The Rye

Season 7, Ep 11, Aired 1/4/96
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  • Episode Description
  • Elaine is dating a jazz saxophonist who's sponge-worthy but "he doesn't really like to do everything." Jerry tells one of the members of his band that the saxophonist and Elaine are "hot and heavy." Kramer stocks up on supplies, including 50 cans of "Beef-A-Reeno.". Susan's parents meet and have dinner with the Costanzas for the first time. Both families obsess over a loaf of rye bread that wasn't served with the meal, which Frank takes back home. Elaine's boyfriend writes a song about "their relationship," which later has a big impact on his career. Kramer takes over a friend's horse-drawn carriage for a week and helps George out with his scheme to replace the rye bread. Unfortunately, he feeds the horse a can of "Beef-A-Reeno" right before giving the Ross's their ride. Jerry manages to get his hands on a loaf of marble rye.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Michael Richards (I)

    Cosmo Kramer

  • Jerry Seinfeld


  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    Elaine Benes

  • Jason Alexander

    George Costanza

  • Carol Leifer

  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • Catch her with the rye....

    By uk6strings, Oct 24, 2012

  • So there it is my review on "The Rye". I look forward to your comments.

    By TomBosley11, Nov 27, 2008

  • Good episode.

    By titiembe, Aug 29, 2007

  • The Rye

    By CTUBauer24, Apr 19, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (10)

    • Elaine: (to Jerry) You know, one of these days something terrible is gonna happen to you. It has to!

    • Frank: Let me understand. You've got the hen, the chicken and the rooster. The rooster goes with the chicken. So, who's having sex with the hen?

    • Frank: (about a Cornish game hen) How hard can it be to kill this thing?

    • Elaine: I don't want John thinking that I'm hot and heavy if he's not hot and heavy. I'm trying to get a little squirrel to come over to me here. I don't want to make any big sudden movements. I'll frighten him away.

    • Kramer: I just came from the Price Club. I'm loaded up, baby!

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    Notes (2)

    • This episode won the 1997 DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series. This episode was nominated for the 1996 Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Editing for a Series - Multi-Camera Production.

    • As stated in "The Cheever Letters" both Warren Frost and Grace Zabriskie appeared on David Lynch and Mark Frost's series Twin Peaks. Two other members of that cast, Frances Bay and Don Amendolia also appear in this episode. Coincidence? Viewer Randy Erickson didn't think so!

    Trivia (12)

    • In the scene where Kramer is giving a tour of Central Park, as the horse and carriage pulls out of the scene, the whole lower right portion of the screen is reused in the following scene, probably to simulate snow on the sidewalk outside of Bradley's.

    • Goof: In the scene where Kramer carries the pop cans down the hall toward his apartment and trips, all of cans spill out of the boxes. When the camera cuts to the next shot and Kramer is the floor, one of the boxes is upright with all of the cans inside.

    • The bakery where they buy the rye is repeatedly referred to as "Shnitzer's". As the interior of the bakery, as well as the woman who works there are the same as in the bakery from Season 5's "The Dinner Party," we are led to believe that this is the same bakery. However, in that episode, the exterior of the bakery is shown, and the sign outside reads "Royal Bakery."

    • On a DVD commentary, Jerry said this was his favorite episode.

    • When Jerry throws the Rye for the last time before trying the fishing rod, it's clear that the rye will touch the ground. As such, it's odd that the rye is unharmed, and that Jerry is willing to handle it.

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    Allusions (1)

    • Kramer: Of course, uh, this is Central Park. Uh, this was designed in 1850 by Joe Pepitone. Um, built during the Civil War so the northern armies could practice fighting on...on grass.
      Joe Pepitone played for the New York Yankees in the 1960s. He is also referenced when Kramer goes to the Fantasy Camp and punches out Mickey Mantle.

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