Season 5: Episode 70: The Lip ReaderAs Jerry eyes a beautiful official at a U.S. Open tennis match, George goes to buy some more sunblock and, stopping for a quick hot fudge sundae, unknowingly becomes the butt of a television commentator's jokes. Approaching the lineswoman but unable to get her attention, Jerry soon discovers Laura is actually deaf as she agrees to a date. Meanwhile, in order to avoid having to talk with a car service driver, Elaine tries to pretend she is deaf. But, feeling bad after the driver catches her trying to fool him, she is persuaded by her friends to try and make it up to him with some free concert tickets.
As Kramer announces that he wants to be the first ball-man at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, he tells Jerry and Elaine about seeing George on television. After he is unexpectedly dumped by his latest girlfriend, George then wonders if his appearance on television had anything to do with Gwen's decision. So, joining Jerry and Laura on their date, George persuades her to go to a mutual friend's party and lip read Gwen's conversations to find out what caused the break up.
After calling the car service to take them to Todd's party, Elaine and her friends are forced to find other transportation when the angry driver complains that his hearing was damaged as a result of the concert tickets she gave him. So, arriving late to find Laura already there, George immediately puts her to work to uncover what Gwen is saying to their host. But, when Kramer's signing skills are challenged and Laura misreads what is being said, George wrongly accuses Gwen and Todd of planning to spend the night together. Finally, Kramer's accidental stumble injures a star player and puts an end to the ball-man experiment.