The Yada Yada

Season 8, Ep 19, Aired 4/24/97
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  • Episode Description
  • After Tim Whatley converts to Judaism, Jerry gets a sneaking suspicion that his motivation was the ability to tell Jewish jokes. Kramer and Mickey ask out two girls, but can't decide who will date which. Elaine tries to help some friends adopt a baby, but soon sees that she's in for more than she'd bargained for. Meanwhile, George isn't sure what to make of his latest girlfriend's frequent use of the phrase, "Yada yada yada…"moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Michael Richards (I)

    Cosmo Kramer

  • Jerry Seinfeld


  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    Elaine Marie Benes (not in pilot)

  • Jason Alexander

    George Louis Costanza

  • Peter Mehlman

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • 819

    By Canogaparkcindy, May 30, 2011

  • Great writing, not executed very well though.

    By DarthMcKellar, Dec 28, 2008

  • Funny episode.

    By titiembe, Aug 27, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (18)

    • Tim: You have no idea what my people have been through. Jerry: The Jews? Tim: No, the dentists. Did you know we have the highest suicide rate of any profession? Jerry: Is that why it's so hard to get an appointment?

    • Jerry: You know the difference between a dentist and a sadist, don't you? Newer magazines.

    • Jerry: Don't you see what Whatley is after? Total joke-telling immunity! He's already got the big two religions covered. If he ever gets Polish citizenship, there'll be no stopping him.

    • George: I gotta tell you, I am loving this yada yada thing. I can gloss over my whole life story.

    • Marcy: Are you close with your parents? George: Well, they gave birth to me and... yada yada yada... Marcy: Yada what? George: Yada... yada... yada...

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    Notes (2)

    • This episode was nominated for the 1997 Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series.

    • A year later, Debra Messing (Beth) would become famous for playing Grace in "Will and Grace".

    Trivia (9)

    • George is seen using a urinal at the start of this episode despite stating back in Season Two's "The Note" that he was a "Stall man".

    • When George goes to Jerry's apartment to tell the yada yada story about Marcy, he said "so listen, Marcy comes over…" however, Marcy didn't go over, they were at the coffee shop.

    • Elaine makes a joke about Raquel Welch, who appears a couple of episodes later.

    • The joke about the "yada-yada" being used in the wedding by the minister was a clever entertainment technique that is often used. To avoid a legal marriage between actors, they often skip the legally binding words often said in weddings. By skipping this, (because the minister had his wisdom teeth out) they successfully avoided the situation, and made it funny in the process.

    • When Jerry shares the "Pope and Raquel Welch" joke with Elaine, she laughs and repeats the punchline - "No, I said, 'hand me the buoys!'" But then when Jerry tells Father Curtis about the joke, he quotes the punchline as "Those aren't buoys!" He accidentally substituted in the punchline from Whatley's "Rabbi and the farmer's daughter" joke, but said buoys instead of matzoh balls.

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