The Chinese Restaurant

Season 2, Ep 11, Aired 5/23/91
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  • Episode Description
  • Jerry, Elaine, and George endure a series of misadventures while waiting the entire episode to get a table at a Chinese restaurant.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Michael Richards (I)

    Cosmo Kramer

  • Jerry Seinfeld


  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    Elaine Marie Benes (not in pilot)

  • Jason Alexander

    George Louis Costanza

  • Larry David

  • Fan Reviews (14)
  • Boring

    By denisedel, Apr 18, 2012

  • I hate Seinfeld, but I didn't hate this episode.

    By teamocil, Nov 04, 2008

  • Slow-burning episode of Seinfeld that never increases in speed.

    By big_bad_byron, Sep 06, 2009

  • One of Seinfeld's most famous and defining episodes.

    By ilex91, Jun 24, 2010

  • Possibly the best episode in the series!

    By kittengoespop, Jul 13, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (17)

    • George: Yes, I'm expecting a call for Costanza. Bruce: Yes, someone call. I say "Cartwright! Cartright!" but no one come and I hang up.

    • Elaine: Remember when you first went out to eat with your parents? Remember, it was such a treat. You go and they serve you this different food that you never saw before. They put it in front of you and it was such a delicious and exciting adventure… and now I just feel like a big sweaty hog waiting for them to fill up the trough.

    • George: If anything happens here can I count on you? Jerry: What? George: If we decide to go at it. Jerry: Yeah, I want to get into a rumble.

    • Elaine: You ever notice how happy people are when they finally get a table? They feel so special because they’ve been chosen. It's enough to make you SICK!! Jerry: Boy. You are REALLY hungry.

    • (After the restaurant owner makes George miss Tatiana's phone call.) George: She called. He yelled 'Cartwright'. I missed her. Jerry: Who's Cartwright? George: (pause)...I'm Cartwright. Jerry: You're not Cartwright. George: OF COURSE I'M NOT CARTWRIGHT!

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    Notes (3)

    • This is one of the few "real time" episodes of the show.

    • The original script had George Elaine and Jerry talking about their least favorite holiday when they entered the resturant, George picked Halloween, Elaine picked the forth of July and Jerry picked New Year's Eve.

    • Kramer doesn't appear in this episode. Larry David explains this by saying that at this point in the series; Kramer was known as a character that never left the apartment building. Had this been a Season 3 episode, Kramer would have been there. Michael Richards has expressed deep regret in Kramer's absence in this classic episode.

    Trivia (3)

    • After Jerry bets Elaine $50 to eat food off a strangers table she tries offering them $25 speaking through her teeth with a smile on her face the whole time. Afterwards the group starts to ask each other what she said. If you listen you can make out Larry David (co-creator of the show and co-writer of this episode)'s voice.

    • Jerry, George and Elaine are not the only ones have trouble getting a table. Norman Brenner (Michael Richards' stand-in) can be seen sitting by the door waiting for a table when the gang enters; he is still waiting there when the gang walks out.

    • In describing the list of phone calls that will occur based on his seeing the woman from his uncle's office, Jerry's description of his family is quite inconsistent with what is seen in other episodes. Jerry says that the uncle he was supposed to visit is his mother's sister's husband. However, it is later seen that Jerry's mother only has one sibling, Uncle Leo. As well, Jerry mentions having a sister, who is never mentioned again in the series.

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