE: Because the underwear is pulled up from the back and ... it wedges in..
JERRY: They also have an atomic wedgie. Now the goal there is to actually get the  waistband on top of the head. Very rare.
ELAINE: Boys are sick.
JERRY: Well what do girls do?
ELAINE: We just tease someone 'til they develop an eating disorder.
(Kramer enters)
KRAMER: Hey Babaloo. You better get home. You know this guy, Bookman from the library, he's waiting for ya.
Night Club
JERRY: What's amazing to me about the library is it's a place where you go in you can take out any book you want they just give it to you and say bring it back when you're done. It reminds me of like this pathetic friend that everybody had when they were a little kid who would let you borrow any of his stuff if you would just be his friend. That's what the library is. A government funded pathetic friend. And that's why everybody kinds of bullies the library. I'll bring it back on time ... I'll bring it back late... Oh, what are you going to do? Charge me a nickel? 
Jerry's Apartment
  (Bookman is there at Jerry's Apartment)
JERRY: Oh, I'm glad you're here, so we can get this all straightened out. Would you like a cup of tea?
BOOKMAN: You got any coffee?
JERRY: Coffee?
BOOKMAN: Yeah. Coffee.
JERRY: No, I don't drink coffee.
BOOKMAN: Yeah, you don't drink coffee? How about instant coffee?
JERRY: No, I don't have...
BOOKMAN: You don't have any instant coffee?
JERRY: Well, I don't normally...
BOOKMAN: Who doesn't have instant coffee?
JERRY: I don't.
BOOKMAN: You buy a jar of Folger's Crystals, you put it in the cupboard, you forget about it. Then later on when you need it, it's there. It lasts forever. It's freeze-dried. Freeze-dried Crystals.
JERRY: Really? I'll have to remember that.
BOOKMAN: You took this book out in 1971.
JERRY: Yes, and I returned it in 1971.
BOOKMAN: Yeah, '71. That was my first year on the job. Bad year for libraries. Bad year for America. Hippies burning library cards, Abby Hoffman telling everybody to steal books. I don't judge a man by the length of his hair or the kind of music he listens to. Rock was never my bag. But you put on a pair of shoes when you walk into the New York Public Library, fella.
JERRY: Look, Mr. Bookman. I--I returned that book. I remember it very specifically.
BOOKMAN: You're a comedian, you make people laugh.
JERRY: I try.
BOOKMAN: You think this is all a big joke, don't you?
JERRY: No, I don't.
BOOKMAN: I saw you on T.V. once; I remembered your name... from my list. I looked it up. Sure enough, it checked out. You think because you're a celebrity that somehow the law doesn't apply to you, that you're above the law?
JERRY: Certainly not.
BOOKMAN: Well, let me tell you something, funny boy. Y'know that little stamp, the one that says "New York Public Library"? Well that may not mean anything to you, but that means a lot to me. One whole hell of a lot. Sure, go ahead, laugh if you want to. I've seen your type before: Flashy, making the scene, flaunting convention. Yeah, I know what you're thinking. What's this guy making such a big stink about old library books? Well, let me give you a hint, junior. Maybe we can live without libraries, people like you and me. Maybe. Sure, we're too old to change the world, but what about that kid, sitting down, opening a book, right now, in a branch at the local library and finding drawings of pee-pees and wee-wees on the Cat in the Hat and the Five Chinese Brothers? Doesn't HE deserve better? Look. If you think this is about overdue fines and missing books, you'd better think again. This is about that kid's right to read a book without getting his mind warped! Or: maybe that turns you on, Seinfeld; maybe that's how y'get your kicks. You and your good-time buddies. Well I got a flash for ya, joy-boy: Party time is over. Y'got seven days, Seinfeld. That is one week!
  (Marion sneaks into Kramer's apartment behind Bookman's back as he opens Jerry's door to leave)
Kramer's Apartment
KRAMER: What's wrong?
MARION: It's Bookman the library cop.
KRAMER: So I didn't do anything wrong.
MARION: I'm supposed to be at work. I could get fired. I shouldn't have come here.
KRAMER: Why don't ya' leave?
MARION: I can't.
Jerry's Doorway
JERRY: No way I'm payin' that! I returned that book I n 1971. I have a witness Sherry Becker. She wore an orange dress. She gave me a piece of black jack gum. It's a licorice gum. What do ya' think of next I remember it. (thinks out loud, opens phone book) Becker, ... Becker, ...
SHERRY: (Brooklyn accent) Kevin went to a public school, he's the 14 year old? We were gonna' send Marsha to a private school. Cause in some way they don't learn... enough... I think.
JERRY: So Sherry, what do you remember about that day at the library? 
SHERRY: I remember it like it was yesterday. It was a Friday afternoon. I wore a purple dress. 
JERRY: Purple? Ya' sure it wasn't orange? 
SHERRY: Positive. And I was chewin' Dentyne. I always chewed Dentyne. Remember Jerry? Dentyne? (She gives the trademark Dentyne gleam)
JERRY: No Black Jack? 
SHERRY: Licorice gum? Never! We were reading passages to each other from that Henry Miller book, 
JERRY: Yeah.. Tropic of Cancer.
SHERRY: No, Tropic of Capricorn
JERRY: Tropic of Capricorn? 
SHERRY: Rememba? What holds the world togetha' ... "As I have learned from bitter experience is sexual intercourse ." 
JERRY: Wait a second. Wait a second. You're right. I had both of them. We read from TROPIC OF CAPRICORN. I was all set to return "Tropic of Cancer". And then ... 
(Flashback to High School gym locker room) 
JERRY: Here's the book. Don't let anybody see it. Don't let anything happen to it. 
