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The Handicap Spot 

At Kramer's insistence, George parks his Dad's car in a handicap spot. After a woman is injured because of it, George becomes his Dad's butler while Kramer tries to help the woman.

Director:

Tom Cherones

Writers:

Larry David (created by), Jerry Seinfeld (created by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Seinfeld ... Jerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Elaine Benes
Michael Richards ... Kramer
Jason Alexander ... George Costanza
Estelle Harris ... Estelle
John Randolph ... Frank
Richard Portnow ... Ray
Rick Overton ... The Drake
Nancy Lenehan ... Volunteer
Elizabeth Dennehy ... Allison
Kathy Kinney ... Bystander
Fritzi Burr ... Mah-Jongg Lady
Norma Janis Norma Janis ... Mah-Jongg Lady
Ina Parker Ina Parker ... Mah-Jongg Lady
Marvin Braverman Marvin Braverman ... Cop
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Storyline

The gang goes out shopping for a joint gift for a couple who are about to get married. George is using his father's car and has trouble finding a parking. He reluctantly agrees to park in a handicapped spot that has serious repercussions when a disabled person is injured. An angry crowd takes care of the car as well. George and Kramer decide to do the right thing for injured person by buying her a new wheelchair - but don't want to spend too much money. They bought a large screen TV for their friends but are upset when the couple call off the wedding and the woman gives away all of their gifts to Charity. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 1993 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

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4:3
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Trivia

Although for almost the entire episode, as well as in future episodes, he is referred to only as "The Drake" (Rick Overton), the first time he is mentioned, The Drake's first name is given. It's "Scott". See more »

Goofs

The car would have been towed out that spot right away after the incident. See more »

Quotes

Ray: [trying to sell a wheelchair] This is our best model, the Cougar 9000. It's the Rolls-Royce of wheelchairs. This is like... you're almost glad to be handicapped!
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Crazy Credits

When this episode originally aired, John Randolph played Frank Costanza. In 1995, the scenes with Randolph were deleted and replaced with Jerry Stiller as Frank for syndication reruns. Both versions are included in the 4th season DVD set, but the original is still shown on the satellite channel "Star World" throughout Asia. See more »

Alternate Versions

When this episode originally aired, John Randolph played Frank Costanza. In 1995, the scenes with Randolph were deleted and replaced with Jerry Stiller as Frank for syndication reruns. Both versions are included in the 4th season DVD set, but the original is still shown on the satellite channel "Star World" throughout Asia. See more »

Connections

Features Lord of the Flies (1990) See more »

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Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
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they are blurs..
30 June 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

Seinfeld

Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, the creators, of the dream sitcom for every stand up artist is the milestone set as an example on how to use your humor as a part of narrative. The series was clearly ahead of its time and fixated within that time limit when it was aired- or maybe not even then. This is how the series both remains timeless and also fails to test against time. The concept of the series- in fact there is an episode, where the series takes an almost meta turn, whispering the secretive meeting held within the confound of NBC walls about the pitch- is to just joke, just talk, analyse with a mockery tone, bombing brutally on a subject from the most privileged position under that circumstances. There is no storyline, no character development, no arc, no rhythm to follow. Usually, a film like such becomes more than a film with such an idea; take the Life Of Brian series. And similarly the series refuses to participate in the expected or not even expected aspects of the storytelling.

There is no end, no beginning, it captures a brief period with an agenda in mind that you will have the time of your life. But this is where this coherent plan backfires. First the runtime itself. Something so monotonous cannot withhold its audience for nine years. It is simply preposterous. For the style of the joke, the humor, the vocab of these characters, if as-planned is intended to be the same, will grow natural or normal to the viewers. This makes the relationship between the viewers and the characters, similar to what the viewers have in the outer world, maybe a friend or a family member.

Basically it would never be interesting, sure some cases would come up, just as chapters does in here, but that too will carry the momentum of just that brief period of screentime. Another major challenge it faces is, in order to stay far away from the textbook sitcom structure, the character has to and does deny on getting on or blending in with the society. Now that's fine. But in order to last longer they had to create an unfair world that takes uncalled detours just for the laughs, ignoring both emotional and ethical aspect of it, resulting into a physical distance that you, as an audience, carry for the rest of the series. By the end, it gets difficult to survive and something so beloved, something so smart, Seinfeld is left under a dry heap of jokes.

The Handicap Spot

It is a twisted parking plot revisit. It is not confined but they have managed to hover around it and stay true to the standard of the parking lot category in the series; well, of course, except for the walking.


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