Seinfeld (1989–1998)
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The Ticket 

Newman uses Kramer as his witness when the former refuses to pay for a speeding ticket.


Tom Cherones


Larry David (created by), Jerry Seinfeld (created by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Seinfeld ... Jerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Elaine Benes
Michael Richards ... Kramer
Jason Alexander ... George Costanza
Wayne Knight ... Newman
Bob Balaban ... Russell Dalrymple
Heidi Swedberg ... Susan Ross
Kevin Page ... Stu
Peter Crombie Peter Crombie ... Joe (credit only)
Len Lesser ... Uncle Leo
Steve Eastin ... Cop #1
David Graf ... Cop #2
Al Fann ... Judge
Stephen McHattie ... Psychiatrist
Peter Blood Peter Blood ... Jay


George asks NBC executive Susan Ross out on a date and is convinced that the network's decision to film a pilot is thanks to his romancing her. George isn't too keen when he hears how much they're offering to pay. Kramer has an encounter with Crazy Joe Davola who kicks him in the head. Fortunately, he was wearing the helmet he got from Newman. He begins to act strangely however. Newman is intent on beating the speeding ticket in court and drags Kramer along as his witness. His story is that he was was racing home to prevent his friend Kramer from committing suicide. Written by garykmcd

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16 September 1992 (USA) See more »

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Newman (Wayne Knight) says he doesn't want to kill himself, although in episode 2.7, Seinfeld: The Revenge (1991), we see his suicidal personality. See more »


Newman: Now, all we need is a reason why you were going to commit suicide.
Kramer: I never had an air conditioner.
Newman: No! That's no reason to kill yourself!
Kramer: Why? It gets hot at night, you can't sleep. You ever tried to sleep in a really hot room?
Newman: Every night I sleep in a really hot room, I don't want to kill myself.
Kramer: Well, I slept in really hot rooms and I wanted to kill myself.
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References Cheers (1982) See more »


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The madness continues
11 March 2009 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

The Ticket is an essential Season Four episode, seeing as it continues the story introduced in The Pitch and also shows Newman in one of his most "Newman" moments. Of course, for that to happen, Kramer would have to be involved somehow, which of course he is.

Having received a speeding ticket, Newman, being the cheap, scheming son of a gun he is, refuses to pay, and asks Kramer to be his witness in court. Kramer accepts, and the whole situation gets out of hand as a result. Meanwhile, "Crazy" Joe Davola shows no signs of abandoning his own insane scheme, and Jerry and George keep working on their "show about nothing pitch".

There are many things that make The Ticket a classic: it's tempting to single out any scene about the sitcom script as the best (I mean, Jerry writing a pilot where he and his friends play the lead roles and nothing happens in terms of plot: gotta love the in-joking here), but in this case, as indicated by the title, it's Michael Richards and Wayne Knight who steal the show, the former thanks to his penchant for absurd physical comedy, the latter with his knack for great one-liners and general ability to look absolutely evil. Of all the guest stars that contributed to making Seinfeld the best sitcom ever, Knight certainly is the best, or at least on par with the still unseen Jerry Stiller. And to think the character was originally played by Larry David...

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