Seinfeld (1989–1998)
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The Pilot 

"Jerry," the television pilot, gets cast and finally airs. Elaine tries to discourage Dalrymple's romantic pursuit.


Tom Cherones


Larry David (created by), Jerry Seinfeld (created by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Seinfeld ... Jerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Elaine Benes
Michael Richards ... Kramer
Jason Alexander ... George Costanza
Bob Balaban ... Russell Dalrymple
Anne Twomey Anne Twomey ... Rita
Gina Hecht ... Dana Foley
Peter Crombie Peter Crombie ... Joe Davola
Jeremy Piven ... Michael Barth (George)
Larry Hankin ... Tom Pepper (Kramer)
Kevin Page ... Stu Chermack
Mariska Hargitay ... Melissa
Laura Waterbury ... Casting Director
Elena Wohl ... Sandi Robbins (Elaine)
Bruce Jarchow ... Doctor


In the fourth season finale, Jerry and George's pilot is finally a go. But before the taping, Elaine desperately tries to avoid NBC president Russell Dalrymple after an awkward date, while Kramer comes face to face with his TV show counterpart. Before the pilot airs, Crazy Joe Davola (see episode "The Opera") shows up to put a damper in the gang's plans. As the pilot is finally finished and ready for airtime, the executives at NBC aren't impressed with the result. Written by halo1k

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20 May 1993 (USA) See more »

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During the airing of the pilot we see Drake (Rick Overton) and Drakette (Elizabeth Dennehy) watching on TV, but in an episode 4.22, Seinfeld: The Handicap Spot (1993), the couple broke up. See more »


During the airing of the pilot we see Drake (Rick Overton) and Drakette (Elizabeth Dennehy) watching on TV, but in an episode 4.22, Seinfeld: The Handicap Spot, the couple broke up. See more »


Russell Dalrymple: Oh, Elaine, we're doing some very, very interesting things right now. We've got some very exciting pilots for next season. We have one with a bright young comedian, Jerry Seinfeld.
Elaine Benes: Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah, I've heard of him. He's that "Did you ever notice this, did you ever notice that" guy.
Russell Dalrymple: In fact, he was in the restaurant the day that we met.
Elaine Benes: Uhuh.
Russell Dalrymple: Um, well, anyway, it's a groundbreaking show.
Elaine Benes: Really? What is it about?
Russell Dalrymple: Well,
Russell Dalrymple: it's... it's really very unusual. It's about nothing.
Elaine Benes: What do ...
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References Quantum Leap (1989) See more »


Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
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"Did he just stole the raisins?"
18 July 2016 | by juanmaffeoSee all my reviews

The finale of Season 4 thankfully meets its season high standards. Larry David had a lot to do on this episode: finish the pilot arc (with closure or not) and deliver an episode that's good in itself. And he delivered.

Along Season 4 the pilot arc came and went. Some episodes would go without even mention the arc but thankfully other developed it. Here we get the realization of the show and its airing. I love the scene when the show gets finally aired and the audience gets a round up of mostly every character that has had a part in this season. It helps end this season with a nice bow.

Getting specific, we have 3 stoylines this time. Jerry and George with the pilot, Elaine with the waitress problem and Kramer with his intestinal situation. The pilot story is of course the more developed and maybe the funniest. We get to meet the cast and the three of them are fantastic. We also get a lot of easter eggs of the real set and get to the Tom Cherones!

The Elaine story is actually two things: her situation with Dalrymple and the Monks thing. The Dalrymple stuff is really boring. Actually, everything involving him is what drags this episode down. Bob Balaban actually gave good performances is the other episodes he was involved, but here he gives a very out of place performance. It's overly serious and the contrast with the show's light tone just rings awkward. It's also ridiculous the amount of screen time they spent on this subplot. Back to the Elaine story, when the Monks incident starts, that's when this story gets better. A story so true to the Elaine character (or at least the one they wrote for the first half of the series) and also a really entertaining one. We get a look at the Equal Employment Office (again, David with the social issues) and Elaine as a strong female character.

And Kramer's story is just really funny. I mean, it's all Richards. He gets the perfect material to shine and, again, something that has happened to everybody. As I said in other reviews, the best Kramer stories are the ones everybody can relate and when we get to see his eccentric persona react to normal events.

On a side note, there are some odd directing choices, mainly Davola's freezeframe and the weird pilot-floating-in-the-sea final shot. Nevertheless, the pace is good and the rest is just fine.

Overall, it's a nice way to end an amazing season.

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