GEORGE: Jerry, it's me, George, don't worry, I'll return it
JERRY: Ok, I'll see you after school. I'm late for Hayman's hygiene.
(They both make silly teeth with their fingers in front of their mouths)
(...return to reality in a booth at Monk's)
SHERRY: Where ya' going? 
JERRY: It was nice seeing you again. I just remembered something. I've got to go. 
(to old man that enters) 
Library After Closing
KRAMER: Read another poem.
MARION: Pressed chest fleshed out west Might be the savior or a garden pest.
KRAMER: Wow, that is great. You should be published. You know, the library is kind of a cool place when it's closed.
MARION: Oh, yeah. You don't have to be quiet. Listen to the echo: HELLO!
KRAMER: (echoes) HELLO!
MARION: (echoes) HELLO!
KRAMER: (echoes) HELLO!
MARION: (echoes) HELLO!
BOOKMAN: (emerging) Hello!
MARION: (turning, surprised) Mr. Bookman.
BOOKMAN: I remember when the librarian was a much older woman. Kindly, discreet, unattractive. We didn't know anything about her private life. We didn't want to know anything about her private life. She didn't have a private life. While you're thinking about that, think about this. The library closes at five o'clock, no exceptions. This is your final warning. Got that, kewpie-doll?
Jerry's Apartment
(Jerry in bedroom and Elaine in kitchen yelling to him)
ELAINE: Lippman wants' to see me in his office SEE ME! That can't be good 
JERRY: Maybe you're getting' a raise. 
ELAINE: Or maybe I'm getting' a wedgie. What?
GEORGE: It's George...
ELAINE: George is on his way up?
JERRY: Wait 'til I tell him about the book.
  (Kramer is sitting a the table reading Marion's poems sobbing)
ELAINE: (To Kramer) Are you OK? What? What?
KRAMER: It's Marion's poetry. I can't take it... (and he leaves sobbing)
ELAINE: Remember that biography I recommended? MY BOSS HATED IT!!!
(Jerry emerges from his bedroom)
JERRY: I'm right here.
ELAINE: Remember that Columbus book? 
JERRY: Columbus, Euro trash.
(George enters)
GEORGE: Well, it's definitely him. 
ELAINE: Him? Him who?
GEORGE: Him who? Hayman him.
ELAINE: Hayman The gym teacher? You found him?
GEORGE: Oh, I found him. He was sitting on the steps of the library. I sat down next to him. He smelled like the locker room after that game against Erasmus 
JERRY: That was double overtime.
GEORGE: So I said, "Mr. Hayman, It's me George Costanza, JFK, ... " He doesn't move. So I said uh, "Can't stand ya'", "Can't stand ya'" He turns and smiles, the little baked bean teeth. I get up to run away, but something was holding me back. It was Heyman. He had my underwear. There I was on the steps of the 42nd St. library, a grown man, getting a wedgie. 
ELAINE: At least it wasn't atomic.
GEORGE: It was.
  (George reveals the elastic band of his underwear from his pocket)
JERRY: So Georgie Boy, guess what happened to "Tropic of Cancer"
GEORGE: How should I know?
JERRY: Because I gave it to you. 
JERRY: Yeah, think. Don't you remember you kept begging me to see it then finally I agreed. You were supposed to return it. I met you in the gym locker room.
GEORGE: The locker room!
(Flashback in High School gym locker room)
JERRY: Here's the book. Don't let anybody see it. Don't let anything happen to it. 
GEORGE: Jerry, it's me, George, don't worry, I'll return it tomorrow, no problem.
JERRY: All right, I'll see you after school. I'm late for Hayman's hygiene.
(They both make silly teeth with their fingers in front of their mouths)
HEYMAN: Can't Stand Ya'. 
GEORGE: Yes Mr. Hayman.
HEYMAN: Your underwear was stick'n out of your shorts during gym class.
GEORGE: Well I guess that's because I wear boxer shorts.
HEYMAN: Boxer shorts, ha? Well what brand?
GEORGE: I'm not really sure, I...
HEYMAN: Well let's take a look.
(George gets a wedgie and "Tropic of Cancer" falls on floor)
(Jerry writes out a check for the never-returned "Tropic of Cancer" and hands it to Bookman)
JERRY: Anyway, I hope there's no hard feelings.
BOOKMAN: Hard feelings? What do you know about hard feelings? Y'ever have a man die in your arms? Y'ever kill somebody?
JERRY: What is your problem?
BOOKMAN: What's my problem? Punks like you, that's my problem. And you better not screw up again Seinfeld, because if you do, I'll be all over you like a pit-bull on a poodle.
JERRY: (after Bookman exits) That is one tough monkey! (turns to Elaine) So you were saying?
ELAINE: Oh? So, I took your suggestion and I gave my boss Marion's poems. The ones that affected Kramer so much.
JERRY: Oh, beautiful did he like them? 
ELAINE: No, ... he didn't! No, ... he didn't!
JERRY: (to George) Was he out there?
GEORGE: Na, he's gone. I wonder what happened to him. 
JERRY: I guess we'll never know.
Back Alley
HEYMAN: Can't stand ya, (laughing) Can't stand ya. (pan to "Tropic of Cancer" on ground)
Closing Monolog
JERRY: It was a weird school day, you know what I mean because it kind of like started of kind of normal. You have like English, Geometry, Social Studies and then suddenly you're like in Lord of The Flies for 40 minutes you know you're hangin' from a rope. You have hardly any clothes on. Teachers are yellin' at ya' "Where's your jock strap?" Ya' know and kids are throwin' dodge balls at you. You're tryin' to survive ... Then its History, Science, Language. There's something off in the entire flow of that day.