The Seinfeld Chronicles - Pilot
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Laura, a woman Jerry met during a trip to Lansing, has called to say she is coming to New York on business and might like to see him while she is in town. Although Jerry is convinced Laura is interested in romance, George disagrees, saying her non-committal attitude means she is only being polite. After hearing their argument, Claire, a waitress in their local coffee shop, agrees with George's assessment.
Jerry's neighbor Kessler offers to speak with Laura to find out her intentions, but Jerry declines, now thinking the whole thing has been a misunderstanding. However, as they are talking, Laura calls, wanting to know if she can stay with Jerry for the weekend. Hearing of this new development, George admits he must have been wrong about Laura.
Jerry arranges for George to give him a ride to the airport where the two of them meet Laura. Returning to his apartment, Jerry is intrigued when Laura asks to stay an extra day, wanting to spend it on a boat ride around Manhattan with him. Laura then receives a phone call from an anxious fiancee, prompting her to tell a disappointed Jerry never to get married.
According to the very first draft of the script, the series' original title was Stand Up.
The opening dialogue about the placement of George's shirt buttons was also used to close the final scene of the final Seinfeld episode.
Kramer actually knocks on Jerry's door before making his first entrance on the show. Though Jerry's neighbor was always meant to be named Kramer, possible legal concerns led to Jerry calling him "Kessler" in the pilot. This name inconsistency is somewhat belatedly explained in season nine's "The Betrayal" by having Kramer say that "Kessler" is simply the name on the buzzer for Kramer's apartment. To add to the name confusion, the first draft of the script refers to the character as "Hoffman."
According to the script, Kramer's dog in this episode is named Ralph.
Lee Garlington appears as Claire the waitress. Though only in the first scene, Claire was billed as one of the stars of the show.
For syndication, the pilot episode was re-titled "Good News, Bad News" to avoid confusion with season four's, "The Pilot."
"Are, are you sure this is decaf? Where's the orange indicator?"
"It's missing. I have to do it in my head: decaf left, regular right, decaf left, regular right, it's very challenging work."
"Can you relax? It's a cup of coffee. Claire is a professional waitress."
"Trust me, George. No one has any interest in seeing you on caffeine."