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Seinfeld: The Understudy | Episode 110 Recap Podcast

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Rob Cesternino and Akiva Wienerkur continue their journey to watch every Seinfeld episode as they discuss the Season 6 Finale, Episode 24, “The Understudy“.

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  • Claire

    Hi Rob and Akiva,

    I am a millennial, born in 1987, and I remember the Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan story very well. I remember nearly every part of the story, from Nancy screaming, “Why, why…” through Tonya pointing to her laces for the judges and asking for a re-do. I was also a skater, so I may not be a typical example of a child during that time. Still, it was all over the news, and all anyone talked about. My cousin, who was born in 1995, said she also knew about it just from hearing stories, and seeing news clips. Andy Cohen recently did a show all about 1994, and covered this story in detail.

    Regarding your understudy question: Typically, a show will cast a principal understudy for all the main roles, as well as a list of other understudies. The understudies are part of the regular cast (usually in the chorus) every night. On a Playbill, you will usually see the actor listed like, “Chorus/Understudy Rochelle.” The show also casts several swings. A swing is someone who knows most, or even all of the main roles for his or her gender. Swings will sometimes also be in the chorus as well, but not always. If they are just a swing, they won’t have a regular part in the show at all, and will not appear unless someone is out. It depends on the show though, because sometimes (in smaller productions) the swings are also cast as understudies, or in the chorus. It would say on the Playbill either, “swing,” “swing/understudy,” or “chorus/swing.” To complicate it even more, the large productions will also usually have a standby, who’s not in the show unless the main actor is out, and waits around in case something goes wrong.

  • Craig

    Isn’t this amazing that you guys are doing this episode the weekend of the Tony’s? I really find it amazing how many times the podcast is released around an event that corresponds with the event.

    The nail place is the same thing in my community. In the last few years, a new development has opened up in my area and in this 2 block radius with about 7 apartment buildings with storefronts, and in this two block radius it seems like 80% of the businesses there are Korean nail salons, or Korean hair salons. The area is basically devoid of any kind of people or life most of the time, despite the fact that it is a full new development.

    Such hate for O’Hurley/Peterman in this podcast. I did not see that coming. As for O’Hurley on DWTS he was part of one of the shows more controversial moments. In the shows first season, he made it to the finals against Kelly Monaco, and he was the favourite to win, but in the end, Monaco won. It is widely thought that O’Hurley should have won, but ABC fixed the results to give the title to Monaco, because Monaco was on General Hospital, an ABC owned property. I feel the need to state that though I know this moment, I actually really hate DWTS.

    I’m for not doing the first episode again. This shows too young to be going into reruns.

    Hey Akiva, the Canadian Football League season begins on June 23, so there’s still time to get in a 9 teams in 9 days podcast before the start of the season!

  • Russ W

    “Frankfurter” may be dated, but Jerry’s related joke quoting The Patty Duke Show theme song has to be be the most dated element of the episode. “… a hotdog makes you lose control?”