Seinfeld

Season 8 Episode 19

The Yada Yada

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Apr 24, 1997 on NBC
8.6
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The Yada Yada
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After Tim Whatley converts to Judaism, Jerry gets a sneaking suspicion that his motivation was the ability to tell Jewish jokes. Kramer and Mickey ask out two girls, but can't decide who will date which. Elaine tries to help some friends adopt a baby, but soon sees that she's in for more than she'd bargained for. Meanwhile, George isn't sure what to make of his latest girlfriend's frequent use of the phrase, "Yada yada yada…"moreless

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  • 819

    6.0
    This episode did have a lot of potential but unfortunately, it kind of fell flat on it's face. I've seen better episodes of this show, and I just wasn't feeling "it" while watching the episode. The story lines didn't really tie in in any way.



    The 'yada yada' thing did have it's potential but it became very tired by the end of the episode. The Jewish/Dentist thing was pretty funny, especially the final scene which pretty much made the entire episode. It was also great to see Bryan Cranston on Seinfeld.



    The Kramer/small people thing, I really didn't find funny. The story line failed to tie in with anything else and plainly: it just wasn't a great story line to begin with. Fair episode of Seinfeld.moreless
  • Great writing, not executed very well though.

    7.0
    I must say that the writers for this episode knew what they were doing and had a pretty decent plot. Although, it wasn't executed very well on screen. For whatever reason it just seems like this episode lacks something, it seems like other episodes that I think highly of have something that stands out from the rest and this episode didn't have that for me. The yada, yada writing didn't impress me much and to be honest with you, I don't even find it funny or even mildly amusing. Everything seemed weak in this episode, even the side story of Kramer and Mickey.moreless
  • Funny episode.

    8.4
    This was a funny and great episode, but not the best. I mean all these episodes are so funny and so is this one, but this wasn't the best. I liked it, though. Jerry gets suspicious at his dentist that he only converted to Judisciam to make jokes. Elaine tells things to the adopt a kid person so that her friends a married couple can adopt a baby. This was probably the best one for me, I think. George's story was ok, funny, and the whole yada yada thing was good. Kramer's and Mickey's story was funny, and the whole thing was funny to. Well, good episode.moreless
Robert Wagner

Robert Wagner

Dr. Abbott

Guest Star

Jill St. John

Jill St. John

Mrs. Abbott

Guest Star

Debra Messing

Debra Messing

Beth

Guest Star

Danny Woodburn

Danny Woodburn

Mickey Abbott

Recurring Role

Bryan Cranston

Bryan Cranston

Whatley

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (9)

    • George is seen using a urinal at the start of this episode despite stating back in Season Two's "The Note" that he was a "Stall man".

    • When George goes to Jerry's apartment to tell the yada yada story about Marcy, he said "so listen, Marcy comes over…" however, Marcy didn't go over, they were at the coffee shop.

    • Elaine makes a joke about Raquel Welch, who appears a couple of episodes later.

    • The joke about the "yada-yada" being used in the wedding by the minister was a clever entertainment technique that is often used. To avoid a legal marriage between actors, they often skip the legally binding words often said in weddings. By skipping this, (because the minister had his wisdom teeth out) they successfully avoided the situation, and made it funny in the process.

    • When Jerry shares the "Pope and Raquel Welch" joke with Elaine, she laughs and repeats the punchline - "No, I said, 'hand me the buoys!'" But then when Jerry tells Father Curtis about the joke, he quotes the punchline as "Those aren't buoys!" He accidentally substituted in the punchline from Whatley's "Rabbi and the farmer's daughter" joke, but said buoys instead of matzoh balls.

    • When Jerry is in the confession booth talking with Father Curtis, George enters and says, "Jerry, I really need to talk to you!" As funny as that is, George actually didn't need to talk to Jerry so badly, as there is absolutely no follow-up to this scene.

    • It's slightly ironic that Beth (Debra Messing) makes a racial comment towards Jews- Messing is actually Jewish!

    • This episode was hammered by editors for syndication purposes. One of the funniest exchanges that was cut:

      Tim: You have no idea what my people have been through.
      Jerry: The Jews or the Dentists?
      Tim: The dentists! Did you know that we have the highest suicide rate of any profession?
      Jerry: Is that why it's so hard to get an appointment?

    • It's very odd that Beth breaks up with Arnie becasue she thinks he's having an affair with Elaine, and afterwards at the wedding when she actually sees Elaines she doesn't mention it at all?!?

