The Pitch

Season 4, Ep 3, Aired 9/16/92
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  • Episode Description
  • NBC executives ask Jerry to come up with an idea for a TV series. George decides he can be a sitcom writer and comes up with "nothing." Kramer trades a radar detector for a helmet, later Newman gets a speeding ticket. While waiting to meet the NBC executives, George and Jerry meet Joe Davola, a writer and "a total nut" who goes to the same shrink as Elaine. Jerry searching for conversation, mentions Kramer's party, whereto Joe wasn't invited. While discussing the disaster of the meeting with NBC, George focuses on starting a relationship with the female NBC executive. Kramer shows his approval by throwing up on her. The helmet saves Kramer from an attack by "Crazy" Joe Davola. While all this is going on Elaine is in Europe with her shrink.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)
  • Definitely a step up.

    By Canogaparkcindy, Apr 08, 2009

  • absolutely hilarious

    By The_Poolmeister, Dec 24, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (14)

    • Newman: (to Kramer) You gave me a defective detector! Jerry? Jerry: Buyer beware.

    • Newman: I want my helmet back! You give me back my helmet, and you're gonna pay for that ticket! Kramer: Oh, yeah, yeah. You better think again, Mojambo.

    • George: Why don't they have salsa on the table? Jerry: What do you need salsa for? George: Salsa is now the number one condiment in America. Jerry: You know why? Because people like to say "salsa." "Excuse me, do you have any salsa?" We need more salsa." "Where's the salsa? No salsa?" George: You know, it must be impossible for a Spanish person to order seltzer and not get salsa. "I wanted seltzer, not salsa!" Jerry: "Don't you know the difference between seltzer and salsa?! You have the seltzer after the salsa!"

    • George: I can't do this, I can't do this. Jerry: What? George: I can't do this, I can't do it. I've tried, I'm here, it's impossible. Jerry: Hey, this was your idea. George: What idea? I just said something. I didn't know you were gonna listen to me! (He smacks Jerry's forehead) Jerry: Don't worry about it. They're just TV executives. George: They're men with jobs, Jerry! They wear suits and ties! They're married, they have secretaries!

    • Joe Davola: You're under no obligation to shake my hand.

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    Notes (3)

    • This is Wayne Knight's favorite episode because he got the chance to see how Newman's mind worked.

    • The character of Russell (Dalrimple) is based on NBC executive Warren Littlefield. This is a role Bob Balaban was born to play as he did show in the late night talk show wars movie called The Late Shift.

    • Originally broadcast as part of a 60 min episode.

    Trivia (6)

    • In this episode, one of the NBC execs says he really liked a bit by Jerry about a parakeet flying into a mirror. The episode "The Dog" closes with Jerry actually doing this bit over the credits.

    • The expiration date on the milk in Jerry's fridge was September 3rd. If we're thinking in real-time (since this episode aired on September 16th), the milk would have been one day shy of two weeks old.

    • If you look closely after Kramer calls Newman "Mojambo", you can see Jerry laughing, then trying to get to keep a straight face.

    • Continuity goof: When Jerry and George are in the waiting room before their first NBC meeting, we see in the large shot that Jerry has one leg propped up on his thigh but in the next medium shot his legs are both uncrossed.

    • The posters on the wall of the studio's reception area are all promotional posters for NBC series for the 1992/1993 season.

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    Allusions (2)

    • When George and Jerry are in the coffee shop discussing the show about "nothing", their back and forth banter is reminiscent of Abbot and Costello's classic "Who's on First" routine.

    • When Jerry says "Give my best to Hinckley", this is a reference to John F. Hinckley, Jr. who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in an attempt to win the love and approval of actress Jodie Foster.

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