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The Understudy 

Jerry dates the ultra-sensitive understudy for Bette Midler in Rochelle, Rochelle: The Musical. When the Improv is scheduled to play Rochelle Rochelle in a softball game, George plows into ... See full summary »

Director:

Andy Ackerman

Writers:

Larry David (created by), Jerry Seinfeld (created by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Seinfeld ... Jerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Elaine Benes
Michael Richards ... Cosmo Kramer
Jason Alexander ... George Costanza
Bette Midler ... Bette Midler
Jerry Stiller ... Frank Costanza
June Kyoto Lu ... Ruby (as June Kyoko Lu)
Amy Hill ... Kim
John O'Hurley ... J. Peterman
Adelaide Miller Adelaide Miller ... Gennice
Alexandra Bokyun Chun ... Lotus (as Bok Yun Chon)
Vonnie C. Rhee Vonnie C. Rhee ... Sunny
Craig Thomas ... Player #1
Michael McDonald ... Player #2 (as Michael James McDonald)
Lou DiMaggio ... Stagehand
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Storyline

Jerry dates the ultra-sensitive understudy for Bette Midler in Rochelle, Rochelle: The Musical. When the Improv is scheduled to play Rochelle Rochelle in a softball game, George plows into catcher Bette Midler to score the winning run. Bette is injured because of the incident and is unable to perform in the Broadway premiere. Jerry, George, and the understudy are vilified for the incident, and Kramer goes out of his way to help Bette. Meanwhile, Elaine suspects that a local nail shop is making fun of her in Korean. She learns that George's dad Frank speaks Korean and brings him along to spy on them. Frank recalls his time in the Korean war and how he had an affair with a young Korean woman. Elaine gets kicked out of the nail shop and wanders around aimlessly, and has a chance encounter with catalog magnate J. Peterman, who hires Elaine to work for the catalog. Written by halo1k

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Comedy

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PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Korean

Release Date:

18 May 1995 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

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4:3
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Trivia

Julie Andrews, Cher, Mary Tyler Moore and Carol Burnett were all possible celebrities for the episode. See more »

Goofs

When Elaine is talking to Jerry in the park, in one shot she is drinking from a can of Pepsi. In the next shot the can changes to Diet Coke, then back to Pepsi. See more »

Quotes

George Costanza: [Bette Midler is up to bat and George is playing catcher] I caught that Beaches on cable last night. 'Wind beneath my wings'? Give me a break.
Bette Midler: Hey, get some talent, then you can mouth off.
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Connections

References The Patty Duke Show (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
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30 June 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

Seinfeld

Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, the creators, of the dream sitcom for every stand up artist is the milestone set as an example on how to use your humor as a part of narrative. The series was clearly ahead of its time and fixated within that time limit when it was aired- or maybe not even then. This is how the series both remains timeless and also fails to test against time. The concept of the series- in fact there is an episode, where the series takes an almost meta turn, whispering the secretive meeting held within the confound of NBC walls about the pitch- is to just joke, just talk, analyse with a mockery tone, bombing brutally on a subject from the most privileged position under that circumstances. There is no storyline, no character development, no arc, no rhythm to follow. Usually, a film like such becomes more than a film with such an idea; take the Life Of Brian series. And similarly the series refuses to participate in the expected or not even expected aspects of the storytelling.

There is no end, no beginning, it captures a brief period with an agenda in mind that you will have the time of your life. But this is where this coherent plan backfires. First the runtime itself. Something so monotonous cannot withhold its audience for nine years. It is simply preposterous. For the style of the joke, the humor, the vocab of these characters, if as-planned is intended to be the same, will grow natural or normal to the viewers. This makes the relationship between the viewers and the characters, similar to what the viewers have in the outer world, maybe a friend or a family member.

Basically it would never be interesting, sure some cases would come up, just as chapters does in here, but that too will carry the momentum of just that brief period of screentime. Another major challenge it faces is, in order to stay far away from the textbook sitcom structure, the character has to and does deny on getting on or blending in with the society. Now that's fine. But in order to last longer they had to create an unfair world that takes uncalled detours just for the laughs, ignoring both emotional and ethical aspect of it, resulting into a physical distance that you, as an audience, carry for the rest of the series. By the end, it gets difficult to survive and something so beloved, something so smart, Seinfeld is left under a dry heap of jokes.

The Understudy

The finale doesn't feel like one. This often shows maturity. But at the end of the day there is not a single done changed among the world or characters. Plus it gets tedious if you don't have any romance with the characters, the dry humor doesn't age well.


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