Seinfeld – Season 6 – Episode 2 – The Big Salad
The Big Salad
In the Seinfeld episode The Big Salad, at Elaine‘s request, George purchases a “big salad” to go for her from Monk’s. But George’s girlfriend Julie appears to take credit for the purchase when she hands Elaine the salad in Jerry‘s apartment. George is displeased that Elaine thanked Julie for buying the salad, and mentions to Elaine that he was responsible for the purchase. George’s revelation eventually leads to a rift between him and Julie when the truth comes out.
The truth, in George’s view, is not that Elaine thanked the wrong person, but that Julie accepted the thanks. As George loudly explains, “What I would like to know is, how does a person who has nothing to do with the Big Salad claim responsibility for that salad and accept the thank-you under false pretenses?” Julie understands perfectly well, and says, “George, all I did was hand someone a bag.” Semi-humiliated, George vows never to buy Elaine lunch again.
Elaine must find a special mechanical pencil, the Rolamech 1000, for Mr. Pitt and soon finds herself dealing with the romantic advances of the stationery store clerk (Jerry Levine). The clerk asks for her telephone number to call her when he receives the pencil but Elaine gives him Jerry’s number instead. Later, after purchasing the pencil from a different shop, she agrees to go out with the clerk out of guilt.
Jerry learns that his current girlfriend, Margaret, formerly dated Newman, who ended the relationship. Jerry cannot comprehend why Newman dumped someone so clearly “out of his league” in terms of beauty, so he attempts to find any fault in his girlfriend.