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The Understudy 

Jerry dates the ultra-sensitive understudy for Bette Midler in Rochelle, Rochelle: The Musical. When the Improv is scheduled to play Rochelle Rochelle in a softball game, George plows into ... See full summary »


Andy Ackerman


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

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Seinfeld ... Jerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Elaine Benes
Michael Richards ... Cosmo Kramer
Jason Alexander ... George Costanza
Bette Midler ... Bette Midler
Jerry Stiller ... Frank Costanza
June Kyoto Lu ... Ruby (as June Kyoko Lu)
Amy Hill ... Kim
John O'Hurley ... J. Peterman
Adelaide Miller Adelaide Miller ... Gennice
Alexandra Bokyun Chun ... Lotus (as Bok Yun Chon)
Vonnie C. Rhee Vonnie C. Rhee ... Sunny
Craig Thomas ... Player #1
Michael McDonald ... Player #2 (as Michael James McDonald)
Lou DiMaggio ... Stagehand


Jerry dates the ultra-sensitive understudy for Bette Midler in Rochelle, Rochelle: The Musical. When the Improv is scheduled to play Rochelle Rochelle in a softball game, George plows into catcher Bette Midler to score the winning run. Bette is injured because of the incident and is unable to perform in the Broadway premiere. Jerry, George, and the understudy are vilified for the incident, and Kramer goes out of his way to help Bette. Meanwhile, Elaine suspects that a local nail shop is making fun of her in Korean. She learns that George's dad Frank speaks Korean and brings him along to spy on them. Frank recalls his time in the Korean war and how he had an affair with a young Korean woman. Elaine gets kicked out of the nail shop and wanders around aimlessly, and has a chance encounter with catalog magnate J. Peterman, who hires Elaine to work for the catalog. Written by halo1k

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18 May 1995 (USA) See more »

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Elaine's (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) adventure is based on an experience of writer Carol Leifer. Carol brought a spy with her to a nail salon in real life. See more »


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 »


George Costanza: [Bette Middler is up to bat and George is playing catcher] I caught that Beaches on cable last night. 'Wind beneath my wings'? Give me a break.
Bette Midler: Hey, get some talent, then you can mouth off.
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Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
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Season 6: Not quite as brilliant as seasons 4 & 5 but still very enjoyable and strong stuff
7 September 2010 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

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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