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The Soup Nazi 

A soup stand owner obsesses about his customers' ordering procedure, but his soup is so good that people line up down the block for it anyway.

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In this series-defining episode, everyone goes to this new soup stand because the soup is so great. Unfortunately, the owner is obsessed about his customer's ordering procedure. Jerry and his new girlfriend annoy everybody by using baby talk. George tries to do the same thing with Susan to show how annoying they are to everybody. Jerry and his girlfriend get rejected from the Soup Nazi's kitchen when they're caught kissing in line. Elaine buys an Armoire and asks Kramer to watch it. While watching it, Kramer is robbed by some gay, trash-talking street toughs who want nothing more than the Armour. She then gets rejected from the soup kitchen when she offends the "Soup Nazi". Kramer, who befriends the Soup Nazi, gets a new Armoire exactly like the one that was stolen from him. He then gives it to Elaine, who discovers the Soup Nazi's recipes inside. Jerry pleads with her not to do anything, but Elaine threatens to put the Soup Nazi out of business. Written by halo1k

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2 November 1995 (USA)  »

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The Soup Nazi was based on Al Yeganeh, the real-life owner of Soup Kitchen International in Manhattan, New York City. After the episode aired, Seinfeld and members of the cast and crew went to the restaurant for lunch. Yeganeh yelled at them and stated that the publicity had ruined his reputation. After Seinfeld offered an apology, Yeganeh yelled "No soup for you!" and ejected them from his restaurant. Any references to "Seinfeld" are forbidden in any Soup Kitchen International. See more »

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When Kramer returns the couch cushion, a bottled drink appears in Jerry's hand from nowhere. See more »

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[Bob and Ray see the armoire Kramer's guarding]
Ray: [gasps] Look at this!
Bob: It's an antique!
Ray: It's all handmade, and I *love* the inlay!
Bob: Yes, yes! Me too! Ai it's gorgeous, completely! Pick it up.
[Ray tries to lift the armoire]
Bob: No no! Pick it up from the bottom over there.
Cosmo Kramer: W-W-W-Wait! What are you doing?
Bob: What does it look like we are doing? We're taking this!
Cosmo Kramer: You can't take this! It belongs to a friend of mine!
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References Scent of a Woman (1992) See more »

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Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
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One of the best sitcom episodes in TV's history
22 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Seinfeld" was one of best TV sitcom series ever produced, and "The Soup Nazi" was probably the best episode of "Seinfeld." Go out of your way to see it! Seriously! Check IMDb to see when it airs, and see it! You won't be disappointed. I've seen it half a dozen times, and each time I enjoy it more.

The Soup Nazi has become one of most memorable TV guest characters of all time. A few years after the episode first aired, we were on vacation and went to a "strip mall" sushi bar. This gruff sushi chef/owner was behind the counter making sushi and occasionally arguing/swearing at/insulting his lone waitress. A customer called and all we heard at our end was an irritated "Very busy...2-3 hours...No" A lone diner at the end of the sushi counter looked his way and asked "Excuse me, do you have uni?" No answer. The diner glanced our way as if to ask "Was my question audible? Is this guy just ignoring me?" So he asks the question again. This time the sushi chef/owner hardly looks up, continues working awhile, and then says "No, too expensive." Then he mutters under his breath "Stupid question!" From that day forward, although he never exactly said "No sushi for you! Next!", he has always been fondly remembered by us as "The Sushi Nazi."


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