The Pilot (1)

Season 4, Ep 23, Aired 5/20/93
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  • Episode Description
  • 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.

  • 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 (1)
  • Sort of ironic, isn't it?

    By Canogaparkcindy, Apr 11, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • 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.

    • 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: 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?

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

    Notes (3)

    • This two-part episode was nominated for the 1993 Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Editing for a Series - Multi-Camera Production.

    • Acording to TV Guide, Larry Hankin who plays the "TV Kramer" actually auditioned for the role of Kramer back in 1989.

    • Originally broadcast as part of a 60 min episode.

    Trivia (4)

    • During the auditions, the lines are taken from the past episodes "The Pony Remark", "The Deal", "The Note" and "The Boyfriend: Part 1".

    • Russell tells Elaine that NBC will be doing a pilot with "a bright, young comedian, Jerry Seinfeld," and Elaine pretends that she's "heard of him." However, there is a character in the pilot based on, and even named after Elaine. How is it that Russell, the president of NBC, doesn't know that Elaine knows Jerry personally?

    • Russell explains the premise of the show to Elaine, as being "about nothing," and describes the show by asking what she had done that day, and replying, "There's a show...that's a show." This conversation is almost identical George's original pitch to Russell and the other executives in "The Pitch."

    • In this episode when Jerry and Elaine are at the coffeshop, we learn that it is under new management. In a previous episode 4x17 'The Outing' we saw Lawrence Mandley play the manager. Now he is replaced by the new manager Al Ruscio. But in a subsequent episode called 'The Wife', Lawrence Mandley is suddenly the manager again and continues to be for at least 2 more future episodes. So what happened, did he get the store back?

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