Season 4 Episode 22

The Handicap Spot

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM May 13, 1993 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • 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".

  • Quotes

    • 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.

    • Jerry: Hey, what's going on?
      Angry Woman: Some jerk parked in the handicap spot, so this woman in a wheel chair had to wheel up this incline, and half way up her batteries gave out, and she rolled backwards into the wall. They had to take her to St. Elizabeth's...
      Jerry: Is she okay?
      Angry Woman I don't know. We're just waiting here for the owner of this car to show up. He may not get out alive. Lazy bum! Taking up a handicap spot? He's gonna pay?
      Jerry: Sons of bitches.

    • George: I hate this mall, there are never any spaces here...
      Kramer: Why don't you park in front of the hydrent?
      George: What if there's a fire?
      Kramer: Now what are the chances of that?

    • Jerry: Your father got arrested? What for?
      George: Parking in a handicap spot. Right in the middle of his United Volunteers meeting. When he got back, he chased after me with a baseball bat.

    • Maj-Jongg Lady: (referring to George) Frank, the important thing is, he didn't get hurt.
      Frank Costanza: No it isn't!

    • Jerry: (as George picks up a broken piece of his father's car) You know, a lot of these scratches will buff right out...

    • Jerry: We'll have to take your car, it's got the most room.
      Kramer: No, no. My car's not running.
      (George comes out from the bathroom)
      Jerry: What about your father's car?
      George: No, no, no. Out of the question. I was over there today. He's got the good spot in front of the good building in the good neighborhood. I know he's not gonna wanna move.
      Jerry: Are you serious?
      George: You don't know what that spot means to him. Once he gets it, he doesn't go out for weeks.

    • Jerry: How about this: You put your car in the good spot. That'll hold the good spot in front of the good building and we can get the good car!
      George: Good thinking.
      Jerry: (shaking George's hand) Good to meet you.

    • Kramer: I love the name 'isosceles'. If I had a kid, I would name him Isosceles. Isosceles Kramer.

    • Kramer: Make sure we dont forget where the car is parked.

    • Kramer: She's got everything I've ever wanted in another human being ... except for the walking.

  • Notes

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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.