Seinfeld (season 4)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||24|
|Original release||August 12, 1992 –|
May 20, 1993
Season four of Seinfeld, an American comedy television series created by Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David, began airing on August 12, 1992, and concluded on May 20, 1993, on NBC.
Seinfeld was produced by Castle Rock Entertainment and distributed by Columbia Pictures Television and Columbia TriStar Television and was aired on NBC in the US. The executive producers were Larry David, George Shapiro, and Howard West with Tom Gammill and Max Pross as supervising producers. Bruce Kirschbaum was the executive consultant. This season was directed by Tom Cherones and was largely written by Larry David, Jerry Seinfeld, Larry Charles, Peter Mehlman and Andy Robin.
The series was set predominantly in an apartment block on New York City's Upper West Side; however, the fourth season was shot and filmed predominantly in CBS Studio Center in Studio City, California. The show features Jerry Seinfeld as himself, and a host of Jerry's friends and acquaintances, which include George Costanza, Elaine Benes, and Kramer, portrayed by Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Michael Richards, respectively.
The season had numerous story arcs. One that spanned the whole season involved Jerry and George trying to make a TV pilot for NBC. Another was George having a relationship with former NBC executive Susan Ross. In another, Joe Davola stalked and attacked the show's principal characters.
The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 100% approval rating with an average rating of 9/10, based on 13 critic reviews. The website's critics consensus reads, "The show about nothing tries on an overarching plot for a change and yields a riotous satire on television in the process, further solidifying its claim as master of the sitcom domain with observant humor mined from the mundane and uncomfortable." TV Guide named it #1 on their list of the greatest TV seasons. Jamie Malanowski of Time named it the best season of the series saying "A mix of high and low, of the self-referential and the hip, of things underfoot and out of left field."
Season four was ranked No. 25 according to the Nielsen ratings system, with 12,754,700 estimated audience.
Awards and nominations
Season four received eleven Emmy nominations, three of which were won. The show won its first and only Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series. Larry David won the Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series for the episode "The Contest". Michael Richards won his first out of three Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. Jerry Seinfeld was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Jason Alexander was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. Julia Louis-Dreyfus was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Tom Cherones was nominated for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series for "The Contest". Larry Charles was nominated for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series. Other nominees where Outstanding Achievement in Editing for a Comedy Series for The Airport. Jason Alexander was nominated in the Golden Globe Award in the category for Best Performance by a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture for TV. This season won a Directors Guild of America (Tom Cherones) for "The Contest", and a Writers Guild of America (Larry David) for "The Contest".
In the seventh episode of the first season of Mad About You, which aired on November 11, 1992, Kramer sublets his apartment from a main character. When he asks about Jerry, Kramer tells him about the NBC show.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date ||Prod.|
|"The Trip"||Tom Cherones||Larry Charles||August 12, 1992|
August 19, 1992
Part 1: When Jerry is asked to appear on The Tonight Show in Los Angeles, George accompanies him to look for Kramer, in a continuation of the season three finale.|
Part 2: In Los Angeles, Kramer is arrested when he is mistaken for a serial killer.
Absent: Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes
|43||3||"The Pitch"||Tom Cherones||Larry David||September 16, 1992||403||17.6|
|NBC television executives approach Jerry and George to write a pilot for a sitcom, marking the beginning of "the show about nothing." Crazy Joe Davola begins to stalk both Jerry and Kramer.|
|44||4||"The Ticket"||Tom Cherones||Larry David||September 16, 1992||404||17.6|
|Newman uses Kramer as his witness when the former refuses to pay for a speeding ticket. In court, they make up a story of why he was going that fast: Newman was trying to stop Kramer from killing himself because he didn't get a job as a banker.|
|45||5||"The Wallet"||Tom Cherones||Larry David||September 23, 1992||405||17.6|
