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The Rye 

After George's parents take back the bread they gifted to Susan's parents, George makes Jerry find another loaf and tries to appease Susan's parents by taking them on Kramer's Manhattan horse tours, to disastrous consequences.


Andy Ackerman


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Seinfeld ... Jerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Elaine Benes
Michael Richards ... Cosmo Kramer
Jason Alexander ... George Costanza
Estelle Harris ... Estelle Constanza
Jerry Stiller ... Frank Costanza
Heidi Swedberg ... Susan Ross
Grace Zabriskie ... Mrs. Ross
Warren Frost ... Mr. Ross
Jeff Yagher ... John
Frances Bay ... Mabel
Leonard Lightfoot Leonard Lightfoot ... Clyde
Don Amendolia ... Dennis
Kathryn Kates ... Counter Woman
Steve Ireland ... Music Guy


George is nervous about an upcoming dinner he and his parents are having with Susan and her parents and with good reason. They don't exactly hit it off and Frank Costanza so upset at the end of it all that he takes back the loaf of rye bread they had brought as a gift. George is intent on returning it leading Jerry to have an interesting encounter with an old woman who buys the last loaf of rye at the bakery. Elaine has a new musician boyfriend but Jerry may ruin the relationship when he describes it as hot and heavy. Kramer gets the use of a neighbor's hansom cab and begins giving guided tours of New York. Written by garykmcd

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4 January 1996 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


During the filming of this episode, late at night on the Paramount set, the crew stopped work and amused themselves with a 25-minute snowball fight. See more »


The lower right portion of the screen in the scene where Kramer (Michael Richards) gives a tour of Central Park is reused in the scene immediately after. See more »


Frank Costanza: Let me understand, you got the hen, the chicken and the rooster. The rooster goes with the chicken. So, who's having sex with the hen?
George Costanza: Why don't we talk about it another time.
Frank Costanza: But you see my point here? You only hear of a hen, a rooster and a chicken. Something's missing!
Mrs. Ross: Something's missing all right.
Mr. Ross: They're all chickens. The rooster has sex with all of them.
Frank Costanza: That's perverse.
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"That's perverse!"
12 August 2016 | by juanmaffeoSee all my reviews

The Rye is without a doubt one of the highlights of Season 7. Everything about it clicks.

Like many great single-plot episodes (The Limo, The Contest), The Rye has a killer story. Although it does have another story, the one that dictates the episode is George's. This is one of the best stories concerning the season's arc: George's engagement. Here we get a crucial element in the long term relationship and that is the parents of the couple meeting. This leads to one of the best acted scenes of the season: the dinner scene. We get perfect chemistry from Susan's parents, hilarious dialogue from Frank and Stelle and George just dying. But it doesn't end there. George later tries to replace the bread Frank stole from the house and the plan the gang comes up for this is both hilarious in execution and resolution.

The other story is about Elaine dating a jazz musician. It's not bad by any means but it feels disjointed with the rest of the story. So that's mainly what keeps this episode from being perfect.

Nevertheless, this story doesn't hurt the enjoyment of the episode, so this remains one of the best of the season

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