The Wait Out

723 - Wait Out

The Wait Out (season 7, episode 23)

story by Peter Mehlman & Matt Selman, teleplay by Peter Mehlman, directed by Andy Ackerman
original airdate: May 9, 1996

George makes a remark that breaks up a married couple. Jerry and Elaine pounce as they’ve been waiting out the relationship for years. Kramer slips into a pair of tight jeans and can’t get out. Debra Messing and Cary Elwes guest star.

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The Improv

Jerry’s Apartment
George feels guilt over breaking up the Lookners, and has to physically fight off Jerry and Elaine to make things right. Jerry implies that Kramer can’t fit into jeans, so he buys a pair of slim-fit Dungarees, which renders his mobility to Frankenstein-like speed.

Monk’s Café
George’s folksy “you could have done a lot better than him” remark breaks up Beth and David Lookner, with Jerry and Elaine pouncing on the rebound. David later reciprocates the comment to Susan, making her rethink her engagement to George. Jerry and Elaine devise the “I’m there for you” comment to win them Beth and David’s affection.

SWEDEN (map)
Kramer remarks to Jerry that he has the body of a “taut, pre-teen Swedish boy.”

Mrs. Zanfino’s apartment
129 W. 81st St., New York, NEW YORK
(map)
nearest subway: 81st Street – Museum Of Natural History (B,C)
Kramer babysits his neighbor’s Mrs. Zanfino’s son Joey, scaring him out of the apartment and into the streets with him thinking he’s Frankenstein, on account of his extra-tight jeans. Mickey then “stands-in” as Joey in bed, but is quickly caught by a horrified Mrs. Zanfino.

JoJo
160 E. 64th St., New York, NEW YORK
(map)
nearest subway: Lexington Avenue – 63rd Street (F)
Jerry goes for dinner with Beth Lookner, to make sure she knows “he’s there” for her following her divorce.

restaurant
New York, NEW YORK

Elaine goes for dinner with David Lookner, to make sure he knows “she’s there” for him. He continually asks himself questions, and then answers them to himself, regarding his divorce.

The Actors Studio
432 W. 44th St., New York, NEW YORK
(map)
nearest subway: 42nd Street – Port Authority Bus Terminal (A,C,E)
Mickey auditions here for a role, and thanks to his rage over Kramer’s inability to sit down in his skin-tight jeans, gets into the studio, as they believe that was the scene. “Notes About Nothing” from the Season 7 DVD state Mickey was likely enrolled in the Drama School, which was open at The New School (151 Bank St.) from 1994-2005.

Ithaca, NEW YORK (map)
Mickey auditions for a part (with Kramer) by doing a scene from the fictional play “Flesh Wounds In Ithaca.”

Beth Lookner’s apartment
1125 Park Ave., New York, NEW YORK
(map)
nearest subway: 86th Street (4,5,6)
George shows up at Beth’s, roughed up after a scrap with Jerry, to apologize for his comment that ended her marriage and try to salvage the relationship, much to Jerry’s chagrin. This is the same building exterior as Russell’s condo in “The Watch” and “The Shoes,” and Heather’s apartment in “The Chicken Roaster.”

Mickey’s apartment
New York, NEW YORK

Kramer calls Mickey away from a date to “stand in” as Joey, to repay the favor of Kramer inadvertently getting Mickey into The Actor’s Studio.

David Lookner’s apartment
300 W. 72nd St., New York, NEW YORK
(map)
nearest subway: 72nd Street (1,2,3)
Elaine and David toast to their new relationship, just as Beth shows up, and Beth and David passionately reconcile.

George’s Apartment
After much soul-searching and thought about the wedding…Susan tells George that she’s decided she wants to go with the chicken.

NYPD Precinct
New York, NEW YORK

Kramer is taken in for questioning after chasing Joey through the streets, but cannot sit down due to his ultra-slim jeans.

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