S06E24 - The Understudy
No: 110 | Season: 6 Episode: 24 | Air Date: 18-May-1995 | Production #621
George and Jerry are suspected of deliberately injuring Bette Midler during a softball game, giving Jerry's girlfriend, Bette's understudy, a chance to perform. Kramer becomes Bette's personal assistant. Elaine gets George's father to translate for her when she suspects that her manicurist has made some obvious snide remarks in a foreign tongue. While crying about losing her manicurists, Elaine meets the owner of a catalog, J. Peterman, and gets herself a new job.
Director and Writers
Director: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Marjorie Gross & Carol Leifer
Jerry: Just once I would like to tell someone they stink. You know what? I didn't like the show. I didn't like you. It just really stunk. The whole thing real bad. Stinkaroo. Thanks for the tickets though.
Notes and Trivia
This episode marks John O'Hurley's first appearance as J. Peterman.
The actual J. Peterman Catalogue is based in Lexington, Kentucky and not New York City.
The last scene where Gennice cries over her unlaced boot is a reference to the "unlaced skate" incident that involved Tanya Harding at the 1994 Winter Olympic Games.
Elaine says "...they're the BEST, Jerry, the BEST" - just like Kenny Bania always says.
Frank uses his move "stopping short" w/ his former Korean girlfriend. This is the same move Kramer uses on Frank's wife Estelle in "The Fusilli Jerry". Kramer also made a "Macaroni Midler" which is another reference to that episode.
During the softball game, George knocks over Bette Midler, trying to score a run. The umpire yells "Safe!" but if you look closely, George never touches home plate.
Bette Midler falls on another man just behind home plate, but when the camera cuts back she is somehow up against the backstop.
|Jerry Seinfeld||Jerry Seinfeld|
|Julia Louis-Dreyfus||Elaine Benes|
|Michael Richards||Cosmo Kramer|
|Jason Alexander||George Costanza|
|Jerry Stiller||Frank Costanza|
|June Kyoto Lu||Ruby (as June Kyoko Lu)|
|Alexandra Bokyun Chun||Lotus (as Bok Yun Chon)|
|Vonnie C. Rhee||Sunny|
|Craig Thomas||Player #1|
|Michael McDonald||Player #2 (as Michael James McDonald)|
|Johnny Silver||Vendor #1|
|Billy Bastiani||Vendor #2 (as William Bastiani)|
|Bonnie Bruckheimer||Woman in Bette Midler Entourage (uncredited)|
|Randy Carter||Theatre Announcer (voice) (uncredited)|
|Ruth Cohen||Ruthie Cohen|
|Larry David||Man at Softball Game (voice) (uncredited)|
|Marjorie Gross||Woman in Bette Midler Entourage (uncredited)|
|Darin Mangan||Softball Fan (uncredited)|