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The Pitch 

NBC executives ask Jerry to come up with an idea for a TV series. George decides he can be a sitcom writer and comes up with "nothing." Kramer trades a radar detector for a helmet, and later Newman receives a speeding ticket.

Director:

Tom Cherones

Writers:

Larry David (created by), Jerry Seinfeld (created by) | 2 more credits »
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Airs Mon. Feb. 25, 11:30 PM on TBS

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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
Wayne Knight ... Newman
Bob Balaban ... Russell Dalrymple
Heidi Swedberg ... Susan Ross
Kevin Page ... Stu Chermack
Peter Crombie Peter Crombie ... 'Crazy' Joe Davola
Len Lesser ... Uncle Leo (credit only)
Steve Eastin ... Cop #1 (credit only)
David Graf ... Cop #2 (credit only)
Al Fann ... Judge (credit only)
Stephen McHattie ... Dr. Reston - the Psychiatrist
Peter Blood Peter Blood ... Jay Crespi
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Storyline

After finishing his stand up act at the Improv Station, Jerry is approached by two men from NBC who say they would like him to think about a TV show based on his stand up routine. George suggests several ideas to him and then comes up with the answer: he should do a show about nothing. NBC has a bit of trouble with the idea but George takes a liking to one of the executives, Susan. Kramer meanwhile swaps his radar detector with Newman for his helmet. He doesn't tell him it doesn't work leading Newman to get a speeding ticket. Jerry just happens to mention to Joe Davola that Kramer is having a party. He doesn't take the fact that Kramer failed to invite him very well. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 1992 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The posters on the wall in the reception area of the studio are all promotional posters for NBC series for the 1992/1993 season. See more »

Goofs

When Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) and George (Jason Alexander) are in the waiting room prior to their first NBC meeting, in the large shot you can see Jerry has one leg propped up on his thigh but in the next shot he has both his legs uncrossed. See more »

Quotes

Russell Dalrymple: So what have you two come up with?
Jerry Seinfeld: Well, we've thought about this in a variety of ways, but the basic idea is, I would play myse...
George Costanza: Uh, may I?
Jerry Seinfeld: Go ahead.
George Costanza: I think I can sum up the show for you in one word. Nothing.
Russell Dalrymple: Nothing?
George Costanza: Nothing.
Russell Dalrymple: What does that mean?
George Costanza: The show is about... nothing!
Jerry Seinfeld: Well, it's not about nothing.
[...]
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Connections

References Reasonable Doubts (1991) See more »

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Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
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The real beginning of Season 4
24 June 2016 | by juanmaffeoSee all my reviews

As I said on my review of The Trip I believe that The Pitch/The Ticket is the actual start of Season 4. The Trip felt like a part of a mini series that began with The Keys and ended with Season 4 two part nightmare.

Getting specific with The Pitch/The Ticket, I think this is the perfect start of the season. Being an hour episode (and one of the best in that format) you are given the time to get invested in the arc about Jerry and George writing a sitcom. If they had done the same plot in a half hour episode it would have felt rushed and if they had done half of the plot it would have felt disjointed.

The side story is Kramer and Newman's trade and eventual team up to get Newman out of a legal problem. Wayne Knight is absolutely fantastic in this episode fomenting further on that he is one the best supporting characters in the show. His chemistry with Michael Richards is unbelievable in this episode and their scene in court is priceless.

Along the episode we get a lot of seinfeldisms mainly from the Jerry and George story. Like the "salsa" bit, Jerry screwing it up by telling Davola about Kramer's party, Jerry's telephone talk with TMI, George getting upset because Susan asked him to pay for the vest, Jerry and Uncle Leo's situation. It's the kind of social commentaries we love about the show.


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