Recap: Seinfeld S 2 E 11 The Chinese Restaurant

Jerry, George, and Elaine stop by a Chinese restaurant on the way to see a screening of Plan 9 from Outer Space. They're told the wait will be "five, ten minutes." And there's your plot.


  • Absentee Actor: As these were still the days when Kramer barely left the building, he doesn't appear.
  • Bottle Episode
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: The biggest example of it in the whole show. At the time, the idea of spending a whole episode just watching the characters stand around and talk with no other plot was considered completely unworkable by the studio execs.
  • Shaggy Dog Story: The gang finally gets fed up and leaves...and then a table opens up.
  • Suddenly Shouting: George: "I KNOW I'M NOT CARTRIGHT!"
  • Technology Marches On: George waits to use a pay phone.