Season 5 Episode 16

The Stand-In

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 24, 1994 on NBC
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Kramer talks his stand-in friend, a "little person" into getting lifts, to keep his job. Jerry visits a sick friend, who's in need of a good laugh, at the hospital. George and his latest girlfriend have nothing to say to each other, he wants to break up, but won't when he finds out she is being urged to break it off. One of Jerry's friends "takes it out" while on his first date with Elaine. Jerry's friend takes a turn for the worse after his first visit, so he tries again.moreless

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  • a great one

    Its a good episode where we are introduced to Krames new friend a little guy. Its a parody on stand ins and a good love story about George. Jerry does not do much in this episode except killing someone.
  • The Stand-In.

    Here's an episode I didn't remember at all, even though it's the introduction of Kramer's little person friend, Mickey, who will show up a few more times on the series, and it has a wonderfully daring bit of awkwardness about Elaine going on a date with someone who "takes it out." It's such a delightfully creepy move. It'd be one thing if he'd tried that out in the room, but somehow, him taking it out in the front seat of the car makes it feel like he's just picked up Elaine on the side of the road. "The Stand-In" is not a great episode, especially considering Larry David wrote it, but it's got some very impressive touches.

    The stuff with Kramer and Mickey doesn't fly as well. Woodburn is perfectly funny, and he and Kramer have comedic chemistry along with the obvious visual humor of the two of them standing together. The show does well to steer away from really easy "little person" humor, concentrating just on the fact that he considers using lifts to keep up with the kid he stands in for on All My Children. OK, that shot of the group of little people closing in on him near the end of the episode is maybe a little too much, but mostly I liked the matter-of-fact way Jerry treated Mickey.

    But the plot itself is a little too silly to have so much time devoted to it, and it's padded out with lazier humor like Kramer and Mickey constantly throwing the "unbeatable" rock in rock paper scissors. I like the idea of Kramer as a stand-in, and I like his chemistry with Mickey, but the main story just never breaks out.

    Similarly, I love the horrible date Elaine goes on, but it's set up very lazily. The recurring story about a guy called "Pachyderm" is never that funny past the fact that it's repeated over and over, because who is "Pachyderm?" Jerry's attempts to get a rise out of his ill friend are alright, but the punchline is just a little too obvious and really works only on mild shock value. The only story that's good is George's, in which he's pushed to consider marrying a bore of a woman just because a friend told her George can't commit. That's the exact kind of thing he'd do, but even that concept doesn't get milked quite enough.

    Don't get me wrong; it's still funny. But season five is such a run of great episodes, it's hard not to think of this one as a bit of a speed bump.moreless
  • Mostly funny.

    It was a mostly funny episode of Seinfeld. I thought that it was just an okay episode in terms of anything making real sense, but it was entertaining. I liked the storylines for the most part and the acting was again pretty good. The best part from this episode was the moment George went from wanting to break up to trying to prove otherwise. I thought the episode had some good writing, decent comedy, and some okay bits here and there. I do not like the fact that it wasn't as funny as I thought it would be. Overall, just decent. Thank you.moreless
  • Kramer and his sidekick... Elaine and his "took it out" date...

    Definetely Mickey is a great addition to the show. Him being Kramer´s "friend" is fantastic. I love his personality and the way he gets along with Kramer.

    So Jerry doesn´t succeed when he tries to make a sick person laugh, now, how many times have we seen that???

    Jerry sets up Elaine with one of his friends and the date doesn´t go well. It was funny when Jerry meets him later and tells him that he showed him who he is. I liked the dialogue between Jerry and Elaine when she tells him what happened. And Kramer´s reaction is hilarious.

    George... well, we know George. Staying in a relationship that will go nowhere so his pride doesn´t get hurt.

Mark Tymchyshyn

Mark Tymchyshyn


Guest Star

Karla Tamburrelli

Karla Tamburrelli


Guest Star

Debbie Lee Carrington

Debbie Lee Carrington


Guest Star

Larry David

Larry David

Voice of Soap Opera Director (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Danny Woodburn

Danny Woodburn

Mickey Abbott

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Jerry asks Elaine how her date was, she has one hand on her lap and the other down by her thigh holding her purse. Then when the camera angle switches and she replies the date was interesting, both of her hands are suddenly folded on her lap.

    • In the scene after Kramer and Mickey almost get into a fight, Mickey says "I knew I was crazy to try this kind of thing...". As he says this, his lips don't seem to match the word that come out of his mouth.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Fulton: I haven't cracked a smile in months.
      Jerry: Oh, don't worry, you'll crack. Cracking's inevitable. First you crack, then you chuckle.

    • George: There's nothing to talk about.
      Jerry: Ah, what's there to talk about.
      George: Well, at least you and I are talking about how there's nothing to talk about.
      Jerry: Why don't you talk with her about how there's nothing to talk about?
      George: She knows there's nothing to talk about.
      Jerry: At least she'll be talking.
      George: Oh, shut up.

    • George: So how are the eggs?
      Daphne: Eggs are eggs.
      George: Eggs are eggs. That is very profound. By the same token, couldn't you say fish is fish? I don't think so.

    • George: If you can't say something bad about a relationship you shouldn't say anything at all.

    • Elaine: If you were a woman, would you go out with him?
      Jerry: If I was a woman, I'd be down at the dock waiting for the fleet to come in.

    • George: You know what I've come to realize? I'm not just bored; I genuinely dislike her.
      Jerry: Well, how long you are going to keep this up?
      George: Hey, I'll get married if I have to. Al Netchie will think twice before he opens his mouth about me again.
      Jerry: You know George, they are doing wonderful things at mental institutions these days

    • Jerry: So you were talking, you're having pleasant conversation, then all of sudden...
      Elaine: Yeah.
      Jerry: It?
      Elaine: It.
      Jerry: Out?
      Elaine: Out.

    • Elaine: So now you're going to keep going out with her, for spite?
      George: Yes, I am.
      Jerry: Yeah, I could see that.

    • Jerry: How do you stop a kid from growing?
      Kramer: (to Mickey) I told you, you should offer him some cigarettes.
      Mickey: I offered him cigarettes, but his stupid mother is hanging around. She won't let him have any.

    • Kramer: Hey. Hey how was your date with Phil Titola?
      Elaine: He took it out.
      (Shocked, Kramer acts like he just got a cold shiver down his back.)
      Kramer: Maybe uh, it needed some air. You know sometimes they need air, they can't breathe in there. It's inhuman.

    • Elaine: He took, hah hah... it out.

  • NOTES (1)

    • This marks the first appearance of Danny Woodburn as Mickey Abbott, another of Kramer's (increasingly bizarre) circle of friends. Mickey Abbott was possibly named after Bud Abbott, one of Jerry's favorite comedians.