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"Seinfeld" The Understudy (1995)

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TV Series:
Original Air Date:
18 May 1995 (Season 6, Episode 23)
Jerry dates the ultra-sensitive understudy for Bette Midler in Rochelle, Rochelle: The Musical. When... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Season 6: Not quite as brilliant as seasons 4 & 5 but still very enjoyable and strong stuff See more (4 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Jerry Seinfeld ... Jerry Seinfeld

Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Elaine Benes

Michael Richards ... Cosmo Kramer

Jason Alexander ... George Costanza

Bette Midler ... Herself

Jerry Stiller ... Frank Costanza

June Kyoto Lu ... Ruby (as June Kyoko Lu)

Amy Hill ... Kim

John O'Hurley ... Peterman
Adelaide Miller ... Gennice

Alexandra Bokyun Chun ... Lotus (as Bok Yun Chon)
Vonnie C. Rhee ... Sunny

Craig Thomas ... Player #1

Michael McDonald ... Player #2 (as Michael James McDonald)
Lou DiMaggio ... Stagehand
Jason Beck ... Umpire
Bob Shaw ... Cabbie

Johnny Silver ... Vendor #1
Billy Bastiani ... Vendor #2 (as William Bastiani)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bonnie Bruckheimer ... Woman in Bette Midler Entourage (uncredited)
Randy Carter ... Theatre Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
Ruth Cohen ... Ruthie Cohen (uncredited)

Larry David ... Man at Softball Game (voice) (uncredited)
Marjorie Gross ... Woman in Bette Midler Entourage (uncredited)

Darin Mangan ... Softball Fan (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Andy Ackerman 
Writing credits
Larry David (created by) &
Jerry Seinfeld (created by)

Marjorie Gross (written by) &
Carol Leifer (written by)

Carol Leifer (executive story editor)

Produced by
Larry David .... executive producer
Tom Gammill .... supervising producer
Tim Kaiser .... coordinating producer
Suzy Mamann-Greenberg .... producer (as Suzy Mamann Greenberg)
Peter Mehlman .... producer
Max Pross .... supervising producer
Morgan Sackett .... associate producer
Jerry Seinfeld .... producer
George Shapiro .... executive producer
Nancy Sprow .... associate producer
Howard West .... executive producer
Original Music by
Jonathan Wolff 
Cinematography by
Wayne Kennan (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Janet Ashikaga 
Casting by
Brian Myers 
Production Design by
Thomas Azzari  (as Tho. E. Azzari)
Set Decoration by
Mel Cooper 
Costume Design by
Charmaine Nash Simmons  (as Charmaine Simmons)
Makeup Department
Judy Crown .... hair stylist
Robin LaVigne .... makeup artist
Patricia Messina .... key makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Jeffrey Stott .... executive in charge of production
Jeffrey Stott .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Randy Carter .... first assistant director
James Lansbury .... second assistant director (as James E. Lansbury)
Art Department
Stan Ascough .... property master
Suzanne Feller-Otto .... set designer
Sound Department
Charlie McDaniel .... post-production sound mixer
Craig Porter .... post-production sound mixer
Pete San Filipo Sr. .... sound mixer (as Peter San Filipo)
Larry Ellena .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Dennis Kirkpatrick .... boom operator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jim Marcos .... gaffer
Jeff Miller .... camera operator
Ed Nielsen .... camera operator (as Edward Nielsen)
Pete G. Papanickolas .... key grip (as Pete Papanickolas)
Herb Roberts .... camera operator
Charles R. Young .... camera operator (as Charlie Young)
George La Fountaine Jr. .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Editorial Department
David J. Downing .... on-line editor (as David Downing)
Tom Sartori .... colorist
Other crew
Alec Berg .... program consultant
Carol Brown .... assistant: producers
Jeff Bye .... production assistant
Andy Cowan .... program consultant
Marjorie Gross .... creative consultant
Darin Henry .... assistant: writers
Sam Henry Kass .... executive consultant (as Sam Kass)
Bruce Kirschbaum .... creative consultant
Eugene Lew .... production accountant
Jeff Schaffer .... program consultant
Vicki Sirotta .... assistant production accountant (as Vicki Sirotta Perez)
Fred Stoller .... program consultant
Brady Thomas .... production coordinator
D. Owen Trainor .... technical coordinator (as David Owen Trainor)
Coby Turner .... script supervisor
Karen Wilkie .... assistant: writers
Jeffrey Yerkes .... assistant: writers
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

24 min
Sound Mix:
Canada:PG (video rating)

Did You Know?

