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PostPosted: September 19, 2003 4:12 PM 

gs: Bette Midler (Herself) Michael McDonald (Player #2) June Kyoko Lu (Ruby) Amy Hill (Kim) Adelaide Miller (Gennice) Bok Yun Chon (Lotus) Vonnie C. Rhee (Sunny) Craig Thomas (Player #1) Michael James McDonald (Player #2) Lou DiMaggio (Stagehand) Jason Beck (Umpire) Bob Shaw (Cabbie) Johnny Silver (Vendor #1) William Bastiani (Vendor #2) Jerry Stiller (Frank) John O'Hurley (Peterman)

George and Jerry are suspected, by the cast and Kramer, of deliberately injuring Bette Midler during a softball game, giving Jerry's girlfriend, Bette's understudy, a chance to perform. Kramer becomes Bette's personal assistant. Elaine gets George's father to translate for her when she suspects that her manicurist has made some obvious snide remarks in a foreign tongue. While crying about losing her manicurists, Elaine meets the owner of a catalog, J. Peterman, and gets herself a new job.

b: 18-May-95 pc: 621 w: Marjorie Gross & Carol Leifer d: Andy Ackerman

NOTE: According to Kenny Kramer, Jack Luceno is Michael Richard's double when shooting is done in NYC.

Joe
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PostPosted: October 15, 2003 10:47 PM 

The taxi cab driver that says "I know you three, you're the ones that knocked Bette Midler out of Rochelle, Rochelle The Musical." And then kicks them out is also a cab driver in The Scofflaw Read the script of The Scofflaw Download the full epiosde video of The Scofflaw Discuss The Scofflaw that says "Smugness is not a good quality."

drinklime
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PostPosted: April 20, 2004 12:17 AM 

This episode is intended to poke fun at Nancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding, especially at the end when the showlace comes undone, just like Harding's did during a performance.

andsoitgoes
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PostPosted: April 28, 2004 4:45 PM 

HEY! Michael McDonald is in this episode, he is "Stewart" among others on Fox's MadTV - I think this might have been his first appearance - Does anyone know if he was brought in because of his stand-up?

Bert Harbinson
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PostPosted: November 14, 2004 12:51 AM 

Michael Mc Donald as in the singer from the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan? How did I miss that?

Gendison
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PostPosted: November 14, 2004 10:38 AM 

No, a different Mike MacDonald. He also plays the guy that tries to pick up the wigmaster in front of Jerry in the "Jiffy Park" episode.

Anonymous
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PostPosted: December 17, 2004 3:39 PM 

Bette is hilarious!

Jimmy


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PostPosted: December 18, 2004 3:47 AM 

But interestingly, Jeff Baxter WAS lead guitarist for both the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan at the same time. He's the only rock star who's ever done that to the best of Jimmy's knowledge. That's like discovering Plutonium by accident!

Banja
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PostPosted: January 10, 2005 9:10 PM 

what is the name of Jerry's softball team in this episode?

lovin' every minute of it
Magnificent Bastard

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PostPosted: January 11, 2005 3:20 PM 

The Improv

qardinal
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PostPosted: February 3, 2005 3:09 PM 

Here's a treat for all of you, brought to you by me. I'm not sure whether anyone has to this point noticed this irregularity in 'The Understudy', but I did. I call it 'The Magic Door'.

After George has plowed into Bette Midler, and they're both in Jerry's apartment, the understudy comes flying through the door and of course proceeds to express her gratitude through tears and so forth. At some point during all of this, all 8,000 locks on Jerry's door magically lock theirselves. This is shown to have happened when we see each lock undone by Kramer and his 'medievel dungeon master' keys prior to his moving speech denouncing the three and declaring to us all what Broadway truely consists of.

I thought you'd all enjoy that.

J. Chiles


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PostPosted: February 3, 2005 4:13 PM 

....So, you were saying, Elaine?

Bookman
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PostPosted: February 3, 2005 4:28 PM 

She thinks I made her sick because I coughed on her doorknob, rubbed her stapler in my armpit, and put her keyboard on my butt. Yeah...she's a wacko!

Bookman
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PostPosted: February 4, 2005 4:35 PM 

JERRY: "So you don't cry when your grandmother dies, but a hot dog makes you lose control?"

This parodies a line from the second verse of the theme song to the old "Patty Duke Show" from '60s TV:

Where Cathy adores a minuet,
The Ballet Russe and crepe suzettes,
Our Patty loves to rock and roll,
A hot dog makes her lose control--
What a wild duet!

(I kid you not.)

Anonymous
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PostPosted: February 5, 2005 12:53 PM 

Actually, after Bette's understudy comes in, if you keep your eye on George, he goes to the door and locks it.

Gendison
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PostPosted: February 9, 2005 8:47 AM 

Hey Jimmy...going back to your `Skunk Baxter` post. I think that Ronnie Wood played in both the Faces and the Stones before he became a permanent member of the Stones. And, more interstingly, he played bass with the Faces and guitar with the Stones.
Also, not quite the same thing, but interesting, Billy Preston played Keyboards on the album `Let it Be` and on `Black and Blue`as well as touring with the Stones. There`s something to have on your resume.

`So, what have you done?
`Well I did a few gigs and recorded with these 2 bands, the Beatles and The Rolling Stones, have you ever heard of them?

J. Chiles


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PostPosted: February 9, 2005 11:09 AM 

But, will it go round in circles when, after all, nothin from nothin leaves nothin?

Gendison
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PostPosted: February 9, 2005 9:59 PM 

Especially if you have a song that has no melody.

Lomez
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PostPosted: May 4, 2011 10:07 PM 

In some scenes subsequently shot in Kramer's apartment, there are 4 pasta statues in the background on a shelf. Presumably two of them are Fusilli Jerry and Macaroni Midler. One is probably a status of George mentioned but never shown in "The Fusilli Jerry."

Was there ever a 4th mentioned?



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