Seinfeld

The Big Salad

Season 6, Ep 2, Aired 9/29/94
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  • Episode Description
  • Elaine's boss wants a special mechanical pencil, so Elaine tries to get one from a stationary store where the clerk has a thing for her. George and his girlfriend pick up a "big salad" for Elaine, that his girlfriend gives to Elaine and she thanks her. Later, George points out that he bought the "big salad." Jerry discovers that his current girlfriend once dated Newman, who broke off his relationship with her. Kramer plays golf with an ex-ball player who breaks a rule of golf, they have a fight, and later the ball player is wanted for questioning in the murder of a dry cleaner, where a golf tee was involved. Kramer later helps him evade the police in a white Ford Bronco. The big salad causes tension between Elaine and George.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Michael Richards (I)

    Cosmo Kramer

  • Jerry Seinfeld

    Himself

  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    Elaine Marie Benes (not in pilot)

  • Jason Alexander

    George Louis Costanza

  • Larry David

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • Good Episode of Seinfeld.

    By CTUBauer24, May 10, 2007

  • Wild Ride in a Ford Bronco!

    By GeorgeJobson, Dec 21, 2006

  • I refer to my meals as "Big Salads" because of this episode.

    By IsaVauSark, Sep 18, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (13)

    • Jerry: Newman never stops seeing anybody. Newman will see whoever is willing to see him.

    • Jerry: Generally speaking, you don't need any extra incentive to murder a dry cleaner.

    • George: Hey, you want to get some lunch? Jerry: Just had a big bowl of Kix. George: Oh well, that's very mature.

    • Elaine: I think he's got ideas. Jerry: I wonder if any woman every said that about Einstein?

    • George: I think I would like to play with dolls.

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    Notes (2)

    • Elaine gives her phone number as "KL5-2390", and Jerry protests that that's actually his number. ("KL5" translates as the infamous "555" exchange.)

    • The pillow that Newman is sitting on when Jerry first enters his apartment has the same pillowcase as George's pillows over his parents' house.

    Trivia (6)

    • In the taxi cab scene where George is telling Elaine that he paid for the big salad, the entrance to Ed Sullivan Theater with Dave Letterman's "Late Show" sign is visible on the left side of the screen in the background.

    • In answer to the question "why *wouldn't* Elaine assume that George had paid for the salad, regardless of who handed her the bag?" Because of the following exchange: Julie: Here's your big salad. Elaine: Thank you, Julie. Julie: Oh, you're very welcome.

    • Julie infers that George told Elaine he paid for the big salad when Elaine complains in front of Julie that George might want her to pay him back for buying it. But why would Julie assume George actually had to tell Elaine he paid? After all, Elaine asks George, not Julie, to get her the salad. Given that, why *wouldn't* Elaine assume that George had paid for the salad, regardless of who handed her the bag? Indeed, under these circumstances, it would be odd if it even crossed Elaine's mind that Julie might have paid for the salad, and her question "How did Elaine know you paid for the salad?" is inane.

    • In this episode Elaine claims that her middle name is Ike, however, in the episode "The Package" she says that it's Marie.

    • Not necessarily a goof, but I would like to know who it is that calls Jerry and tells him about the Gendason car chase. George and Elaine are with him in the apartment, and Kramer is with Gendason. It would have to be someone who knows about Jerry's ties to Kramer and Gendason. Perhaps Newman or Margaret, but both of those seem unlikely. It is a mysterious phone call nonetheless.

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    Allusions (2)

    • Winston Churchill In the exchange Jerry and Elaine have at Monk's about Newman, there are two paraphrased quotes from the famous British Prime Minister Winston Churchill: "There's less to him than meets the eye," referring to Clement Attlee, the PM who succeeded Churchill. This one is paraphrased in the dialogue: Elaine: "Maybe there's more to Newman than meets the eye." Jerry: "No. There's less." "It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma…" referring to Russia is paraphrased with Elaine saying almost these exact same words about Newman, then Jerry responding "No, he's a mystery wrapped in a Twinkie."

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      Kramer and Gendason's car chase is a spoof of the O.J. Simpson chase, including Kramer's quote, "You know who I am, dammit!"

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