Season 5 Episode 13

The Dinner Party

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 03, 1994 on NBC
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Episode Summary

The gang struggles to find gifts for a dinner party. Jerry and Elaine stop at a bakery to get a cake, but they forget to take a number and lose the chocolate pastry and the one they get has a hair on it. Kramer and George try to get the wine but must get change for a $100 dollar bill and wait for a double-parker to return to his car.moreless

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  • incredibly stupid

    Its so fdfunny how they discuss nothing, making no Points, other than showing how stupid each and other chartacters are.
  • A baked good.

    To start off, I want to say that George is crazy. He would have gotten his teeth kicked in had he had any guts, but being the cheap, coward that he is, he runs away from a fight he started. Kramer was of course his normal self as he had his antics continue. Jerry and Eliane were funny together in the bakery, but I thought the entire process was too long. I was getting hungry seeing all of the baked goods. Overall, the episode had some good writing, good comedy, and decent plots. It was really entertaining and one of the better episodes. Thank you.moreless
  • The gang goes through a series of misfortunes on the way to a dinner party

    On the way to a dinner party, Jerry and Elaine stop off at a bakery and get held up when the bakery runs out of chocolate Babkas. Meanwhile, George and Kramer stop off at a liquor store to buy a bottle of wine and have a hard time picking one out, let alone paying for it....

    Part of this episode's success is due to the combination of Larry David's writing and Tom Cherones' direction. Both of whom know exactly what makes a good episode and made this one classic. Both of them left the show before their time was up but thankfully David was substituted with the talent of many top writers and Andy Ackerman took the role of the key director.

    This episode makes use of the famous Seinfeld technique of having a thin plot leaving the four main actors to pad out the rest of it with hilarious observations, conversations and actions. The Jerry/Elaine and the George/Kramer plots are both very pleasing and contain genuine Seinfeld madness and hilarity with great acting but the nervous; Pepsi - drinking, tradition - hating and Gore-Tex - wearing George is the MVP for this episode.

    Praise goes to the detailed sets that effectively capture a cold and busy New York even though it's filmed in hot and sleepy California. The Dinner Party is an above par episode of Seinfeld and will have you laughing from the silly start to the ironic conclusion.moreless
  • Amazing

    What an amazing episode possibly my favorite Seinfeld of all time. There are many stories in this episode. George if all annoyed that every time there is a dinner invitation there is something that has to go along with it. He gets an enormous gortex coat which causes a small argument. he gets double parked spills wine has to give away his coat has to but several things to get change for a hundred admits he is scared of Elaine. Jerry eats a black and white cookie and vomits ending his vomit streak and tells a dramatic tale about a bad experience with a hair. Kramer get hypothermia and Elaine gets her toe broken and runs into an old friend who she ends up arguing with about a numbermoreless
  • Silly But Funny

    Though I dont think this was one of Seinfeld´s best, it was funny. I cant believe how these four can get into trouble with the littlest thing.

    Elaine loves to make a big thing out of nothing. The scene

    she makes because of the babka. She has to get her way. But

    she was a little annoying in this episode.

    George and Kramer were hilarious. George and his ugly jacket, he looked like a ballon! And he had to pay for what he broke.

    Jerry... He followed Elaine´s lead, like he was being protected by her. It was funny when he didnt want to throw up.

    I loved the end. Why didnt they just go in and have fun? No,

    they had to let it out on the poor hostess. LGmoreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (13)

    • It's shown in this episode that Kramer gets hypothermia easily but he had no problem swimming in freezing weather back in "The Pez Dispenser".

    • Goof: While Jerry is eating the black and white cookie, the chocolate part is on the left and the vanilla on the right, with Jerry eating it from the top. In the next shot however, the vanilla and chocolate have switched places, yet the bites have still been taken out of the top.

    • Goof: Elaine and Jerry forget to take a number at the bakery, and several other customers take numbers before they can. Without taking a number first, they argue with another couple, saying that they should be entitled to their number. When that couple's number is called, it's #47. When Jerry and Elaine are called, many of the patrons have already left, yet they hold #49. Firstly, there is no way that Jerry and Elaine hold #49, as more than two people took numbers after the woman holding #47. Secondly, if only two numbers have passed, where are the rest of the customers?

    • With the tax, the wine cost $13.05. At the newsstand, the total price for the Clark bar, newspaper, gum, and Penthouse forum was $6.75. George remarks that in total he's in over $20, but in fact, it's only $19.80.

    • George reccomends getting RingDings at the liquor store. That makes this episode the second series mention of Drake's products. The first was Drake's Coffee Cake in "The Suicide."

    • There is no law that says "If you break it, you buy it". In fact, virtually every store owner carries insurance for this type of thing. So, if you pay for it, the owner of the store can claim breakage, and get "paid twice".

