Seinfeld – Season 4 – Episode 3 – The Pitch
Seinfeld The Pitch is the 3rd episode of the Seinfeld season 4 and the 43rd overall the Seinfeld series and it was aired on September 16, 1992.
In the Seinfeld episode The Pitch, NBC executives meet Jerry after his comedy act and ask him to come up with an idea for a TV series. George decides he can be a sitcom writer and comes up with the idea of it being “a show about nothing”. Kramer trades Newman a radar detector for a helmet, and later Newman receives a speeding ticket due to the detector being defective.
While waiting to meet the NBC executives, George and Jerry meet “Crazy” Joe Davola, a writer and “a total nut” who goes to the same therapist (Stephen McHattie) as Elaine. Jerry, desperately searching for conversation, casually mentions he’ll see him at a party Kramer will soon be having. When it becomes apparent that Joe knows nothing about it and was not invited, Jerry panics and makes a hasty and unsuccessful attempt to backtrack.
Meanwhile, George becomes more and more nervous about the impending meeting. Jerry tries to calm him down by building him up, but he overdoes it; and when they are called in to the meeting, George argues with the executives about his proposed premise (“a show about nothing”; no plot, no stories). It does not go over well with them and when they show displeasure, George snaps, “Look, if you want to just keep on doing the same old thing, then maybe this idea is not for you. I, for one, am not going to compromise my artistic integrity. And I’ll tell you something else, this is the show and we’re not going to change it.
George, however, focuses on starting a relationship with the one female executive, Susan Ross. When George later brings her to Jerry’s apartment, Kramer drinks spoiled milk and vomits on her. Crazy Joe Davola, upset at not being invited to Kramer’s party, attacks Kramer, kicking him in the head. However, Kramer was wearing Newman’s helmet at the time, which saves him any visible injury. When Kramer tells Jerry this, he warns him that Davola says he will be looking for Jerry as well.
To be continued in “The Ticket“