The Big Salad
|"The Big Salad"|
|Episode no.||Season 6
|Directed by||Andy Ackerman|
|Written by||Larry David|
|Original air date||September 29, 1994|
|Season 6 episodes|
|List of Seinfeld episodes|
At Elaine's request, George purchases a "big salad" to go for her from Monk's. (When George asks Jerry, "What's in the big salad?", Jerry replies, "Big lettuce, big carrots, tomatoes like volleyballs.") But George's girlfriend Julie (Michelle Forbes) appears to take credit for the purchase when she hands Elaine the salad in Jerry's apartment. George is displeased that Elaine thanked Julie for buying the salad, and mentions to Elaine that he was responsible for the purchase. George's revelation eventually leads to a rift between him and Julie when the truth comes out.
The truth, in George's view, is not that Elaine thanked the wrong person, but that Julie accepted the thanks. As George loudly explains, "What I would like to know is, how does a person who has nothing to do with the Big Salad claim responsibility for that salad and accept the thank-you under false pretenses?" Julie understands perfectly well, and says, "George, all I did was hand someone a bag." Semi-humiliated, George vows never to buy Elaine lunch again.
Elaine must find a special mechanical pencil, the Rolamech 1000, for Mr. Pitt (Ian Abercrombie) and soon finds herself dealing with the romantic advances of the stationery store clerk (Jerry Levine). The clerk asks for her telephone number to call her when he receives the pencil but Elaine gives him Jerry's number instead. Later, after purchasing the pencil from a different shop, she agrees to go out with the clerk out of guilt.
Jerry learns that his current girlfriend, Margaret (Marita Geraghty), formerly dated Newman, who ended the relationship. Jerry cannot comprehend why Newman dumped someone so clearly "out of his league" in terms of beauty, so he attempts to find any fault in his girlfriend. Kramer plays golf with an ex-Major League Baseball player, who cleans his ball on the second shot (not on the green), breaking the rules and causing an altercation with Kramer. The man is later suspected in the murder of a dry cleaner, and Kramer helps the man to see his pet fish by driving in his white Ford Bronco in a low speed chase down the New Jersey Turnpike.
- In the last scene of the episode, Kramer leads police in a slow-speed chase on the New Jersey Turnpike while driving a white Bronco in a spoof of the slow-speed chase led by O.J. Simpson on the morning of June 17, 1994, a few months before this episode aired. The footage of the O.J. Simpson car chase was used for that scene. The Simpson car chase took place in Los Angeles while Kramer's chase is down the New Jersey Turnpike.
- Although the character of Major League Baseball catcher Steve Gendason is fictional, the National Football League player Bobby Hebert that George discusses with Julie is an actual former Pro Bowl quarterback.
- This is the first episode in which the inside of Newman's apartment is shown. Newman's apartment is similar to Jerry's in layout, but different in decor, in that Newman's apartment is very messy.
- This episode is the first to use a new exterior set for the New York street scenes. The exteriors were formerly shot on a collection of three small store fronts, but the show moved its outside shots to a new, much more expensive street set in Season 6 that allowed for many new camera angles and framing opportunities.
- In syndication, this episode is one of the few Season 6 episodes to feature Jerry's stand-up comedy routine.
- According to commentary by Larry David on the DVD, this idea came from him one day when he paid for someone's salad and the recipient thanked someone else.
- "Script, Episode 88 - The Big Salad". Seinology.com. Retrieved July 12, 2012.
- "Top 15 Seinfeld Food Related Episodes". Eating the Road. Retrieved July 12, 2012.