S02E11 - The Chinese Restaurant
No: 16 | Season: 2 Episode: 11 | Air Date: 23-May-1991 | Production #206
Jerry, Elaine, and George endure a series of misadventures while waiting the entire episode to get a table at a Chinese restaurant.
Director and Writers
Director: Tom Cherones
Writers: Larry David & Jerry Seinfeld
(After the restaurant owner makes George miss Tatiana's phone call.)
George: She called. He yelled 'Cartwright'. I missed her.
Jerry: Who's Cartwright?
George: (pause)...I'm Cartwright.
Jerry: You're not Cartwright.
George: OF COURSE I'M NOT CARTWRIGHT!
Elaine: Remember when you first went out to eat with your parents? Remember, it was such a treat. You go and they serve you this different food that you never saw before. They put it in front of you and it was such a delicious and exciting adventure... and now I just feel like a big sweaty hog waiting for them to fill up the trough.
Elaine: I feel like just walking over to a table and taking food off of someone's plate.
Jerry: I'll tell you what. There's $50 in it for you if you do it.
George: $50? For $50, I'll put my face in their soup and blow!
Notes and Trivia
After Jerry bets Elaine $50 to eat food off a strangers table she tries offering them $25 speaking through her teeth with a smile on her face the whole time. Afterwards the group starts to ask each other what she said. If you listen you can make out Larry David's voice added to the mix.
Jerry, George and Elaine are not the only ones have trouble getting a table. Norman Brenner (Michael Richards' stand-in) can be seen sitting by the door waiting for a table when the gang enters; he is still waiting there when the gang walks out.
Kramer does not appear in this episode. At this point in the series, it was established that Kramer had not left the apartment building in many years. Michael Richards expressed his disappointment at not being included in the episode because he felt it was the series' best episode at the time.
Jerry mentions his sister. She is never mentioned again in the series.
NBC felt that the episode was uninteresting and did not want to air it. Eventually the network agreed to air the episode, but it was relegated to the end of the season. The network's response was parodied in the season four episode "The Pitch", where Jerry suggests an episode very much like this one but the NBC executives are not impressed.
|Jerry Seinfeld||Jerry Seinfeld|
|Julia Louis-Dreyfus||Elaine Benes|
|Jason Alexander||George Costanza|
|David Tress||Mr. Cohen|
|Kate Benton||Woman on Phone|
|Michael Mitz||Phone Guy|
|Norman Brenner||Man Waiting in Restaurant (uncredited)|
|Larry David||Man at Table (voice) (uncredited)|
|Steve Landesberg||Cameo (uncredited)|
|Yin-Shang Liu||Woman by Bruce (uncredited)|
|Wei Zhang||Waiter (uncredited)|