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PostPosted: September 16, 2003 6:25 PM 

gs: John Randolph (Frank Costanza (see NOTE)) Richard Portnow (Ray) Kathy Kinney (Angry Woman) Rick Overton (The Drake) Nancy Lenehan (Volunteer) Elizabeth Dennehy (Allison) Fritzi Burr (Maj-Jongg Lady #1) Norma Janis (Maj-Jongg Lady #2) Ina Parker (Maj-Jongg Lady #3) Marvin Braverman (Cop) David Blackwood (Security Guard) Eric Fleeks (Kicker) Donna Evans (Lula) Estelle Harris (Estelle) Jerry Stiller (Frank)

Going out to buy an engagement party present for "The Drake," George parks his father's car in a handicap parking spot, after taking Kramer's advice. An angry mob trashes the vehicle when a disabled woman gets injured, because of the illegal parking. While visiting the woman at the hospital, Kramer falls in love and feels compelled to replace the wheelchair. George becomes his father's butler after his father gets arrested for parking in the spot.

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NOTE: The U.S. syndicated version of this episode features Jerry Stiller in the role of Frank Costanza. Viewers overseas, still see John Randolph in the role. The sequences were re-shot in the spring of 1995. A role he didn't formally start until the next season in "The Puffy Shirt". I've been typed that the John Randolph version is still being seen overseas.
Viewer Jerry Balsam notes that in this episode, Kramer was referred to as a "hipster doofus," which is an inside joke Larry David wrote in response to a review of the series by Francis Davis that appeared in the December 1992 issue of The Atlantic Monthly. In the review, Davis describes one of the characters as "Jerry's across-the-hall neighbor, a hipster doofus known simply as Kramer." See the article at the Atlantic Monthly's website.
Viewer Ross Raniere seems to remember some controversy surrounding this episode before it was first aired. There was some backlash and offense taken at the plot. It was written in an article that it may not be aired. Given the production code of the episode, I would suggest that the airing of the episode was delayed and perhaps some of the content adjusted to appease the critics. Anyone have any details?
Overseas viewer Baptiste has noticed that in this episode Jerry says that he wants to buy a yoyo. In the "The Junior Mint", he has one and he is learning to play with it (we actually see him try and try, explaining that he is just learning): an example of losing something when episodes are shown out of production order.

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PostPosted: February 11, 2004 4:27 PM 

Watching "The Glasses" just now I realized that Elaine also refers to Kramer as a "hipster doofus" when she is freaking out on everyone and trying to diagnose herself with rabies.

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Francis Davis 0 (-1 for being named francis)

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PostPosted: February 15, 2004 11:52 PM 

Anyone ever notice that after they get back from the mall and George is getting yelled at by Frank, George is sitting on the couch paging through a Glamour magazine. Mind you this a several episodes after the Contest. Just caught that and thought I'd share

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PostPosted: October 28, 2004 9:22 PM 

I also noticed two different versions of this episode. At swedish tv it war without Jerry Stiller and when I downloaded a bad resolution version it was with him. Confused

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PostPosted: October 29, 2004 7:55 AM 

P, from what I've heard (here), they later re-shot the scenes with Mr. Stiller.

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PostPosted: October 31, 2004 4:36 AM 

Jerry: How could you not like the Drake?
Jerry: The Drake is good!
Jerry: I hate the Drake!
Laughing Laughing


Jerry: Because that's your thing!
Elaine: What? Calling people I hardly know, and demanding they return expensive gifts, that's my
"thing"?
Jerry: Yeah, that's your thing.

I really loved "that's your thing" thing.... Laughing

Crazy Joe Davola
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PostPosted: November 29, 2004 7:21 PM 

Elaine: She gave it to charity.
Jerry: Charity?!? That's apalling.
George: How could anybody be so selfish and inconsiderate!

my favorite line of this episode!

cousin jeffrey
Bob Sakamano

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PostPosted: November 29, 2004 7:53 PM 

George: I mean, batteries have gone dead before, aren't they prepared for that?

Kramer: Most of them don't even have batteries.

George: Must be one of those rich, spoiled handicapped people, who didn't want to do any work, and
just wanted to sit in her wheelchair and take it easy.

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PostPosted: December 8, 2004 11:07 AM 

I must say, i stumbled upon this site on accident. How? I was saying "pressed chest, fleshed out west, might be the savior, or a garden pest" over and over in my head for some reason.

Anyway, about this episode. I keep reading that "John Randolph" was only seen as georges dad over seas. But I recorded these episodes on thier original airings on NBC. and John Randolph was Frank!

Then, years later, I saw the syndicated version, and I was amazed that they re-did the whole scene with all the original actors (old ladies). Wonder why they didnt redo the scene in the library episode with Lippman?

shazza
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PostPosted: December 18, 2004 8:16 AM 

I live in Australia. So thus we have theo riginal Handicap Spot with John Randolph. I downloaded the one with Jerry Stiller and it was good, but it was weird hearing him as Frank help the handicapped. I am trying to download the original version so I have both versions in my collection, but all seem to be the Stiller version. Any help?