|Jerry's parents come to New York to see a doctor for the back pain of Jerry's father. Morty Seinfeld thinks his wallet has been stolen at the doctor's. So he leaves without hearing the diagnosis. Jerry is asked to explain to his parents why he does not wear the watch they gave him. George has an unsuccessful plan to hold out for more money for their NBC pilot ($13,000 all together).|
|46||6||"The Watch"||Tom Cherones||Larry David||September 30, 1992||406||15.2|
|Jerry tries to buy his watch back from Uncle Leo, who found it in the garbage, having been thrown there by Jerry. George tries to resurrect the fledgling NBC deal, while Elaine plans a break up from her psychotherapist with Kramer's help. George gets the pilot back, by accepting less money ($8,000).|
|47||7||"The Bubble Boy"||Tom Cherones||Larry David & Larry Charles||October 7, 1992||407||17.1|
|Jerry agrees to visit a boy who lives in a plastic bubble on the way to Susan's parents' cabin. Jerry loses his way driving with Elaine and loses George as the lead car driver, so George and Susan visit the boy instead. Kramer goes to the cabin with Jerry's ex-girlfriend, resulting in a fire.|
|48||8||"The Cheever Letters"||Tom Cherones||Story by : Larry David and Elaine Pope & Tom Leopold|
Teleplay by : Larry David
|October 28, 1992||408||15.1|
|Jerry offends Elaine's assistant. Kramer makes a contact for Cuban cigars. A box of letters from John Cheever is all that remains after Susan's father's cabin burns down. The letters revealed that Susan's father was a lover of John Cheever.|
|49||9||"The Opera"||Tom Cherones||Larry Charles||November 4, 1992||409||16.7|
|Elaine realizes her boyfriend is actually Crazy Joe Davola. George, Jerry, and Elaine then endure a night at the opera with a group of clowns. Kramer and George try to sell their two extra tickets, resulting in George not going to the opera, because he sold Susan's ticket to a Chinese man, and let Susan go to the opera instead of him. Kramer accidentally sells his spare ticket to Joe Davola.|
|50||10||"The Virgin"||Tom Cherones||Story by : Peter Mehlman and Peter Farrelly & Bob Farrelly|
Teleplay by : Peter Mehlman
|November 11, 1992||410||16.2|
|Jerry discovers the woman (guest star Jane Leeves) he is attracted to is a virgin. Kramer continues to harass Jerry and George when they are trying to write a teleplay for their NBC pilot. Elaine accidentally speaks of how a man was seducing her to have sex with her in front of Marla (the virgin). She later explains to her how men want to have sex with women. Susan breaks up with George because he accidentally got her fired by kissing her in front of her boss.|
|51||11||"The Contest"||Tom Cherones||Larry David||November 18, 1992||411||18.5|
After George is caught masturbating by his mother, the four main characters devise a contest to see who can go the longest without pleasuring themself. Marla, Jerry's girlfriend with whom he has yet to have sex, learns of the contest and is disgusted. Elaine meets John F. Kennedy, Jr., and George's mother is hospitalized. Kramer was the first to leave the contest, next Elaine (George and Jerry didn't leave the contest and their fate is unknown).In 2009, TV Guide ranked this episode as the greatest episode of any television show.
|52||12||"The Airport"||Tom Cherones||Larry Charles||November 25, 1992||412||14.5|
|Jerry and Elaine experience the differences between traveling in first class and in coach. Jerry befriends a model while Elaine goes through economy class hell. George and Kramer travel to two different airports after a flight is rerouted. Kramer tries to get a guy who owes him 240 bucks from 20 years ago. George has an inflight run-in with a felon.|
|53||13||"The Pick"||Tom Cherones||Story by : Larry David and Marc Jaffe|
Teleplay by : Larry David
|December 16, 1992||413||16.2|
|Elaine mails a Christmas card that is unintentionally revealing. George is trying to get Susan back to be his girlfriend again, with the help of Elaine's psychiatrist. Jerry is seen ostensibly picking his nose by his new girlfriend, a model, and tries to convince her that he was only scratching around his nose. Kramer ends up appearing in a Calvin Klein underwear photoshoot.|
|54||14||"The Movie"||Tom Cherones||Steve Skrovan & Bill Masters & Jon Hayman||January 6, 1993||415||17.6|
|The four main characters continually miss each other as they try to attend a film together, and three of them wind up viewing the B-grade movie "Rochelle Rochelle". Jerry also ends up missing two of his performances due to starting time mixups.|
|55||15||"The Visa"||Tom Cherones||Peter Mehlman||January 27, 1993||414||11.5|
|Kramer attends a baseball "fantasy" camp. Elaine manages to get George's new attorney girlfriend to convince her cousin Ping to drop a lawsuit against her. George wants Jerry to not act funny in front of his girlfriend because he's afraid she'll dump him. Jerry then acts solemnly around her, but she starts liking him anyway. Babu Bhatt's attempts to stop being deported are unsuccessful because his visa renewal paperwork ended up in Jerry's mailbox.|