    • When Jerry takes a bite of the cookie he turns to look at someone else. When the scene cuts back to him it the cookie has been taken a bite of on the other end. Obviously, at least two cookies were used in this scene.

    • Jerry says the key to eating a black and white cookie is to get some black and some white in each bite. If the two colors are divided down the center of the cookie, as they appear to be, what Jerry says seems to be an impossible task. Try it. Unless the cookie is folded into two, you won't be able to get both colors in each bite.

    • In the liquor store, there is a beer display. Beer is not sold in New York state liquor stores.

    • Viewer Kyle Matschke (and others) noticed a blooper in this episode. Jerry and Elaine stand in the bakery waiting for George and Kramer to return from the liquor store to pick them up. Jerry is eating his "black & white" cookie. He is holding the cookie with the chocolate side in his left hand. A quick cut to the next scene shows the vanilla side in his left hand. In the following scene, the chocolate side returns to his left hand. It doesn't stop there. Just a few scenes later it switches again... and again.

    • While Elaine is arguing with Barbara Benedict about who was at the bakery first, a black man wearing a black jacket is being served by the counter lady in the background. In the next scene that man is seen standing behind Jerry, talking to the man on the other side of the store.

    • George is leaving the liquor store with the bottle of wine in his right hand and as he's coming out the door it's in his left hand. Whilst you might think he's just switched hands, if you look at the scene its more a case of bad editing.

    • Jerry takes his gloves off twice when they enter the store.

  • QUOTES (30)

    • (after Jerry throws up)
      Elaine: How was it?
      Jerry: Good as it gets.

    • George: (talking about Elaine) I'm a little scared of her.

    • Jerry: The key to eating a black and white cookie, Elaine, is you want to get some black and some white in each bite. Nothing mixes better than vanilla and chocolate. And yet, still, somehow racial harmony eludes us. If people would only look to the cookie. All our problems would be solved.

    • Kramer: Ooooo, I like Ring Dings.

    • Jerry: (to George) You're pretty comfortable up there, huh Bubble Boy?

    • George: It's Goretex. You know about Goretex?
      Jerry: You like saying 'Goretex', don't you?

    • George: You think chickens have individual personalities?
      Kramer: I don't know.
      George: If you had five chickens, could you tell them apart just by the way they acted? Or would they all just be walking around "bak bak baak bak?" Because if they have individual personalities, I'm not sure we should be eating them.

    • (The bakery clerk is coughing horribly)
      Jerry: Oh, that's lovely. That's what you wanna see, yeah. Yeah, you wanna trade your hair for some phlegm. Yeah, that's a good deal, you win the pennant with that trade. Hair for phlegm.

    • Elaine: As soon as I get there, I'm gonna tell everyone what a jerk you are.
      Barbara: Well, I'll be there ahead of you and I'll be telling them what a jerk you are.

    • Elaine: You know, I was just thinking, the four of us can't show up with just one bottle of wine.
      George: Oh, here we go.
      Elaine: What?
      George: Why don't we get them a couch?
      (Kramer starts laughing)
      George: We'll rent a U-Haul. We'll bring them a nice sectional.

    • Elaine: These people invited us for dinner. We have to bring something.
      George: Why?
      Elaine: Because it's rude otherwise.
      George: You mean just going there because I'm invited, that's rude.
      Elaine: Yes.
      George: So, you're telling me, instead of them being happy to see me, they're gonna be upset because I didn't bring anything. You see what I'm saying?
      Jerry: The fabric of society's very complex, George.

    • Liquor Store Clerk: (sounding annoyed) Can I help you guys with anything?
      George: Oh, no, no, no. We bought the wine here before, but now, you know, we're blocked in by some guy double parked and we're just waiting for the guy to pull out.
      Liquor Store Clerk: Well, wait outside. This isn't a hangout.
      George: But my friend here has hypothermia.
      Kramer: (shivering) Hypothermia.
      Liquor Store Clerk: All right, guys. Take it outside.
      (George turns and knocks into a wine display, breaking several bottles)
      Liquor Store Clerk: You're paying for these.
      (Kramer slips on the wine and falls)

    • (A man and woman walk toward the double parked car)
      George: Oh, hey, hey, hey! That's great! That's very nice! You know, we've been waiting twenty minutes for you people! What do you think, you're Mussolini?!
      Man: Back off, Puff Ball, it's not my car!
      (Shoving George's shoulder, the man turns and walks away)
      George: I wasn't talking to you.

