Season 7 Episode 11

The Rye

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jan 04, 1996 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Elaine is dating a jazz saxophonist who's sponge-worthy but "he doesn't really like to do everything." Jerry tells one of the members of his band that the saxophonist and Elaine are "hot and heavy." Kramer stocks up on supplies, including 50 cans of "Beef-A-Reeno.". Susan's parents meet and have dinner with the Costanzas for the first time. Both families obsess over a loaf of rye bread that wasn't served with the meal, which Frank takes back home. Elaine's boyfriend writes a song about "their relationship," which later has a big impact on his career. Kramer takes over a friend's horse-drawn carriage for a week and helps George out with his scheme to replace the rye bread. Unfortunately, he feeds the horse a can of "Beef-A-Reeno" right before giving the Ross's their ride. Jerry manages to get his hands on a loaf of marble rye.moreless

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  • Catch her with the rye....

    .... "The Rye" takes a while to warm up but, by the end, it's pretty hot and heavy. The storyline with Elaine and her saxophonist boyfriend really is not all that funny - but George's storyline makes the whole episode worth while. George's parents meet his soon-to-be in-laws - enough said, right? George's parent take back the marble rye that they brought for dinner when his in-laws forget to put it out - so George seeks to rectify the situation by sneaking in a new rye into his in-laws house. Kramer distracts them by taking them on a ride in his horse-drawn carriage and Jerry provides the rye - naturally, nothing goes according to plan.moreless
  • So there it is my review on "The Rye". I look forward to your comments.

    "The Rye" is another classic example of all of the clever plots in Seinfeld coming together perfectly. To start with, this episode is my mom's favorite and in my top 5. Those stats aside, "The Rye" is a magnificent episode. Just look at's score. George's dad steals a rye bread they bought to bring to the dinner party with the Rosses (the parents of George's fiance Susan). Kramer joins the Price Club and over-bought everything. This is important to the plot. Elaine goes out with an over-acheving trumpet player that doesn't like to do "everything". All are very well plotted and hilarious.moreless
  • Good episode.

    To be clear, this episode was not my favorite. Absolutely not, but it was funny. I just loved the dinner scene between the two familes, that scene must be a classic. I was laughing so hard when Jerry was robbing that "old bag" for that rye it was so funny. Elaine will never have a successful relationship I think, I mean seriously, hot and heavy? Then they have you know what, then his musical talent seems to waver, and she leaves him. I cannot believe that Kramer fed the horse beans, can horses even eat beans in real life? I also liked the part where George was hooking for the bread. So, great episode.moreless
  • The Rye

    The Rye is a great funny episode of Seinfeld the dinner scene with the Costanzas and the Ross’s is a true classic it is the most funny dinner scene as well and also when frank to back the rye is funny as well and in the Costanzas talk about the Ross’s is really funny so George want to replace it and it involves Kramer drive the Ross’s around and Jerry getting a rye and the scene when jerry get the rye back form the old lady is a great classic sense as well the Kramer storylines with him buy to much food and he feeds some of it to the horse who pull the carriage that the Ross’s are out and it ruins their night Elaine has boyfriend problems in this episode this is a great funny well written classic episode with great stories END.moreless
Jeff Yagher

Jeff Yagher


Guest Star

Frances Bay

Frances Bay

old woman

Guest Star

Leonard Lightfoot

Leonard Lightfoot


Guest Star

Grace Zabriskie

Grace Zabriskie

Mrs. Ross

Recurring Role

Warren Frost

Warren Frost

Henry Ross

Recurring Role

Estelle Harris

Estelle Harris

Estelle Costanza

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (12)

    • In the scene where Kramer is giving a tour of Central Park, as the horse and carriage pulls out of the scene, the whole lower right portion of the screen is reused in the following scene, probably to simulate snow on the sidewalk outside of Bradley's.

