The Chaperone (season 6, episode 1)
written by Larry David and Bill Masters & Bob Shaw, directed by Andy Ackerman
original airdate: September 22, 1994
When Jerry lands a date with a Miss America contestant, Kramer volunteers to chaperone. Mr. Pitt hires Elaine to be his personal assistant. George encourages Yankee management to make the team jerseys from cotton.
Jerry invites Kramer to be his and Karen’s chaperone, a role he takes far too seriously. Jerry invites the gang to Atlantic City for the pageant, but Elaine cannot go due to sock troubles. George and Jerry discuss the Yankees switching to cotton jerseys.
Mr. Pitt meets with Elaine for an informal interview, commenting on how much she looks like Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and how she has the correct levels of “grace.”
George, while talking to Danny Tartabull in the locker room, decides the Yankees should wear cotton unis instead of polyester. Later, he convinces manager Buck Showalter to switch jersey materials.
RHODE ISLAND (map)
Miss Rhode Island was one of the three delegates for the Miss America pageant that were at the Yankee game, after which Jerry asks her out. According to die-hard pageant fan Kramer, Rhode Island is never in contention in the pageant, but he agrees to chaperone her and coach her to victory.
Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort (now Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City)
1000 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NEW JERSEY (map)
Jerry, George, Kramer and Karen all stay here, the former for one of Jerry’s sets and the latter for the Miss America Pageant. Jerry inadvertently kills his girlfriend Karen (Miss Rhode Island‘s) doves, forcing her to sing for the first time during her talent portion.
Doubleday Publishing (now Knopf Doubleday Publishing)
1745 Broadway, New York, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: 59th Street – Columbus Circle (1)
Elaine interviews to replace Jackie Onassis as an editor at Doubleday…but loses out, and ends up working for Mr. Pitt as his personal assistant. Elaine remarks in her last interview that “I don’t have grace, I don’t want grace, I don’t even say grace!”
Bolo (NOW CLOSED)
23 E. 22nd St., New York, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: 23rd Street (N,R)
Jerry, Karen…and Kramer go for dinner, and Kramer steals the spotlight from Jerry, ending the night by convincing Karen to become her coach and mentor for the Miss America pageant.
Kramer notes at the previous Miss America pageant, Miss Texas should have won easily, but lost points in the swimsuit competition because she didn’t tape her breasts together. Host Regis Philbin later announces Miss Rhode Island as following Miss Texas.
Marriott New York Marquis
1535 Broadway, New York, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: 47-50th Streets – Rockefeller Center (B,D,F,M)
Karen, Miss Rhode Island, is staying here (in Room 417) before the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City. Karen hires Kramer as her personal pageant consultant in her limo outside the hotel.
640 West End Ave., New York, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: 96th Street (1,2,3)
Elaine tries to go with Jerry and George to Atlantic City for the weekend, but is kaiboshed because she hasn’t found the right socks for her new boss, Mr. Pitt.
2301 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NEW JERSEY (map)
In a deleted scene, Kramer warns Jerry to “stay away from the Convention Hall” after he discovers Jerry accidentally killed Karen’s birds. The Miss America 1995 competition was held here, as were all pageants since 1940.