The Pen: The episode of Seinfeld in which George Costanza’s character does not appear. In an interview with Access Hollywood, Jason Alexander, who played George Costanza, describes this incident as one of the “few” problems he ever had with series creator Larry David. Worried that he was unneeded and on the path to being written out of the show permanently, Alexander confronted David, saying, “Larry, if you do it again, do it permanently.” He had the confidence to confront Larry David because the show was not yet a hit, and Alexander uprooted his career for it. In the Access Hollywood interview, Alexander says “The Pen” is part of the first season, but it’s actually a part of the third.
Sandy Baron: The actor who played Jack Klompus in Seinfeld. Days before his last appearance on Seinfeld, Baron was in a coma. The episode almost had to be rewritten, but luckily he awoke from the coma and was able to get to the set in time to film his part.
Lawrence Tierney: The actor who played Elaine’s father, Alton Benes. Tierney would have likely become a recurring character had he not scared the living heck out of everyone on set. At one point during the filming of “The Jacket,” the cast and crew spotted Tierney stealing a knife from the set of Jerry’s apartment. When confronter about it, he tried to play if off as a joke my mock-stabbing Seinfeld while shrieking the score from Psycho. Years later, Julia Louis-Dreyfus (who played Elaine) would remember Tierney as a “nut-job,” while the episode’s director, Tom Cherones, simply admitted, “Lawrence Tierney scared me to death.”
TV Land: During the series finale of Seinfeld, this network shut off its programming, and instead aired a still of a closed door with a hand-written note that read, “We’re TV fans so… we’re watching the last episode of Seinfeld. Will return at 10pm ET, 7pm PT.”
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