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Tim: You have no idea what my people have been through.
      Jerry: The Jews?
      Tim: No, the dentists. Did you know we have the highest suicide rate of any profession?
      Jerry: Is that why it's so hard to get an appointment?

    • Jerry: You know the difference between a dentist and a sadist, don't you? Newer magazines.

    • Jerry: Don't you see what Whatley is after? Total joke-telling immunity! He's already got the big two religions covered. If he ever gets Polish citizenship, there'll be no stopping him.

    • George: I gotta tell you, I am loving this yada yada thing. I can gloss over my whole life story.

    • Marcy: Are you close with your parents?
      George: Well, they gave birth to me and... yada yada yada...
      Marcy: Yada what?
      George: Yada... yada... yada...

    • Jerry: I gotta get on that Internet. I'm late on everything.

    • (Jerry at confession)
      Jerry: … I wanted to talk to you about Dr. Whatley. I have a suspicion that he's converted to Judaism purely for the jokes.
      Father: And this offends you as a Jewish person.
      Jerry: No, it offends me as a comedian.

    • Jerry: So you won't believe what happened with Whatley today. It got back to him that I made this little dentist joke and he got all offended. Those people can be so touchy.
      Kramer: "Those people", Listen to yourself.
      Jerry: What?
      Kramer: You think that dentists are so different from me and you? They came to this country just like everybody else, in search of a dream.
      Jerry: Kramer, he's just a dentist.
      Kramer: Yeah, and you're an anti-dentite.
      Jerry: I am not an anti-dentite!
      Kramer: You're a rabid anti-dentite! Oh, it starts with a few jokes and some slurs. "Hey, denty!" Next thing you know you're saying they should have their own schools.
      Jerry: They do have their own schools!
      Kramer: Yeah!

    • Father: Tell me your sins, my son.
      Jerry: Well I should tell you that I'm Jewish.
      Father: That's no sin.
      Jerry: Oh good.

    • (George walks in on Jerry at Whatley's)
      George: Oh, you're in here.
      Jerry: What are you doing here?
      George: I knew you had an appointment!
      Jerry: Well this is very awkward!

    • (Jerry walks in, Kramer's just finished talking on the phone)
      Jerry: Date with Karen?
      Kramer: No, Julie. She's the one!
      Jerry: What happened to Karen?
      Kramer: Well, Mickey and her have a lot more in common. You know her parents are little people?
      Jerry: Oh… small world.

    • (Jerry reenters the wedding hall after Beth's slur.)
      Elaine: Where's Beth?
      Jerry: She went out to get her head shaved.

    • Mickey: It's 100% cotton. And some wool.

    • Jerry: Hi, Mr. Abbott.
      Mr. Abbott: That's Dr. Abbott, D.D.S. Tim Whatley was one of my students. And if this wasn't my son's wedding day, I'd knock you teeth out you anti-dentite bastard.
      Beth: What was that all about?
      Jerry: Oh, I said something about dentists and it got blown all out of proportion.
      Beth: Hey, what do you call a doctor who fails out of med school?
      Jerry: What?
      Beth: A dentist.
      Jerry: That's a good one. Dentists.
      Beth: Yeah, who needs 'em? Not to mention the Blacks and the Jews.

    • Jerry: Elaine, the guy's Jewish two days, he's already making Jewish jokes.
      Elaine: So what? When someone turns twenty-one, they usually get drunk the first night.
      Jerry: Booze is not a religion.
      Elaine: Tell that to my father.

    • (Jerry's phone rings)
      Jerry: Hello?
      Saleswoman: Would you be interested in a subscription to the New York Times?
      Jerry: Yes! Slams the phone down.

    • Tim: All right, it is cavity time. Ah, here we go. Which reminds me, did you here the one about the rabbi and the farmer's daughter? Huh?
      Jerry: Hey.
      Tim: Those aren't matzo balls.
      Jerry: Tim, do you think you should be making jokes like that?
      Tim: Why not? I'm Jewish, remember?
      Jerry: I know, but…
      Tim: Jerry, it's our sense of humor that sustained us as a people for 3000 years.
      Jerry: 5000.
      Tim: 5000, even better. Okay, Chrissie. Give me a stickle of fluoride.

    • George: You don't think she'd yada yada sex?
      Elaine: I've yada yada'd sex.
      George: Really?
      Elaine: Yeah, I met this guy. We went out to dinner. I had the lobster bisque. We went back to his place. Yada, yada, yada. I Never heard from him again.
      Jerry: But you yada yada'd over the best part.
      Elaine: No, I mentioned the bisque.

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