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All the four are going to a dinner party and Elaine decides that they should buy a chocolate babka and a bottle of wine while George suggests they take Pepsi and Ring Dings! N e ways, Elaine insists and so they part where Jerry and Elaine go to buy the babka and George and Kramer go to buy the wine. Just the right division, huh? Elaine and Jerry miss the line where a couple they know are going to the same party get ahead of them and buy the last chocolate babka forcing Elaine and Jerry to go for the cinnamon babka which Elaine thinks is not as good as the chocolate babka. When they finally get to have the cinnamon babka, it turns out to have a hair on it so they had to stand in line again and replace it with a new one which the lady who is selling it coughs on it. Jerry who is having a cookie two-colored white and black throws up saying that this ended his non-vomit streak since long time ago. George wants to buy the wine with a $100 bill but the shop owner doesn't have change so they go to a new stand to buy gum but the guy there forces them to buy other things because the gum is not worth the change he will give them. That's just so extremely funny while picturing Costanza. When they finally buy the wine , they go out and find that they can't take the care to pickup Jerry and Elaine because someone has double parked and left the car so they had to wait until the guy returns and while George says that such people are dictators like Mussolini or Idi Amin, when the guy returns he looks just like Saddam Hussein and speaks English. It's just funny and there is more but you need to watch it.
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Our gang of four begin this episode leaving Jerry's apartment to go to
a dinner party together. Before they leave there is a great scene just
after George enters wearing his new coat. He is proud to say, "It's
Gore-Tex." It is extra large, prompting Jerry to later call him "Bubble
Boy." Because it looks like it's a huge padded suit, Jerry and Elaine
take to swinging punches at his coat while laughing all the time. When
Kramer comes in, he asks, "Who's driving?" Jerry says, 'You are.
(Referring to the jacket) I can't get that thing in my car." They
discuss what to take to the party, with George, of course, complaining
about the notion of having to bring anything to such an event. It is
decided that Jerry and Elaine will get a chocolate babka from a bakery
while George and Kramer get wine from a liquor store.
In the bakery, they are so wrapped up in their conversation as they look around, they neglect to pick-a-number. Elaine, naturally, figures she can just get someone who took a number to give it to her. This not only doesn't work, but they encounter someone they vaguely know who is going to the same party. Of course, the other couple buy, not only a chocolate babka, but the last one. So Jerry and Elaine have to settle for a cinnamon babka, which leads to Jerry objecting to Elaine's notion that this is inferior. He makes a humorous speech about how cinnamon yields to no other spice.
While waiting, they open up the box and see one lone hair on the babka. Feeling they can't just take it offwho knows how many hairs could be inside this or any other one they buy?they get another number and wait to exchange it. Jerry had also bought a "black-and-white" cookie, leading to a great speech about how great it would be if racial relations could only "look to the cookie" to see how to get along. Unfortunately, it causes him to head for the washroom to throw up, breaking a long record of his for not doing so, of which he proudly remembers the exact date. They do exchange it, but now they have a babka the clerk practically coughed all over as she made the trade.
Meanwhile, in the liquor store, after selecting a bottle, George learns that Kramer hates to carry his wallet because its presence in his pocket knocks his spine out of alignment. All George has in cash is a hundred dollar bill. The liquor store guy says he can't change it.
Now here I have to question. What liquor store doesn't have a bottle or two of wine that cost over $50? Anyone buying a couple of cases of beer would likely need a chunk of money as well. How could he not be able to change a hundred? What made this even sillier was the pair's decision to go to a newsstand and get change by just buying a pack of gum. The man there had change but refused to give it unless they bought more, so they selected a few other items and got their change. Again that doesn't make sense, but I didn't worry about it. Just remember, in New York City, you can't get change for a hundred dollar bill at a liquor store, but can at a newsstand.
Back at the liquor store, after buying their wine, George and Kramer are blocked in by a double parker. They try to wait inside, out of the cold, but are ordered out by the clerk because paying customers aren't welcome unless they plan to buy something else. Again, it must be a New York oddity. In arguing with the rude man, George's huge jacket accidentally knocks over several bottles of wine.
Well, he had to give the man his expensive new jacket to pay for it, so he is freezing as they wait for the double parker to come out. When he does, it looks like an English-speaking Saddam Hussein.
So with two people freezing, one sick to his stomach, and one mad because they have an "inferior" present, we next see the four knock on the door. As the hostess greets them, Elaine shoves the babka and wine into her hands and more or less says, "See you." They were all headed home.
The funniest lines come from Jerry, for once, in his two little "speeches" at the bakery, about cookies and cinnamon. George's jacket brought lots of laughs too. Elaine was dumb as usual, in not taking a number, and thinking she could get one from someone else. Kramer didn't have that much to do that was funny. I think "The Bakery" or something else would have been a better title, since we never even saw the dinner party. A very funny show, but I can only give it an 8.
It may not be the funniest episode but it sure captures what The Show
About Nothing is really about. And what it is really about is taking
ordinary social situation and taking them to extremes only to show how
ridiculous they are.
On this particular case, the gang is invited to a party and they decide to bring a cake and some wine. You can guess what happens throughout the episode. And it happens so smoothly you don't see it. Just as the episode begins to wrap up you realize how crazy and clever this one is. As I said, it's not filled with gags or memorable scenes, it's just a perfectly rounded episode with a much deeper point of view of how "the fabrics of society works".
Similar to other classic Seinfeld episodes, it proves that they can achieve great things with so little.
Season 5, Episode 13, "The Dinner Party"
Another great "bottle episode" from Seinfeld, the first one of season 5 to take place mainly outside Jerry's apartment and Monk's coffeeshop and being one of the show's "artier" episodes.
It's not one of the funniest episodes, but it's memorable and quotable, and above all it excels in the construction of the storyline, which, for once, is one storyline for all four characters. The actors are all phenomenal - especially Elaine and George, and they have a fantastic script to work with. The ending, in particular, is one of the funniest and most brilliant of the series.
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