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The Dinner Party (Seinfeld)

"The Dinner Party" is the 77th episode of NBC sitcom Seinfeld. This is the 13th episode of the fifth season, and first aired on February 3, 1994.

"The Dinner Party"
Seinfeld episode
Episode no. Season 5
Episode 13
Directed by Tom Cherones
Written by Larry David
Production code 514
Original air date February 3, 1994
Guest appearance(s)
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Jerry, Elaine, George, and Kramer prepare to attend a dinner party, but Elaine feels they must bring wine and cake to the party. George, who is sporting a large Gore-Tex coat due to the cold weather outside, does not understand why, thinking that it would be better to bring Pepsi and Ring Dings.

Jerry and Elaine stop at Royal Bakery to purchase a chocolate babka while Kramer and George go to buy wine. Jerry and Elaine forget to take a number at the counter. As a result, David and Barbara Benedict, a couple on their way to the same dinner party, get ahead of them in line and purchase the last chocolate babka; the Counter Woman, (Kathryn Kates), offers no help. Jerry and Elaine eventually resort to purchasing a cinnamon babka, which Elaine considers "a lesser babka."

George wants to pay for the bottle of wine with a $100 bill but the shop owner refuses to give him change. They go to a newsstand to break the bill by purchasing some chewing gum, but the attendant forces them to buy other things since the gum isn't worth enough for him to give that much change. Kramer buys a Clark bar, a newspaper and a Penthouse Forum magazine before the attendant relents. When they finally buy the wine, they find that their car is stuck in its space because someone has double parked and obstructed their way. They are forced to wait for the driver to come back before they can pick up Jerry and Elaine. Disgusted at the turn of events, George likens double parkers to dictators, saying Mussolini or Idi Amin would never look in vain for an open spot.

Meanwhile, back at the bakery, adding to the misfortune of Jerry and Elaine, they find that the babka has a hair on it, and they are forced to wait in line again to purchase a new cake. While they wait, Jerry eats a black and white cookie, on which he claims to base philosophical theories on race relations. They eventually exchange their babka for one that the saleswoman coughs on. They have to wait for Kramer and George to pick them up. However, the cookie causes Jerry to end the non-vomit streak he claims to have held since June 29, 1980, symbolizing the failure of relations which Jerry likens to David Duke fighting Louis Farrakhan. Meanwhile, a man with a cane crushes Elaine's toe, further adding to their misery.

Because of the cold weather, Kramer insists on going back inside the liquor store, where they are soon evicted from as it is "not a hangout". George's coat accidentally knocks down some bottles of wine and he has to surrender the coat to pay for them. Outside, it turns out the double parker is Saddam Hussein (with a British accent), who suggests George should wear warmer clothing or else he might catch a cold. The four friends finally arrive at the party, where they give the hostess the babka and the wine at the door and leave immediately in haste.

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