S04E23 - The Pilot (Part 1)
No: 63 | Season: 4 Episode: 23 | Air Date: 20-May-1993 | Production #423
Jerry and George begin casting for their pilot. However, George fears that God will not let him live to be successful. Russel is distracted from the pilot, as he has become obsessed with Elaine. Getting mugged on his way home to use the bathroom causes Kramer to "miss his chance"; meanwhile, the whole gang notices that all of the new waitresses at the coffee are particularly buxom.
Director and Writers
Director: Tom Cherones
Writers: Larry David
Jerry: (to George) You know the message you're sending out to the world with these sweat pants? You're telling the world: I give up! I can't compete in normal society. I'm miserable, so I might as well be comfortable.
Jerry: According to most studies, people's number-one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Now, this means to the average person, if you have to go to a funeral you're better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.
Jerry: Can't you at least die with a little dignity?
George: No, I can't. I can't die with dignity. I have no dignity. I want to be the one person who doesn't die with dignity. I live my whole life in shame. Why should I die with dignity?
Russel: We've got very exciting pilots for next season. We have one with a bright young comedian, Jerry Seinfeld.
Elaine: Oh, yeah, you know, I've heard of him. He's that, "Did you ever notice this? Did you ever notice that?" guy.
TV Elaine: I want to know her from the inside. What is she like? Tell me about her.
Jerry: Well, she's fascinated with Greenland. She enjoys teasing animals Banlon and seeing people running for their lives. She loves throwing garbage out the window, yet she's extremely dainty.
Notes and Trivia
During the auditions, the lines are taken from the past episodes "The Pony Remark", "The Deal", "The Note" and "The Boyfriend: Part 1".
This two-part episode was nominated for the 1993 Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Editing for a Series - Multi-Camera Production.
Larry Hankin, the actor who auditioned for Kramer on "Jerry", actually had auditioned for Kramer on "Seinfeld".
Mariska Hargitay is one of the actresses auditioning for the role of "Elaine" in 'The Pilot'. She also auditioned for the role of "Elaine" on "Seinfeld".
According to the director and set designer, this episode used 30 sets, as much as many Hollywood movies.
Jerry states that "sic semper tyrannis" means "death to tyrants" in Latin. It actually means "thus always to tyrants" and is the Virginia state motto. John Wilkes Booth did say this after shooting President Lincoln, and some witnesses claimed that he added, "The South is avenged."
The conversation when George goes up to Larry Hankin (the guy playing Kramer), telling him to say his lines differently, actually happened between Larry David and Michael Richards.
Originally broadcast as part of a 60 min episode.
When Kramer leaves the auditions to find the bathroom down the hall, the "Law & Order" poster on the wall reads backwards. Presumably, the shot was reversed to be consistent with Stu Shermack's directions of "on the right at the very end."
|Jerry Seinfeld||Jerry Seinfeld|
|Julia Louis-Dreyfus||Elaine Benes|
|Jason Alexander||George Costanza|
|Bob Balaban||Russell Dalrymple|
|Gina Hecht||Dana Foley|
|Peter Crombie||Joe Davola|
|Jeremy Piven||Michael Barth (George)|
|Larry Hankin||Tom Pepper (Kramer)|
|Kevin Page||Stu Chermack|
|Laura Waterbury||Casting Director|
|Elena Wohl||Sandi Robbins (Elaine)|
|Peter Blood||Jay Crespi|
|Deborah Swisher||1st AD|
|Pat Hazell||Pat Hazell|
|Peggy Lane||Woman on 'Jerry' Set (scenes deleted)|
|Shirley Beck||Makeup Artist (uncredited)|
|Norman Brenner||Man on 'Jerry' Set (uncredited)|
|Elza Camacho||Woman on 'Jerry' Set (uncredited)|
|Larry Charles||Man on Raft #2 (uncredited)|
|Tom Cherones||Director on 'Jerry' Set (uncredited)|
|Larry David||John F. Kennedy Jr.|
|Elizabeth Dennehy||The Drakette (uncredited)|
|Brian Doyle-Murray||Mel (uncredited)|
|Maggie Han||Cheryl (uncredited)|
|Victor Wayne Harris||Man on 'Jerry' Set (uncredited)|
|Darin Henry||Man in 'Jerry' Audience (uncredited)|
|Janet Kagan||Woman on 'Jerry' Set (uncredited)|
|Dennis Kirkpatrick||Man on 'Jerry' Set (uncredited)|
|Warren Littlefield||Man in 'Jerry' Audience (uncredited)|
|Rick Ludwin||Man in 'Jerry' Audience (uncredited)|
|Bill Masters||Man in Restaurant (uncredited)|
|Peter Mehlman||Man in Restaurant (uncredited)|
|Rick Overton||The Drake (uncredited)|
|Glenn Padnick||Man on 'Jerry' Set (uncredited)|
|Pete G. Papanickolas||Man on 'Jerry' Set (uncredited)|
|Gavin Polone||Man in 'Jerry' Audience (uncredited)|
|Pete San Filipo Sr.||Man on 'Jerry' Set (uncredited)|
|Todd Schwartz||Man in 'Jerry' Audience (uncredited)|
|Steve Skrovan||Man in Restaurant (uncredited)|
|Heidi Swedberg||Susan Ross|
|Mark Taormino||Man #2 on Jerry Set (Kramer Look-Alike) (uncredited)|
|Karen Wilkie||Woman on 'Jerry' Set (uncredited)|
|Jeffrey Yerkes||Man on Set|