The Stakeout


Episode Info

This episode of NBC's Seinfeld was the first of the show's first season, although the pilot had aired one year prior and another episode ("Male Unbonding") was actually taped before this one. Nonetheless, this show gave viewers their first introduction to Jerry's ex-girlfriend Elaine Benes (Julia Louis-Dreyfuss), who was not in the pilot. It also saw Michael Richards' character called Kramer for the first time -- he'd been known as Kessler in the first episode. Originally airing May 31, 1990, "The Stakeout" found Jerry and George planning an elaborate ruse to "accidentally" bump into a woman whom Jerry had met but failed to get a phone number or last name from. As part of the ploy, George created the pseudonym Art Vandelay, a moniker that would come up several times throughout the series' life. Philip Bruns guest starred as Jerry's father, Morty, a role that would later be taken over by Barney Martin.


Jerry Seinfeld
as Jerry Seinfeld
Jason Alexander
as George Costanza
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
as Elaine Benes
Michael Richards
as Cosmo Kramer
Phil Bruns
as Dad
Lynn Clark
as Vanessa
Barney Martin
as Morty Seinfeld
Len Lesser
as Uncle Leo
Richard Fancy
as Mr. Lippman
Bob Balaban
as Russell Dalrimple
Heidi Swedberg
as Susan Biddle Ross
Estelle Harris
as Estelle Costanza
Jerry Stiller
as Frank Costanza
Danny Woodburn
as Mickey Abbott
Bryan Cranston
as Dr. Tim Whatley
John O'Hurley
as J. Peterman
Phil Morris
as Jackie Chiles
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