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The Switch 

Elaine loans Mr. Pitt's expensive tennis racket to an executive from Doubleday who hints there may be a job opening for Elaine soon. When the woman injures her arm, Elaine can't quite get ... See full summary »


Andy Ackerman


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

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Episode complete credited cast:
Jerry Seinfeld ... Jerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Elaine Benes
Michael Richards ... Kramer
Jason Alexander ... George Costanza
Wayne Knight ... Newman
Sheree North ... Babs
Gail Strickland ... Landis
Charlotte Lewis ... Nina
Jann Karam ... Sandi
Terry Sweeney ... Keith
Heather Medway ... Laura
Clive Rosengren ... Mr. Clotworthy
Jacqueline M. Houston Jacqueline M. Houston ... Lorraine
Cheryl Francis Harrington ... Waitress
Tish Smiley ... Woman


Elaine loans Mr. Pitt's expensive tennis racket to an executive from Doubleday who hints there may be a job opening for Elaine soon. When the woman injures her arm, Elaine can't quite get the racket back. Jerry's girlfriend never smiles or laughs at his jokes but her roommate laughs at everything he says so he contemplates the switch. George comes up with an idea as to how he might get away with it. George's girlfriend, a model, eats like a horse but never puts on weight. Kramer suggests she might be bulimic. The gang learns Kramer's first name, thanks to his mom Babs. Written by garykmcd

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5 January 1995 (USA) See more »

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The original title of this episode was "The Bulimic." See more »


Jerry claims that apartments did not exist in Medieval times, but in fact the concept of the apartment dates back to ancient Rome. See more »


Jerry: So what happened with Kramer's mother?
George Costanza: It's all worked out. Nina and I will have dinner Thursday at the restaurant where Babs works.
Jerry: What's she like?
George Costanza: Oh, she's a *Kramer*. And uh, while I was there I, uh, happened to pick up another juicy little nugget about our friend.
Elaine: Ah, I'm ready what?
Jerry: What is it?
George Costanza: I, uh, got the first name.
Elaine: You found out Kramer's first name?
Jerry: I've been trying to get it out of him for ten years! What is it?
George Costanza: Cosmo.
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References Frankenstein (1931) See more »


Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
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Genius, one of the series finest episodes
28 April 2017 | by KingslaaySee all my reviews

The Switch has to be one of the best episodes of the series.

The concept is brilliant, Jerry and George try and pull off the great switch from moving from one roommate to the other. It is every comedian's nightmare to be stuck with a non laughter who simply says 'That's funny' to a joke. The montage showing the duo go over various situations to pull off the switch is enjoyable to watch. The solution they come up with hilarious and the way it is received by the women.

George and Kramer also have a comedic encounter with Kramer's mother revealing the iconic character's first name which became later used in the show. Elaine tries to amusingly steal her own racket that she lent. Jerry and George definitely dominate it and take the show to even bigger heights as they explore the concept of 'The Switch'.

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