|56||16||"The Shoes"||Tom Cherones||Larry David & Jerry Seinfeld||February 4, 1993||417||26.9|
|Elaine tries to get Jerry's ex-girlfriend to stop talking to everyone about her new shoes. She goes to a restaurant to confront her, but ends up sneezing on some food. Jerry and George have their television pilot shelved after each sneaks a look at the cleavage of the 15-year-old daughter of the now ill NBC executive; Elaine however dresses up to ameliorate the problem.|
|57||17||"The Outing"||Tom Cherones||Larry Charles||February 11, 1993||416||28.0|
|It's Jerry's birthday soon and his friends are deciding on presents for him. Jerry and George, in a prank started by Elaine, are mistaken as a gay couple by a college newspaper reporter (Paula Marshall) and are publicly outed. They make matters worse in trying to fix the problem, and their parents end up hearing the news too.|
|58||18||"The Old Man"||Tom Cherones||Story by : Bruce Kirschbaum|
Teleplay by : Larry Charles
|February 18, 1993||418||22.7|
|Jerry, George, and Elaine volunteer to spend time enriching senior citizens' lives. All of them however have bad experiences: George is fired for being too argumentative; Jerry's is old and cranky but with a beautiful maid; and Elaine's (who had an affair with Gandhi) has a huge goiter. Meanwhile, Kramer and Newman collect old records to make money, but end up making nothing but trouble.|
|59||19||"The Implant"||Tom Cherones||Peter Mehlman||February 25, 1993||419||27.4|
|Jerry sends Elaine to find out if his new girlfriend's (guest star Teri Hatcher) breasts are natural. George decides to go to a funeral with his girlfriend, but trouble begins when he tries to get a copy of the death certificate, and then worse when he "double-dips" a cornchip at the wake. Elaine accidentally touches Sidra's breasts in the sauna, and informs Jerry that they're real. Jerry then asks Sidra over, but it all ends badly as they are interrupted by Kramer, who is off to Puerto Rico, and Elaine.|
|60||20||"The Junior Mint"||Tom Cherones||Andy Robin||March 18, 1993||421||26.4|
|Jerry cannot remember the name of his new girlfriend (Susan Walters), and the only hint he has is that it rhymes with a part of the female anatomy. Elaine goes to the hospital to visit a former artist friend, and Kramer tags along looking for gloves. From the observation balcony Kramer accidentally drops a Junior Mints candy into the man's chest. George, with his school savings, then buys some of the man's paintings, hoping if he dies they'll become more valuable, but the man recovers. Jerry, unable to decipher her name, loses his new girlfriend.|
|61||21||"The Smelly Car"||Tom Cherones||Larry David & Peter Mehlman||April 15, 1993||422||25.0|
|After going to dinner with Elaine, a valet with offensive body odor stinks up Jerry's car and anyone who comes in contact with it. George, trying to return a copy of "Rochelle Rochelle", bumps into Susan at the video store, and believes he affected her becoming a lesbian. Matters become more complicated as Elaine's new boyfriend is turned off by the BO, Jerry is unable to purify the car's interior, George's video is stolen, and Kramer begins an affair with Susan's girlfriend.|
|62||22||"The Handicap Spot"||Tom Cherones||Larry David||May 13, 1993||420||27.6|
|While buying a TV engagement gift for "The Drake", George parks his father Frank's car in a handicap parking spot; afterwards a disabled driver is injured and an angry mob destroy the car. When the wedding is called off, they try to get the television back, but the presents have been donated to charity. Later, Mr. Costanza is arrested for George's parking misdemeanor, and George becomes his butler since he is unable to repay the car damages. Kramer visits and falls in love with the handicapped woman, and convinces George to help buy her a replacement wheelchair; they get a cheap one, but the brakes are defective. Finally, while impersonating charity workers, George and Kramer are able to get the TV back.|
|"The Pilot"||Tom Cherones||Larry David||May 20, 1993||423|
|Jerry and George begin casting for their pilot, Jerry, which is finally ready. George is upset over the casting of his alter ego. NBC executive Russell Dalrymple becomes obsessed with Elaine, who files a complaint when she concludes that Monk's is hiring only large-breasted women. Jerry and George prepare for the taping of Jerry and each of the principal four gives tips to his/her television alter ego. Joe Davola makes one final attempt on Jerry's life during production, but is foiled. Elaine wears a disguise to hide from Dalrymple and finds out that the large-breasted women are the owner's daughters. The show Jerry is rejected right after the pilot airs because the new NBC president doesn't like it. Jerry and George blame it on Elaine because of her dumping Dalrymple, who has run away to save whales.|
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