Seinfeld The Stakeout (1989–1998) HD online
|Episode complete credited cast:|
|Jerry Seinfeld||-||Jerry Seinfeld|
|Julia Louis-Dreyfus||-||Elaine Benes|
|Michael Richards||-||Cosmo Kramer|
|Jason Alexander||-||George Costanza|
|Philip Bruns||-||Dad (as Phil Bruns)|
|Joe George||-||Uncle Mac|
This is the first appearance of Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine. Although this is the second episode to air, it was the third episode to be produced. It was decided that it should air second because it provided background information about Elaine and her relationship with Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld).
This episode contains the first mention of George's (Jason Alexander) favorite alias/fictional name "Art Vandelay".
Philip Sterling was originally cast as Jerry's father, Morty, but was replaced with Philip Bruns. Bruns was later replaced in the second season by Barney Martin because it was decided the character should be more cranky. When the show went into syndication, Larry David wanted to reshoot Bruns's scenes with Martin but decided against the idea because the differences in the cast's ages would be noticeable.
The plot is based on a real life experience of Larry David. The names of the people in the the law firm "Sagman, Bennett, Robbins, Oppenheim and Taft" are friends David made at college.
This is the first episode in which George (Jason Alexander) displays his tendency for pretending to be an architect.
Jerry's (Jerry Seinfeld) apartment is set up as a studio, and Jerry refers to the fold out bed as his bed. The door to Jerry's bedroom does not appear until Season 2. In Season 1, there is just a blank wall next to the bookshelf in the bathroom hallway.
WHERE'S NORMAN COUNTER: #1-Tall man entering the elevator. The actor Norman Brenner for 9 years worked as Michael Richards' stand-in. So, besides the main cast, Brenner has probably appeared in more shows than anyone else.
The adult video Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) and Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) hold while discussing pornography ("He's a public fornicator") appears to be titled Emerald Dimples, which is a real video released in 1985 according to Internet Adult Film Database.
In this episode Jerry's (Jerry Seinfeld) parents are at his house and he tells them that this is the first time Elaine as seen him flirt with another girl before and was feeling a bit awkward to ask her for the girls number. This indicates that Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and Jerry are not dating but in "The Pen" Jerry's parents think that Elaine and Jerry are still dating when they arrive at their condo in Florida.
ELAINE'S (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) BOYFRIEND COUNTER: #1-Unnamed Stock Broker.
JERRY'S (Jerry Seinfeld)GIRLFRIEND COUNTER: #2-Vanessa (Lynn Clark).
Elaine was not in the pilot "The Seinfeld Chronicles"; so this is her first appearance. The character was added after the pilot was criticized for not featuring any female characters. Her name was originally Eileen.
KRAMER'S (Michael Richards) ENTRANCE COUNTER: #5.
This episode was nominated for a Writers Guild Award in 1991.
Champagne Video, the video store in this episode, is shown again in episode 4.21, Seinfeld: The Smelly Car (1993).
The show was nominated for the 2004 TV Land Award for Favourite Instrumental Theme Song.
Monk's was nominated for the 2004 TV Land Award for Favourite Greasy Spoon, and, for the 2006 TV Land Award for Most Happening Greasy Spoon Or Hangout.
This is the first episode of the series to show a car scene.
Disc one of the box set contains an error for this episode in the Notes About Seinfeld feature. It's noted that John Mellencamp dropped the "Cougar" from his name in the mid-1980s. This is false - he drop it until 1981 to coincide with the release of his album "Whenever We Wanted."
In an early draft of the script, Morty was named "Leon" and Helen was referred to as "Mother".
The law firm of Sagman, Bennett, Robbins, Oppenheim and Taft was named after four of Larry David's friends from college.
The famous Seinfeld fictions (George's (Jason Alexander) pseudo career as an architect, the fictional importer and exporter, and the fictional Art Vandelay) are introduced in this episode.
The fold-out sofa-bed Jerry's (Jerry Seinfeld) parents sleep on in this episode is replaced by a non-fold out sofa in season six's Seinfeld: The Couch (1994). Jerry states that he especially liked that it doesn't fold out as it helps prevent people staying over.
The fictional importer/exporter Art Vandelay is used again in episode 7.14, Seinfeld: The Cadillac (1996), to create an alibi for George (Jason Alexander) for when he meets Marisa Tomei.
When George suggests the name "Bert Harbinson," Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) replies that it "sounds made up." In episode 9.12, Seinfeld: The Reverse Peephole (1998), Kramer (Michael Richards) says the same thing about "Joe Mayo," a real person.
For some reason, the intercom that Jerry uses to buzz people into his building isn't on the wall next to the front door. However, it appears in the following episode, "The Robbery." or it is likely that when Jerry moved in he hadn't installed it yet.