Seinfeld

Season 6 Episode 2

The Big Salad

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Sep 29, 1994 on NBC
8.8
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The Big Salad
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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

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Good Episode of Seinfeld.

    8.7
    In the episode of Seinfeld that aired in the 6th season of the show is a really good one the story of George being upset with Elaine because she thanked his girlfriend and not him for the big salad when he paid for it Jerry finds out the Newman once dated his current girl friend and was dumped by Newman over all the stories really mix well together and most of the jokes where funny it was not boring are slow it moved at a good pace my over all rating for this episode is 8.7 out of 10 The End.moreless
  • Wild Ride in a Ford Bronco!

    8.5
    Another classic Seinfeld epiosde involves chushes and miurder. Elaine goes to a stationary store to buy a mechanical pencil and the clerk wants to go out with her. Another boyfriend? Maybe. Meanwhile a fight on the golf course leads to the murder of a dry cleaner which leads to a chase down the hight way in a ford Bronco. some of the hightlights from this episode. that should have been a 10. but no, I gave this epsiode a 8.5 because it came just short of a 10. there are plenty of 10's and despite the ford Bronce scene, it only got a 8.5.moreless
  • I refer to my meals as "Big Salads" because of this episode.

    8.8
    One of my favorite episode involved George causing a big deal about his girlfriend handing Elaine her big salad when she clearly did not have anything to do with the salad. Meanwhile, Elaine is looking for a mechanical pencil for Mr. Pitt and Kramer feels guily about a dry-cleaning incident.
Michelle Forbes

Michelle Forbes

Julie

Guest Star

Jerry Levine

Jerry Levine

Stationer

Guest Star

Marita Geraghty

Marita Geraghty

Margaret

Guest Star

Lauren Bowles

Lauren Bowles

Waitress

Recurring Role

Wayne Knight

Wayne Knight

Newman

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • 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.

    • Let me respond to (a) the first posting and (b) Elaine's middle name.
      (a) The phone call could have been by anyone of Jerry's friends. Nothing about Kramer's ties to Gendason is mentioned. The issue of Gendason on the run from the police (him being a famous ball player) is enough for anyone to call their friends and tell them to turn on the TV. No mystery.
      (b) Elaine's middle name is Marie. There is at least once I can recall, in "The stake-out", when Jerry and Elaine are in the video store and Jerry says "Elaine Marie Benes!" Elaine clearly tells Julie that her middle name is Ike as a joke. Anyway, isn't Ike a male name?

  • QUOTES (13)

  • 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.

  • 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."

    • :
      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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