|Episode no.||Season 7|
|Directed by||Andy Ackerman|
|Written by||Gregg Kavet & Andy Robin|
|Original air date||January 25, 1996|
"The Caddy" is the 122nd episode of NBC sitcom Seinfeld. This was the 12th episode for the seventh season. It aired on January 25, 1996. In this episode, George takes an unapproved vacation, leading to him being presumed dead, while Kramer, Jerry, and Jackie Chiles launch a lawsuit against Elaine's archenemy Sue Ellen Mischke because she was wearing a bra without a top in public.
Kramer's caddie, Stan, helps him improve his golf game and offers other life advice. George locks his keys in his car at work and postpones moving it until he can get locksmith services free through a club membership, causing Mr. Wilhelm and George Steinbrenner to think he's working long hours and consider promoting him to assistant to the general manager. Despite this, George goes on an unapproved vacation, telling Jerry to remove any fliers attached to his windshield so Wilhelm and Steinbrenner will still think he's working.
Elaine encounters Sue Ellen Mischke, a high school friend-turned-nemesis and heiress to the Oh Henry! candy bar fortune. Disgusted that Sue Ellen never wears a bra despite her extremely large breasts, Elaine gives her a bra as a birthday gift. Sue Ellen starts wearing it alone beneath an open blazer. She drops by Elaine's office to thank her. Peterman sees her and is inspired to create a bra as a top, assigning Elaine to write the ad copy.
Finding George's car covered by bird droppings, Jerry has Kramer break into the car so they can take it to a car wash. On the drive back, they are distracted by bra-clad Sue Ellen and crash; Jerry, not thinking clearly, returns the wrecked car to George's workplace. Finding the car in this state, with blood from the accident, Mr. Wilhelm thinks something happened to George. When they cannot find him, Steinbrenner declares him dead. He tells the news to George's parents. Jerry gets a phone message from the Costanzas about George's death, and tells George what happened. George returns to work, with fake injuries and a story of being trapped in a ditch. His story is accepted, though the position of assistant to the general manager was given to someone else when he was thought dead.
Kramer, under Elaine and Stan's advice, takes Sue Ellen to court for damages, with Jackie Chiles representing him. Jerry is smitten with Sue Ellen, but nevertheless testifies that she was wearing a bra with nothing over it at the time of the accident. Stan tells Kramer to get Sue Ellen to try on the bra. Kramer insists on following Stan's advice over Jackie's objections. The judge orders her to try it on, but the bra doesn't fit as she is wearing a leotard, costing Kramer the trial.
Elaine's writeup makes the bra-as-a-top a hit, even among her female coworkers, to Elaine's revulsion.
Phil Morris was surprised that his character Jackie Chiles was being used in another episode, later commenting, "I mean, how often can they bring an attorney into this mix?" Like the season seven episode "The Maestro", the Chiles plot thread satires the O.J. Simpson murder case, in particular the prosecution asking Simpson to try on the gloves used in the murder and the defense's argument that Simpson was not physically fit enough to have committed the murder.
Jerry Seinfeld later said that Frank Costanza's phone message ("Jerry, this is Frank Costanza. Mr. Steinbrenner's here. George is dead. Call me back.") is one of his favorite lines in the entire series.