The Comeback (season 8, episode 13)
written by Gregg Kavet & Andy Robin, directed by David Owen Trainor
original airdate: January 30, 1997
George misses an opportunity to zing a co-worker and goes the distance to get him back. Elaine falls for a mysterious video store staff member because she loves the movies he recommends. Kramer picks Elaine to be the executor of his living will. Jerry buys an expensive racquet from a tennis pro who turns out to be a terrible player.
The Improv is not featured in this episode.
Kramer develops a living will, but struggles with the idea of Jerry as his executor. He later discovers it’s possible to come out of a coma. George tests the “jerk store” line with the gang, but is given negative feedback. Milos’ wife Patty comes to the apartment, as a “medieval sexual payola.”
Reilly zings George on eating too much shrimp, putting him on a mission to get him back with a good comeback.
New York Health & Racquet Club
24 E. 13th St., New York, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: Union Square – 14th Street (L)
Jerry and George go for a round of tennis, where Jerry is prompted to buy an expensive racquet from Milos, the worst tennis player alive.
Champagne Video (NOW CLOSED)
2183 Broadway, New York, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: 79th Street (1)
Elaine goes with a number of “Vincent” film picks, until he feels betrayed when she picks a “Gene” for a chuckle, and stops making picks at the video store.
Kramer discovers people can come out of a coma when watching “The Other Side Of Darkness” in his apartment, rushing him to change his living will before anything happens to him.
Jackie Chiles’ office
The Hippodrome, 1120 Sixth Ave., New York, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: 42nd Street – Bryant Park (B,D,F,M)
Kramer mentions he had a restraining order put out, telling him he can’t be within 200 feet of his office; “I couldn’t even give him his Christmas present!”
Elaine is contacted by Vincent from the video store, as they begin a torrid up-and-down phone affair, until she discovers his true identity.
Sutton Tennis Club
488 E. 60th St., New York, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: 59th Street (4,5,6)
Jerry witnesses Milos’ awful tennis, and later plays against him to impress his wife Patty. Kramer tries annulling his will with the lawyer Mr. Shelbach, but ends up getting repeatedly beaned with the tennis ball machine, putting him into a temporary coma. Jerry plays here instead of their usual New York Health & Racquet Club, as George used up all of his guest passes.
1325 Sixth Ave., New York, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: 7th Avenue (B,D,E)
Kramer and Elaine visit an estate lawyer to determine his living will. The same exterior as J. Peterman is shown in the establishing shot.
1655 S. Main St., Akron, OHIO (map)
Reilly takes a job at Firestone, prompting George to fly to Akron just to zing him with the Jerk Store line, after proposing a Snow-Tire Day at Yankee Stadium as an excuse to fly to Firestone.
New York, NEW YORK
Elaine brings the mysterious Vincent vodka, cigarettes and fireworks…and eventually realizes he is really just a teenager with a sultry voice.
St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center (now Mount Sinai West)
1000 Tenth Ave., New York, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: 59th Street – Columbus Circle (A,B,C,D,1)
Elaine unplugs a cord in Kramer’s hospital room for the VCR, making Kramer believe that she has pulled the plug on his life support once and for all.
Flushing, Queens, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: Astoria – Ditmars Boulevard (N,Q)
George touches down from Akron, but quickly heads back towards the airport when he thinks up another zinger.