Seinfeld – Season 1 – Episode 1 – The Pilot a.k.a. The Seinfeld Chronicles a.k.a. Good News, Bad News
Seinfeld The Pilot a.k.a. The Seinfeld Chronicles a.k.a. Good News, Bad News
About this Seinfeld episode:
The Seinfeld Chronicles a.k.a. Good News, Bad News or simply the Pilot is the 1st episode of the Seinfeld Show, which first aired on NBC on July 5, 1989.
The Seinfeld Chronicles a.k.a. Good News, Bad News opens with Jerry Seinfeld and George Costanza seated at Pete’s Luncheonette, debating the placement of one of George’s shirt buttons. Jerry tells George about a woman he met in Lansing, Michigan, Laura, who is coming to New York, and the two discuss whether or not she has romantic intentions. The next evening, Jerry tells his neighbor Kessler that he thinks he misunderstood the situation with Laura. However, he then receives a telephone call from Laura, who asks if she can stay overnight at his apartment. Though Jerry agrees, he is still unsure whether or not her visit is intended to be romantic. George and Jerry continue to debate the issue, with Jerry determined to find the true nature of her visit.
While waiting at the airport for Laura to arrive, Jerry and George try to identify the possible signals Laura might give upon her arrival, with George explaining the meaning of various greetings. However, when Laura arrives, her greeting is ambiguous. Upon arriving at Jerry’s apartment Laura removes her shoes and some excess clothing to get comfortable, asks for wine, and turns down the light and asks if she can stay over a second night. As Jerry removes his own shoes and begins to grow confident, the phone rings for Laura. When Laura gets off the phone she tells Jerry: “Never get engaged.” Jerry then realizes that he has no chance with Laura, but has already committed himself – and his one-bedroom apartment – to an entire weekend with her, including a five-hour sightseeing boat ride around Manhattan.
So this is how the Seinfeld adventure starts.