Best-known episode: "The Hot Tub"
The tardiness of a long distance runner: Jean-Paul was an athlete from Trinidad & Tobago staying at Elaine's pad in the days prior to the New York City Marathon. This episode confronted man's eternal struggle against alarm clocks, snooze buttons and our tendency to oversleep in the direst of circumstances: Jean-Paul had previously dozed through his Olympics trial ("No snooze, wasn't a.m./p.m… it was the volume," he explains), and Jerry becomes obsessed with making sure the runner gets to the marathon on time. Of course, things go awry. After actor Jeremiah Birkett played the runner, he became a prolific TV presence and played Tackleberry on the Police Academy television series. But his claim to fame may be that he was the guy who accidentally threw Kramer's hot tea in his own face. DANIEL KREPS