S04E23 - The Pilot (Part 1)

No: 63  |   Season: 4   Episode: 23  |   Air Date: 20-May-1993  |   Production #423

Now sex, I like the bottom. Let them do all the work. You should be writing this stuff down...Now sex, I like the bottom. Let them do all the work. You should be writing this stuff down...


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


George: God would never let me be successful; he'd kill me first. He'd never let me be happy.
Therapist: I thought you didn't believe in God?
George: I do for the bad things.

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.

(At the casting)
Melissa: It's like a bald convention out there. (She sees George) Sorry, I made a faux pas.
Jerry: No, you didn't, he knows he's bald.

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.

TV Elaine: What about sex?
Jerry: She likes talking during sex.
TV Elaine: Dirty talking?
Jerry: No. Just chitchat, movies, current events. Regular stuff.

Kramer: (Talking to the actor who will be playing him in the pilot) Now, sex, I like the bottom. Let them do all the work, you know? You should be writing this stuff down.

'Crazy' Joe: Good luck on the pilot Jerry...(smiles)

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 SeinfeldJerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-DreyfusElaine Benes
Michael RichardsKramer
Jason AlexanderGeorge Costanza
Bob BalabanRussell Dalrymple
Anne TwomeyRita
Gina HechtDana Foley
Peter CrombieJoe Davola
Jeremy PivenMichael Barth (George)
Larry HankinTom Pepper (Kramer)
Kevin PageStu Chermack
Mariska HargitayMelissa
Laura WaterburyCasting Director
Elena WohlSandi Robbins (Elaine)
Bruce JarchowDoctor
Al RuscioManager
Richard GantFred
Peter BloodJay Crespi
Roger RoseMark
Brian BradleyButler
Samantha DormanWaitress
Erick AvariCabbie
Bob ShawPaul
Stephen BurrowsDavid
Deborah Swisher1st AD
Jeff OetjenWilton
Pat HazellPat Hazell
Peggy LaneWoman on 'Jerry' Set (scenes deleted)
Tony AmendolaRushdie
Shirley BeckMakeup Artist (uncredited)
Norman BrennerMan on 'Jerry' Set (uncredited)
Elza CamachoWoman on 'Jerry' Set (uncredited)
Jennifer CampbellTia
Lanei ChapmanHousekeeper
Larry CharlesMan on Raft #2 (uncredited)
Tom CheronesDirector on 'Jerry' Set (uncredited)
Kari ColemanAllison
Larry DavidJohn F. Kennedy Jr.
Elizabeth DennehyThe Drakette (uncredited)
Brian Doyle-MurrayMel (uncredited)
Bill ErwinSid
Maggie HanCheryl (uncredited)
Victor Wayne HarrisMan on 'Jerry' Set (uncredited)
Teri HatcherSidra
Jon HaymanDonald
Darin HenryMan in 'Jerry' Audience (uncredited)
Nicholas HormannCalvin
Janet KaganWoman on 'Jerry' Set (uncredited)
Dennis KirkpatrickMan on 'Jerry' Set (uncredited)
Wayne KnightNewman
Jane LeevesMarla
Warren LittlefieldMan in 'Jerry' Audience (uncredited)
Rick LudwinMan in 'Jerry' Audience (uncredited)
Carol MansellMother
Barney MartinMorty
Bill MastersMan in Restaurant (uncredited)
Peter MehlmanMan in Restaurant (uncredited)
Rick OvertonThe Drake (uncredited)
Glenn PadnickMan on 'Jerry' Set (uncredited)
Pete G. PapanickolasMan on 'Jerry' Set (uncredited)
Gavin PoloneMan in 'Jerry' Audience (uncredited)
Pete San Filipo Sr.Man on 'Jerry' Set (uncredited)
Todd SchwartzMan in 'Jerry' Audience (uncredited)
Liz SheridanHelen
Steve SkrovanMan in Restaurant (uncredited)
Heidi SwedbergSusan Ross
Mark TaorminoMan #2 on Jerry Set (Kramer Look-Alike) (uncredited)
Karen WilkieWoman on 'Jerry' Set (uncredited)
Ping WuPing
Jeffrey YerkesMan on Set