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The Switch 

Elaine loans Mr. Pitt's expensive tennis racket to an executive from Doubleday who hints there may be a job opening for Elaine soon. When the woman injures her arm, Elaine can't quite get ... See full summary »


Andy Ackerman


Larry David (created by), Jerry Seinfeld (created by) | 3 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Jerry Seinfeld ... Jerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Elaine Benes
Michael Richards ... Kramer
Jason Alexander ... George Costanza
Wayne Knight ... Newman
Sheree North ... Babs
Gail Strickland ... Landis
Charlotte Lewis ... Nina
Jann Karam ... Sandi
Terry Sweeney ... Keith
Heather Medway ... Laura
Clive Rosengren ... Mr. Clotworthy
Jacqueline M. Houston Jacqueline M. Houston ... Lorraine
Cheryl Francis Harrington ... Waitress
Tish Smiley ... Woman


Elaine loans Mr. Pitt's expensive tennis racket to an executive from Doubleday who hints there may be a job opening for Elaine soon. When the woman injures her arm, Elaine can't quite get the racket back. Jerry's girlfriend never smiles or laughs at his jokes but her roommate laughs at everything he says so he contemplates the switch. George comes up with an idea as to how he might get away with it. George's girlfriend, a model, eats like a horse but never puts on weight. Kramer suggests she might be bulimic. The gang learns Kramer's first name, thanks to his mom Babs. Written by garykmcd

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5 January 1995 (USA) See more »

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Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) mentions Newman (Wayne Knight) is a "fantastic" tennis player. See more »


Not only is it highly unlikely that Babs never called Kramer by his first name in front of Jerry, Elaine or Newman in the past but it's even more unlikely that George has never met the woman and seemingly knows nothing about her. See more »


Jerry: So what happened with Kramer's mother?
George Costanza: It's all worked out. Nina and I will have dinner Thursday at the restaurant where Babs works.
Jerry: What's she like?
George Costanza: Oh, she's a *Kramer*. And uh, while I was there I, uh, happened to pick up another juicy little nugget about our friend.
Elaine: Ah, I'm ready what?
Jerry: What is it?
George Costanza: I, uh, got the first name.
Elaine: You found out Kramer's first name?
Jerry: I've been trying to get it out of him for ten years! What is it?
George Costanza: Cosmo.
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References Frankenstein (1931) See more »


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Written by Jonathan Wolff
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Just one great storyline out of 4
6 May 2016 | by juanmaffeoSee all my reviews

Another incredibly overrated Seinfeld episode. This one suffers from the same problem that "The Marine Biologist" had. Yes it has ONE amazingly, astonishing, impossibly perfect storyline and that's it! I'm sorry but in an episode with four story lines, one being awesome and the other three sucking, it's amazing to me that it has a 9.1 rating on this network. Unbelievable.

Elaine's story is boring, Kramer's is so incredibly lame that the only thing I remember is his name being revealed and George's is kind of funny but it isn't great.

Yes, the switch storyline has one of the best dialogue in the entire series but Seinfeld is great and iconic because of the way they can interact all story lines in a perfect way and not for writing great dialogue and disconnected scenes.

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