The Pilot

4-23-24 - Pilot

The Pilot (season 4, episodes 23 & 24)

written by Larry David, directed by Tom Cherones
original airdate: May 20, 1993

Jerry and George’s pilot is finally a go. NBC President Russell Dalrymple becomes obsessed with Elaine. Kramer suffers intestinal maladies.

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The Improv

Jerry’s Apartment
Tensions are high leading up to the pilot, with Jerry obsessing over his lack of acting ability, George obsessing over his lip discoloration which may kill him, and Kramer…just wanting to go to the restroom. The gang later reunites at the apartment to watch the “Jerry” pilot together.

Monk’s Café
Elaine brings Monk’s before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, after she is refused a job for not being large-breasted by the new Monk’s management. She later discovers all the new waitresses are sisters, daughters of the new owner.

Peter McManus Café
152 Seventh Ave., New York, NEW YORK
(map)
nearest subway: 18th Street (1)
Elaine dumps Russell, and inadvertently convinces him to join Greenpeace. Later, Jerry meets TV Elaine here to discuss Elaine’s personality, and ends up kissing her.

Pfieffer’s (NOT REAL)
New York, NEW YORK

A clip of Pfieffer’s is featured during a flashback of Elaine and Russell’s first meeting, from “The Shoes.”

Dana Foley’s office
New York, NEW YORK

George visits his therapist for another session, to discuss his concern over his upper lip “discoloration.”

NBC Studios (New York)
30 Rockefeller Pl., New York, NEW YORK
(map)
nearest subway: 47-50th Streets – Rockefeller Center (B,D,F,M)
Jerry and George partake in casting sessions for “Jerry” (including Kramer’s unsuccessful audition for himself), and later shoot the pilot episode here.

La Reserve (NOW CLOSED)
4 W. 49th St., New York, NEW YORK
(map)
nearest subway: 47-50th Streets – Rockefeller Center (B,D,F,M)
Kramer tries to use the bathroom here, but is unsuccessful.

Guild 50th Street Theatre (NOW CLOSED)
33 W. 50th St., New York, NEW YORK
(map)
nearest subway: 5th Avenue – 53rd Street (E,M)
Kramer tries to use the bathroom here, but is unsuccessful. The marquee features the Disney film “A Far Off Place.”

Central Park
New York, NEW YORK
(map)
Kramer sprints through the park, desperately looking for a bathroom.

Juneau, ALASKA (map)
Jerry claims that the actress playing TV Elaine, Sandi Robbins, is from Juneau: “She came down from Juneau by sled…she was in the Iditarod, got to the finish line, just kept going.”

West Park Medical Group
50 W. 77th St., New York, NEW YORK
(map)
nearest subway: 81st Street – Museum Of Natural History (B,C)
George goes to have his white “discoloration” examined by a doctor, and later panics when he doesn’t get a “get outta here!” from the doctor when asking if the discoloration is cancer.

GREENLAND (map)
In helping explain her character, Jerry mentions to “TV Elaine” that the real Elaine is “fascinated with Greenland.”

Louis J. Lefkowitz State Office Building
80 Centre St., New York, NEW YORK
(map)
nearest subway: Chambers Street (J,Z)
Elaine visits the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to file a complaint about Monk’s Café hiring only “huge” women. EEOC is actually a federal agency, and wouldn’t be housed in a state office; the real New York area office is at One Newark Center in Newark, New Jersey.

DENMARK (map)
Jerry mentions to TV Kramer during the pilot that Haagen-Dazs ice cream is a made-up brand name, and not actually from Denmark.

NEW JERSEY (map)
In finding out Haagen-Dazs isn’t from Denmark, TV George tells Jerry and TV Kramer it is really made in New Jersey.

Ricky Pharmacy
720 Broadway, New York, NEW YORK
(map)
nearest subway: 8th Street – NYU (N,R)
Kramer comes here to purchase the “dreaded apparatus,” after failing to have a bowel movement for some time.

Camp Tioga
1635 State Rd. 2036, Thompson, PENNSYLVANIA
(map)
Wilton Marshall recognizes a wigged Elaine at the “Jerry” taping, after not having seen her since going to camp with her here in 1978.

Pines Of Mar Gables, FLORIDA
Jerry’s parents are seen watching the pilot at home, with Helen once again asking “how could anybody not like him?”

Susan’s apartment
New York, NEW YORK

Susan and her new girlfriend (and George’s ex) Allison from “The Smelly Car” are shown watching the pilot.

Sid Fields’ apartment
New York, NEW YORK

Sid and his Senegalese housekeeper from “The Old Man” are shown watching the pilot.

Marla’s apartment
New York, NEW YORK

Marla the now-non-virgin and “John-John,” John F. Kennedy Jr., from “The Virgin,” are shown watching the pilot.

Promenade Place (NOT REAL)
Mineola, Long Island, NEW YORK
(map)
Drake and Drakette from “The Handicap Spot” are shown back together, watching the pilot at their apartment (“hate the Sein!”).

Cheryl Fong’s apartment
New York, NEW YORK

Cheryl and her cousin Ping, the delivery man from “The Visa,” are shown watching the pilot.

Sanger House (NOT REAL)
Wappingers Falls, NEW YORK
(map)
The Sanger family from “The Bubble Boy” are shown watching the pilot at home.

Calvin Klein’s apartment
New York, NEW YORK

Calvin Klein and Tia, Jerry’s ex from “The Pick,” are shown watching the pilot.

Sidra’s apartment
New York, NEW YORK

Sidra and “Sal Bass” (perhaps Salman Rushdie?) from “The Implant” are shown watching the pilot.

Newman’s Apartment
Newman is shown sleeping on his couch, with a baseball game on in the background instead of the “Jerry” pilot.

Pendant Publishing
Russell mentions to the other two Greenpeace activists that Elaine works at Pendant. When Russell “dies,” one of the activists (played by Larry David with an accent) promises that he’ll “write to her…I’ll tell her all about you, and what you did out here!”

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