The Alternate Side
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|"The Alternate Side"|
|Episode no.||Season 3
|Directed by||Tom Cherones|
|Written by||Larry David and Bill Masters|
|Original air date||December 4, 1991|
"The Alternate Side" is the 28th episode of the sitcom Seinfeld. The episode was the eleventh episode of the show's third season. It aired on December 4, 1991.
The episode was written by Larry David and Bill Masters; it was directed by Tom Cherones. The idea for the Woody Allen story came from David's experiences working with Allen; he briefly appeared in Radio Days (1987) and New York Stories (1989). He would later appear in a lead role in Whatever Works (2009). Seinfeld recently admitted that this is his least favorite episode, saying it made him feel uncomfortable.
Jerry's car is stolen and he has a conversation with the thief (voiced by Larry David) on the car phone. George takes a job moving cars from one side of the street to the other to comply with alternate side parking regulations, in which he does a predictably shoddy job. Elaine cares for her 66-year-old boyfriend, who has had a stroke just before she was about to break up with him. Kramer gets a line in a Woody Allen film, "These pretzels are making me thirsty!" All four of the main characters use the line at least once during the episode, further popularizing the expression.
George then causes a major accident and traffic jam, making it longer for the ambulance to reach Elaine's boyfriend, and because of this, the movie is canceled and Woody Allen says that he may never shoot a movie in New York ever again. In addition, Kramer accidentally injures Allen during the shooting and gets fired from the set.