Seinfeld – Season 4 – Episode 23 – The Pilot (part 1)
The Pilot (part 1)
Seinfeld The Pilot (part 1) is the 23rd episode of the Seinfeld season 4 and the 63rd overall the Seinfeld series and it was aired on May 20, 1993.
In the Seinfeld episode The Pilot (part 1), 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”, a method actress interested in being Elaine in every way, even going as far as dating Jerry (and breaking up with him in Part 2) and being called Elaine. 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.
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 people watched this episode (both parts) when it initially aired, and the show became a major ratings grab for its next five seasons.