"The Rye" is the 121st episode of Seinfeld. The episode was the eleventh episode of the show's seventh season. Written by Carol Leifer and directed by Andy Ackerman, it originally aired on January 4, 1996.


Elaine is dating a saxophonist who is sponge-worthy, but won't "do everything". Jerry tells Clyde (John Germaine's bassist) that she and her boyfriend are hot and heavy, even though they aren't; and Clyde then tells John. Elaine tells her boyfriend that they weren't hot and heavy, but discovers he was happy she said they were. They then go back to his apartment.

There is a discount at the Price Club, and Kramer buys an excess of all the foods. Also, his neighbor is going away, so Kramer is allowed to take out his horse Rusty and tour people around New York on a hansom cab.

George has dinner with his parents and Susan's. His parents bring a marble rye, which Mrs. Ross and Mr. Ross forget to serve. Because they forget to serve the rye, Frank Costanza takes the rye home. George, knowing that taking back the rye is rude, makes a plan to bring back another marble rye to the Rosses’ house. In his plan, Kramer takes the Rosses on a hansom cab ride for their anniversary, while Jerry gets the marble rye and brings it to their house for George to bring inside. Kramer feeds Rusty Beef-A-Reeno, so the horse is extremely flatulent and drives the Rosses back home. Jerry must steal the rye from an old woman because she got the last one, and therefore is late. By the time Jerry gets there, the Rosses are there first. George must then use a fishing pole to get the rye from the ground and into the Rosses’ house. The episode concludes with the Rosses watching George with the fishing pole. Elaine's boyfriend, John Germaine, returns to the club, only to play poorly as Elaine sneaks out.


Frank: Let me understand, you got the hen, the chicken and the rooster. The rooster goes with the chicken. So, who's having sex with the hen?
George: Why don't we talk about it another time.
Frank: But you see my point here? You only hear of a hen, a rooster and a chicken. Something's missing!
Mrs. Ross: Something's missing, all right.
Mr. Ross: They're all chickens. The rooster has sex with all of them.
Frank: That's perverse.

Notes about Nothing

  • During the filming on the Paramount streets late at night, the crew got into a 25-minute snowball fight using the fake snow created to put on set.
Season Seven Episodes
The Engagement | The Postponement | The Maestro | The Wink | The Hot Tub | The Soup Nazi | The Secret Code | The Pool Guy | The Sponge | The Gum | The Rye | The Caddy | The Seven | The Cadillac, Part 1 | The Cadillac, Part 2 | The Shower Head | The Doll | The Friar's Club | The Wig Master | The Calzone | The Bottle Deposit | The Wait Out | The Invitations