The Pitch/Ticket

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The Pitch/Ticket (season 4, episodes 3 & 4)

written by Larry David, directed by Tom Cherones
original airdate: September 16, 1992

NBC executives approach Jerry to write a sitcom pilot. George joins him in the venture and pitches a show about “nothing.” Crazy Joe Davola stalks Jerry and Kramer. Newman uses Kramer as a witness to try to get out of a speeding ticket.

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The Improv
Jerry and George seen at the bar following one of Jerry’s sets, when Jerry is approached by NBC about discussing a pilot.

Jerry’s Apartment
After being approached by NBC, Jerry, George and Kramer come up with ideas for a series. Kramer vomits on Susan after drinking expired milk, and later shows concussion-like symptoms after being kicked by Crazy Joe Davola.

Monk’s Café
Jerry and George have their landmark discussion about developing “a show about nothing,” before Jerry goes off on George for sinking the idea immediately by storming out of NBC over his “artistic integrity.” They are later trapped inside Monk’s, with Crazy Joe Davola laying in wait outside for them, shortly after kicking Kramer in the head.

Williamsburg, VIRGINIA (map)
Jerry mentions Colonial Williamsburg in his opening monologue, noting that he went there as a child.

Gettysburg, PENNSYLVANIA (map)
Jerry and George are told by another comic about Gettysburg as a tourist spot, starting a conversation by George about toilet paper during the Civil War.

London, England, UNITED KINGDOM (map)
Jerry mentions he got a postcard from Elaine in London, who is traveling through Europe with her psychiatrist Dr. Reston.

Palisades Interstate Parkway
Fort Lee, NEW JERSEY
(map)
Newman mentions in court that he was pulled over on his way home by the police, upset that Kramer’s radar detector failed to detect the radar. This testimony is slightly misleading, as Newman said earlier that he was volunteering in White Plains (which would not require taking the Palisades) before being caught speeding, but perhaps his details were mixed unable to keep track of his lie.

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 meet with NBC brass to pitch the pilot, where George walks out over his “artistic integrity” and first meets Susan Ross.

Vienna, AUSTRIA (map)
Jerry tells George that the only kind of help a guy like him could get would be from a 24-hour team of psychiatrists, at the university level, at a research facility in Vienna.

Paris, FRANCE (map)
Elaine is seen with Dr. Reston in Paris, where he remembers he may have forgotten to give Crazy Joe Davola his medication.

CZECH REPUBLIC (fmr. CZECHOSLOVAKIA) (map)
Jerry mentions that if Adolf Hitler would have vomited on Neville Chamberlain, that the vomit would not have been a deal-breaker (similar to their vomiting conundrum with Susan), and that Chamberlain still would have given him Czechoslovakia. Chamberlain infamously brokered the 1938 Munich Agreement to appease Hitler, which handed over the Sudetenland region of Czechoslovakia (modern-day western Czech Republic) to be annexed into Germany.

Kramer’s Apartment
Newman goes to pick up Kramer on his way to court, but Kramer has seemingly forgot about the proceedings.

Manhattan Criminal Courthouse
100 Centre St., New York, NEW YORK
(map)
nearest subway: Chambers Street (J,Z)
Newman takes the stand to defend his ticket, but an incoherent Kramer costs him his alibi.

Lighthouse Westchester County
170 Hamilton Ave., White Plains, NEW YORK
(map)
Newman claims he was driving back from doing charity work (playing parcheesi with the blind) in Westchester when he was caught for speeding.

Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company (now Chase Bank)
355 Lexington Ave., New York, NEW YORK
(map)
nearest subway: Grand Central – 42nd Street (7)
Newman claims Kramer had just been turned down after an interview at Manufacturers Hanover Trust at Lexington and 40th, and was going to kill himself, thus justifying Newman’s speeding home.

Rome, Lazio, ITALY (map)
Elaine and Dr. Reston are seen together in Rome, with Reston still concerned about Crazy Joe Davola and his medication.

Las Vegas, NEVADA (map)
Jerry mentions Las Vegas in his closing monologue, joking that traffic offenders should be punished with perpetual slow drivers surrounding them, especially on trips to places like Vegas.

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