Seinfeld: Season 6, Episode 23

The Understudy (18 May 1995)

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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 »

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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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When Ellen 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. Other than having Coke and Pepsi product placement together the can changing is a stunning error. See more »

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Cosmo Kramer: [has just learned Jerry's girlfriend is Bette Midler's understudy in the Rochelly, Rochelle musical] Understudys, now they're a shifty bunch. The substitute teachers of the theater world.
Jerry Seinfeld: I'm glad that she's an understudy. This way I avoid having to go backstage and think of something to say.
George Costanza: Going backstage is the worst. Especially when they stink, then it's a real problem.
Jerry Seinfeld: Just once I'd like to tell someone they stink. 'Ya know what? I didn't like the show, I didn't like you, ya just really ...
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"You know what? I didn't like the show. I didn't like you. It just really stunk. The whole thing real bad. Stinkaroo. Thanks for the tickets though."
18 October 2011 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

Season 6, Episode 23, "The Understudy"

It's possible that the terrific finales to seasons 3, 4 and 5 set the bar a little too high. After all, season 6 wasn't as strong as the previous ones, but it still had some terrific episode. "The Understudy", though, is a weak season finale by any standard. Guests stars playing themselves were used before with intelligence and creativity (Keith Hernandez) but this episode feels more like a Bette Midler vehicle than anything else.

Like any Seinfeld episode, this one has its highlights; mostly they're the scenes featuring Jerry Stiller. Everything else is pretty mediocre, and serve as a poor conclusion to the season, a conclusion that might have been better off giving some closure to the Tim Whatley or David Puddy characters. The only consequential thing it does is introducing the J. Peterman character, but at this point it feels like a one time gag. We just had to wait and see if season 7 had something more up its sleeve.


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