Seinfeld (1989–1998)
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The Soup 

Jerry accepts an Armani suit from Kenny Bania, provided that he will treat him to a meal; Elaine dates a bounder from England; Kramer decides to eat fresh.


Andy Ackerman


Larry David (created by), Jerry Seinfeld (created by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Jerry Seinfeld ... Jerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Elaine Benes
Michael Richards ... Kramer
Jason Alexander ... George Costanza
Steve Hytner ... Kenny Bania (as Stephen Hytner)
Tracy Kolis ... Kelly
Daniel Gerroll ... Simon
Linda Wallem ... Hildy
Lawrence A. Mandley ... Manager / Monk's
Michael Kaplan Michael Kaplan ... Waiter


Kramer convinces Jerry to get a free Armani suit from hack comic Kenny Bania. But when Bania decides that he doesn't want anything except for dinner, Jerry has a hard time accepting the suit knowing that there is a far greater catch involved. Things get even worse when, during the dinner, Bania insists that soup doesn't count as a meal. Meanwhile, Elaine has a British friend stay with her for a week. Written by Anonymous

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10 November 1994 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Tracy Kolis, who plays Kelly, was previously on an episode three years earlier, playing a character named Marlene, who spoke with a thick southern accent. See more »


Kelly warns George of horse manure that he is about to step in, which he walks around; but if you look closely after that shot, you can see that there was no horse manure where they were walking. See more »


Jerry Seinfeld: [answering the phone] Hello? No, I'm sorry, Bania. I'm not going over this again. Well, who told you to order soup?... No! There's no dinner. There's not going to be any dinner. You've had a sandwich and two bowls of soup and that's it. Good-bye.
[He hangs up the phone and turns to Simon]
Jerry Seinfeld: Hey, what size suit are you?
Simon: 40.
Jerry Seinfeld: 40. Perfect. Brand-new Armani suit, you want it?
Simon: Absolutely!
Jerry Seinfeld: Great, it's yours. I can't stand the sight of it. Elaine, here's the car keys.
Elaine Benes: Thanks.
[the telephone rings again]
Jerry Seinfeld: Yo?
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References Midnight Express (1978) See more »


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"Yeah, I'm huge"
18 May 2016 | by juanmaffeoSee all my reviews

This episode is like a hill downwards. It starts really great with Jerry's and George's story lines getting the most attention and by the middle of the episode it starts it slow downfall.

Four story lines: Jerry gets a brand new Armani suit from Kenny Bania (his first appearance) and now he wants a meal invitation in return. George is trying to get a date with the waitress of Monk's. Elaine is dating an English-man. Kramer is "dating" a waitress from Reggie's.

Jerry's and George's story lines start off great with George's deteriorating harder as the episode progresses. Kenny Bania is absolutely on fire on here, although the writers didn't come out with a good ending for his story. Elaine's and Kramer's stories are so bad and unremarkable that I can't remember anything from their plots. Elaine's boyfriend is really undeveloped and her story in general goes nowhere. Kramer's girlfriend is a sort of monster that must be feed for some reason and, as you guessed it, it goes nowhere.

As I said, the first part of this episode is really good. As it moves forward every single story starts to deteriorate and leaves you with a bad taste in your mouth.

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