Seinfeld, Soup Nazi, November 2, 1995

Written By: Greg Howell - Feb• 23•14

Seinfeld_s7e6The 116th episode of Seinfeld, broadcast during the show’s seventh season, is only one of the show’s dozens of pop culture defining moments. In the 1990s, every Thursday was a television event and nearly every Thursday Seinfeld was Friday’s conversation. Arguably, the greatest Seinfeld show was the Soup Nazi.

Seinfeld writers had a knack for creating a crescendo of comedy from nothing at all, and this episode proves hilarious with just a string of elements such as a soup line and a typical New Yorker’s difficulty moving furniture into an apartment.

The episode was influenced by a real New York restaurant famous for soup. Al Yegeneh, the inspiration for the Soup Nazi character, closed his restaurant in frustration with fans of the show; but in 2005, began selling his classic soups in grocery stores across the nation. “No soup for you!” became a national catch phrase in fall of 1995. Other classic lines from the episode include:

“You’re a shmoopy.”
“You’re a shmoopy.”
– Sheila and Jerry, in “The Soup Nazi”
You can’t eat this soup standing up, your knees buckle.”
– Jerry, in “The Soup Nazi”
 He gave you the nice face discount.”
– Jerry, to Elaine, in “The Soup Nazi”
He’s not a Nazi. He just happens to be a little eccentric. Most geniuses are.”
– Kramer, in “The Soup Nazi”
Shhh! I gotta focus. I’m shifting into soup mode.”
– George, in “The Soup Nazi”
You’re pushing your luck, little man.
– The Soup Nazi, to George, in “The Soup Nazi”
Street toughs took my armoire?
– Elaine, in “The Soup 
You’re through, Soup Nazi. Pack it up. No more soup for you. Next!
– Elaine, in “The Soup Nazi”

Writer Larry Thomas was nominated for an Emmy Award for this episode.

Here is a short compilation from the episode.  Amazon has the entire series available on DVD!

Sources: The Soup Nazi Script
CNN

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