The Pilot (Seinfeld)

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"The Pilot"
Seinfeld episode
Episode no. Season 4
Episode 23/24
Directed by Tom Cherones
Written by Larry David
Production code 423/424
Original air date May 20, 1993
Guest actors

Bob Balaban as Russell
Anne Twomey as Rita
Gina Hecht as Dana Foley
Peter Crombie as Joe Davola
Jeremy Piven as Michael Barth (George)
Larry Hankin as Tom Pepper (Kramer)
Kevin Page as Stu
Mariska Hargitay as Melissa
Laura Waterbury as Casting Director
Elena Wohl as Sandi Robbins (Elaine)
Bruce Jarchow as Doctor
Al Ruscio as Manager
Richard Gant as Fred

Season 4 episodes
List of Seinfeld episodes

"The Pilot" is the two-part season finale episode of the fourth season of Seinfeld. It makes up the 63rd and 64th episodes and first aired on May 20, 1993.

This two-part episode aired at an earlier time, 8:00 PM, to make room for the two-hour finale of Cheers, whose timeslot would be claimed by Seinfeld at the start of the new fall season. Approximately 32 million watched this episode (both parts) when it initially aired, and the show became a major ratings grab for its next five seasons. Airing before the final episode of Cheers, it drew the series' highest ratings ever until "The Finale".


"The Pilot, Part 1"[edit]

Jerry and George get the green light to produce Jerry, the pilot for the series based on their "nothing" lives. Russell Dalrymple, the president at NBC behind the pilot, is obsessed with Elaine. George is obsessed with a potentially cancerous white spot on his lip and a box of raisins taken by an actor playing Kramer, played by Larry Hankin (who had actually auditioned for the role of Kramer when Seinfeld began production). The real Kramer has intestinal problems and, on his way to find a bathroom, he gets delayed by being mugged and "misses his chance" to resolve the problem, resulting in constipation. Jerry has an audition with the new "Elaine" (played by Elena Wohl), a method actress interested in being Elaine in every way. The real Elaine has a problem with Monk's coffee shop, as they appear to be only hiring buxom waitresses, so she tries to get hired; when the owner turns her down, she files a report with the Equal Employment Opportunity office.

"The Pilot, Part 2"[edit]

Rehearsals for the pilot begin. NBC executive Russell Dalrymple's obsession with Elaine begins to affect his work; she tries to let him down easy by saying she can't be in a relationship with a high-powered man and would prefer to be with someone selfless, such as a member of Greenpeace. Kramer resolves his constipation by administering himself an enema. George mistakenly thinks that his white spot has been diagnosed as cancer and goes on a tirade at NBC, only to discover that he misunderstood the diagnosis. At the taping of the pilot, "Crazy" Joe Davola leaps out of the audience and onto the set while yelling "Sic semper tyrannis!" He's removed and the taping goes well. The pilot airs, and numerous characters from past episodes comment on its accuracy (except for Newman, who fell asleep watching baseball). In order to prove himself worthy of Elaine, Russell joins Greenpeace and is lost at sea during a botched assault on a whaling ship. His replacement at NBC dislikes the show and cancels it only two minutes after the episode finished and not knowing the ratings or reception. George and Jerry blame Elaine for driving Russell crazy in love and not returning his feelings. Elaine demands to know where he is, but according to Jerry, nobody knows. In the end, George, Jerry, Kramer, and Elaine convalesce at Monk's, where Elaine finally scolds the owner of the cafe for only hiring large breasted women; the owner explains that they are all his daughters, and everything goes back to normal, with George muttering about getting a job the next day. The last scene is Russell in a Greenpeace boat with his ship mates, one of whom is played by Larry David. The cover for the Jerry Pilot script floats away at sea, along with the former NBC president.