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"Seinfeld" The Pilot (TV Episode 1993) Poster

(TV Series)

(1993)

Trivia

Larry Hankin, who auditioned for Kramer on "Jerry", actually had auditioned for Kramer on "Seinfeld".
Rosie O'Donnell, Patricia Heaton, Mariska Hargitay, Jessica Lundy, Amy Yasbeck and Megan Mullally auditioned for the role of Elaine in Seinfeld. Mariska Hargitay would return playing an actress auditioning for Elaine in 'The Pilot'.
The conversation when George goes up to Larry Hankin (the guy playing Kramer) telling him to say his lines differently actually happened between Larry David and Michael Richards.
According to the director and set designer, this episode used 30 sets, as much as many Hollywood movies.
When the actors audition for roles on "Jerry", the lines they read for the characters of Jerry, Elaine, George, and Kramer are from actual episodes of Seinfeld (1989), including "The Deal" and "The Note".
Jerry states that "sic semper tyrannis" means "death to tyrants" in Latin. It actually means "thus always to tyrants" and is the Virginia state motto. John Wilkes Booth did say this after shooting President Lincoln - and some witnesses claimed that he added: "The South is avenged."
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The two men on the raft with Bob Balaban's character are Larry David and Larry Charles.
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The part of "Melissa", an actress who auditions for the role of Elaine in "The Pilot", is played by Mariska Hargitay. Hargitay herself did in fact audition for the role of Elaine.
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The series may not have an opening credits sequence, but in the episode "The Pilot" the series "Jerry" does.
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Toward the end, when George is complimenting the restaurant owner about how lovely his waitresses are, he's impersonating Phil Silvers Sgt. Bilko.
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Tom Cherones played the director of the 'Jerry' pilot while also directing this 'Seinfeid' episode. Tom also directed almost half of all Seinfeld episodes.. This was his first of two on-screen performances in the series, the other being in the final episode.
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