"The Yada Yada" is the 147th episode of Seinfeld and originally aired April 24, 1997. It is directed by Andy Ackerman and written by Peter Mehlman & Jill Franklyn.


Jerry's dentist, Dr. Tim Whatley, has just finished the process of converting to Judaism, but is already making Jewish-themed jokes. This makes Jerry, who is Jewish, uncomfortable. Jerry goes so far as to say that he believes that Whatley only became Jewish for the jokes.

Kramer and Mickey Abbott double date, but cannot decide which woman is right for which one of them.

Elaine is a character reference for Beth (Debra Messing) and Arnie, a couple who are trying to adopt, but she destroys all hope of adoption by mentioning Arnie's short temper during the interview.

George's girlfriend Marcy (Suzanne Cryer) likes to say "yada yada yada" to shorten her stories. George tells Marcy about having been engaged to Susan Ross, but says "yada yada yada" to avoid having to mention her death. She tells him that her ex-boyfriend had visited her the night before and "yada yada yada, I'm really tired today." George later consults Jerry and Elaine, suspecting that Marcy used "yada yada" to cover up sex with her ex-boyfriend. Elaine believes that this is possible. Later, George asks Marcy to tell him some of the things she was covering up with "yada yada," and discovers that she is a habitual shoplifter. She then asks him about how his engagement ended.

Jerry tells a priest about what he thinks of Tim's jokes, saying that he is offended (not as a Jew, but as a comedian), and that Tim is also telling Catholic jokes. However, the priest is unamused by a dentist joke that Jerry makes at the end of their conversation. George drops by Jerry's confession and tells him that they need to talk. Kramer decides on the right woman, and Mickey also decides to make his commitment. The priest tells Tim about the dentist joke that Jerry told. He takes extreme exception to it and, as a result, deliberately prolongs an uncomfortable procedure. After hearing Jerry's complaints about Tim, Kramer calls Jerry an "anti-dentite."

Elaine lobbies on behalf of Beth and Arnie, and propositions the adoption official as an inducement. Beth's marriage nonetheless fails and she accompanies Jerry to Mickey's wedding to Karen. Elaine, now dating the adoption agent, is dismayed. George shows up without Marcy, who was just arrested and imprisoned for shoplifting. Julie runs out before the wedding begins, apparently in love with Mickey and unable to bear seeing him marry Karen. Mickey's father (Robert Wagner), a dentist, stands up for Tim Whatley and chastises Jerry for antagonizing him. Jerry is comforted by Beth, who harbors the same feelings towards dentists as Jerry. However, she also reveals herself to be both racist and anti-Semitic. As Karen and Mickey walk out at the end of the ceremony, Karen says to Kramer, "I really wanted you."


Elaine:  I met this lawyer.  We went out to dinner.  I had the lobster bisque.  We went back to my place.  Yada, yada, yada, I never heard from him again.
Jerry:  But you yada yada-ed over the best part.
Elaine:  No, I mentioned the bisque.

Jerry:  Kramer, he's just a dentist.
Kramer:  Yeah, and you're an anti-dentite.
Jerry:  I am not an anti-dentite!
Kramer:  You're a rabid anti-dentite! Oh, it starts with a few jokes and some slurs, "Hey, denty!"  Next thing you know, you're saying they should have their own schools.
Jerry:  They do have their own schools!

George: She was getting shoes for the wedding, yada yada yada, I'll see her in six to eight months.

Dr. Abbott: Tim Whatley was one of my students, and if this wasn't my son's wedding day, I'd knock your teeth out, you anti-dentite bastard.

Notes About Nothing

  • This episode marks the first time the internet is mentioned.
  • One of the contributing factors for dentists' high suicide rate is easy access to drugs.

Season Eight Episodes
The Foundation | The Soul Mate | The Bizarro Jerry | The Little Kicks | The Package | The Fatigues | The Checks | The Chicken Roaster | The Abstinence | The Andrea Doria | The Little Jerry | The Money | The Comeback | The Van Buren Boys | The Susie | The Pothole | The English Patient | The Nap | The Yada Yada | The Millennium | The Muffin Tops | The Summer of George