I’ve been rewatching Seinfel lately. “The Soup Nazi” is a great episode, and is easily one of my favorites.
I’ve never been entirely happy with the ending in the sense that I’m not so sure that Elaine having the recipes is that big of a deal. The Soup Nazi has a reputation for making exquisite soups, would releasing the recipes really be that big of a deal? She mentions a few courses of action she might take:
1 - Give them away to other restaurants. Of all her plans this might have the greatest effect by making his soup available elsewhere, but I’m just not that convinced many restaurants would bother. Ok, some might duplicate his soups, others would probably not, but he’s first to market. He’s a dedicated soup provider.
2 - Publish them. I predict this has no effect. People are too lazy to make their own soup even with the recipe.
3 - Drop them from the sky on leaflets. Well, to start I think don’t think she’s being serious. Of course it is meant to be simply be a funny line and show Elaine’s rage. But what if Elaine did drop them from the sky? I think this would have less effect than publishing them. I don’t think people would bother to gather them or know the context of this recipe falling from the sky. People I think would be more inclined to get a cookbook of his recipes, once they knew it existed, then to simply grab some recipe dropped to them from above.
Any thoughts? If the episode were extended, would the next act be about how Elaine’s plan has failed and so she must find a new way to destroy the villain?
Great Classic Lines:
Soup Nazi: “No soup for you!!!”
Soup Nazi: “You’re pushing your luck little man.”