S08E08 - The Chicken Roaster

No: 142  |   Season: 8   Episode: 8  |   Air Date: 14-Nov-1996  |   Production #808

Look at the size of that neon chicken on the roof!Look at the size of that neon chicken on the roof!


George reveals a strategy to guarantee a second date with women - leaving an object behind at their place. However, this strategy gets Elaine into trouble, when George leaves behind a sable hat she shouldn't have charged to the Peterman expense account. Meanwhile, the red neon sign of a new Kenny Rogers Roasters restaurant beams directly into Kramer's apartment. Jerry and Kramer then switch apartments, and end up switching personalities as well.

Director and Writers

Director: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Alec Berg & Jeff Schaffer


Jerry: I only knew you through Moochie!

Elaine: This is the Urban Sombrero. I put it on the cover of our last catalog.
Mr. Peterman: The horror! The horror!

George: She's got a little Marisa Tomei thing going on.
Jerry: Ah. Too bad you've got a little George Costanza thing going on.

Kramer: (a comment to Newman after Newman buys a huge amount of Kenny's chicken which Kramer has become addicted to) If Jerry finds out about this, I'm back in there with red menace.

Jerry: (trying to sleep but sees a shadow of a doll run across the wall) Mr Marbles?

Jerry: (about Kramer) The greasy doorknob, the constant licking of the fingers. He's hooked on this chicken, isn't he?

Jerry: Newman you wouldn't eat broccoli if it was deep-fried in chocolate sauce.

Kramer: Stay away from the chicken! Bad chicken! Mess you up!
Seth: That's not gonna be good for business.
Jerry: That's not gonna be good for anybody.

George: I'm like a commercial jingle. First it's a little irritating. Then you hear it a few times. You're humming it in the shower. By the third date, it's "By Mennen!"

Kramer: You know there is the possibility that you've gone right out of your mind.
George: I've looked at that. It seems unlikely.
Kramer: Well I'd look again.

Jerry: (about Kramer's apartment) You don't know what it's like in there! All night long things are creaking and cracking, and that red light is burning my brain!
Elaine: You look a little stressed.
Jerry: Oh, I'm stressed!

(Kramer's bouncing on the bed basking in the red light as he eats his Kenny Rogers chicken. Suddenly, the red light goes out.)
Kramer: (concerned) Kenny?......... (now crying) Kenny!

Kramer: I can't sleep, every time I close my eyes i see that giant red sun in the shape of a chicken!

Newman: (after eating the broccoli in order to cover for Kramer's food tastes) Vile weed!

Jerry: (after Kramer wildly confesses his addiction to Kenny's chicken) You've got a little problem.
Kramer: Oh, I've got a big problem, Jerry!

George: (picking up the phone) Now... watch the magic.
(he attempts to dial and gets a disconnect tone)
Elaine: Dial 9, Merlin.

Kramer: How come you didn't take this problem to Jerry?
George: I can't talk to Jerry anymore. Ever since he moved into your apartment he's been too much . . . like you.
Kramer: That's a shame.

Elaine: (buying the hat for George) ... and some hair for my little friend here.

Jerry: (to Kramer referring to the huge red neon sign outside Kramer's window) How's life on the red planet?

Jerry: (referring to the rat fur being all over the restaurant) That's not gonna be good for business.
Seth: That's not gonna be good for anybody.

Kramer: Why don't we just switch apartments?
Jerry: Or I could sleep in the park.

Jerry: (commenting on George's big Russian hat) Why didn't you get the big one?

Jerry: (talking to Kramer and Newman about switching from Jerry's apartment to Kramer's) Well don't get too comfortable. As soon as Seth gets a real job, you two are going back to that chicken supernova.

Notes and Trivia

When Mr. Peterman says, "You're an errand girl sent by grocers to collect a bill," and later "the horror, the horror", he is making a reference to "Apocalypse Now," and repeating dialog done by Marlon Brando as the character Colonel Kurtz.

Throughout the series, there are numerous references to Kramer's friend Bob Saccamano, but the character is never seen. In this episode we see more evidence that he is actually real, as Jerry speaks to him over the phone and Elaine buys a hat off him in 'The Chicken Roaster'.


Right after Jerry and Elaine leave to buy the hat, Kramer picks up the ice-cream container and a split-second later it's gone.

When Seth says, "Jerry, I lied," he is carrying a container of broccoli. In the next shot, the container has disappeared so that Seth can use the PA system.

After Kramer makes himself cereal and tomato juice, the cereal box moves to different locations on the countertop in nearly every switch of camera angle.

After Kramer splashes the tomato juice cereal on the wall, he attempts to clean it up, but does so poorly. Later in the scene, the wall is spotless.


Jerry SeinfeldJerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-DreyfusElaine Benes
Michael RichardsCosmo Kramer
Jason AlexanderGeorge Costanza
Wayne KnightNewman
John O'HurleyJ. Peterman
Mark RobertsSeth
Kymberly KalilHeather
Michael D. RobertsIpswich
Wesley LeongClerk
Christopher AguilarBurmese Boy (as Christopher Aguilar)
Ruth CohenRuthie Cohen