Synopsis by Matthew Tobey
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.