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Elaine is talking to Mr. Costanza in the coffee shop, he mentions the name "Sun Yung Moon." The person referred to is "Sun Myung Moon." This is possibly a deliberate error consistent with the character. (Although it's also possible that "Yung" is the correct pronunciation, it isn't likely, because the written Korean language is ideographic, not phonetic, so silent consonants probably wouldn't occur in English transliterations.)See more »
J. Peterman:Then, in the distance, I heard the bulls. I began running as fast as I could. Fortunately, I was wearing my Italian cap toe oxfords. Sophisticated yet different; nothing to make a huge fuss about. Rich dark brown calfskin leather. Matching leather vent. Men's whole and half sizes 7 through 13. Price: $135.00.See more »
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Season 6: Not quite as brilliant as seasons 4 & 5 but still very enjoyable and strong stuff, 7 September 2010
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

This sixth season of the show marks the 100th episode milestone (which it celebrates, as was the fashion, with a clip-show) but more importantly for me it shows that it can more or less maintain the standard set in seasons 4 and 5 (both of which I really loved). I say more or less because there are episodes here that do not quite have the natural spark and wit that was so consistent and appeared so easy through the last two seasons. Season 6 opens with Jerry being Jerry, Kramer being Kramer, George working for the Yankees and Elaine unemployed and the season more or less goes from there with all the usual social misunderstandings and scenarios peppered through with imaginative excess.

Not all the scenarios are as sharp as the show at its best here. There isn't really a total episode that doesn't work but there are certainly individual threads that come over as being too elaborate or perhaps a bit too silly to really function. The best scenarios are the simplest ones where one or two really nice touches can make all the difference – the messier it becomes the less effective it is. Messy nonsense is best left to Kramer and his stuff is generally the exception because his character can carry it but the others not so much, they tend to require a base of some form of reality from which to go from.

Season 6 contains fewer "classic" episodes than the previous fewer seasons. I think for sure "The Switch" is classic Seinfeld but the rest are not quite there, partly for the weaknesses discussed already. However this is not to say that any of them are bad or even weak, just that they are coming in to my head having to compete with the previous two seasons. The finale and the clip-show were the only two episodes that didn't really do much for me, but I did still enjoy them regardless. This is to the show's credit – if you can have a season where it is clearly not quite as good as you have done before but yet still have it be really funny and enjoyable then you're doing a lot right. And so it is with season 6; it is not quite as brilliant as I have seen the show be before, but yet it is still of a very high standard.

The cast are perhaps a bit too comfortable as well and there are signs of occasional over-playing of their characters here and there, but not too much. Seinfeld and Louis-Dreyfuss continue to be funnier and more important to the comedy than they were and both actors benefit by maintaining from previous seasons. Alexander and Richards remain my favourite characters, they have the most colour and they work with it well with the only downside/risk being that they both do occasionally overplay the quirks that they normally deliver in controlled (and funnier) ways. The additional cast are mostly good. Knight continues to be my favourite second tier character but Stiller continues to dominate like he did in season 5. Although he is used sparingly, George's boss is a hoot whenever called upon to deliver a long rambling story that goes nowhere.

I have sounded a little negative here but I think that is mainly down to how strong the previous two seasons of Seinfeld have been, Season 6 is still of a very high standard, very funny and cleverly done. Some bits are a bit weaker than I would have liked but these do not really damage any specific episode and certainly not the season. Not quite as classic as 4 and 5 then, but there is more than enough to season 6 to make it fit into the high standards of the series generally.

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