The Big Salad
|"The Big Salad"|
|Directed by||Andy Ackerman|
|Written by||Larry David|
|Original air date||September 29, 1994|
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 when she hears that he went to great lengths to obtain the pencil.
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 (featuring clips from the O. J. Simpson Ford Bronco chase).
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.