‘Seinfeld’: A Real-Life Event Inspired the Marble Rye Episode

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Real-life serves because the inspiration for a lot of TV reveals and films together with the enduring sitcom, Seinfeld. One of this system’s hottest episodes facilities round a loaf of rye bread. As it seems, the plot’s loosely primarily based on a real story. 

Michael Richards, Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Jason Alexander of 'Seinfeld'
Michael Richards, Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Jason Alexander of Seinfeld | Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank

George Costanza’s dad took the rye loaf house after bringing it to a cocktail party

Seinfeld Season 7, Episode 11: “The Rye” begins with a cocktail party. George Constanza (Jason Alexander) and his fiancée, Susan Ross (Heidi Swedberg), get collectively for dinner with their dad and mom. 

George’s dad and mom, Frank (Jerry Stiller) and Estelle (Estelle Harris), present up with a loaf of marble rye bread as a present for Susan’s dad and mom. The two household’s don’t hit it off at dinner.

To make issues worse, Frank’s Insulted that Susan’s dad and mom didn’t serve the marble rye they introduced. Unbeknownst to him, they forgot to place it out. Frank retaliates by taking the loaf of bread house with him. 

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George Costanza tried to exchange the rye bread his father took

On the best way house, George finds the bread and realizes his dad took it from Susan’s dad and mom. Intent on returning the bread, George enlists Jerry to assist him get a substitute. 

Jerry goes to the bakery to get one other loaf. The girl in line forward of him will get the final one. Desperate, Jerry steals it from her.

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He arrives again at Susan’s dad and mom’ home the place he and George attempt to get the loaf inside with out anybody noticing. They try and get the substitute loaf inside by utilizing a fishing pole. Not so discrete, Susan’s dad and mom see George with the fishing pole. 

‘Seinfeld’ author obtained the inspiration for ‘The Rye’ episode from a friend

Comedian Carol Leifer wrote for Seinfeld throughout seasons 5-7. As she informed radio station WBUR in 2018, the concept behind “The Rye” episode got here from a friend of hers. 

Leifer shared {that a} “hazard” of being a author for a profitable TV present meant that individuals usually informed her their not-so-funny concepts for Seinfeld.

However, a friend from highschool informed her about an incident with a loaf of bread that she knew could be nice for Seinfeld.

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“But a girlfriend of mine from high school, she said, ‘You know, the funniest thing happened to me. My husband and I had a couple over for dinner, and they brought a bread, and I forgot to put it out. And I realized, at the end of the evening, that they had taken the bread home with them,’” Leifer stated.

She continued, saying she knew immediately she needed to make it into an episode of Seinfeld

“And as my friend was telling me this story, I said to her, ‘Oh, my God. That — I cannot wait to pitch that,” Leifer stated, including, “That is a tremendous Seinfeld story.’”

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Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David ‘loved’ the bread thought for ‘Seinfeld’

Leifer nonetheless needed to promote Seinfeld co-creators, Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, on the concept of a bread episode after getting the concept from a friend. When she defined the storyline to David and Seinfeld, Leifer stated they “loved” it.

“And sure enough, I went back to the office — and, when you pitched to Larry [David] and Jerry, it was a tough room,” Liefer stated. “You had to go in, and you had to grab them quick because if you didn’t, it was curtains. And when I pitched it, they both loved the idea … and that became the marble rye.”

As they are saying, the remainder is historical past.

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