The Wizard (season 9, episode 15)
written by Steve Lookner, directed by Andy Ackerman
original airdate: February 26, 1998
Jerry buys his father an electronic organizer. Elaine thinks her boyfriend is black. Kramer retires in Florida, and Morty convinces him to run for condo board president. George lies to Susan’s parents about purchasing a house in The Hamptons.
The Improv is not featured in this episode.
Kramer announces he’s retiring, as his coffee table book was optioned for a movie. George lies to the Rosses about having a house in The Hamptons, and then begins an elaborate game of chicken when he finds out they know he’s lying.
Jerry shows off his Wizard, a birthday gift for Morty. The gang discusses whether Elaine’s new boyfriend is black, as their possible “interracial” relationship leads to further confusion. The Rosses spot George and Elaine at the coffee shop, when he was supposed to be at “his house” in The Hamptons.
George mentions how any news about China is an “instant page turner.”
24 Fifth Ave., New York, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: West 4th Street – Washington Square (A,B,C,D,E,F,M)
Susan’s parents try to convince George to attend to a foundation function, to which he replies that he needs to visit his fake home in The Hamptons.
The Hamptons, Long Island, NEW YORK (map)
George tells Susan’s parents that he purchased a home here, and actually drives them to prove the nonexistent house exists.
Hollywood, CALIFORNIA (map)
Kramer mentions that a “big Hollywood so-and-so” optioned his coffee table book for a movie, and thus he can now retire.
6 W. 77th St., New York, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: 81st Street – Museum Of Natural History (B,C)
Elaine visits Darryl’s to hunt for clues about his ethnic background, but ends up more confused than before. Thanks Erkan B. for the tip!
SOUTH AFRICA (map)
The racially-ambiguous Darryl mentions his family is from South Africa, but that they left “for obvious reasons.”
Del Boca Vista
Kramer retires from “the grind” and moves down to Del Boca Vista, eventually running for condo president. Jerry visits his parents, and grudgingly tries helping his father install a puppet regime with Kramer in charge, as Morty cannot run for President himself, but the fake Wizards (the “Willards” from Bob Sacamano Sr.) bring down the campaign.
Tournament Of Roses Parade
S. Orange Grove Blvd. and W. Green St., Pasadena, CALIFORNIA (map)
Jerry mentions that Morty is like the Grand Marshal of the Tournament of Roses parade, since he drives so slowly. This is the starting point of the parade every year.
Pines Of Mar Gables
Helen mentions that Morty can’t run for condo president in Del Boca Vista, as he was impeached once before…to which Morty says he in fact only “resigned.”
Bob Sacamano Sr.’s
In a deleted scene, Jerry visits a mute Bob Sacamano Sr. to fill his order of 20 “Willard” organizers at $50 a piece, as he cannot afford to buy 20 new Wizards at that price.
Gap (now Banana Republic)
2373 Broadway, New York, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: 86th Street (1)
Upon discovering they’re both just ordinary white people, Elaine and Darryl decide to go to the Gap. The closest Gap to Elaine’s Apartment was at this location.
Montauk Point, Long Island, NEW YORK (map)
George drives Susan’s parents to the furthermost eastern point of Long Island, before coming clean about the house.