Season 5 Episode 13

The Dinner Party

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

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  • 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.
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