The Handicap Spot

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The Handicap Spot (season 4, episode 22)

written by Larry David, directed by Tom Cherones
original airdate: May 13, 1993

On their way to buy a big screen TV for “The Drake,” George parks his father’s car in a handicap spot. An angry mob trashes the car and George must face the wrath of his father. We meet Frank Costanza for the first time.


Monk’s Café is not featured in this episode.

The Improv

Jerry’s Apartment
The gang discuss what kind of engagement present to get The Drake and Drakette, with the group offering mixed feelings on The Drake (“Love The Drake!” “Hate The Drake!” “The Drake is good!”) Kramer declares his love for Lola, the wheelchair-bound victim of the gang’s parking job.

Lynbrook mall (NOT REAL)
Lynbrook, Long Island, NEW YORK
The gang visits a mall here to buy The Drake an engagement present, and parks in a handicap spot. Kramer suggests when they are stalling for time that they should all get a house in Lynbrook and live together.

Costanza House
The first appearance of the Costanza House, where Frank wins the Silver Circle Award, and United Volunteers Representative of the Month…and is then arrested for “reckless endangerment of public safety in violation of traffic code 342-A” for parking in a handicap spot. As payback for his car damage and humiliation, Frank makes George his butler.

St. Elizabeth’s Hospital (NOT REAL)
New York, NEW YORK

The victim of the gang’s parking spot, Lola, was taken here, where Kramer falls in love with her: “She is the most beautiful woman I have ever seen. I love her, I’m going to ask her to marry me. She’s got everything I’ve always wanted in another human being…except for the walking.”

Promenade Place (NOT REAL)
Mineola, Long Island, NEW YORK
The gang missed The Drake & Drakette’s engagement party here, and Kramer and George later “pick up” Drakette’s big screen TV for Lola, in the name of “charity.”

Fifth Ave., New York, NEW YORK
Kramer remarks by George not chipping in for a new wheelchair for Lola, soon “they’ll be driving one day and see her crawling along Fifth Avenue!”

Surgical Appliances (NOW CLOSED)
44 Union Sq. E., New York, NEW YORK
nearest subway: 14th Street – Union Square (N,Q,R)
George and Kramer pass on the Cougar 9000 wheelchair (rated #1 by Hospital Supply and Prosthetic Magazine), opting for a “slightly” used model to replace Lola’s broken wheelchair.

Gagliano’s (NOT REAL)
Mineola, Long Island, NEW YORK
When Elaine asks The Drake for good Italian in the neighborhood, right after breaking up, Drake tearfully recommends Gagliano’s (“that’s pretty good…”).

Chicago, ILLINOIS (map)
Jerry believes Drake and Drakette are running a scam to get wedding presents:
Jerry: “Maybe they’re on their way to Chicago tomorrow, do the whole thing over again!”
Elaine: “They don’t know anybody in Chicago.”
Jerry: “Don’t worry, they’ll make friends fast with that nice TV!”

Put it in the vault!

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