Season 5 Episode 13

The Dinner Party

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



  • Trivia

    • 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.

    • 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."

    • 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.

    • 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

    • (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

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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).