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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.

b: 13-May-93 pc: 420 w: Larry David d: Tom Cherones

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.

posted at September 16, 2003 6:25 PM

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