Seinfeld – Season 4 – Episode 22 – The Handicap Spot
The Handicap Spot
Seinfeld The Handicap Spot is the 22nd episode of the Seinfeld season 4 and the 62nd overall the Seinfeld series and it was aired on May 13, 1993.
In the Seinfeld episode The Handicap Spot, the group travels to a mall in Lynbrook to buy a big-screen television as an engagement gift for their friend, “The Drake”. George, who has borrowed his father’s treasured car, parks in a handicapped parking space after being urged by Kramer to do so since they couldn’t find any spaces. The four assume they will only be a few minutes. However, they are mistaken and are in the store for much longer. When they return, they find an angry mob plotting to trash the vehicle because a disabled woman, who had to park in a distant spot because of their illegal parking, has been injured in a wheelchair accident. After sneaking away for a time, they try to come up with a plan to divert the mob’s attention and blame both George and, especially, Kramer. They later return to find the car completely demolished.
George invents a preposterous story about being cut off in traffic to explain the accident. While visiting Lola, the injured handicapped woman, at the hospital, Kramer falls in love and feels compelled to replace her wheelchair. George and Kramer go on to buy a used wheelchair which is much cheaper than a brand-new, top-of-the-line model. Jerry and Elaine go to have lunch with The Drake after missing his party and discover that he and his fiancée have broken off their engagement. When they later talk to The Drake’s ex-fiance, she tells them that she donated the TV to charity.
George’s father Frank Costanza receives an award for outstanding service in helping the handicapped. In the middle of receiving the award, he is arrested for George’s parking in the handicap spot, as Frank is the registered owner of the vehicle. As a result of the accusation, Frank’s award is taken away from him. Amusingly, George’s father forces him to become his butler as punishment, which was initially an idea for the pilot episode that George is writing with Jerry.
Lola breaks up with Kramer and is later seen screaming and rolling down a hill in the used wheelchair, which she cannot stop due to faulty brakes. George’s first job as his father’s butler is to retrieve the big-screen TV at The Drake’s house, so that it can be donated to charity. George and Kramer retrieve the TV from the ex-fiancée’s apartment, then reunite with Jerry and Elaine to return it for a refund.