S07E11 - The Rye

No: 121  |   Season: 7   Episode: 11  |   Air Date: 4-Jan-1996  |   Production #711

You got the hen, the chicken, the rooster. The rooster goes with the chicken. So whoYou got the hen, the chicken, the rooster. The rooster goes with the chicken. So who's having sex with the hen?


Elaine is dating a jazz saxophonist who's sponge-worthy but "he doesn't really like to do everything." Jerry tells one of the members of his band that the saxophonist and Elaine are "hot and heavy." Kramer stocks up on supplies, including 50 cans of "Beef-A-Reeno.". Susan's parents meet and have dinner with the Costanzas for the first time. Both families obsess over a loaf of rye bread that wasn't served with the meal, which Frank takes back home. Elaine's boyfriend writes a song about "their relationship," which later has a big impact on his career. Kramer takes over a friend's horse-drawn carriage for a week and helps George out with his scheme to replace the rye bread. Unfortunately, he feeds the horse a can of "Beef-A-Reeno" right before giving the Ross's their ride. Jerry manages to get his hands on a loaf of marble rye.

Director and Writers

Director: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Carol Leifer


Jerry: Shut up you old bag!

Jerry: I've never baited a hook with a rye before!

Frank: Let me understand. You've got the hen, the chicken and the rooster. The rooster goes with the chicken. So, who's having sex with the hen?

Frank: (about a Cornish game hen) How hard can it be to kill this thing?

Kramer: I just came from the Price Club. I'm loaded up, baby!

George: What have I done? My whole plan is depending on Kramer! Have I learned nothing?

Kramer: (on Rusty's sudden flatulence.) One never knows how the gastrointestinal workings of the equine are going to function.

Elaine: I don't want John thinking that I'm hot and heavy if he's not hot and heavy. I'm trying to get a little squirrel to come over to me here. I don't want to make any big sudden movements. I'll frighten him away.

Elaine: (to Jerry) You know, one of these days something terrible is gonna happen to you. It has to!

Dennis: In fact, you know what, how would you like to take my hansom cab for the week?
Kramer: Drive the horse?
Dennis: It'll just be sitting there. You can really clean up. 500 bucks a day. I'll split it with ya.
Kramer: Oh, giddy up! Yeah.

Notes and Trivia

Kramer mentions that Central Park was designed in 1850 by Joe Pepitone. Of course, Joe Pepitone played for the New York Yankees in the 1960s.


When Kramer falls outside his apartment, and drops his groceries, the cans of Coke from the trays are all scattered. In the next shot, there is an intact tray of cans on the floor.

Kramer lands on his back when he drops the groceries. When the man comes to assist, he gets up as though he'd landed on his front. Also, the two cereal boxes land in one place and have noticeably moved as Kramer gets up.

As the Rosses board the carriage, the blanket is bunched up behind the driver's seat. It then cuts to Kramer saying "Happy anniversary", then back to the Rosses, and the blanket is now spread neatly over their knees.

When Frank and Estelle argue about his tie, a close-up of George shows him starting to look down. In the next shot, he faces straight ahead.

When Elaine first says she isn't bothered by Jermaine not doing "everything," her and Jerry's hands both change position between shots.

When Jermaine makes his proposal to Elaine, he clasps her hand in both of his. In the next shot, her hands are free and spread wide.

In the final scene, the record company man in the gray coat has his hands clasped on the table after he applauds, then when the camera angle changes his hands are loose.

The horse-drawn carriage is referred to a number of times as a "hansom cab," when it clearly is not. Hansom cabs have two wheels and the driver sits behind the passengers. This would be considered a carriage, with four wheels and the driver up front.

In the scene where Kramer is giving a tour of Central Park, look at the snow in the lower right of the screen as the horse and carriage pulls away. You will see the exact same snow a moment later in the lower right of the next scene, which takes place in front of "Bradley's".

The woman in the bakery that they were out of marble ryes, when there are clearly several more on the shelf behind her.


Jerry SeinfeldJerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-DreyfusElaine Benes
Michael RichardsCosmo Kramer
Jason AlexanderGeorge Costanza
Estelle HarrisEstelle Constanza
Jerry StillerFrank Costanza
Heidi SwedbergSusan Ross
Grace ZabriskieMrs. Ross
Warren FrostMr. Ross
Jeff YagherJohn
Frances BayMabel
Leonard LightfootClyde
Don AmendoliaDennis
Kathryn KatesCounter Woman
Steve IrelandMusic Guy
Dean FortunatoManager
Eugene LewMan in Hansom Cab (uncredited)