Also, yes, they should have reshot it with Mr. Lippman. That would have been good. And they never reshot Jerry's dad in one of th early episodes, when it was played by somebody else.

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PostPosted: December 29, 2004 12:20 PM 

I saw a thread a week ago in which people were questioning whether George is Jewish. (I looked, and couldn't find it.)

Anyway, I watched this episode last night, and I think this clears up any lingering doubt.

When Frank confronts George about his smashed-up car, George says: "Dad, that other car cut us off. They had swastikas all over it. They were hurling racial epithets at us..."

If George weren't Jewish, wouldn't he have said they were hurling racial epithets at Jerry?

Plus, when George gets home, Estelle is playing mah-jongg with three friends, none of whom are Chinese. Mah-jongg, people.

Moreover, Larry David is Jewish, and George IS Larry David.

How could George NOT be Jewish? Not that there's anything wrong with it.

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PostPosted: December 29, 2004 12:26 PM 

I have to disagree. We've been through this before, but just to sum up my take on it.
First of all, no matter what he was born as, he is actual now Latvian Orthodox.
But, Frank lets Kramer do some kind of singles night at his "Knights of Columbus" lodge, which is only for Roman (I think) Catholics.
They're Italian...doesn't mean there are no Italian Jews, but I can speculate that, combined with the "Knights of Columbus" thing, the Costanza's are Catholic.

TroyMC
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PostPosted: December 29, 2004 1:21 PM 

Has anyone noticed that in syndicated versions of this episode Jerry has a different opening monologue? The original was about a friend getting married, and in reruns the monologue is about the handicap spot itself (the handicap spot is like the mirage of the parking desert). I think this opening monologue should also be included in The Handicap Spot script. Who knows where I can find that monologue? Surprised

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PostPosted: December 29, 2004 1:30 PM 

Yes, Gendison, the Knights of Columbus aren't Jewish. But that's just one item. It's an aberration, compared to everything else. Why does George specifically mention swastikas? What racial epithet is George referring to?

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PostPosted: December 29, 2004 2:00 PM 

I myself think George is Jewish--- but the swastikas could still mean Catholics because the Nazis were planning against Catholics as well.

P.S. Read my question above about the opening monologue.

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PostPosted: December 29, 2004 7:00 PM 

I don't think mentioning Swastikas makes someone Jewish. Nazi's don't just dislike Jews. Besides, the supposed Nazis he was talking about wouldn't have known if he was Jewish or not. A Swastika is a scary symbol, no matter what religion or race you are, so him using it to convince Jerry that he was in danger makes sense even if was GERMAN. It doesn't matter if Larry David is Jewish, it doesn't mean George Costanza is. After all, Larry David isn't Italian, either.

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PostPosted: December 29, 2004 8:53 PM 

Yes, Gendison, but why would a gentile use swastikas in a lie about how his father's car got damaged? And as politically incorrect as it sounds, listen to this: Gee, you don't look Presbyterian. You ever hear that one? How about, gee, you don't look Catholic? Or, hey, you don't look Methodist. Me neither. I've never known one Jewish person who denied there's a racial/ethnic component to being a Jew, Sammy Davis Jr nothwithstanding. And that brings me back to this: What race did these phantom neo-Nazis think George was? Which race did George think he himself was, such that his story would sound believable to Frank? How could neo-Nazis in a passing car supposedly indentify George's Aryan-offending race? At least we have neo-Nazi confirmation George doesn't look like an O'Brien.

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PostPosted: December 29, 2004 10:15 PM 

I'm a gentile, and I would use Swastikas if I wanted to make up a lie and make it sound scary. Neo-Nazis are pretty violent, and I don't think you'd want to meet up with a gang of them when they're in a rowdy mood even if you have blonde hair and your name is Gunther. So, my point is that George believed, as I do, that he can use Swastikas in that situation even though he's not Jewish. It certainly isn't proof he's Jewish. I'm surprised you put so much stock into that comment, yet you say that the "Knights of Columbus" is an abberation. To me, it's much more solid proof than making up a lie in the heat of the moment.

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PostPosted: December 29, 2004 11:50 PM 

I'm stuck on the "swastikas" and "racial epithets" because of all the lies that could come out of a white gentile's mouth in that lie, "swastikas" and "racial epithets" make no sense. Coming out of the mouth of a Jewish person or person of color, yes, totally believable.

Why didn't Frank say, "Huh? I don't understand. You say they hurled 'racial epithets' at you? What race did they think you were? How could they tell you were Italian from a passing car? Or was it so dark that they thought you were black or Latino or maybe Japanese? I don't understand. Why did they hurl 'racial epithets' at you?"

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PostPosted: December 30, 2004 1:12 AM 

So, we're just a couple of white people?

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PostPosted: December 30, 2004 5:52 AM 

It's a haaaazy mystery. Wanna go to the gap?

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