Seinfeld (1989–1998)
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The Switch 

Jerry wants to date a new girlfriend's roommate.


Andy Ackerman


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




Episode complete credited cast:
Jerry Seinfeld ... Jerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Elaine Benes
Michael Richards ... Cosmo Kramer
Jason Alexander ... George Costanza
Wayne Knight ... Newman
Sheree North ... Babs Kramer
Gail Strickland ... Jocelyn 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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The name Cosmo is a variant of the Italian "Cosimo", derived originally from Greek "Kosmas", meaning "order", "lawful" or "decency", which here is somewhat ironic. It was brought into English use in 1720 by the Scottish second Duke of Gordon, who named his son (the third Duke of Gordon) after his friend Cosimo III de' Medici. See more »


In Jerry's apartment, after he concludes nobody can do the switch, cameras are clearly visible in the vintage Porsche poster above Jerry's right shoulder. The camera's red light can be seen panning from L to R as Jerry moves. See more »


[first lines]
Jerry Seinfeld: Tennis is the only sport where the uniform is what you would wear under your clothes in any other sport. You're actually out there in your underwear. Unless in the old days, you know, they would wear those long pants and the big heavy sweaters. How long did it take them to get over that? "We're out here in the hot sun, running around after a ball. What exactly are we all dressed up for?" Maybe that's why they started keeping score like that. "Point? You know what? Make it 15. I'm ...
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References Frankenstein (1931) See more »


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"Do you ever just get down on your knees and thank God that you know me and have access to my dementia?"
4 October 2011 | by itamarscomixSee all my reviews

Season 6, Episode 11, "The Switch"

"The Race" was a tough act to follow, and yet it was followed by "The Switch" which remains one of the best episodes of Seinfeld's entire run. The episode has a terrific script, culminating in two brilliant dialogs between Jerry and George in the middle and ending of the episode, regarding the titular switch. The relationship humor feels like it might belong in season 5, but the way it uses music and editing places it in the more intricately produced season 6.

Interestingly, the element that got most of the attention when the episode was first released doesn't seem that interesting now - it's the first time Kramer's first name was revealed. It's not as shocking a reveal as it was back then, but the scene is still terrific, especially Michael Richards' acting in it. As a side note, there's also the gorgeous Charlotte Lewis as, probably, the most beautiful girlfriend George ever had.

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5 January 1995 (USA) See more »

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