    • Goof: In the scene where Kramer carries the pop cans down the hall toward his apartment and trips, all of cans spill out of the boxes. When the camera cuts to the next shot and Kramer is the floor, one of the boxes is upright with all of the cans inside.

    • The bakery where they buy the rye is repeatedly referred to as "Shnitzer's". As the interior of the bakery, as well as the woman who works there are the same as in the bakery from Season 5's "The Dinner Party," we are led to believe that this is the same bakery. However, in that episode, the exterior of the bakery is shown, and the sign outside reads "Royal Bakery."

    • On a DVD commentary, Jerry said this was his favorite episode.

    • When Jerry throws the Rye for the last time before trying the fishing rod, it's clear that the rye will touch the ground. As such, it's odd that the rye is unharmed, and that Jerry is willing to handle it.

    • When Jerry is trying to throw the rye up to George, Susan is not home yet. George mentions to Jerry that Susan won't be home until 8 o'clock for dinner. However, when George finally gets the rye into the house, Susan and her parents are all standing there shocked. How did Susan get in the house? Wouldn't Jerry and Kramer have seen Susan walking into the apartment? No mention in the episode of another entrance.

    • When Jerry goes to pick up the rye, the old lady asks for a marble rye "in a plastic bag" just like the one that Mr. Costanza stole. When Jerry steals the rye it, presumably with the plastic bag on it as well, is inside a paper bag. When Jerry walks up to the Ross' house, he's carrying just the rye, no bag or bags. Wouldn't George want the rye in the plastic bag? Why would Jerry throws the bags out to begin with? To destroy evidence?

      The old lady asked for the rye not to be put in a plastic bag. Although ironically, the Costanza's rye was in a plastic bag.

    • When George and the Rosses are standing outside the Rosses apartment it appears that they live in a brownstone. Later on, when Jerry is throwing the Rye to George in the window we see the people who live in the apartment below looking at the Rye outside their window. This implies that the Rosses live on the top floor of the brownstone. This isn't a huge goof but people who have as much money as they do do not live in one floor of a brownstone, they own the whole thing.

    • Frank Costanza was somehow able to take back the marble rye undetected. Yet a few scenes later George explains that the Snitzer marble rye is too big to sneak in under a coat.

    • George is Jewish. They reference this fact when he attempts to convert from Judaism to the Eastern Orthodox faith. Also the template for George, Larry David, is Jewish.

      In "The Conversion," nobody ever states that George is converting from Judaism. He's simply converting from whatever religion he is, which could be Judaism, to Latvian Orthodox. It's unclear what religion George was before converting.

    • The lady at the deli picks up a marble rye off of the shelf, hands it to Mable and says "it's the last one". But, there are clearly 5 or 6 more loaves left on the shelf.

    • As Mr. Costanza and Mr. Ross are arguing about "going in fresh" to Firestorm, George mutters under his breath "Oh Mother of God!" - a peculiar thing for a Jewish boy to say.

      George isn't Jewish! Jerry is! George is Christian. Anyone remember Festivus. Jerry says Frank created the holiday as an alternative to CHRISTMAS. No telling what George is now, but it seems he was raised, for a while anyway, as a Christian.

  • QUOTES (10)

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode won the 1997 DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series. This episode was nominated for the 1996 Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Editing for a Series - Multi-Camera Production.

    • As stated in "The Cheever Letters" both Warren Frost and Grace Zabriskie appeared on David Lynch and Mark Frost's series Twin Peaks. Two other members of that cast, Frances Bay and Don Amendolia also appear in this episode. Coincidence? Viewer Randy Erickson didn't think so!


    • Kramer: Of course, uh, this is Central Park. Uh, this was designed in 1850 by Joe Pepitone. Um, built during the Civil War so the northern armies could practice fighting on...on grass.
      Joe Pepitone played for the New York Yankees in the 1960s. He is also referenced when Kramer goes to the Fantasy Camp and punches out Mickey Mantle.