    • Kramer: All right, let's go. Who's driving?
      Jerry: You are, I can't get that thing in my car. (referring to George)

    • Kramer: Hey, anybody got change for a hundred?!
      George: Are you crazy?! What are you doing?! You're gonna get us killed!
      Kramer: What?
      George: Don't go shouting we got a hundred dollar bill. People will be jumping out of windows on top of us.
      Kramer: All right, let's go buy something and we'll get some change.
      George: I am not buying something just to get change.
      Kramer: George, there's a news stand right over there. Now, come on.

    • Kramer: All right, look, I'm gonna have to pay you back later. I don't have my wallet.
      (George swaggers over to Kramer)
      George: Why not?
      Kramer: Because I don't like to carry my wallet. My osteopath says that it's bad for my spine. It throws my hips off kilter.
      (He makes a motion with his hips)
      George: "Throws your hips off kilter." So where's your money?
      Kramer: I never take it.
      George: So what do you do?
      Kramer: Oh, I get by.

    • Kramer: (Searching for a parking space) Well, I'm not finding a spot here. What do you want to do?
      George: Ah, just double park.
      Kramer: No, no.
      George: Why not?
      Kramer: I'll get a ticket! Besides, what if somebody wants to get out of here?
      George: Are you kidding? People get spaces this good, they never give 'em up.
      Kramer: That's a fallacy.
      George: All right, I'll tell you what…Why don't you go into the store and I'll wait in the car?
      Kramer: Why don't you go into the store and I'll wait in the car?
      George: Because, I've got the coat. I can sit in the car and not get cold.
      Kramer: So what? I'm going to leave the car running and the heat'll be on.
      George: Does the heater even work in the car?
      Kramer: No.

    • (In Kramer's car)
      Kramer: (Shouting out the window) HEY, YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON!
      George: It's a funeral procession.

    • Kramer: (referring to George's coat) You better be careful with that thing. You'll start a war.

    • Elaine: You know, I often wonder what you'll be like when you're senile.
      Jerry: I'm looking forward to it.
      Elaine: Yeah, I think it'll be a smooth transition for you.
      Jerry: Thank you.

    • Clerk: Can I get you anything else?
      Jerry: Oh, no thanks.
      Clerk: How about a nice box of "scram"?

    • Jerry: My stomach. I think it was that cookie.
      Elaine: The black and white?
      Jerry: Yeah.
      Elaine: Not getting along?
      Jerry: I think I got David Duke and Farrakhan down there.

    • Kramer: (on Penthouse Forum) Hey, did you ever read one of these?
      George: It's not real. They're all made up.
      Kramer: Oh, it's real.
      George: (sarcastic) You know there is an unusual number of people in this country having sex with AMPUTEES!!

    • Jerry: We've got to get the cinnamon.
      Elaine: No, but they got the chocolate. We'll be going in with a lesser babka.
      Jerry: I beg your pardon? Cinnamon takes a back seat to no babka. People love cinnamon. It should be on tables at restaurants along with salt and pepper. Anytime anyone says, "Oh, this is so good. What's in it?," the answer invariably comes back, cinnamon. Cinnamon, again and again. Lesser babka? I think not.

    • Jerry: What are we going to do now? If we can't get the babka the whole thing's useless.
      Elaine: Well, how about a carrot cake?
      Jerry: Carrot cake? Now why is that a cake? You don't make carrots into a cake. I'm sorry.
      Elaine: Black Forest?
      Jerry: Black Forest? Too scary. You're in the forest, oohh. How about a Napoleon?
      Elaine: Napoleon? Who's he to have a cake? He was a ruthless war monger. Might as well get Mengele.

    • George: All right we got the wine. Aren't we lucky? We got wine. Whoop dee Whoop! Imagine if we didn't bring the wine... We'd be shunned by society. Outcasts! "WHERE'S YOUR WINE? GET OUT!"

    • George: And I got news for you. I show up with Ring Dings and Pepsi, I become the biggest hit of the party. People would be coming up to me, "Just between you and me, I'm really excited about the Ring Dings and the Pepsi." What are we, Europeans with the Beaujolais and Chardonnay...

    • Elaine: You sold us a hair with a cake around it.

    • George: You're telling me wine's better than Pepsi? Huh! (snort) No way wine's better than Pepsi!

    • Jerry: Look to the cookie Elaine, look to the cookie.

  • NOTES (1)

    • The "British Saddam Hussein" is voiced by Larry David. The original recording of the voice was considered incomprehensible due to the actor's thick Middle Eastern accent and was dubbed over by Larry. Saddam originally asked Kramer and George for directions.


    • Jerry: I think I got David Duke and Farrakhan down there.

      Jerry is referring to the fact that the black and white cookie is upsetting his stomach. David Duke (white) and Louis Farrakhan (black) are both known to be anti-Semitic, in other words, a black and a white attacking a Jew (Jerry).