The Soup (Seinfeld)
|Directed by||Andy Ackerman|
|Written by||Fred Stoller|
|Original air date||November 10, 1994|
George flirts with Kelly (Tracy Kolis), a waitress from Monk's Café, and Elaine has just returned from a trip to England with Mr. Pitt. She met a man there and has flown him back with her frequent-flyer miles. Kenny Bania (Steve Hytner), an obnoxious comedian, offers Jerry a brand-new Armani suit for free. Bania delivers the suit but insists Jerry should buy him a meal in exchange. Meanwhile, after his kidney stone ("The Gymnast"), Kramer decides to dump his refrigerator and eat only fresh foods.
Kelly, the waitress, and George go for a walk. George mentions how he likes the word "manure", and immediately after, Kelly makes a casual remark revealing that she has a boyfriend. Later, at Jerry's apartment, Jerry and George speculate whether she made that up to avoid George and whether the manure comment had anything to do with it.
Kramer starts dating Hildy, a waitress at Reggie's, and her appetite forces him to go to Jerry's apartment for food. Jerry and Bania meet up at Mendy's restaurant for the agreed-upon meal, but Bania only orders soup, which, he says, cannot count as the "meal". Simon, the Englishman, becomes arrogant and doesn't seem to have plans to return to England. He turns out to be a real "bounder".
George is feeling uncomfortable in Monk's with Kelly around, because the playful banter that he enjoyed with her before he asked her out has been replaced on her part with a cold formality that borders on rudeness. After asking his girlfriend Hildy, Kramer informs George that Kelly doesn't have a boyfriend, so she did invent the story earlier. Bania joins George and Jerry at the coffee shop; this time he orders a soup and sandwich, Jerry believes his obligation is fulfilled, but Bania disagrees as they didn't eat in a fancy restaurant like Mendy's. In order to get rid of Bania, Jerry offers the Armani suit to Simon, who willingly accepts it.
George is still uncomfortable at Monk's and badgers Jerry and Elaine to go to Reggie's, where Hildy works. However, Reggie's doesn't offer the meals they have grown accustomed to at Monk's: e.g. Jerry's egg-white omelette and Elaine's Big Salad. When they try to place them as special orders, Hildy refuses, leaving them frustrated, unsatisfied, and consequently, angry at George.
At his apartment, Jerry is out of food for Kramer's hungry girlfriend. Kramer is terrified as a result. Hildy is in a bad mood because she got fired after Kramer made too many calls to her workplace, so George decides to try the same trick with Kelly.
Back at Monk's, Kelly informs Jerry and Elaine that she isn't going to work there anymore. Kelly's boss (Lawrence Mandley), fed up with calls, says he will treat George as his "hand puppet". Bania arrives at Monk's and attempts to reclaim the suit from Jerry. Simon, who has just flirted with a woman in front of Elaine, arrives to announce that he has a job interview thanks to the suit Jerry gave him, and so he might stay longer in the country. As he's leaving, Elaine tells Bania where his suit is, and a heated Bania rushes outside to confront the unsuspecting Simon.
Jerry and Elaine, enjoying their egg-white omelette and Big Salad, salute each other in triumph. The last shot of the episode is George eating by himself at Reggie's.