Synopsis by Matthew Tobey
In the show's sixth-season closer, Bette Midler is injured in a softball game, opening the door for Jerry's actress girlfriend to take over her role on-stage. This situation leads some to suspect Jerry and George of intentionally hurting Midler, who has hired Kramer as her new personal assistant. Meanwhile, Elaine finds a new job working for an eccentric catalog publisher. Bette Midler guest stars as herself and John O'Hurley appears for the first time as recurring character J. Peterman. Originally airing May 18, 1995, "The Understudy" was the 21st episode shot for the show's sixth season, despite being the 23rd one shown.