The Handicap Spot

Season 4, Ep 22, Aired 5/13/93
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  • Episode Description
  • Going out to buy an engagement party present for "The Drake," George parks his father's car in a handicap parking spot, after taking Kramer's advice. An angry mob trashes the vehicle when a disabled woman gets injured, because of the illegal parking. While visiting the woman at the hospital, Kramer falls in love and feels compelled to replace the wheelchair. George becomes his father's butler after his father gets arrested for parking in the spot.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Michael Richards (I)

    Cosmo Kramer

  • Jerry Seinfeld


  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    Elaine Marie Benes (not in pilot)

  • Jason Alexander

    George Louis Costanza

  • Larry David

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • George's father is introduced.

    By Canogaparkcindy, Apr 11, 2009

  • Jerry & Co. drop off a TV to an engaged couple, but at the same time park in a handicapped spot with George\'s dad\'s car. It causes an accident for a wheelchaired woman.

    By CatillacCat, Jul 12, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (15)

    • George: Is it my imagination, or do really good-looking women walk a lot faster than everybody else? Elaine: We don't walk that fast.

    • Kramer: Am I a hipster-doofus?

    • Salesman: This is our best model, the Cougar 9000. It's the Rolls Royce of wheelchairs. This is like, you're almost glad to be handicapped.

    • Jerry: We'll give the keys to Elaine. Elaine: Me? Jerry: Yeah. You're a woman. Men won't hit a woman. Elaine: Oh, they won't? Jerry: Not if they don't know you.

    • George: What are we gonna do? How are we gonna get out of here? Jerry: The thing is, even if we go back by the car, and they're not there, how do we know they're not all hiding, waiting for us? Elaine: Well, they have to give up sometime, they can't stay out there all night. Jerry: What are we, John Dillinger? I mean, how did this get to be the crime of the century? It's not like we stuck a broomsticks in her spokes and she went flying.

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    Notes (4)

    • This episode was produced before "The Junior Mint", but was aired out of production order. It is for this reason that in this episode Jerry says that he is considering buying a yo-yo, but two he already has a yo-yo and shows the doctor a trick.

    • At the time of this episode's original airing, there was some controversy surrounding its plot. It was even speculated that the episode would never air. This may explain why it was shown out of production order.

    • Kramer says that Lola insulted him, calling him a "hipster doofus". This was Larry David's response to an unfavourable review of the series, which described Kramer using the same term. Elaine later uses this same term to insult Kramer in Season 5's "The Glasses."

    • The U.S. syndicated version of this episode features Jerry Stiller in the role of Frank Costanza. Viewers overseas still see John Randolph in the role. The sequences were re-shot in the spring of 1995. A role he didn't formally start until the next season in "The Puffy Shirt". I've been typed that the John Randolph version is still being seen overseas.

    Trivia (5)

    • Frank's car was a 1978-1980 model Mercury Monarch.

    • While at his parents's house, George sits on the couch and reads Glamour, the magazine that got him in trouble in "The Contest".

    • The line "You know? A lot of these scratches will buff right out" (said by Jerry) was completely improvised.

    • When the gang is coming back from the store they walk a long distance, but if they parked in a handicap spot they wouldn't have to walk that far.

    • Although for almost the entire episode, as well as in future episodes, he is referred to only as "The Drake", the first time he is mentioned, The Drake's first name is given. It's "Scott".

    Allusions (2)

    • Jerry: What are we, John Dillinger? How did this get to be the crime of the century? It's not like we stuck a broomstick in her spokes and she went flying. John Dillinger was a bank robber during the 1930s, when he robbed dozens of banks in the Midwest. Dillinger and his associates supposedly stole more than $300,000 during his robbery career.

    • Kramer: Make sure that we dont forget where the car is parked. This is an obvious reference to Season 3's "The Parking Garage", in which the gang spend the entire episode searching for Kramer's car in a mall's parking complex.

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